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THIS & THAT: A Roundup of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • How Can We Keep Our Hearts From Resenting God in Hard Times? When our life circumstances aren’t what we would want them to be, how can we guard our hearts from growing resentful toward God? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Derek Thomas encourages us to trust in the Lord’s wise providence.

  • What Does It Mean to Be Reformed? What does it mean to be Reformed? Does it involve more than embracing the doctrines of grace? From one of Ligonier’s our live events, Robert Godfrey, Stephen Nichols, Sinclair Ferguson, and Derek Thomas consider this question.

  • How Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the following questions “How does love cover over a multitude of sins? What sins? Whose sins does it cover — mine, or the person or people I’m loving?”, as well as “What is Peter driving at in 1 Peter 4:8? Are we covering over our own inclination to sin by loving, or covering over others’ sins by not reacting to them — that is, forgiving them rather than taking revenge?”
  • What Does It Mean to Be a Mature Christian? What are the characteristics of a mature Christian? From one of our Ligonier’s live events, Sinclair Ferguson, Derek Thomas, and Burk Parsons address the important subject of Christian maturity.
  • Is Suffering a Paradox for Christian Hedonists? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “My question is about 1 Peter 4:1–2. There appears to be a point of arrival when we no longer live for human passions but for God’s will. As a Christian Hedonist, do you see an irony that my sinfulness will cease only after I have suffered for a certain amount of time, thus showing my life is not to live for my own sinful pleasure but to pursue God as my greatest treasure? Is suffering a paradox for Christian Hedonists?”
  • Why was Job Tested? Scripture describes Job as a godly and upright man. Why did he need to endure so much pain and loss? From Ligonier’s 2022 National Conference, Derek Thomas addresses the problem of suffering in the life of God’s people.
  • What is the Difference Between Men and Women? Kevin DeYoung addresses this question in this short video.

  • Joe Buck Interviews Albert Pujols. I really enjoyed this interview that Joe Buck conducted with Albert Pujols on the field at Busch Stadium.
  • Skip Schumaker Named Manager of Miami Marlins. Congratulations to Skip Schumaker, St. Louis Cardinals Bench Coach, on being named the new manager of the Miami Marlins.
  • Church in the Storm. Watch as Ligonier Teaching Fellows Robert Godfrey and Stephen Nichols join Ligonier President Chris Larson to discuss how Christians throughout history have faced the choice either to compromise for the sake of cultural approval or to take a bold stand for truth. This discussion considers valuable lessons from the past that can help us draw strength for today as we support the church’s work of faithfully proclaiming the gospel.
  • A Conversation with John Piper and John MacArthur. John Piper and John MacArthur were interviewed by Nathan Busenitz recently at the Puritan Conference.

  • Our character must matter more to us than our reputation. We must learn to love the light, even when it exposes the darkness in us. Scott Sauls
  • People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Expect messiness–and that’s why no one can expect lasting marriages, friendship, or communities without knowing how to give and receive forgiveness. Tim Keller
  • No one can enter the kingdom of God without repentance, without fleeing from sin and putting his trust in Christ alone. R.C. Sproul
  • Union with Christ is the essence of the Christian life. Gabe Fluhrer
  • Shallow theology leads to shallow faith, shallow preaching, and shallow worship, but the deeper we go in theology, the deeper our faith, the deeper the preaching, the deeper our worship, the deeper our reverence, the deeper our joy, and the higher our praises. Burk Parsons
  • The greatest act of mercy that God performs is giving the gift of faith. R.C. Sproul
  • The love of God, when internalized and felt, frees us from any need to be noticed, to make a name for ourselves, to find significance through achievement and advancement or from leading and influencing others. Scott Sauls
  • We often presume what God won’t do and, thus, never ask him. Burk Parsons
  • What you do today is shaped by what you believe about tomorrow. Tim Keller

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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