After taking a couple months off from serious blogging, I hope to return to a more regular schedule. I have taken more ecclesiastical responsibilities, and my wife and I are eagerly awaiting the birth of our first son, Jude. So, I have stepped aside from regular blogging, but I feel ready to jump back on the horse, so to speak. We will see where I am in about three weeks, though.
There are many wonderful articles in this morning’s Morning Mashup. I hope you check out each of them!
A Prison Pastor’s Advice for Parents – “A white supremacist, a Native American gangster, and a black drug dealer. Three prison inmates whose life stories differ in the details but unite around the same temptations.”
The Savior’s Tears of Sovereign Mercy – A beautiful piece from John Piper that will do the job of ushering your heart into the right place for Holy Week.
Four Truths About Complementarian Marriage – Attention all married or soon-to-be-married couples: Don’t miss this post from 9Marks. Whether you are engaged, have been married nearly two years (like myself), or have been married fifty years, this is a fresh and helpful reminder about the sweetness of God’s design for marriage.
Short-Term Missions: Redefining Success – Before you hop on that plane for your next short-term mission trip, check out this helpful article.
Discrimination Against Gay People in Indiana? – I’ve been hearing a lot about Indiana lately. And since the Hoosiers’ basketball season ended weeks ago, I’ve kind of been wondering why! Denny Burk helped enlighten my ignorance.
How They All Got There – This is a look at the journeys of each of the four teams comprising the Final Four. While my bracket was horribly busted early on (thanks a lot, Virginia and Iowa St.), I did rightly choose three of the four teams in the Final Four with the exception of Michigan St. With the rest of BBN, I truly hope Wisconsin does assault Kentucky from the three point line the way they did Arizona.
Mathew Gilbert is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church East Bernstadt. He is the author of the forthcoming book Come to the Well: 50 Meditations to Fuel Your Joy in God (CrossBooks). Mathew lives in London, KY with his wife, Erica, and their dog, Simba.