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THIS & THAT: A Gathering of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • 3 Advantages of Understanding Identity Politics. Understanding the history of identity politics helps us to understand how we as Christians are complicit in that. And it’s useful for helping us to avoid a Pharisaic attitude towards others. Check out this short video from Carl Trueman.

  • Meet The Resurrected You. Randy Alcorn writes “Resurrection — Christ’s and ours — is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. Yet how many of us ponder what our resurrected selves will be like? You might think Scripture doesn’t say much. In fact, it tells us a lot, and gives us solid reasons to deduce much more.”
  • What is Transgenderism? Rosaria Butterfield writes “Transgenderism, from the perspective of Scripture, is related to the sin of envy. Specifically, transgenderism is, at root, sinful envy of the sexual anatomy of another.”

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  • How Does Childbirth Save Women? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Can you please comment on 1 Timothy 2:15? What are we as women supposed to be saved from in childbirth? And what does this mean for women who will never have children?”
  • How Did the Reformers View Islam? How did the Protestant Reformers view the religion of Islam? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Robert Godfrey discusses how the early Reformers understood and responded to the influence of Islam in the sixteenth century.
  • What Does it Mean to Rejoice Always, Even with All the Evil in the World? With all the evil and suffering in the world, what does it mean to “Rejoice always” (1 Thess. 5:16)? From one of the live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson counsels us to rejoice in what God is doing in His people.
  • Is Venting the Same as Complaining? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper addresses the question “How do we as believers express frustrations to those closest to us, to bear one another’s burdens, without falling into ‘misery loves company’? Is there a difference between complaining and venting? Or are we kidding ourselves?”
  • Do We Have Free Will? The answer to this question depends on what we mean by “free.” From one of Ligonier’s live events, Michael Reeves considers the helpful way Martin Luther addressed this subject.
  • Is There a Difference Between Regeneration and Being Born Again? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Sinclair Ferguson clarifies these terms as they relate to our present experience and our future hope.
  • Can Satan Put Thoughts Into Our Heads? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Can Satan himself put thoughts into our heads?”
  • What are Some Ways The Church Can Reach Younger Generations? How can we reach younger generations and welcome them into the church? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Robert Godfrey and Steven Lawson discuss the relevance of God and His truth for young people.

  • Understanding Providence. Derek Thomas writes “Few things distinguish Christianand secular worldviews with greater clarity than the doctrine of providence. This doctrine insists that everything that happens does so because God wills it to happen, wills it to happen before it happens, wills it to happen in the way that that it happens.”
  • ‘Lord, Do It Again’: Tim Keller on Revival. Tim Keller writes “Real revival is the intensification of the ordinary operations of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Best Commentaries on the Whole Bible. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “What is your favorite whole-Bible commentary — a resource that you would consult on any text in Scripture?
  • Delighting in the Trinity. Delighting in the Trinity is a new podcast from Michael Reeves, a frequent speaker at the Ligonier National Conference. The podcast opens up the archives to bring together teaching and preaching from Dr. Reeves over the years.
  • 2023 Ligonier National Conference Messages. All of the sessions from the recent 2023 Ligonier National Conference are now available to watch online.
  • Tim Keller’s Sermons & Talks. For the first time, all of Tim Keller’s sermons and talks are free on the Gospel in Life

  • Our sins are many, but His mercies are more: our sins are great, but His righteousness is greater: we are weak, but He is power. John Newton
  • Half our fears arise from neglect of the Bible. Charles Spurgeon
  • We too often ask the Lord to change our circumstances rather than asking him to change us so that we can find joy in any circumstance. Albert Mohler
  • In Christ a wonderful exchange took place. He became what He was not, a condemned criminal, in order that we might become what we are not, men declared righteous and justified in the sight of God. Sinclair Ferguson
  • Prayers are always to be requests made in humility and submission to the Father’s will.  R.C. Sproul
  • You can tell your faith is real when the Holy Spirit pricks your conscience you bleed repentance. Burk Parsons
  • Be killing sin or it will be killing you. John Owen
  • True maturity does not mean repenting less. It means repenting more, and also more quickly. Scott Sauls
  • Everything bad, sad, and broken has an expiration date. Scotty Smith

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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