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  • Iain Murray at 90: A Birthday Tribute. Several years ago, my pastor and I drove up to the Chicago area on a cold winter night to see Iain Murray speak. Andrew Atherstone writes “Iain H. Murray, one of the world’s best-loved historians of evangelicalism, marked his 90th birthday on April 19. In a writing career stretching back more than six and a half decades, his contribution to the evangelical movement, especially as a popular biographer, has been phenomenal.”
  • Identity Politics, Opium of the People. Carl Trueman writes “Identity politics is the new religion of the United States.”
  • Senator Tim Scott Targets CRT Head-On. Denny Burk writes “Senator Scott’s speech is a happy exception to the false narratives, and I am grateful for it. I hope we will see more leaders recognize the danger of this false ideology and speak up. Our divided nation needs this kind of clarity more than ever.”
  • Who’s More Political: Progressive or Conservative Christians? George Yancy writes “It’s worth reflecting on the potential detrimental effects of the political activism of progressive Christians, just as we reflect on the detrimental effects of the political activism of conservative Christians.”

  • Being Public with Our Faith. Tim Keller writes “Doing evangelism today will take more patience, courage, and thoughtfulness than was needed a generation ago. And yet there is no substitute.”
  • How to Mortify Sin. Sinclair Ferguson turns to Paul to help us on how to mortify sin.
  • Welcome to Exile. It’s Going to Be OK. Alistair Begg writes “Christians are increasingly going to be seen as different, and not in a good way. We are increasingly going to have to choose between obedience and comfort. The next decades will not bring apathy to the gospel, but antagonism.”
  • Are You Addicted to Your Phone? (Take a Quiz to Find Out). Tim Challies introduces us to David Greenfield’s “Smartphone Compulsion Test”, and writes “Take the test and prayerfully reflect on the results, then perhaps simply ask yourself this: Are you okay with this? Is this what you want from your relationship with your phone? Or maybe this: Is your smartphone helping you live the life you want to live, or is it in some ways hindering it?

  • What is Providence?C. Sproul writes “Historically, Christians have had an acute sense that this is our Father’s world and that the affairs of men and nations, in the final analysis, are in His hands.”
  • Your Whole Bible is About Jesus. Matt Smethurst writes “From beginning to end, your Bible is an epic story about Jesus.”

  • How Can Christians Grieve Over Their Sin Without Denying God’s Grace? Even as our hearts break over our remaining sin, the ground of our justification remains as unshakable as ever. From one of Ligonier’s live events, Derek Thomas expresses the importance of reminding ourselves regularly of God’s grace in the gospel.
  • How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses these three questions regarding Ravi Zacharias “(1) Pastor John, how are you processing the tragedy yourself? (2) How should we think of his ministry legacy now? And (3) what would you say to those shaped deeply, or even converted, through his influence?”
  • Does Prayer Change God’s Mind?  R.C. Sproul writes “All that God does is for His glory first and for our benefit second. We pray because God commands us to pray, because it glorifies Him, and because it benefits us.”
  • What Are Angels Doing Today? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Can you tell me, what is the role of angels right now? What are they doing? And as Christians, what active role do they play in our lives today?”
  • Should We Pray to the Father, To the Son, Or to the Holy Spirit? When we pray, should we direct our prayers to the Father, to the Son, or to the Holy Spirit? From one of Ligonier’s live events, R.C. Sproul addresses how we are to bring our petitions to the triune God.
  • How Will We Become Sinless In Heaven? No Christian is fully perfected until he or she is glorified in heaven. From the 2016 Ligonier National Conference, R.C. Sproul and Ian Hamilton look to the moment when our sanctification will be complete.
  • Did Abraham Laugh at God’s Promise? In this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question: “In Genesis we read of Abraham going along with Sarah’s plan with Hagar to make Ishmael his heir. Later, when God tells him he and Sarah will bear a child at a hundred and ninety years old, respectively, he seems to laugh it off in unbelief. Therefore, how is it that Romans 4 celebrates Abraham’s unwavering faith? Does it tell us anything about how God views our own wavering faith in the end?”
  • Aren’t All Religions Basically the Same? On this edition of Wisdom Wednesday from Reformed Theological Seminary, Dr. James Anderson addresses this frequently asked question.
  • Ask Ligonier with Stephen Nichols. On April 27, Dr. Stephen Nichols was a guest on Ask Ligonier to answer biblical and theological questions live online. As the author of the new book C. Sproul: A Life, he also answered questions about Dr. Sproul’s life and ministry.
  • How Many Wills Does God Have? When the Bible mentions the “will of God,” is it always describing the same thing? From one of Ligonier’s live events, R.C. Sproul considers the several ways we are to understand God’s will in Scripture.


  • Jesus will always exceed our expectations. He will be more than what we can ask for or even imagine every time. Tim Keller
  • Sin is not just bad things, but good things we make ultimate over God. Tim Keller
  • Nothing in physical creation was designed to satisfy the longing of your heart. Paul Tripp
  • There is ultimately no such thing as unanswered prayer. If the answer at first is “no” or “not yet,” it is because he gives us what we want in ways better than we asked. Tim Keller
  • Jesus lived in our place. He was judged in our place. He died in our place. He provided us with the complete salvation we desperately need. Steven Lawson
  • The best way to love someone is to serve their best interest, even at your own expense. Tim Keller
  • In eternity, what every single person will be celebrating will not be personal accomplishments and successes, but rather, with endless joy, we will celebrate God and his amazing grace. Paul Tripp
  • You can’t have peace in the church without doctrinal purity in the church. True peace comes on account of the truth, not through compromise. Burk Parsons
  • Our bond with others in Christ should be stronger than our relationship to other members of our own racial and national groups. Tim Keller

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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