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THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • My Amazon Reviews. Check out more than 350 of my Amazon book and music reviews, along with a few movie reviews. My movie reviews are also posted on IMDb, book reviews on Good Reads and music reviews on New Release Today.
  • 2018 Ligonier National Conference. For more than 20 years, the Ligonier National Conference has been an event I look forward to every year. This year was certainly different as it was the first with Dr. R.C. Sproul, who died in December. Read these daily recaps from Nathan W. Bingham. Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3. You can watch the messages from the conference here.
  • 2019 Ligonier National Conference. Registration has just opened for the 2019 Ligonier National Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida March 14-16. The theme will be “He is Holy”. Get the lowest rate by this Saturday, March 17.
  • Evangelical Leader Collin Hansen Believes We Live in “A Culture Full of Fear and Loathing”. Collin Hansen, Editorial Director of the Gospel Coalition is interviewed as part of a series called ‘Uncomfortable,” hosted by Amna Nawaz, that offers in-depth honest conversations with influential figures about issues dividing America.
  • Spurgeon’s Orphanage: How One Woman Changed the World. Sara Willcocks writes “Anne was a devout Christian and widow of an Anglican preacher. She is one of the great unknowns behind the remarkable story of our 150-year legacy. The charity exists today because of Anne’s devotion to Jesus Christ and the financial donation she gave to renowned preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon.”

  • 3 Christian Perspectives on Time. Michael Kelley writes “Time is indeed a precious resource. Maybe the most precious one we have. But this resource, like all the others, must be framed in light of what we know to be true from God’s Word. Our perspective must be irrevocably altered because of our faith.”
  • Beware of Running Too Hard. In this letter to her 30-year old self, Joni Eareckson Tada writes “And maybe — here’s what I would tell my 30-year-old self — I was running too hard. I knew I should balance the demands of ministry with personal spiritual disciplines, but looking back, I was far too actively engaged in the ministry God had called me to, and nowhere near as engaged in who God called me to be.”
  • How Do We Avoid Over-Thinking (or Under-Thinking) the Christian Life? In this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Can we over-think the Christian life?”
  • Does God Hear the Prayers of an Unbeliever? On this episode of Honest Answers, Don Whitney addresses this question.
  • Your Decision to Die Affects Others. Joni Eareckson Tada writes “If you believe your decision is private and independent, think again.”
  • Why Controversy Is Sometimes Necessary. Albert Mohler writes “The only way to avoid all controversy would be to consider nothing we believe important enough to defend and no truth too costly to compromise.”
  • I Will Not Lie With You. Marshall Segal writes “Five life-giving convictions fueled Joseph’s courage and self-control in the face of temptation. If you’re still losing the battle with sexual sin, perhaps these seeds haven’t yet taken hold in your own heart. Ask God to drive the roots deeper as you pore over his word and walk with him.”

  • The Moment of Truth: It’s Rejection. Steven Lawson writes “In this blog series, we will examine these verses that contain this exchange between Pilate and Jesus in John 18. We will learn some key distinguishing marks related to truth: first, the rejectionof the truth; second, the reality of the truth; and third, the reception of the truth.”
  • The Gospel from 50,000 Feet. In this message from the 2012 Gospel Coalition Orange County Regional Conference, Tim Keller talks about how the gospel should shape us.

  • Why Teenagers Are Becoming “Trans-curious”. Joe Carter writes “A new study published in the medical journal Pediatricsfinds many more teens than previously thought say they are transgender or identify themselves using other nontraditional gender terms.”
  • How to Understand the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon. Joe Carter writes “When the Irish band U2 covered the song “Helter Skelter,” Bono said, “This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We’re stealing it back.” Similarly, Peterson has stolen the song about order and meaning we Christians use to sing so well. It’s time we steal it back.”
  • Today’s Race Conversation in the Church. In this short video, Russell Moore discusses how the race conversation within the church has changed and puts forth a more biblical view of race and injustice.
  • J. Mahaney Withdraws from T4G. Kate Shellnutt reports that C. J. Mahaney will not appear at next month’s Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference to keep the controversy over Sovereign Grace Churches (SGC) away from the event.
  • Evangelicalism after Billy Graham. Thomas Kidd writes “So maybe there will be another Billy Graham, but he or she will undoubtedly speak in a different cultural mode and use different media than Graham did.”
  • Daddy Bill. Tullian Tchividjian shares this tribute of Billy Graham, his grandfather.

Courtesy of World Magazine

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • Are you devoting time to developing wisdom? Begin by assessing how much planned time you give to, first, Bible study and, second, personal accountability with Christian friends. Tim Keller
  • Lord, I pray for justice in the world – for the lifting up of the poor out of their misery, for the breaking of the power of tyrannical regimes, for the end of violence, warfare, racial conflict, and strife. Thank you that you are a God of justice. Amen. Tim Keller
  • If you haven’t become a more humble, patient, and kind Christian since embracing Reformed theology, it’s not your theology’s fault. Scotty Smith
  • I gave up all for Christ, and what have I found? Everything in Christ. John Calvin
  • Leave nothing unsettled that is eternal. Run no risk when your soul is at stake. J. C. Ryle
  • One of the greatest follies is procrastination. We keep saying that tomorrow we will make ourselves right with God. R.C. Sproul
  • Truth has a long shelf life with no expiration date. It is never obsolete, outdated, archaic, or stale. Steven Lawson
  • Be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen
  • Calvinism is the consistent endeavour to acknowledge The Creator as Lord, working all things after the counsel of his will. Calvinism is the theocentric way of thinking about all life under the direction and control of God’s own word. J.I. Packer

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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