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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • The FAQs: Supreme Court Ruling Protects Faith-Affirming Foster Care. Joe Carter writes “On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, an important religious-liberty case involving faith-based foster care and adoption providers. The unanimous decision of the Court is that Philadelphia violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by refusing to contract with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for foster care unless it agreed to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.
  • A Particular Disapproval of Gay Pride. John Piper writes “Biblically faithful Christians do not disapprove of Gay Pride the way non-Christians do. Christian disapproval is peculiar. It is rooted in, sustained by, and aimed at realities for which non-Christians have no taste: the cross of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the glory of God. It is Trinitarian: God the Son, God the Spirit, and God the Father.”
  • Should the Church Support the Total Abolition of Abortion? Abortion is one of the greatest sins that has ever marred the history of civilization. How should Christians respond to this evil and work toward bringing it to an end? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Sinclair Ferguson and Burk Parsons respond.
  • Voddie Baucham at NRB on “Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement”. Eric Metaxas interviews Voddie Baucham about his excellent new book Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, which I’m reading and discussing with a few friends.

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  • We’re Called to Make Disciples, not Simply Converts. R.C. Sproul writes “When we’re involved in discipleship, we do not graduate until we get to heaven. Discipleship is a lifelong experience of learning the mind of Christ and following the will of Christ, submitting ourselves in complete obedience to His lordship.”
  • Help! I’m Feeling Anxious about . . . Everything. David Murray writes “When you’re anxious about everything, look at God’s creation, listen to God’s questions, rest in God’s caring control, and follow God’s priorities for peace instead of worry.”

  • What are the “Elementary Principles of the World” in Galatians 4:3? What are the “elementary principles of the world” that once enslaved us, according to Galatians 4:3? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson describes how our relationship to God’s law changes when we come to Christ.
  • Does Romans 7 Depict a Jew Under the Law or a Believer Struggling with Sin? In the second half of Romans 7, is the Apostle Paul describing his past as an unconverted Jew living under the law or his present struggle with sin as a believer? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Derek Thomas and Steven Lawson place this passage in context.
  • Should Christians Visit Cemeteries? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What should Christians accomplish and take away from cemetery visits?”
  • Why Should Christians Study the Old Testament? So much of what we know about Jesus and His redeeming work is rooted in the Old Testament Scriptures. From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey underscores the importance of studying the Old Testament for a fuller understanding of the Christian faith.
  • Who is the Disciple Jesus Loved? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “In John 21:7we read about a ‘disciple whom Jesus loved.’ Can you tell me who this is? And why is he referenced like this? I assume Jesus loved all his disciples. Is there any takeaway for us in the love designation directed to this one disciple?”
  • Are Arminians Saved? Arminian theology has serious consequences on the life and thinking of a professing Christian. From one of Ligonier’s Ask, R.C. Sproul explains why we should be glad that many Arminians are inconsistent in their doctrine.

  • Christians, Beware the Blame Game. Carl Trueman writes “The church’s exile from mainstream culture is going to be hard, but the Bible makes it clear that she wins in the end. The gates of hell shall not prevail against her.”
  • It’s Not About You: How Biblical Theology Transforms Bible Study. On this episode of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast we hear a workshop recorded live at The Gospel Coalition 2021 National Conference. Nancy Guthrie works through seven ways biblical theology transforms Bible study, as well as ways teachers can develop a deeper grasp of biblical theology.
  • 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.”
  • God Is Always at Work for Us and for Our Good. Robert Godfrey writes “This psalm (Psalm 18) reminds all of us that God is always at work for us and for our good. In the New Testament, the Apostle John makes the same point: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We do not need to fear, for God will save us in His good time. We should praise God for His mercy and help as this psalm does.”

Other Interesting Links

  • Because of Jesus, there is always hope, even in the darkest moments of your life. Tim Keller
  • It is not your hold of Christ that saves you, but his hold of you. Charles Spurgeon
  • Hardship should never be interpreted as the absence of your Lord. Paul Tripp
  • God is not like a chess player casually moving us pawns around on a board. Nor is it usually clear until years later, if ever in this life, what good God was accomplishing in the difficulties we suffered. Tim Keller
  • Prayer is hard because dying to self, humbling ourselves, coming to the end of ourselves and admitting we’re helpless is hard. Burk Parsons
  • If you seek righteousness first, you get happiness through contentment. If you seek happiness first, you get none of them. Tim Keller
  • Your goal in biblical study is not just to master its theology, but to have every area of your life mastered by the One who is at the center of that theology. Paul Tripp
  • Doing justice for our neighbors, whether they believe in Christ or not is, paradoxically, one of the best recommendations for the faith. Like Jesus, we must be mighty in both word and deed (Luke 24: 19). Tim Keller
  • Let our present privileges awaken us to present duty, and now, while life lasts, let us spend and be spent for our sweet Lord Jesus. 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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