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1. “32 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Spurgeon” – Stephen McCaskell gives 32 things you might not know about the “Prince of Preachers”, Charles Spurgeon. (Born to Reform)

2. “A Letter to the Property Manager of an Abortion Clinic” – Tony Miano’s letter to a property manager who rents office space to an abortion clinic. (Cross Encounters)

3. “Only Once in About 30 Days” – Thabiti Anyabwile shares an evangelism encounter on a recent flight from Memphis. (Pure Church)

4. “Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays” – The Christian Post reports that The Boy Scouts of America were being pressured by their own corporate sponsors to change their policy toward homosexual scouts, volunteers and leaders. (The Christian Post)

5. “A Rose Is a Rose” – Is Allah, the god of Islam, and Yahweh, the God of the Bible, the same? Are there many roads that lead to God? Dr. R.C. Sproul says no, and explains why. (Ligonier Ministries)

News of Note: “Former Teachers Sue School After Being Fired For Not Affirming Their Faith”

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1. “Christian School Locked in Legal Battle With Teachers Fired for Refusing to Affirm Their Faith” – Two former school teachers fired for refusing to affirm their faith file lawsuit against Christian elementary school owned by Calvary Chapel of Thousand Oaks. (Christian News)

2. “Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A” – Story of homosexual activist and Chick-fil A’s Dan Cathy becoming friends despite their differences. (The Huffington Post)

3. “Why the theology of Rome will never end abortion” – Jon Speed explains why the theology of Rome will never end abortion. The article also includes a video of Jon Speed interviewing Catholics at the recent March for Life in Washington D.C. (Crown Rights Media)

4. “A Puritan Theology” – The following video is Paul Washer’s endorsement and review of Joel Beeke and Mark Jones’ recent book “A Puritan Theology – Doctrine for Life”:

A Puritan Theology from Steve Renkema on Vimeo.

Notable Quotable: “We Are Complete In Christ” – A.W. Pink

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“1 Corinthians 1:30, then, affirms that we are complete in Christ: that whatever the law demands of us, it has received on our account in the Surety. If we are considered as what we are in ourselves, not as we stated in Christ (as one with him), then a thousand things may be “laid to our charge.” It may be laid to our charge that we are woefully ignorant of many parts of the Divine will: but the sufficient answer is, Christ is our Wisdom. It may be laid to our charge that all our righteousness are as filthy rags: but the sufficient answer is, that Christ is our Righteousness. It may be laid to our charge that we do many things and fail to do many others which unfit us for the presence of a holy God: but the sufficient answer is, that Christ is our Sanctification. It may be laid to our charge that we are largely in bondage to the flesh: but the sufficient answer is, Christ is our Redemption.” (A.W. Pink, The Doctrine of Sanctification)

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1. “Morally Straight? The Transformation of the Boy Scouts of America” – Al Mohler on the Boy Scouts of America reversing its policy on allowing homosexual scouts and leaders into its membership. (AlbertMohler.com)

2. “American Pastor Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran for Planting House Churches” – Iranian born American pastor Saeed Abedini is sentenced to eight years in prison for planting house churches in Iran. (Christian News)

3. “Mississippi May Close Down Its Last Abortion Facility” – Health Department may close down Mississippi’s last abortion clinic. (LifeSite News)

4. “Mennonite pastor who helped girl escape lesbian ‘mother’ sent to jail for refusing to testify” – Mennoite pastor jailed by judge for contempt of court for refusing to testify in case involving girl he helped to escape mother who is a lesbian. (The Christian Post)

5. “Sovereign Grace Ministries: Courts Shouldn’t ‘Second-Guess’ Pastoral Counseling of Sex Abuse Victims” – Interesting article from Christianity Today about Sovereign Grace Ministries possible use of the First Amendment as a defense against a lawsuit alleging child molestation charges. (Christianity Today); Ken Silva also has a post about the Sovereign Grace Ministries lawsuit.

