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  • Anatomy of a Sick Church – 10 Symptoms to Watch. Thom S. Rainer writes “While there are many potential symptoms of a sick church, I have found ten to be consistently common. These ten are not listed in any particular order.”
  • An Appeal to Elders. Carl Trueman writes “The task of the elder is to pastor the pastor.  If they do not do it, nobody else will.”
  • When Leaders Fall, All Are Punished. In light of another high profile Reformed pastor’s resignation as a result of moral failure, Marshall Segal writes “The collapse of a leader’s ministry does not signal the collapse of Christ’s church. No, not even hell can prevail against her (Matthew 16:18). Heaven is not thrown into crisis with a scandal, however shocking or hard the fall.”
  • Books to Read in the Ministry. During the 2015 Inerrancy Summit, three Banner Trustees (Ian Hamilton, Iain Murray and Sinclair Ferguson) addressed a gathering of seminary students on the topic of ‘Books to Read in the Ministry’. Steven Lawson, a professor of expository preaching at The Masters’ Seminary, introduced the students to the Trustees present and to the ongoing work of the Banner. Listen to a one-hour audio recording of the address, which includes 20 plus book recommendations and a “Question and Answer” period between the students and the trustees.
  • Workers for Your Joy: Why Christ Gave Us Leaders. David Mathis writes “Christian leadership exists for the joy of the church. Such a vision changes everything, first for pastors and then for their people.”



  • The Definitive Ranking of Pixar Movies. Kelly Lawler ranks the Pixar films from 15 to 1. Agree?
  • I bet after you eat a camel you are so thirsty. Jim Gaffigan
  • At this point people should announce when they are not running for president.  Jim Gaffigan
  • We can all look at life and agree that there are some parts that have no purpose—like neckties or cats. Matt Chandler
  • If the college you visit has a bookstore filled with t-shirts rather than books, find another college. Albert Mohler
Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Favorite QuotesFavorite Quotes of the Week 6.28.15


  • Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here. Tullian Tchividjian   (after he admitted to committing adultery and resigned as lead pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church).
  • There is a danger that grace can become a topic we discuss rather than a power we experience. Heath Lambert
  • I find that if I pray for the people I’m most angry with, my anger turns into something more redemptive. Jack Miller
  • If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. Tim Keller
  • Faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out, trusting, and believing what truth is despite what you feel. Tim Keller
  • We’ve replaced the proclamation of Christ with an easy-listening legalism of do more and try harder. R. C. Sproul
  • The God of popular religion is not holy. R.C. Sproul
  • Jesus, many of us know what holiness is not; but we need you to show us what holiness IS. Help us to discover the beauty of gospel-holiness. Scotty Smith
  • The Father did not require the death of Christ to persuade Him to love us. Christ died because the Father loves us. Sinclair Ferguson
  • A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace. Elisabeth Elliot
  • The greatest work God ever performs was not the creation of the universe out of nothing, but is the new creation of saints out of sinners. Steven Lawson
  • The Bible knows nothing of a healthy Christian who does not or will not pray. Tim Challies
  • Every time you get on your knees and pray to God, ‘Holy’ keeps the respect and reverence while ‘Father’ brings Him close & intimate. Ravi Zacharias
  •  We should be so joyful from God’s grace that others would respond by saying, ‘I wish I had your God. Francis Chan
  • We want awesomeness more than we want faithfulness. Michael Horton
  • Grace has uprooted us from a barren wilderness of sin and transplanted us by streams of living water. Steven Lawson
  • Charleston was where America split apart in 1861. Maybe it’s where America comes together in 2015. Russell Moore
  • Sin claims to free but in fact it kills. Mark Dever
  • Correct division should be preferred over corrupt unity. Mark Dever
  • Prayer is the burden of revival; repentance is the breakthrough of revival; evangelism is the blessing of revival; holiness is the bounty of revival. Steve Camp
  • God’s will is what we would choose if we knew what God knows. Nancy Leigh DeMoss 
  • God is not embarrassed by his wrath or ashamed of his judgment, so we shouldn’t be either. Thabiti Anyabwile
  • True maturity does not mean repenting less. It means repenting more, and repenting more quickly. Scott Sauls 


  • The eternal everlasting God has become our Father and the moment we realize that, it transforms everything. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Spiritual depression or unhappiness in the Christian life is very often due to our failure to realize the greatness of the gospel. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
  • The whole man is involved, the mind, the heart and the will, and a common cause of spiritual depression is the failure to realize that the Christian life is a whole life, a balanced life. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • The Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ efficaciously unites us to himself. John Calvin
  • Unless men establish their complete happiness in God, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him. John Calvin
  • He makes those just who are unjust, forgives those who deserve to be punished, and favors those who deserve no favor. Charles Spurgeon
  • However little we may be, if we are the Lord’s, we may rejoice that we are preserved in Christ Jesus. Charles Spurgeon
  • The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end. Charles Spurgeon
  • To me, Calvinism means the placing of the eternal God at the head of all things. Charles Spurgeon
  • Sin is not so sweet in the committing as it is heavy and bitter in the reckoning. Richard Sibbes
  • We should take our discouragements as means of grace. Andrew Bonar There are many persons that seem to be converted, that are not so really. Don’t rest in any appearance of grace. Jonathan Edwards
  • Free will without God’s grace is not free at all, but is the permanent bondservant of evil, since it cannot turn itself to good. Martin Luther


Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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