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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • How to Survive a Cultural Crisis. Mark Dever shares seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts we’re presently enduring.
  • Is Abortion a Woman’s Right? In the discussion about abortion, questions are often raised about the rights of women. In this video clip, R.C. Sproul uses Scripture to illustrate the distinction between how civil law often defines “rights” and how God, as the author of life, defines them.

  • Friend, You Can Be Ready to Die. Two Ways to Prepare Now. Ray Ortlund writes “Among the many ways to prepare for death — like buying life insurance, making a proper will, and so forth — here are two truths that can help you prevail when your moment comes. Both insights come from an obscure passage near the end of Deuteronomy.”
  • Reconstructing Faith: Christianity in a New World. Tim Keller writes “Christians in our cultural moment will have to rethink their faith, but at the same time they must learn to ‘doubt their doubts.’ They must deconstruct not only their tacit, mistaken beliefs and their secondary beliefs that pose as primary, but also just as importantly, the cultural narratives that are offered as the alternatives to Christian faith.”

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  • Are There Many Ways to God? Most “Evangelicals” Say Yes. Are there many ways to God? The 2022 State of Theology survey shows that 56% of professing evangelicals* seem to reject Jesus’ teaching that He alone is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Listen as Stephen Nichols speaks on the danger of pluralism within the church.
  • How Old Testament Saints Were Saved. In this brief video, Don Carson provides a simple explanation of how people were saved in the Old Testament. God has always required that his people exercise faith, even when that faith lacked the clear connections to Jesus that we can see today.

  • What Ministry Roles Can Women Fill in the Church? What ministry roles has God appointed for women to fulfill in the life of the church? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Burk Parsons and Robert Godfrey address this important question biblically.
  • Since Scripture is Sufficient, Should We Avoid Using Creeds, Confessions and Catechisms? Should the sufficiency of Scripture lead Christians to avoid using creeds, confessions of faith, and catechisms? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey responds to this notion.
  • How Do I See the Glory of Christ? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Your articles on what true saving faith is really opened my eyes to see what it is, and to see that I don’t have this. I don’t see Jesus as beautiful. I feel blind to his glory. How does one have his eyes opened? I know I can’t do anything. I am desperate. Can you help me?”
  • What Does It Mean To “Let What You Say Be Simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ (Matthew 5:37)? What did Jesus mean when He taught “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” (Matt. 5:37)? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Steven Lawson addresses the integrity of our word and commitments.
  • How Do I Pray for My Husband’s Salvation? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “How do I pray for my husband to be saved?”
  • How is God’s Sovereignty Compatible with Man’s Responsibility in Salvation? How should we understand the compatibility between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Burk Parsons, Derek Thomas, and Robert Godfrey respond.
  • Will My Spouse Be My Best Friend in Heaven? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to a question that reads in part “Why did God even allow me and my husband to share a love like ours on earth if this will mean nothing in heaven? Can’t I at least be guaranteed that my husband will still be my best friend in heaven? Will he even be excited to see me when I get there? In marriage, two become one. Am I just half a person left behind? I know when I get to heaven and enter God’s presence, none of these questions will matter. But they matter now. And I struggle to find wisdom and comfort as to how I must approach my remaining years on earth.”
  • Should a Worship Service Be Designed for Unbelievers or For Believers? Should church services be designed for Christian worship, or should they serve primarily as outlets for evangelism? From one of the Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey identifies the purpose of the church gathering on the Lord’s Day.
  • Is Any Part of Life Morally Neutral? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question I’m wondering if everything in life is either a good thing or a sin. Or are there some ‘okay’ things that aren’t sin, but aren’t exactly good? Sometimes I do things that don’t seem beneficial. I can’t tell if I need forgiveness for them. I usually ask for forgiveness anyways. I guess basically my question boils down to that. Pastor John, yes or no, are there morally neutral areas of life?”
  • Questions & Answers with Stephen Nichols. Nathan Bingham addresses questions to Stephen Nichols at the recent 2022 Always Ready, youth apologetics conference.

  • Always Ready Conference – Free to Stream. Recently, hundreds of students ages twelve to eighteen gathered on the campus of Reformation Bible College to consider how to be a faithful witness for Christ in our unfaithful times. If you missed Always Ready or you would like to rewatch your favorite moments from the conference, you can now stream and share every message.
  • ‘Suffer Little Children and Forbid Them Not to Come Unto Me’: A Conversation with Katy Faust about the Children’s Rights Global Crisis. On this episode of the Thinking in Public podcast, Albert Mohler visits with Katy Faust, the founder and director of the children’s rights organization, Them Before Us, which is dedicated to defending children’s rights around the world. Her recent book, Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children’s Rights Movement, addresses the need for strong families and the presence of both parents for child development, and is the topic of this episode.
  • Calvin and the Work of Reformation. Watch this special online streaming message from Robert Godfrey. As he surveys the life and ministry of the Genevan Reformer, Dr. Godfrey considers Calvin’s influence in the spread of the gospel from the sixteenth century to today. The message begins at the 14:16 point.

  • One of our greatest sins is being impatient with God, not trusting our sovereign God to do things according to his own perfect plan and in his own time. Burk Parsons
  • The basic purpose of prayer is not to bend God’s will to mine, but to mold my will into his. Tim Keller
  • The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of Him. Charles Spurgeon
  • Everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds. John Newton
  • Success and suffering will either darken your heart or make you wise, but they won’t leave you where you were. It depends on how you respond to them. Tim Keller
  • Saying you’re a new kind of Christian with a new kind of Christianity is basically saying you’re an old kind of heretic. Burk Parsons
  • Sin is not simply doing bad things; it is putting good things in the place of God. Tim Keller
  • Your Lord doesn’t just want to rule your mind, he also wants to rule the thoughts, desires, hopes and dreams of your heart. Paul Tripp
  • We are all servants. The only question is whom we will serve. R.C. Sproul

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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