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

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  • Where is God in a Coronavirus World? Watch RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) President Michael Ramsden and Professor John Lennox discuss Lennox’s new book, Where is God in a Coronavirus World? The event includes a Q&A.
  • Is God Sovereign Over Viruses? Gene Veith writes “The fallen world is a hard place to live. And yet, God’s sovereignty mitigates that world. Though the bad things that happen are in accord with His sovereign will, He continues to love His creation. The beauties, satisfactions, and pleasures of life are the deeper signs of God’s sovereignty.”
  • Where Can We Turn in Fearful Times? Leonardo De Chirico writes “In order to deal with fear without succumbing to it, we need to fear God and God alone.”
  • How Should Christians Respond to Times of Suffering? When crisis strikes, people often say, “I’ll never be the same after this.” The real danger would be that we’re left exactly the same after the dust has settled. From the Ligonier livestream event Made in the Image of God, Sinclair Ferguson examines how Christians should respond to the suffering of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Do We Really Want to Go Back to Normal? Trevin Wax writes “The question we should ask, then, is not when will we get back to normal but should we want to go back to normal? And the follow-up question: What should the new normal be?”  

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Death, Suffering and Grief

  • The Fright of Death: How Conscience Makes Cowards of Us All. Tim Keller writes “Rather than living in fear of death, we should see death as spiritual smelling salts that will awaken us out of our false belief that we will live forever.”
  • The Olasky Interview: Joni Eareckson Tada. On this episode of The Olasky Interview, Marvin Olasky and Joni Eareckson Tada discuss Joni’s own suffering, and what it looks like to minister to those who are suffering.
  • Clinging to God in Grief. On this episode of the Gospel Coalition podcast, Danielle Anderson, Nancy Guthrie, and Vaneetha Risner share their experiences with grief, and the grace they’ve discovered along the way.

  • Blessing and Praise: Benedictions & Doxologies in Scripture. You may, like me, have found peace in getting outside and taking more walks during this time. On my walks, I have been encouraged listening to this new teaching series by H.B. Charles Jr., which you can stream free from Ligonier, through at least June 30.
  • Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History. Are you looking for something good to watch during these days? My wife Tammy and I have watched two episodes (available on Amazon Prime) from Tim Challies’ new documentary Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History (also available in book form, which I plan to read soon). We chose episodes that covered areas that we have traveled to (England and Scotland). You can watch for free the episode on India. Very well done.
  • Updated Version of NASB. Adam Ford writes “John MacArthur announced this week that a group of scholars from his Master’s University is working on a new translation of the Bible called the Legacy Standard Bible, which will be an updated version of the New American Standard Bible that MacArthur has favored for decades.”

Doug Michael’s Cartoon of the Week

  • Relationships are costly. Whatever it will cost you to be with God is nothing compared to what it cost Him to be with you. Tim Keller
  • It is idolatry to worship the true God by a wrong method. Charles Spurgeon
  • The things you daydream about in your spare time are ultimately the things you serve. Tim Keller
  • Our task as Christians is not to discover the secret will of God but instead to learn the revealed will of God. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Those who resist criticism, especially fair criticism, show themselves to be unhealthy people. Unhealthy people, when criticized, tend to spin, manipulate, and regroup. Healthy people, on the other hand, confess and repent. Scott Sauls
  • To be indifferent to doctrine is thus but another way of saying we are indifferent to Christianity. B.B. Warfield
  • The church is not a museum for pristine saints, but a hospital ward for broken sinners. Tim Keller
  • Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God. Martin Luther
  • You need more than the removal of your sins to find acceptance with holy God. You need the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Steven Lawson

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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