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

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  • Cartoon of the Week
  • Favorite Quotes of the Week

  • Ask Ligonier with John MacArthur.  On November 5, John MacArthur joined Nathan Bingham for a live Ask Ligonier event. You can watch the event here.
  • Why Are People So Resistant to Reformed Theology? When we find ourselves resisting what Scripture teaches, it may be because the Bible challenges our presuppositions about who God is and how He should act. From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Burk Parsons reflects on his former objections to the doctrines of grace.
  • Watershed Differences Between Calvinists and Arminians. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question what is the main difference between Calvinism and Arminianism?    
  • How Do We Share the Truth without Being Argumentative? We do not need to be hostile in order to make sound arguments for the truth. From one of Ligonier the live Ask R.C. events, R.C. Sproul encourages us to clearly present the truth of Scripture without being mean-spirited.
  • Albert Mohler – Ask Anything Live. I always enjoy theses live events in which Albert Mohler answers listener’s questions on a wide range of topics including theology, ministry, and culture.

  • Worship Influences All of Life. In this brief video from his teaching series Discovery Deuteronomy, Robert Godfrey examines how the Sabbath influences the way we plan our whole lives.
  • The Fellowship of the Church. In this brief video clip from his teaching series The Basics of the Christian Life, Sinclair Ferguson discusses the importance of belonging to the church and the wonderful witness of our fellowship and community.
  • How Do I Know That God Is for Me? Sinclair Ferguson writes “We can be sure that God is for us because this God, the God of the Bible, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to the cross for us all. If this is true, Paul affirms, we can be confident He will give us everything we will ever need. This is the only sure way we can know that God is for us.
  • How Tim Keller Seeks to Pray Without Ceasing. Tim Keller writes “I would encourage others to do the same thing I did with Calvin: take these as examples and use them to compose your own. Having something written, which I can read and use as a basis for prayer to God—and taking only one minute for each—has been extremely helpful for remembering the presence of God and the truths I learned that morning in Bible reading. It “frames” the entire day with God and the gospel.”
  • For Jesus’s Sake, Be Kind. Trevin Wax writes “We are to show kindness even to people who may be deemed “unworthy” of receiving it, but this kindness cannot be reduced to a spirit of civility, a bland attempt to “be nice” to people. Niceness and kindness are not the same thing. Kindness requires intentional action.”
  • When Christianity Doesn’t Work. Michael Horton writes “Christianity offers hope even when it doesn’t work.”
  • Tim and Kathy Keller on Dating, Marriage, Complementarianism, and Other Small Topics. Matt Smethurst corresponds with Tim and Kathy about advice for dating couples, the beauty of complementarianism, counsel for parents in the little years, and more.
  • What Does It Mean to Be Ready to Meet the Lord? Randy Alcorn writes “First of all, and most importantly, being ready to meet the Lord means you’ve made sure of your relationship with Jesus Christ, and are trusting only Him to save you – not anyone or anything else, and certainly not any good works you’ve done.”

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week


  • If we say we believe the doctrines of grace but do not show grace to others, we do not understand the doctrines of grace. Burk Parsons
  • There is no entrance into the kingdom of heaven that does not march through the gate marked repentance. Kevin DeYoung
  • If you do not believe in God’s wrath there is no real need for the sacrifice on Calvary’s hill. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • The great need is for us to be taught theologically, not just stirred emotionally. Alistair Begg
  • Jesus cannot be just liked. His claims make us either kill him or crown him. Tim Keller
  • The glory of the gospel is that God pronounces people “just” while they are still sinners. R.C. Sproul
  • Grace is only given to those who know they’re beggars, and beggars only know they’re beggars because grace is given to them. Burk Parsons
  • The safest place to be is in the will of God, but the safe place may not be the will of God. God has not called us to live in safety but only in the will of God. The best life is doing daily God’s will. H.B. Charles Jr.
  • The Lord intends to educate us by non-success as well as by success. Charles Spurgeon

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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