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

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  • Many Out of One? Carl Trueman writes “By choosing to reject its ability to foster unity as an institution, with ceremonies rooted in notions of shared identity, Columbia is a microcosm for what is happening in the nation.”
  • They’re Coming for Oral Roberts University, and that Means They Are Coming for You Too. Albert Mohler writes “The only question that remains is this: Will your school capitulate or stand firm in the truth of God and the promises of his Word? Whether you realize it or not, you are making that decision right now.”

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  • What Is Self-Discipline? Steven Lawson writes “Growth in personal holiness is largely determined by our progress in self-discipline. Without this foundational discipline, there can be no advancement in grace.”
  • Greatness Redefined. Trevin Wax writes “Are you trying to achieve greatness by your own victories and accomplishments? Jesus shows us that true greatness is not found in promoting ourselves, but in demoting ourselves. Do you want greatness? Strive to have the same attitude of Christ Jesus, giving up status, going to the cross, and resting in His seal of approval.”

  • How Can I Fight Sin Without Losing Sight of Christ? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses the question How can I rest in being justified if I need obedience as the evidence to truly know that I am justified?”
  • What Do You Think of Decisional Regeneration? Do we need to believe in Jesus Christ in order to be born again, or must we be born again before we can believe? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson outlines the problematic effects of answering this question incorrectly.
  • How Can I Serve the Dying? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question What tools should I have available to minister to the terminally ill?”
  • How Do You “Work Out Your Own Salvation with Fear and Trembling”? The Apostle Paul instructs Christians in Philippi to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12-13). From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson explains what this means and how this fear is cultivated.
  • What Didn’t Christ Accomplish? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses the question “What didn’t Christ accomplish that we have somehow tricked ourselves into believing he did? I’m thinking of wealth, comfort, and the good life today. Can we go too far by promising things Christ did not accomplish for us today?”
  • What Does it Mean for God to “give people up” to Their Sin (Rom. 1:24)? When someone is able to flaunt God’s law to his heart’s content, it may be a sign that he is under God’s wrath. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson explains that divine judgment often manifests itself in allowing sinners to reap the consequences of their own rebellion.
  • How Does God’s Truth Inform All of Life? In this short video, Alistair Begg explains how God’s truth has implications for everything.
  • Since We’re Justified by Faith Alone, How Should We Understand Jesus’ Words in Luke 9:23–24? True saving faith is not mere head knowledge or sentimental emotion. From one of Ligonier’s live events, Steven Lawson shows that following the Lord in faith involves a decisive break with our old selves and entrusting our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Should I Forgive Those Who are Unrepentant? On this episode of the TGC Q&A podcast, Tim Challies and Tony Merida address the question “Should I Forgive Those Who are Unrepentant?”

  • 2022 Ligonier National Conference. Registration is open for the 2022 Ligonier National Conference, which will be held in Orlando March 24-26. The theme will be Upholding Christian Ethics. Speakers include John MacArthur, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Reeves and more.
  • 9 Things You Should Know About the Westminster Confession. John Bower considers nine essential elements of the Westminster Confession whereby the 17th-century Reformed church can be seen as standing arm in arm with the 21st-century church and beyond.

  • Searching for Grace Podcast. As a companion to their book Searching for Grace: A Weary Leader, a Wise Mentor, and Seven Healing Conversations for a Parched Soul, Scotty Smith and Russ Masterson launched this podcast. The first four guests have been Scott Sauls, Paul Tripp, David Zahl and Dan Allender.
  • The Theological Roots of Capitalism: A Conversation with Economist Benjamin M. Friedman. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler visits with Benjamin M. Friedman, the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, and former Chair of the Department of Economics, at Harvard University, about his book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism.

  • God will give us what we need but not until we need it. One day at a time. Kathy Keller
  • The only person in the universe whose opinion counts looks at me and He finds me more valuable than all the jewels in creation. Tim Keller
  • The sin that is killing you the most right now is the one you are most defensive about or just completely unaware of. Tim Keller
  • Since justification is God’s Last-Day verdict about us, it is complete and final. It has been marvelously brought forward for us to enjoy in the present day. Sinclair Ferguson
  • You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need. Tim Keller
  • Christ did not come to take your side, but to take over. In saving you, he also claims you—your ideas, your love life, your money, your time, your politics, your work. A few minor tweaks here and there won’t be sufficient. Being your Savior means he is also your Lord. Scott Sauls
  • The issue on which everything stands is not whether or not you like Christianity, but whether or not He rose from the dead. Tim Keller
  • To be known by God means that God knows us perfectly, infinitely, intimately, and omnipotently. In short, it means God loves us. Stephen Nichols
  • Lord, help me to not care so much what others think of me. But help me to not even care so much about what I think of myself. Remind my heart that when you look on me you find me “in Christ” and see beauty. Let me rest in that. Amen. Tim Keller

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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