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

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  • Vaccines and the Christian Worldview: Principles for Christian Thinking in the Context of COVID. Albert Mohler writes “Reasonable Christians and Christian parents will differ over whether or not to take the vaccine. But, speaking personally, I will take this vaccine as soon as it is available to me. I will take it not only for what I hope will be the good of my own health, but for others as well. I will seek to encourage others to take the vaccine. Encouragement, however, is very different from coercion.”
  • The Cult of Christian Trumpism. Michael Horton writes “While worrying about secularists outside, many of us have failed to reckon with the secularization right under our noses, as the rich cuisine of biblical faith is traded for a mess of pop-culture stew. This idolatry inhibits the church’s work of evangelism in myriad ways.”
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. Joe Carter writes “Here is what you should know about the person who will be the first woman, first African American, and first Asian American vice president in the history of the United States.”

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  • My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2020. Collin Hansen, editorial director for The Gospel Coalition shares his most important theology stories of 2020.
  • The Sweetness of Christ in 2020. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “As you look back on the year, what has God been showing you?”
  • Editor’s Choice: The Best of 2020. Collin Hansen, editorial director for The Gospel Coalition writes “This year’s picks for Editor’s Choice indicate the effects of COVID-19 around the world. You’ll also see evidence of God’s faithfulness to deliver on every promise, his undaunted commitment to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.”
  • 15 Good News Trends from 2020. Joe Carter writes “Over the past year, God has provided a range of blessings that have changed a negative trend to a positive one, improving our lives and the lives of our neighbors—both in the U.S. and across the globe. As we reflect on the end of the year, we should give thanks to God for these 15 “good news” trends.”
  • 20 Pieces of Goodness in 2020 Pop Culture. I appreciated these bright spots in the cultural landscape at the end of a dark year from Brett McCracken.
  • The Best Movies of 2020. Brett McCracken shares his 10 favorites films, 10 honorable mentions, as well as 10 excellent documentaries released in 2020.
  • Top 10 YouTubes of 2020. Denny Burk shares his annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year.

  • A Word of Hope in Scorched Places. Melissa Kruger writes “This year has left most of us weary and worn, traveling through hardships and loss. Isaiah 58:11is a needed word of hope: in the midst of our scorched places, he alone satisfies, strengthens, and refreshes us.”
  • A Word of Hope for Strained Relationships. As we head into 2021, Jen Pollock Michel offers three paths for hope in our strained relationships.
  • Beyond Death. Steve Garber writes “There are mysteries in this life, questions with answers that are hard to come by, difficult to make sense of, perplexing to live with. The meaning of heaven, and the meaning of earth, are like that. What are they? What do they mean? Can we ever know enough to know enough?”
  • The Bible is a Lifelong Project. David Mathis writes “If I could broadly commend a single spiritual discipline, or “habit of grace,” that might be the most important next step that many could take into this new year, it would be hearing God’s voice in his word.”
  • WWJD? Live an Outcast-Driven Life. Dan Doriani writes “Instead of asking who is (and isn’t) our neighbor, we should become neighbors to the needy who cross our path.”

  • If a person has grasped grace, they do justice. If they don’t, they say they are grateful for God’s grace, but in the heart, they are far from him. Not caring for the poor reveals that at best one doesn’t understand grace and at worst you may not have encountered Gods saving mercy. Tim Keller
  • Let’s live in such a way that makes Christianity look beautiful to the world. Burk Parsons
  • The Spirit does not add new information about Jesus. He simply opens our eyes to see who He really is. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience and turning every conversation toward myself and self-interest. Tim Keller
  • If our sins be forgiven, our best things are yet to come. J.C. Ryle
  • I am profoundly grateful to God that He did not grant me certain things for which I asked, and that He shut certain doors in my face. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • True peace will be found nowhere but in Christ. John Calvin
  • To insist doctrine doesn’t matter is really a doctrine itself. Tim Keller
  • The reason prayer is hard is because dying to ourselves, humbling ourselves, getting over ourselves, and coming to the end of ourselves is so hard. Burk Parsons

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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