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THIS & THAT: A Weekly Roundup of Favorite Articles, Cartoons & Quotes

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  • Should I ‘Let Go and Let God’? Watch this brief clip from an “Ask R.C.” event in 2014, R.C. Sproul debunks the idea that Christians are sanctified by ‘letting go and letting God.’
  • The Great Commission Ought to be Ordinary. In this short video clip from his teaching series The Great Commission, Burk Parsons explains that what Christ calls Christians to do in the Great Commission ought to be ordinary.
  • Open Book Podcast. Open Bookis a new podcast about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. Listen to season one, in which host Stephen Nichols discusses with R.C. Sproul books that influenced him.
  • What 40-Year-Old David Platt Would Say to 20-Year-Old Self. This episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast features a conversation with David Platt, who will turn 40 years old soon.
  • William Cowper. In this episode of the podcast “Five Minutes in Church History”, Stephen Nichols looks at the hymn writer William Cowper, who you may be familiar with from the lives of John Newton and William Wilberforce.

  • Here to Serve the Church: A Conversation with Susie Rowan. Bible Study Fellowship, a global, in-depth Bible study program, hosts classes around the world each year in almost 70 countries. Made to Flourish president Tom Nelson recently sat down with the executive director of BSF, Susie Rowan, to talk about the mission of both organizations and how integral the local church is to both Made to Flourish and BSF’s hope for discipleship and ministry around the globe.
  • Why the Best Missions Sermon is All About God’s Sovereignty. Tim Challies writes “David Platt’s sermon at the 2012 T4G conference is one of the most powerful calls to the nations in the last twenty years. What made it so compelling? The title of the sermon says it all: “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions.” It’s the next entry in the Great Sermon Series.”
  • The Courage to Be Reformed. Burk Parsons writes “For in our day of radical progressive theological liberalism, the most radical thing we can be is orthodox according to our Reformed confessions, yet not with arrogance but with courage and compassion for the church and for the lost, all for the glory of God, and His glory alone.”

  • Keeping Your Cool in Online Communications. Thomas Kidd writes “If you are getting ready to send a tweet, e-mail, or other message that has any potential to be misinterpreted or damaging if not handled correctly, wait before sending. Just a bit more time and perspective can save you and me from saying some really stupid things.”
  • How to Disagree. In this episode of the Gospel Coalition podcast Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, and Michael Horton talk about how Christians should interact when they disagree with one another.
  • Eight Signs You’re a Lukewarm Christian. J.D. Greear writes “But the fundamental question is this: When you became a Christian, did it include a surrender to get engaged in the mission of God? Have you personally engaged in the mission of God, offering your time, talent, and treasures as a blank check to him? If not, you are not his follower!”
  • Christian Hospitality in an Age of ‘They’re Not Welcome Anymore, Anywhere’. Karen Swallow Prior writes “As citizens, sometimes we should offer hospitality to our enemies. Other times, we must rebuke them. It takes wisdom to know which situations call for which response.”
  • The Primacy of Prayer. Watch this message by Tim Keller, with a following Q&A session.


  • When the Content Police Came for the Babylon Bee. Adam Ford writes “A small group of people who are hostile toward Christianity and conservatism are in control of those magical machines in our pockets that offer answers to all of our questions. We shouldbe disturbed by privacy abuses. We should be concerned about the long-term effects of addictive phone and social media use. But the clear and present danger of the Google and Facebook Information Duopoly should be enough for us to make changes—right now.”
  • There is No Christian Argument Against Overturning Roe v. Wade. Samuel D. James writes “Evangelicals don’t have to set aside their convictions about race, immigrants, women, or the Religious Right in order to perceive a moral mandate when it comes to abortion. There is no Christian case against overturning Roe. None.”
  • Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age. Albert Mohler writes “The church must awaken to its status as a moral minority and hold fast to the gospel we have been entrusted to preach. In so doing, the deep springs of permanent truth will reveal the church to be a life-giving oasis amid America’s moral desert.”
  • Take Heart: Christian Courage in the Age of Unbelief. Matt Chandler discusses Christian courage at the Southern Baptist Convention Pre-Conference in Dallas, Texas on June 9.
  • Tim Tebow is Suddenly Looking Like a Pro Baseball Player. Zach Braziller writes “The jokes have slowed considerably. The playful jabs have begun to subside. Tim Tebow is proving he belongs, and lately he’s doing more than that. He has been performing at a high level this month.”
  • The Joyful Longing of Paul McCartney’s “Carpool Karaoke”. Brett McCracken writes “In our worship practices and art making, we should be mindful of how hungry people are for experiences beyond the trifles of fleeting pleasures and digital distractions. They want to be entertained, yes—but they want something more. Something true. Something, or Some One, ultimate. And when art confronts us with those “something more” longings, it often feels like joy.”

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • The word of God can be in the mind without being in the heart, but it cannot be in the heart without first being in the mind. R.C. Sproul
  • Men fall in private long before they fall in public. J.C. Ryle
  • If we knew what God knows, we would ask exactly for what he gives. Tim Keller
  • Be patient enough to live one day at a time as Jesus taught us, letting yesterday go and leaving tomorrow until it arrives. John Newton
  • Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s his provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with his money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build his kingdom in heaven. Randy Alcorn
  • We are not free to do what is right in our own eyes. We are called to do what is right in His eyes. R.C. Sproul
  • Fear and worry reveal us. They reveal the things that we love and value. Ed Welch
  • Our character is mainly shaped by our primary social community—the people with whom we eat, play, converse, and study. Tim Keller
  • To know God is to be stunned by his presence. Sinclair Ferguson

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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