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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • How Should Christians View Sunday? Sinclair Ferguson writes “Hebrews teaches us that eternal glory is a Sabbath rest. Every day, all day, will be “Father’s Day!” Thus, if here and now we learn the pleasures of a God-given weekly rhythm, it will no longer seem strange to us that the eternal glory can be described as a prolonged Sabbath!”
  • God-Centered Prayer. Derek Thomas tells us that our prayers reveal much about us.
  • 6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World. Carl Trueman writes “Sooner or later every single one of us is likely to be faced with a challenging situation generated by the modern notion of selfhood. And this means that for all of us the questions of how we should live and what we should do when facing pressure to conform are gaining in urgency. Here are six ways Christians should respond to this new world.”
  • 5 Ways to Maintain Unity amid Disagreement. Dan Doriani writes “We may want fellow believers to agree on social issues, but a church that opens its doors to its community—a church where unbelievers gladly attend—can expect both members and attenders to sometimes disagree. Is there a better way to maintain a unified community amid disagreement?”

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  • The Key to Knowing God’s Will. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “In Colossians 1:9, Paul uses the terms ‘knowledge,’ ‘wisdom,’ and ‘understanding.’ Do these terms each have a different meaning? How do these three words relate to each other in the context of that passage?”
  • What Would We Be Missing if Our Bibles Lacked the Book of Galatians? What would Christians be lacking if the book of Galatians were absent from our Bibles? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas points out the essential teaching of this early epistle.
  • Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to “My question is on 1 Peter 1:4, where the apostle refers to an ‘inheritance’ which is ‘reserved’ for us in heaven. This got me thinking about Matthew 6:20, where Jesus commands us to ‘lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.’ My question is about the relationship between the inheritance Peter refers to as being reserved for us right now and the treasure Jesus tells us to lay up for ourselves over time. One seems static, the other dynamic. Are they the same? Are they different? If they are different, how do they relate?”
  • What Can We Know Biblically About Hell? Hell is often an avoided subject today, even by many Christians. From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson considers what we learn from the Bible’s descriptions of hell and why this is an important subject to contemplate.
  • Is My Humorous Personality a Liability? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “A question I have wondered about for a while is these commands to Christians in general, and requirements for elders specifically, that we be sober-minded. I see this in texts like 1 Timothy 3:2112 Timothy 4:5Titus 2:21 Peter 1:134:75:8. I ask because my question is about humor. My default mode is outgoing and humorous. So, I’ve wondered if maybe this is something I must repent of. I can understand not wanting to make light of things that are serious or holy. But do these commands to be sober-minded mean we should be serious all the time?”
  • Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to questions that can be summarized as “Should we encourage non-Christians to pray for faith? Or is a faithless prayer like that basically pointless?
  • What Makes a Christian Distinctly Protestant? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey identifies the formal principle of the Reformation: the doctrine of “sola Scriptura.”
  • What Will God’s People Be Doing in the New Heavens and the New Earth? What will life be like for God’s people in the new heavens and the new earth? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas imagines life after the resurrection, when God’s work of redemption is consummated.

  • Why R.C. Whispered Instead of Shouted. Writing about a sermon that R.C. Sproul delivered at a Together for the Gospel conference, Tim Challies writes “In the years since, I have often contemplated what made this message so powerful. And in watching and rewatching it, I am convinced that it was a combination of substance and style—of preaching that accounted not only for whatwas said, but also for how. Part of what made the message so powerful, and what made this crescendo so powerful, is that R.C. whispered instead of shouted.”
  • TABLE FORTY PODCAST: Christian Day at the Ballpark with the St. Louis Cardinals. The St. Louis Cardinals hosted their 30th annual Christian Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, and “Table Forty” podcast hosts Matt and Leslee Holliday were the guest speakers. Matt and Leslee then held a panel discussion with Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol, bench coach Skip Schumaker, pitcher Adam Wainwright, and All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. That discussion was recorded for this podcast.

  • For the Christian, every Lord’s Day is to be a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. R.C. Sproul
  • Humility and gratefulness are the closest companions, and entitlement is their greatest enemy. Burk Parsons
  • To pray “in Jesus’ name” isn’t a magic phrase. It is a declaration of humility as we approach God confidently only on the basis of Christ’s life and work. Tim Keller
  • Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. Preach the gospel to yourself every day. Jerry Bridges
  • Jesus took the tree of death so you could have the tree of life. Tim Keller
  • In times of trouble, one way to defeat fear or discouragement is to focus your thoughts on how best to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of others. Paul Tripp
  • Truth doesn’t have to try to be cool or popular. Burk Parsons
  • We may weaken in our pursuit of God, but God’s grace won’t weaken in its pursuit of us. Paul Tripp
  • 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

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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