Morning Mashup 12/10


I Don’t See You as a Black Friend – Garrett Kell with an enlightening and emotional discussion of his friendships with black Christian men in his life.

Why I Think the Christian Ought to Care About Race – Friends, listen carefully to Trillia Newbell: “Here’s the thing, you don’t have to agree with all of the issues surrounding the case. We can all disagree about how the case was handled. We can disagree with intent of the officer, etc. But what we can’t ignore is that there is an entire community of people of all colors (but majority Black) who are mourning and grieving. We can’t ignore that.”

Who Was St. Nicholas? – Kevin DeYoung discusses who the real St. Nicholas was. Whether you teach your kids about Santa Claus or not, this article will be to your advantage.

Abortion is Out; Single Moms Are In – “New data show fewer abortions and marriages, meaning many more single moms.Those who love life should start supporting good marriages and parenting.”

How Do You Sleep? – Hm. A question you probably haven’t asked, but probably should be.

The Pastoral Ministry of Shaking Hands – H.B. Charles Jr.: “But I contend it is a good thing for a pastor to hang around after services to shake hands with church members. It is not just a courteous thing to do. You should consider it further ministry to the people you minister to in the pulpit.”

Five Things I’ve Learned From Kids with Autism – Honest and helpful post from Cameron Doolittle.

The History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree – Read about one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas holiday.

Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor. –Charles Spurgeon

Morning Mashup 12/8


Race and Justice – Tim Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church respond to the recent racial tensions surrounding Ferguson and Eric Garner.

Why a Conservative, White Evangelical Keeps Talking About Racial Reconciliation and Justice – I am so thankful for Dr. Moore. His leadership is invaluable to the SBC and American Christianity at large.

Rejecting Separate But Equal Again – “We are praying for the day when saying multiethnic church will be a needless redundancy in evangelicalism.”

Time to Challenge No Fault Divorce – “It seems highly likely that no-fault divorce has, over time, undermined the success of the majority of marriages in this country—that is, normal, non-abusive marriages.”

Prone to Superficiality – “It took aggressive convictions to change the way people think about education for women. We take all that for granted now. But maybe we should have some fierce convictions of our own about the quality of what we are reading now. Much has changed, but unfortunately, much has remained the same.”

10 Troubling Statements Church Leaders and Members Make – “If you want your church to move toward a slow yet certain death, make certain your church leadership and membership affirms most of these ten statements. They are troubling statements. Indeed they are proclamations that virtually assure your church’s decline and probable demise.”

The Best Gift I Can Give Christian Christmas Haters – “It isn’t wrong to have a fern on my porch or a cactus in my office. But apparently having a fir tree, imitation or genuine, is considered by some to be morally repugnant; though only in December.”

But if a leader gets too far in front of his people, they will lose sight of him and not follow him any longer. –Martin Luther King Jr.