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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • Failure Need Not Be Final. Zack Eswine writes “Like many of us, the apostle Peter was acquainted with failures and their relentless reminders. How did Peter come to believe this grace-truth that failure isn’t final, that a failed Christian isn’t a finished Christian?”
  • The Most Accessible Person in the Universe. There is no minimum bar you need to get over to get to him. All you have to do is collapse to get into the heart of Christ. Watch this short video from Dane Ortlund.

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  • Can I Be Angry With God and Be Holy? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question I’m wondering if we can be honestly angry at God for things that happen to our lives? Or is such a response out of the question?”
  • Ask Anything with Albert Mohler. On August 28, Albert Mohler held an Ask Anything event at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
  • What is the Difference Between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Derek Thomas, Burk Parsons, and Robert Godfrey speak on God’s relationship to His people throughout history.
  • How Do I Address My Spouse’s Ongoing Sin? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to a question that reads in part I am married to a professing Christian husband with a twenty-year history of hidden porn use. He’s confessed it, though he struggles also with sins like lying to look good, not disciplining his children, and using a flippant demeanor. These are continuing with regularity in my husband’s life. As far as I can tell, he’s not showing fruits of repentance. My question: How do I, as a wife, relate to him biblically?”
  • How Do I Grow in My Trust in God When I am Struggling to Trust Him? The Christian life is one of faith, and sometimes we can find it difficult to trust the Lord. From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson encourages believers who are desiring to grow in their trust in God.
  • Who Will Judge the World? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question My question is about who will judge the world finally — Jesus, the Father, or the word of Christ? Of course, John 3:17and John 12:47 tell us that Jesus did not come into the world the first time to play the role of judge. I understand that. That comes later. And as John 5:22 says it, it’s not the Father who judges in the end, but Christ. But then other passages, like 1 Peter 1:17, seem to actually say, no, the Father judges in the end. And then John 12:48–49 says final judgment comes from the word of Christ, under the authority of the Father. Can you help me understand all this? In the end, who judges the world?”
  • What is the Difference Between Faith and Hope? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “I have a question about two words in Scripture — namely,faith and First Peter 1:21 says that Christ’s work was ‘so that your faith and hope are in God.’ My initial understanding was that faith is rooted in past grace — namely, the cross. But hope is rooted in future grace, specifically the revelation of Jesus (1 Peter 1:13). However, Hebrews 11:1 and 1 Peter 1:21 seem to define faith as something rooted in the future, while also distinguishing it from hope. So, can you help me understand the distinction then between faith and hope?”
  • How Do Passions Wage War Against the Soul? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question Can you explain to me 1 Peter 2:11, and how these ‘passions of the flesh’ actually ‘wage war against’ the soul? How do these passions threaten the soul? Can you explain how this works?”
  • Do Reformed Protestants and Roman Catholics Understand Grace Differently? When Reformed Christians and Roman Catholics speak of grace, are we actually talking about two different things? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson contrasts the Protestant understanding of grace with Roman Catholic theology.
  • Is Double Predestination Biblical? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question I have a question about 1 Timothy 2:4, and how it, when read in context, pertains to the doctrine of double predestination. To me, double predestination seems a logical result of the doctrine of predestination. This verse seems to refute it. How do double predestination and this verse hold up together? Also, if addressing 1 Peter 2:8would be applicable, I would appreciate that as well. My understanding of one verse contradicts my understanding of the other. I know the Bible is cohesive, but I’m unsure how to reconcile these texts.”

  • The State of Theology. What do Americans believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible? Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partnered to find out. Every two years, they take the theological temperature of the United States to help Christians better understand today’s culture and to equip the church with better insights for discipleship. Read some of the key findings from 2022 below and explore the data.
  • 3 Objections to the Doctrine of Election. Tim Keller writes “The doctrine of election—that those who freely come to God are those whom God has freely chosen—is easy to understand, and clearly taught in God’s Word, but it is not easy to accept. It has given thoughtful believers problems for centuries, and continues to do so today.”
  • What Does It Mean When We Pray “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread?” In this short video, Kevin DeYoung states “This is still a powerful reminder and a necessary prayer because even though we may see grocery stores around every corner, we still are dependent upon God to give us what we need.”
  • What is Biblical Stewardship?C. Sproul writes “Fundamentally, stewardship is about exercising our God-given dominion over His creation, reflecting the image of our creator God in His care, responsibility, maintenance, protection, and beautification of His creation.”
  • “Judge Not”. Kevin DeYoung writes “Matthew 7:1is one of the most needed and one of the most abused statements in the Bible.”

  • We too often worry about tomorrow because our focus is on tomorrow and not on our God who is sovereign over tomorrow. Burk Parsons
  • Just because you can’t see or imagine a good reason why God might allow something to happen doesn’t mean there can’t be one. This is one of the hardest truths to hold while suffering. Tim Keller
  • As I stand in God’s presence and He looks at me, I hear Him say: “Where have I seen that righteousness before? Come near. I recognize it now. That is My Son’s righteousness you are wearing. Enter! You are welcome—and safe—here.’” Sinclair Ferguson
  • The gospel isn’t a summons to work harder to reach God, it’s the story of how God sovereignly worked all things together to reach you. Burk Parsons
  • The more times we are in narrow straits, and we see God bring us through, the more peace and courage we will have as time goes on. Tim Keller
  • The world wants us Christians to affirm every religious belief except our own. Burk Parsons
  • God doesn’t give us hypothetical grace in lifetime supply. He gives us what we need today—one day at a time. Tim Keller
  • No matter how deep our darkness, he is deeper still. Corrie ten Boom
  • The LORD will receive my prayer. He will accept it, think of it, and grant it in the way and time which his loving wisdom judges to be best. Charles Spurgeon
  • May our passion for Christ always be greater than our passion for an easy and comfortable life. 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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