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Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley

Courtesy of World Magazine

Courtesy of World Magazine


  • The Holiness of God and Chosen By God: Stream These Classic Series for Free. You can stream all of the messages in C. Sproul’s classic series’ Chosen by God and The Holiness of God for free. You can also stream these series for free on YouTube.
  • New Teaching Series on Prayer from Albert Mohler. I’m excited about this new (not yet released) teaching series from Albert Mohler on prayer titled “The Lord’s Prayer. Ligonier’s description is “When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, little did they know that they would be given a model for prayer that would be used for generations. Prayer is central to our fellowship with God, and our prayer life is directly affected by what we believe about God. In this series, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. shows that the pattern of prayer Jesus provides is fewthe-book-of-job in words, yet massive in meaning. His prayer reflects true theology and proper doxology—a perfect guide for our own lives.”
  • Sorrow and Restoration. I’m currently listening to Derek Thomas’ wonderful new teaching series The Book of Job. Watch this two-minute except from the series in which he discusses sorrow and the power of God to bring restoration and change.
  • 2016 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College: The Dawn of the Reformation. Nathan W. Bingham provides a summary and highlights from this recent conference.  You can watch or listen to all the messages here.
  • The State of Theology: A Poll of Eternal Significance. Stephen Nichols writes “Ligonier Ministries teamed up with LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, for The State of American Theology Study 2016, a poll which gets at the theological beliefs of Americans.”  Read this related interview Stephen Nichols had with Chris Larson.
  • The Essence of Reformed Theology. Watch this brief video excerpt from R.C. Sproul’s classic teaching series What is Reformed Theology?, in which he explains that the essence of Reformed theology is the knowledge of God.
  • Has Rome Really Changed Its Tune? Gregg Allison writes “While some things have changed with the Roman Catholic Church to bring Catholics and Protestants closer together after five hundred years, many major differences remain to divide them.”
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Alzheimers Disease.
  • What I Learned This Summer. Listen to this seven-minute update from John Piper. He writes “When I look back over the last few months, five big things leap out at me.”
  • Teach Us to Pray. “In this new video from Desiring God, John Piper rehearses some of the most profound and familiar words ever spoken. We hope these four minutes, with stunning aerial footage, will help inspire you to new heights in the life of prayer. Sit together with Pastor John at the feet of Jesus, and learn to pray all over again.”
  • Yes, You Should Say Something: Overcoming Awkwardness with Grieving People. In this eleven-minute video, Nancy Guthrie shares her story of grief as she recounts her experience dealing with the death of not one, but two children—and the hope that God provided in the midst of that painful experience through those around her and her husband.  Also, check out her outstanding new book What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts), which I am reading now.Babylon Bee


  • Jesus Calling Added To Biblical Canon. The Babylon Bee | Your Trusted Source For Christian News Satire reports “Citing the work’s clearly biblical and authoritative tone and content throughout its inspired prose, a convention of Evangelical leaders recently signed a statement of faith affirming that Sarah Young’s popular devotional Jesus Calling represents the sixty-seventh book of the canon.”
  • Jesus Always Website Ominously Unclear Whether ‘Buy Now’ Direct Command From Jesus. The Babylon Bee reports “New devotional Jesus Always, in which—as she did in her bestseller Jesus Calling—author Sarah Young dictates words spoken through her by Jesus Himself, debuted to strong sales during its Tuesday release. But according to multiple reports, at least part of its initial sales spike was due to the book’s promotional website being ominously unclear about whether the “BUY NOW” button was a direct command from Jesus, written with the same power as the book—or perhaps just the words of the site’s developer.”
  • Horrified Joel Osteen Learns About Crucifixion. The Babylon Bee reports ““Jesus…crucified? But how is that…victorious?” the perplexed pastor exclaimed to no one in particular, his heart still racing from the shocking news he was still trying to process. “Jesus’ followers were promised prosperity and blessing—how could Jesus get killed in such a horrible way? It just doesn’t add up.”
  • Rob Bell Lists Mint Condition Bible On Craigslist. The Babylon Bee reports “One Bible, never used,” the ad read. “$5 obo. You pick up. No guarantees as to accuracy of the contents of the book—all sales final. Will consider trades for books by Oprah or any other new age gurus. Call or text, ask for Rob.”
  • Donald Trump Calls Madea. Did you see this phone call recently on The Tonight Show?
Doug Michael's Cartoon of the Week

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week


  • I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
  • Culture is never so bad that it can’t be redeemed, nor so good that it can’t be critiqued. Tim Keller
  • The grace that saves the sinner is the power that must supply the sinner. Jerry Bridges
  • Suffering will come whether we allow it to make us more like Christ or not, but if we don’t, we waste that suffering. Randy Alcorn
  • One day America and all its presidents will be a footnote in history, but the kingdom of Jesus will never end. John Piper
  • The gospel doesn’t add to who we are; it transforms who we are. The gospel isn’t about addition; it’s about exchange. Rosaria Butterfield
  • Your prayer life reveals how much you really want communion with God and how much you really depend on him. Michael Reeves
  • I have held many things in my hands and have lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. 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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