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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • 5 Pending Supreme Court Cases Christians Should Know About. Joe Carter writes “The U.S. Supreme Court’s fall term opens this week with a number of cases that are of interest to Christians. Here are five specific cases you should know about that deal with abortion or religious liberty.”

  • You Need Christ to Put Your Sin to Death. Dane Ortlund writes “Right now, every one of us who is in Christ is either killing sin or being killed by sin. Either getting stronger or getting weaker.”
  • 9 Wrong Ways to Read the Bible (And One Better Way). In this excerpt from his new book Deeper, Dane Ortlund writes “Perhaps it seems obvious that the Bible is good news. How else would we read it? Here are nine common but wrong ways to read the Bible”.
  • Men, Are You Submissive? Michael Kruger writes “Submission is not a female virtue; it’s a Christianvirtue”.
  • 9 Tips for Making the Most of Your Bible Study. Jen Wilkin writes “As you read the Bible devotionally, seek to complement this with time in which you also build a basic knowledge of Scripture. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of that time.”

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  • Has God Abandoned Me? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to a question about spiritual desertion.
  • How Can I Speak to My Non-Reformed Friends about Reformed Theology? How should we discuss the subject of Reformed theology with our non-Reformed friends? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Steven Lawson encourages us to drive our theological conversations directly to the Scriptures.
  • How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High’? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “My question comes from Psalm 91:1. What does it mean to ‘dwell in the shelter of the Most High’ and to ‘abide in the shadow of the Almighty?’ Is there a New Testament equivalent to this for believers in Christ? And is the practice of daily Scripture reading part of it?”
  • Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God’s Eyes? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “A coworker asked me if I thought God honored secular marriages. My gut reaction was yes. My coworker said no. He believes that if two parties don’t believe in God, then God is not in that marriage, and therefore God does not recognize the marriage. He went further to state that God does not even hear non-Christian prayers. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know how to respond or defend my opposition to his stance. Is there biblical backing for the legitimacy of secular marriages?”
  • What is Dispensationalism? Robert Godfrey responds to the question “What is Dispensationalism?”

  • Reformation Study Bible Student Edition. “The Reformation Study Bible,Student Edition is built on the trusted teaching of Dr. R.C. Sproul to help you dig deeper into the Scriptures to find answers and direction for all of life. Grasp the Bible’s meaning with verse-by-verse notes from more than seventy-five pastors and Bible teachers, gain clarity with hundreds of questions and answers that address key subjects of the Christian faith, and apply the knowledge of God to daily living with many practical lessons from every book of the Bible.”
  • ESV Concise Study Bible. “The ESV Concise Study Biblewas created to help readers explore the essential meaning of the Bible. Inspired by the best-selling ESV Study Bible, this robust Bible offers fresh content for new believers and seasoned saints alike, explaining difficult phrases, defining key terms, identifying important people and places, and highlighting links between biblical passages.”
  • A New Order of the Ages Indeed: A Conversation With Historian Gordon S. Wood About the U.S. Constitution and the American Revolution. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler talks with Gordon Wood, a renowned scholar of American history. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books. His most recent book, Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Republicis the topic of this episode of Thinking in Public.

  • You are underqualified for the job of being master and commander of your own life. So is every other human being as well. Tim Keller
  • When life presses in on you, remind yourself of the words of your Lord, “All power is given to me in heaven and on earth and behold, I am with you always.” Paul Tripp
  • I am profoundly grateful to God that He did not grant me certain things for which I asked, and that He shut doors in my face. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mold my will into His. Tim Keller
  • Religion does not consist in doing great things, for which few of us have frequent opportunities, but in doing the little necessary things of daily occurrence with a cheerful spirit, as to the Lord. John Newton
  • God’s sovereign and loving care frees us from the burden of all the “what if’s” and “if onlys” that would otherwise haunt us. Paul Tripp
  • Evangelism isn’t a fish on your car, a cross around your neck, or your personal testimony. Evangelism is proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Burk Parsons
  • Men who delight in God desire or ask for nothing but what will please God. Charles Spurgeon 
  • You will never be smarter than God, your plan for your life will never be better than God’s plan for you, what you want for you will never better than what your Savior has died to give you. Paul Tripp
  • If we were God, we wouldn’t save adulterers and murderers like David, religious terrorists like Paul, doubters like Thomas, deniers like Peter, or wretched sinners like you and me. 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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