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Questions that make you go “Hmmm….”:

Christian Living:

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

       Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

Church Life:

  • 9 Marks of a Healthy Complementarianism. Kevin DeYoung writes “We must be careful that our complementarianism is deep, thoughtful, rooted, biblical, and utterly at home with being despised, misunderstood, and counter-cultural.” Here is Aimee Byrd’s response.
  • The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Church Greeting Time. Cort Gatliff writes “For many of those naturally drawn to reclusive expressions of faith, though, one moment of every service elicits more dread than any other: the Passing of the Peace, or “Greeting Time” (if you’re part of a less liturgical congregation).”
  • Reformed “Spotlight”: What about the Victims? David Murray continues his helpful series on spiritual abuse within the Reformed community.
  • 10 Reasons I Love Being a Pastor. John MacArthur writes “In spite of the challenges, there is no more-privileged calling than that of being a minister of Jesus Christ. Local church ministry can sometimes be difficult, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges.”
  • Something Rotten in the Local Church. Lorne Ferguson writes “As humans we can be tempted to respond in a few different ways to conflict within the local church. Philippians 4:1-9 has a clear pathway for how Christians walk through conflict.”

Great Resources:

  • A Curse for Us: The Death of Christ. I’ve been re-listening to the messages from the recent 2016 Ligonier National Conference. One I just listened to was a wonderful message from Ian Hamilton. Here’s a description: “Christianity centers on the cross of Christ. From the justice of God in dealing with sin to the love of God in sending His Son to die, the cross is the supreme display of the character of God. Through His atoning death, Christ secured eternal life for His people. In this session, Dr. Ian Hamilton focuses on the substitutionary atonement of Christ and the importance of upholding the doctrine of double imputation.” You can watch the message here.
  • Together for the Gospel Conference Messages. Most of the messages are now available online to watch.
  • We are Made in the Image of God. Watch this short video from the 2013 Ligonier National Conference as Ravi Zacharias reminds us that human beings are made in the image of God.
  • Theological Primer: The Holy Spirit. Kevin DeYoung writes “Many Christians rarely think about the Holy Spirit. God the Father we know about. God the Son we think about all the time. But God the Holy Spirit?”


  • The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story. David E. Prince writes “While I’m thankful (Ken) Burns’s new film provides a more robust account of Robinson, in one vital sense it still fails to account for perhaps the most significant factor in Robinson’s strength and courage. He was a Christian, as was the man who signed him to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.”
  • The Peculiar Case of Adam LaRoche. John Stonestreet writes “LaRoche’s confidence to be peculiar, even at the cost of $13 million, comes from the fact that there’s a lot more to life than the world would have us believe, but that God is waiting to show to us—maybe through a peculiar ball player.”
  • Triple Play. Did you see the triple play that the Chicago White Sox turned on April 22?
  • ‘If Only You Loved Jesus As Much As You Love Baseball,’ Laments Unbelievably Spiritual Man. The Babylon Bee reports “Local theological prodigy and advanced thinker Brian Woods reportedly made an unbelievably deep spiritual observation on Facebook Friday as he pointed out that a baseball fan’s enthusiasm for the sport would be better used in service of Christ.” NOTE:  The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire.


    • The people you are texting and tweeting are going to spend the next quadrillion years either in heaven or hell. David Platt
    • Many younger adults have largely given up on marriage, not because they don’t believe in it, but because they haven’t seen it work. Darrin Patrick
    • I dare not call that true prayer in which thankfulness has no part. C. Ryle
    • When you look at the cross, what do you see? You see God’s awesome faithfulness. Sinclair Ferguson
    • For Christ’s sake we Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. John Piper
    • Does your religion cover your politics, or do your politics devour your religion? Charles Spurgeon
    • Nothing can weaken you so much, nothing can make you so unhappy and fearful, as distrusting God. Michael Reeves
    • The judgment of God did not pass over Christ, so that it might pass over us. Kevin DeYoung
    • That first step of quickening from the dead, from flesh unto spirit, is accomplished by God, not by man. R.C. Sproul

Sinclair Ferguson 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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