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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • The World Is Catechizing Us Whether We Realize It or Not. Kevin DeYoung writes “Here’s the reality facing every Christian in the West: the money, power, and prestige of the mainstream media, big time sports, big business, big tech, and almost all the institutions of education and entertainment are invested in making sin look normal.”
  • Explainer: What You Should Know About COVID-19 Booster Vaccines. The ERLC Staff write “Federal regulators are likely to approve booster vaccines for all three approved COVID-19 vaccines — Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — starting six months after inoculation, according to recent news reports. The Biden administration and companies have said that there should be enough supply for boosters that they plan to begin distributing more widely on Sept. 20. Here is what you should know about COVID-19 booster vaccines.”
  • Texas Law Authorizes Anyone in U.S. to Enforce Its New Abortion Ban. Joe Carter writes “The U.S. Supreme Court has refused, for now, to intervene in a Texas law that would ban nearly all abortions in the state—and allows anyone in the U.S. to enforce it.”

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  • The Body of Christ. In this message from the 2021 Ligonier National Conference, Burk Parsons emphasizes the eternal significance of devoting ourselves to the life and ministry of the local church.
  • Death Will Teach You What to Say Today. Kaitlin Miller writes “So, if today turned out to be our final day on earth, what would we not want left unsaid? If we had our own deathbed moments with those we love, holding their hands and looking into their eyes, what would we want to be sure they knew? And what’s stopping us from speaking those words today while we still have the time?”

  • Jesus: The Only Savior. R.C. Sproul writes “I cannot imagine an affirmation that would meet with more resistance from contemporary Westerners than the one Paul makes in 1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. “This declaration is narrow and downright un-American.”
  • The Providence of God. In this message from the 2021 Ligonier National Conference, Derek Thomas turns to the book of Job to see how the sovereignty of God brings us present peace and eternal hope amid suffering.
  • What Does Sola Scriptura Mean? John MacArthur writes “The Reformation principle of sola Scripturahas to do with the sufficiency of Scripture as our supreme authority in all spiritual matters. Sola Scriptura simply means that all truth necessary for our salvation and spiritual life is taught either explicitly or implicitly in Scripture. It is not a claim that all truth of every kind is found in Scripture.”
  • If God Is For Us: Standing Accused With Romans 8. Dan Doriani writes “It remains for us to take this to heart. Everyone stands accused at some point. If the accusation is true, let us repent and receive the gift of justification. If it is false, let us trust our all-seeing Advocate. May his Spirit grant an additional grace—that his voice so resounds in our ears and hearts that we find solace in his vindication.”

  • What Are We Missing If We Neglect the Psalms? In this short video, Robert Godfrey explains the importance of the Psalms.
  • How Will Love Grow Cold In The End Times? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I have a question about what Jesus said in Matthew 24:12, where he said of the end times that ‘lawlessness will be increased’ and that ‘the love of many will grow cold.’ What does Jesus mean when he says love will grow cold? Where will this be evidenced? What is ‘cold love’? And how can we prevent this in our own lives?”
  • Can I Get My Hair Cut Under a Rainbow Flag? Laura Baxter responds to the question The place where I get my haircut has a sign outside that says “We don’t serve people who are unmasked, racist, or homophobic.” They also fly a rainbow flag all year long. I believe in a biblical definition of marriage, which I’m pretty sure would fit their definition of homophobic. So can I still get my haircut there?”
  • Is Faith a Work? The Bible teaches we’re justified by faith alone and not by our works. But since this faith is ours, doesn’t that mean faith is a work? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Stephen Nichols explains how people come to have faith in Christ.
  • Did Christ Already Return? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I write because I recently had a student tell me that her church believes that the second coming of Jesus has already occurred. She said that they believe Revelation was written about the sacking of Jerusalem by Rome in AD 70. I was caught off guard because I had never heard anyone say that Jesus had already returned. I believe the term for that belief is ‘preterist.’ Have you come across this position? And how do you respond to it?”
  • God Never Runs Out. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question Money runs out, food runs out, sex runs out, cars run out, time runs out, and people run out of time and die. But God never runs out. Can you elaborate on that subject? It seems like a reminder to not rely on things, but on the eternal God.”

Other Links of Interest

  • In the Lord I Take Refuge: Daily Devotions Through the Psalms with Dane Ortlund. I’m looking forward to this new podcast from Dane Ortlund based on his book In the Lord I Take Refuge, which I am enjoying as a part of my daily devotional reading.
  • The Things Worth Dying For: A Conversations with Archbishop Charles Chaput. On this episode of Thinking in Public, Albert Mohler visits with Charles Joseph Chaput, a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the author of several books, but his two most recent, Strangers in a Strange Land, and Things Worth Dying For, are the topic of conversation for this episode of Thinking in Public.
  • Gentle Savior, Gentle Shepherd. Speaking at TGC’s 2021 National Conference, Dane Ortlund delivered a message titled“Gentle Savior, Gentle Shepherd.” He addressed a common insufficiency many believers—and church leaders specifically—possess when it comes to really knowing Christ.
  • Ask Ligonier with Robert Godfrey. On Thursday, August 26, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey joined the Ask Ligonier team as a special guest to answer biblical and theological questions live online.

  • If Jesus was really, bodily raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, then evil and injustice will be vanquished forever— and death and suffering banished forever. Everything will be all right. Tim Keller
  • A good reminder: The church is primarily a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints. Tim Keller
  • The genius of the divine salvation by faith is that in it we are personally, actively united to Jesus Christ, but in a way that contributes nothing to His work. Sinclair Ferguson
  • We must strive to hold ourselves accountable to practice forgiveness and reconciliation. Our mutual love for one another is how the world will see who Jesus is. Tim Keller
  • If Christ be anything, He must be everything. Charles Spurgeon
  • Grace means that the Spirit carries your groanings to the Father, in those distressful moments when you do not know how to pray. Paul Tripp
  • We should habitually seek out others who know more than we do about a subject and learn from them. We should have an entire life marked by being teachable rather than opinionated. Tim Keller
  • Everyone believes in God, but not everyone believes God. If you only believe in God but don’t believe God you don’t know God. Burk Parsons
  • The more we look at Christ, the more there is to see. 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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