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Michigan Reformation Conference

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Paul will be speaking at the 16th Annual Michigan Reformation Conference in Flint, Michigan on Saturday, October 26th (10am – 4pm). More information and free registration.


WP: Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68


FREEP: Brain death vs. coma: Why parents don’t get a say about end of life when a child is brain dead

GUEST: Kathryn Butler (MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) is a trauma surgeon who is board certified in surgical critical care and served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Butler is the author of Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care.

After a decade of experience in surgery, she left clinical practice in 2016 to homeschool her children. She now writes for desiringGod.org, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition blog on topics intersecting faith and medicine.

The Breath of Life: Should Christians Agree to Ventilator Support?

4 Principles for Making Critical End-of-Life Decisions


NBC NEWS: Vatican announces wearable ‘eRosary’ smart device and app for guided prayer

The device is activated by making the sign of the cross and will keep track of a user’s rosary progress. “When activated, the user has the possibility to choose either to pray the standard rosary, a contemplative Rosary and different kinds of thematic rosaries that will be updated every year,” the Vatican News said.

“The project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world,” the Vatican News said.


CT: The Early Church Thrived Amid Secularism and Shows How We Can, Too

As long as Christians assume we are still living in Christendom, the church will continue to decline in the West, no matter how ferociously Christians fight to maintain power and privilege. If anything, the harder Christians fight, the more precipitous the decline will be, for cultural power and privilege will come at an increasingly high price. Christians will either accommodate until the faith becomes almost unrecognizable, or they will isolate until their faith becomes virtually invisible.

Nothing short of a change of church culture will suffice—from a culture of entertainment, politics, personality, and program to a culture of discipleship. Such a radical change will require patience, steadiness, and purposefulness.


John Piper on the Eternal Value of Holiness v. Hipness

“I’d love to see an upsurge in passion for holiness. I think it is there in a lot of younger pastors, but I think another branch are much more eager to look hip, look cool, look like they’ve watched the latest thing, they can use the latest lingo. And frankly, while that makes audiences laugh, and think you’re kind of cool, it doesn’t do much eternal good. It won’t make any difference in five years, twenty years, thirty years. What will make a difference in people’s lives when they are dying? That you were cool? Give me a break! That will not make any difference! They will want you at their bedside if they know you have been walking with God, if you’ve been spending time in the presence of the living God and can say something to them in their need when their kid is dying, when their wife is dying. When you can say something, because they’ve seen you authentic in the pulpit dealing with the Bible faithfully. And I just think the Puritans…they tasted like that, they just tasted like that. They weren’t glib. They weren’t trying to be fitting in to their culture.”

Taken from Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God, Media Gratiae, 2019
https://mediagratiae.org/collections/puritan


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