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THIS & THAT: A Gathering of Favorite Articles and Quotes

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  • AI, Man and God. Mathematician, bioethicist and Christian apologist Professor John Lennox is interviewed by John Anderson on the current and future impacts of artificial intelligence technology.

  • What if I Feel Deserted by God? What encouragement would you give to a Christian who feels deserted by God? In this video, Sinclair Ferguson points to a prescription, a remedy, and a great prognosis for Christians.
  • Should You Accommodate an LGBT Person’s Requests? Alan Shlemon writes “There’s no moral principle that elevates relationships to a point where they trump your deeply held beliefs. Therefore, there’s no duty to accommodate every request made by a friend or family member who identifies as LGBT.”
  • Jesus’ Teaching on Marriage and Gender. Many people are rejecting the teaching in Genesis about the boundaries of marriage and gender. But Jesus didn’t reject it. On this episode of the Things Unseen podcast, Sinclair Ferguson shows that Christ’s way is the only way for God’s image-bearers to flourish.

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  • Two Sexes Created to Be Distinct. On this episode of the Life and Books and Everything podcast, Kevin DeYoung reflects on the current cultural climate of gender expression and offers the explicit opinion of scripture as a rebuttal.
  • How to Have the Mind of Christ. Sinclair Ferguson writes “It is all very well to say that being “worthy of the gospel of Christ” means being restored to the image of God so that we begin to reflect the character of the Lord Jesus. But what does that mean?”

  • Is Jesus Still Fully Human? Is the incarnation of the Son merely something that happened in the past? From one of Ligonier’s live events, Burk Parsons and Anthony Carter affirm the present humanity of Jesus Christ.
  • The Path from Orthodoxy to Demon Theology. On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “In 1 Timothy 4:1, Paul writes that some professing Christians ‘will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.’ This seems like a very stark transition for once-professing believers. What does this look like? Can it really mean Christ-worshipers become blatant demon-worshipers? Or is this move far more subtle? Can you explain to me what’s happening in this text?”
  • Should Men Still Pray With Lifted Hands? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “In 1 Timothy 2:8, we read that Paul exhorted men to pray in church while ‘lifting holy hands.’ What’s the connection between lifted hands and holiness? And what about lifted hands and prayer? Is this practice culturally dated, or is it a relevant one we should adopt today in our corporate church gatherings?”
  • Can I Be Saved If I Never Evangelize? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question “Will I go to hell if I never evangelize? Not even once.”
  • Is it Accurate to Describe the Bible as a Supernatural Book? Is it right to describe the Bible as a supernatural book? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson explains how God has given us His Word.
  • “Nothing is to be Rejected – Including Pot? On this episode of the Ask Pastor John podcast, John Piper responds to the question that reads in part I have Christian friends who believe that alcohol and drugs, particularly pot, are morally good things to be received in the spirit of what Paul says in 1 Timothy 4:4— ‘Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.’ In what ways would you qualify Paul’s ‘nothing is to be rejected’? When my friend attempts to thank God for the pot that I don’t think benefits his life, and which is illegal for him to use, I’m troubled.”
  • Was Adam a Historical Person? Was Adam a real person, or is he merely a fictional representation of humanity? From Ligonier’s 2022 National Conference, Derek Thomas explains that our view of Adam cannot ultimately be separated from our understanding of the gospel.

  • Do Not Love the World. 1 John 2:15-17 commands us not to love the world or the things of the world. Setting our hearts on the world is incompatible with love for God. In this message from the 2023 Ligonier National Conference, Voddie Baucham reminds us of our call to stand against the world when we are called to compromise and considers how we may do this by developing a Christian worldview, recognizing the errors of worldly philosophies, and committing ourselves to the community of believers in the church.
  • On Is Hell Real? With Dane Ortlund. On this episode of the Pastor’s Talk podcast, Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman visit with Dane Ortlund about the awful yet necessary doctrine of hell.
  • Westminster Confession of Faith: Faithful, Pastoral, Global, and Enduring. In writing about the Westminster Confession of Faith, Ligon Duncan writes “Today, the Confession bears lasting fruit. Its doctrine of God, which reflects classical Christian theism and the mature fruit of post-Reformation theology’s articulation of the being and works of the triune God is enjoying a renaissance in our time. It has provided protection from sub-biblical and ill-informed conceptions of God.”
  • Sinclair Ferguson on Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel. On this episode of the Crossway podcast, Sinclair Ferguson walks through why living lives worthy of the gospel is a biblical exhortation that all Christians must take seriously and one that doesn’t inevitably lead to the sin of legalism.
  • Ask Ligonier Live with Steven Lawson. Recently Steven Lawson joined Ligonier live online to answer biblical and theological questions. The program begins at the 13:45 minute mark.

  • If Jesus is not everything to you, He is nothing to you. Steven Lawson
  • The Bible teaches that the church is a family, God’s family and ours. In the church, then, we must let ourselves be transparent and accountable to others (Heb 3:13), like in healthy families. We don’t just ‘attend’ church. Tim Keller
  • We all need to find gracious, wise, older fathers and mothers in the faith and listen to them, observe them, and imitate their love, courage, gentleness, patience, and humility. Burk Parsons
  • For the believer, our last day will be our best day, because it will be our first day with Jesus. Steven Lawson
  • If God did not ordain all things, He would not be sovereign over all things. And if He is not sovereign over all things, then He is not God at all. R.C. Sproul
  • The gospel: Jesus died, so we wouldn’t. Jesus rose, so we would too. Paul Tripp
  • We must never cease to pray for our children until they cease to breathe. No case is hopeless while Jesus lives. Charles Spurgeon
  • We know our best days are all ahead of us. We know that death isn’t the end of the best time of our life; it’s the start of it. Alistair Begg
  • Prayer is never about asking God to submit his awesome power to your will and plan; prayer is an act of personal submission to the always-right will of God. Paul Tripp

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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