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Courtesy of World Magazine

Courtesy of World Magazine



  • Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils? Russell Moore writes “When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we “give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32).
  • John MacArthur asks “What does God mean when He designates someone as great?” John the Baptist: The Last Prophet
  • What are You Unwilling to Let Go? Dave Kraft writes “What are you holding on tight to? Or, said another way, what’s holding onto you?”
  • Is Your Jesus Too Small? R.C. Sproul writes “There seems to be something wrong with our understanding of Jesus.”
  • Do You Believe in a “Higher Power”? In this brief video excerpt from his teaching series Moses and the Burning Bush, R.C. Sproul explains the upside and downside of believing in a “higher power.”


  • Jesus, Left-Wing and Right-Wing Disciples. Scott Sauls writes “The question we should be asking, then, is not whether Jesus is on our side, but whether we are on his. This is the appropriate question not only for politics and government, but also every other concern.”
  • Everything That is Solid Melts into Air – The New Secular Worldview. This is Albert Mohler’s third article in his four-part series on Secularization and the Sexual Revolution.
  • Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me. Kate Bowler, author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel, writes of her recent diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer.
  • Martin Luther’s Death and Legacy. I enjoyed this article from Stephen Nichols about Luther’s final days and his legacy.
  • An Analysis of Celebrate Recovery Addictions Program. In a two-part analysis of the Celebrate Recovery program, Eric Davis writes that Celebrate Recovery “contains two major problems: (1) Though claiming to be biblically based, its teachings are often constructed from a misuse of Scripture and an erroneous hermeneutic. (2) Though claiming to be Christian based, its theology often clashes with sound Christian theology.”


  • The Most Used but Least Understood Phrase in the Church. David Murray writes “Jesus said, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14). That cannot mean that if we attach “in Jesus name” to any prayer request we are guaranteed to get it — it’s not a magic spell. Neither can it mean that if we neglect to say “in Jesus name” our prayers will not be answered — no prayer in the Bible contains these specific words. So what does it mean?”
  • How the Church Can Lead in Racial Reconciliation. Check out Relevant Magazine’s interview with Propaganda about Black History Month and racial reconciliation in the church.

MOVIES AND TELEVISIONJoseph Fiennes and Eric Metaxas

  • Joseph Fiennes Interview. Eric Metaxas interviews Joseph Fiennes about his new film Risen. Fiennes next film will be The Last Race, in which he portrays runner/missionary Eric Liddell (introduced to us in the film Chariots of Fire).The Last Race
  • Sex on the Silver Screen. Tim Challies gives us some good advice here, as he writes “If the Bible forbids what they are doing, it also forbids your voyeuristic participation in it. If they act sinfully by doing it, you act sinfully by watching it.”
  • The Dowager Countess’ Finest Burns on Downton Abbey. Check out some of Maggie Smith’s finest moments from Downton Abbey in this six-minute video.

Enjoying Derek Thomas’ “Bookstore Tour” at the Ligonier National Conference

(That's me in the orange shirt)

(That’s me in the orange shirt)

Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas


  • Missions exists because worship doesn’t. John Piper
  • There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’ Abraham Kuyper
  • Everything and everyone is being put to work for the glory of God. Whether you know it or not. Kevin DeYoung
  • The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. Matt Chandler
  • Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden
  • Nature abhors a vacuum. If you evict truth, you will bring in one lie after another. Ravi Zacharias
  • Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. Corrie ten Boom
  • The first step in dealing with any sin is to acknowledge it and repent in one’s attitude toward it. Jerry Bridges
  • If you seek righteousness first, you get happiness. If you seek happiness first, you get neither. Tim Keller

Scotty Quote

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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