6. “Is Mark Driscoll Racist?” – Leon Brown’s post on comments made by Jerlani Greenidge’s article implying that Mark Driscoll is racist because of his tweet about President Obama. (The Aquila Report)

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1. “Fred Luter Jr. Interview” – The following is H.B. Charles’ sit down interview with new SBC president Fred Luter. (H.B. Charles)

2. “Boy Scouts close to ending ban on gay members, leaders” – MSNBC News reports that The Boy Scouts of America are reportedly ending their ban on gay membership which includes gay scout leaders. (MSNBC).

3. “What works (much) better than gun control?” – Clint Archer on South Africa, the consequences of gun control, and why God is still in contol. (The Cripplegate)

4. “Roman Catholicism, comparing Mary to God” – Matt Slick compares the differences between the Bible and Roman Catholicism’s view of Mary the mother of Jesus. Are they the same? (CARM)

5. “Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web” – Disturbing story about two separate lawsuits against Calvary Chapel and Sovereign Grace Ministries involving allegations of child molestation. (The Daily Beast)

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1. “The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat” – Former Marine Ryan Smith’s Wall Street Journal article describes the realities facing women in combat now that the restriction has been lifted banning them from serving in the front lines of combat. Denny Burk also responds to Ryan Smith’s Wall Street Journal article.

2. “Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice” – A 2007 article from John Piper commenting about women in combat. (Desiring God Ministires)

3. “Andy Stanley: President Obama Should Be Called Pastor-in-Chief” – More from Ken Silva and Erin Benziger on Andy Stanley’s pre-inaugural sermon. (Apprising Ministries)

4. “Do People, by Nature, Have a Free Will to Come to Christ?” – John Hendryx answers a question about free will as it relates to salvation. (Reformation Theology)

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1. “Pre-Inauguration sermon tells Obama he’s ‘pastor-in-chief’– Evangelical pastor, Andy Stanley, states during pre-inaugural sermon that President Obama should be called “Pastor in Chief”. (The Washington Examiner); The Christian Post also has a story on the Andy Stanley incident: “Pastor Andy Stanley Calls Obama ‘Pastor-in-Chief’ During Pre-Inauguration Sermon”.

2. “A Roomful of Yearning and Regret” – New York Times article on the awful cost and consequences of a marital affair. (New York Times)

3. “Women in Combat and the Undoing of Civilization” – Denny Burk comments on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s removing a restriction banning women serving in the front lines of combat. (DennyBurk.com)

4. “Creepy’ Pro-Abortion Commercial Celebrating 40th ‘Anniversary’ of Roe v. Wade Disgusts Viewers” – Christian News article on the creepy and highly criticized pro-abortion video made by the Center for Reproductive Rights celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (Christian News); Douglas Wilson also weighs in on this video: “On the Altar of Eight Thrusts” (Blog & Mablog)

5. “After 40 Years…Babies Are (Still) Murdered Here. .” – The following is the second trailer of Crown Rights Media’s upcoming documentary on abortion called “Babies Are Murdered Here” (Viewer Discretion Advised):

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Articles by John Piper, Al Mohler, Kevin DeYoung, Jesse Johnson, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul and more on the Fortieth Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Updated):

“We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know” – John Piper tells us that we all know that they are killing children. (Desiring God Blog)

“Forty Years After Roe, Human Dignity Hangs in the Balance” – Al Mohler on Roe v. Wade and why human dignity hangs in the balance. (AlbertMohler.com)

“Losing Ever Since Roe? — TIME Sounds the Siren for Abortion Rights” – Al Mohler’s previously posted article on TIME Magazine’s article on Roe v. Wade. (AlbertMohler.com)

“Roe v. Wade anniversary: How abortion became an evangelical issue” – Al Mohler explains the surprising reason why abortion became an evangelical issue. (Washington Post)

“40 Years after Roe, 64 questions” – Kevin DeYoung poses 64 questions about abortion on the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed)

“The Abortion Memorial” – Jesse Johnson imagining how the abortion memorial would look like when abortion is ended in the United States. (The Cripplegate)

“5 Things You Didn’t Know about “Jane Roe” – Justin Taylor on five things you didn’t now about Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. (The Gospel Coalition)

“John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Discuss the National Tragedy of Abortion-On-Demand” – John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul discuss abortion and Roe v. Wade (audio). (Ligonier Ministries)