Morning Mashup 02/04


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When Neighbors Begin – In response to Rachel Held Evans’ comments on when life begins, Douglas Wilson writes: “The size of these tiny people only affects the clarity of the situation if we define the humanity of others on the basis of our limited eyesight. But why is the question of a soul connected to size, as though the naked eye were in charge of these things?”

Returning Home to Ex-Cannibals – “The Sawi were headhunters and cannibals when Don and Carol Richardson arrived in their Indonesian village carrying their seven-month-old boy, Steve—and a message that would change the tribe forever…” In this fifteen minute video, see if things have changed in the past fifty years since the gospel was first taken to these people.

Sneering Calvinists – I have been guilty of many of the things mentioned in this post, but I will heed Rishmawy’s plea: “I’m issuing a plea of sorts to my Reformed brothers and sisters for patience with, or a “helpful humility” toward, those who don’t embrace the distinctives of Reformed theology, Calvinism, and those of us to those who hold it.”

4 Things a Pastor Should Consider Before Engaging Social Media – Some words of caution from Trevin Wax for pastors who are diving in or considering to make the jump into the world of social media.

Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice? – When a Christian dies, what is the proper response? I know in the past, I have thought very erroneously about this. John Piper nails it in this post.

Donald Miller’s Prescription for Spiritual Suicide – I benefit greatly from Denny Burk’s frequent commentaries on multiple blog posts, articles, worldviews, etc. This is no exception. Errant views of the church can sound attractive, but “prescriptions” like the one Donald Miller provides is unhelpful, unbiblical, and dangerous for the soul.

The world is charged with the grandeur of God
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men now not reck his rod? –Gerard Manley Hopkins

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