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  • What Does the Bible Say About Abortion? Dan Darling writes “As Christians, our first reaction to this issue should not be to ask what our political parties or politicians think but to ask what the Bible says. So, what does the Bible say about abortion?”
  • Is It OK for a Christian to Date a Non-Christian? Listen to Tim Keller answer that question.
  • Are There Contradictions in the Bible? R.C. Sproul writes “When it comes to studying the actual consistency of Scripture, it’s not long before we have to deal with allegations that the Bible is full of contradictions. This can be devastating to the Christian faith, because we know that if the Bible has real contradictions, it’s not a consistent account, and if it’s not a consistent account, it can’t be divinely inspired.”

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  • What is Definite Atonement? In this brief video clip from Ligonier Ministries 2012 “Theology Night”, R.C. Sproul explains that God’s purpose in the atonement was limited and definite.
  • Why Does God Choose Some and Not Others? In this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper responds to a question about Romans 9:22.
  • What is the Sovereignty of God? On this episode of the “Ask Pastor John” podcast, John Piper addresses a question about the basics of God’s sovereignty.
  • Why Has the Church Lost Its Appreciation for the Sabbath? One of the temptations in the church today is to pursue “minimalist Christianity,” to reduce the Christian life to the bare minimum of beliefs and practices. In this video clip from a “Questions and Answers” session at the 2016 Ligonier National Conference, Robert Godfrey shows how this temptation has played out over the question of the Sabbath.
  • What Level of Importance Should Church History Have in My Walk as a Christian? Why should Christians study church history? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson gives several practical reasons to read about the saints of the past.
  • Does Grace Still Amaze You? Randy Alcorn writes “Grace doesn’t minimize or ignore the awful reality of our sin. Grace emphasizes the depths of sin by virtue of the unthinkable price paid to redeem us from it.”
  • Why is Jesus Christ Such a Controversial Figure? In this short video, Dr. John MacArthur explains why Jesus’ claims cause offense in our culture.
  • Is it a Sin to be Angry with God? In this short video clip from a “Questions and Answers” session from the 2015 Ligonier National Conference, R.C. Sproul explains that we have no just cause to be angry at God.

  • The Crossway Podcast. I was excited to hear about this new podcast from Crossway. This is a show featuring interviews with authors about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life.
  • 2019 Shepherd’s Conference Media. You can listen to all of the messages from the 2019 Shepherds’ Conference, “Faithful”, which took place March 5–8.
  • The Golden Stitches of Sovereignty. Watch this message from John Piper, delivered recently at the 2019 Gospel Coalition National Conference.
  • Irresistible Dialogue: Andy Stanley and J.D. Greear. This is a unique interaction, in three parts, between J.D. Greear and Andy Stanley regarding Stanley’s new book Irresistible, which proposes that we “unhitch” ourselves from the Old Testament.
  • Don’t Ever Be Cavalier About the Truth of God. Watch this two-minute video clip from the 2014 Reformation Bible Conference Fall Conference in which R.C. Sproul encourages us never to be cavalier about the truth of God.
  • Ask Ligonier with Burk Parsons. On April 16, Burk Parsons participated in an Ask Ligonier event, and answered biblical and theological questions live online.

  • How to Know When to Say No. In this episode of the Gospel Coalition podcast, Jen Wilkin, Jackie Hill Perry, and Jen Michel talk about how they’ve learned to use discernmentin evaluating the requests and opportunities that come their way. Each of these busy women has realized the toll that overcommitting takes on them, their families, and their local church community—and so they no longer say “yes” to every good opportunity.
  • How to Repent of Slander in a Digital Age. Jay Skylar writes “The real test of our hatred of sin is seen in whether we publicly repent of our own sin of public slander. Let us hate the sin of slander as much as any other.”
  • When Churches Can’t Do Everything. Kevin DeYoung writes “The simple—yet disappointing fact—is that no local church can do everything there is to be done. Or to put it more pointedly: Your thing may not be your church’s thing. This is usually tough for pastors to communicate and even tougher for church members to hear. And yet, the church and pastor that try to be all things to all people normally end up doing much less than they could be doing for God.”
  • Two Verses Held Me Through Suffering. Paul Tripp writes “Our hope is not found in understanding why God brings hardship into our lives. Our hope is not found in the belief that somehow we will tough our way through. Our hope is not found in doctors, lawyers, pastors, family, or friends. Our hope is not found in our resilience or ingenuity. Our hope is not found in ideas or things. Though we may look to all those for temporary help, ultimately our hope rests in the faithful and gracious presence of the Lord with us.”
  • His Hymns Make Souls Feel Whole. Sinclair Ferguson writes “Horatius Bonar’s hymns outlasted the fads and fashions of his day and continue to speak to ours. It is testimony to their worth that music-makers wed them to different tunes in order to sing them for the rising generation.”

  • The Greatest Joy. R.C. Sproul writes “Our joy is to come from the assurance that we have redemption in Christ. The greatest joy that a person can have is to know that his name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he is saved and will live forever with Christ.”
  • Enjoying God is a Command. Sinclair Ferguson writes “Scripture shows that well-instructed believers develop a determination to rejoice. They willrejoice in the Lord.”
  • 5 Reasons the Puritans Were So Joyful. Joel Beeke writes “The Puritans, though serious and godly, were for the most part joyful—one of the most joyful groups of people, in fact, ever to grace the earth.”

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  • Our love for the word of God is best shown by living it out. Ligon Duncan
  • Without the gospel, a gathering of people, though they claim otherwise, cannot be an authentic church. R.C. Sproul
  • Indwelling sin always abides while we are in this world; therefore it is always to be mortified. John Owen
  • What you treasure will ultimately require you die for it, Jesus is the only treasure that died for you. Tim Keller
  • If God did not act first, no one would be saved. R.C. Sproul
  • God treated Christ as we deserved to be treated, so that He might treat us as Christ deserved to be treated. Jerry Bridges
  • If God is not at the center of your life, something else is. Tim Keller
  • Natural man’s sin is precisely this: He wants the benefits of God without God Himself. R.C. Sproul
  • The fear of God consists in a right appreciation of, and response to, who God is. Derek Thomas

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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