Pray for 200 Pastors
Jan 13, 1992Please pray for Larry Crabb, Sam Storms, Ralph Winter, and me as we prepare to speak at the fifth annual Bethlehem Conference for Pastors, January 27-29. Pray for Shelley Solin who bears a tremendous administrative load in making this conference…
The Imperfections of Good People
Jan 20, 1992How do we not resist imperfections when the Bible says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”?
What Your Gifts Will Do in '92
Feb 3, 1992Money is a cultural symbol that allows people to express what they value. A twenty dollar bill is hardly worth more than a sheet of notebook paper in itself. But we have all agreed that it will have authority to…
Because He Is Our Father? or That We May Be Sons?
Feb 10, 1992But love your enemies, and do good. and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High: for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be…
Elsie Viren Has Done Her Work for 63 Years
Feb 17, 1992After 63 years of unbroken service in the church office and in the ministry of visitation it appears that Elsie Viren will serve out the rest of her days in other ways. She is now a resident of Augustana Home…
God’s Invincible Purpose: Foundations for Full Assurance
Lenten Sermon Series
Feb 24, 1992This new series of messages is meant to emphasize the objective grounds of assurance. It is to show what God did and is doing sovereignly by his own initiative to guarantee the salvation of his people. I want us to…
Open Letter to the Star Tribune
Mar 2, 1992John Piper challenges the inconsistent reasoning of a pro-choice editorial.
Mar 9, 1992The whole concept of slavery as we know it is blown out of the water when God becomes the “Slavemaster.”
Let’s Sow Life-Seeds
Mar 16, 1992Question: What famous politician said, “I am personally pro-life but politically pro-choice?" Answer: Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:20-25) Question: How is a fetus like a freeway? Answer: Safe. Till someone cuts in. The Battle for unborn life…
The Fruitful Tree
In Memory of Dr. George Henry (Noël's Father)
Apr 13, 1992No tree was ever meant to be / A never-ending shade for me / Or you. Save one: where Jesus died / With bleeding branches spread as wide / And far as faith for sinful men.
The Times They Are a Changin’
Apr 20, 1992Sounds sort of sixties doesn’t it? I can’t seem to shake it. What I mean is that changes are always happening around Bethlehem Old Days Worship Planning The first year I was at Bethlehem (July 1980 - August 1981) I…
When a Friend Takes a Wrong Turn
Jun 15, 1992The Bible teaches that hell is everlasting torment, not the loss of existence.
A Million-Dollar Love Affair
Jun 22, 1992One test of our love is the way we support the ministry financially during the summer.
Beliefs about Homosexual Behavior and Ministering to Homosexual Persons
Resolution Passed by the Baptist General Conference in Annual Meeting Estes Park, Colorado
Jun 27, 1992We the delegates to the 114th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Conference gathering in Estes Park, Colorado, June 22-28, 1992, endorse the following two-part resolution: Part One Our affirmation that the Bible is the infallible Word of God with…
What Is a Christian?
Aug 5, 1992Christianity is not merely believing a set of ideas about Christ’s love. It is an experience of being constrained by that love.
Changes Are in the Wind
A New Fall Focus on Being the Church
Sep 2, 1992What does it mean to be the “church of God”?
Back to School: A Biblical Perspective
Sep 9, 1992The business of education is God’s business. To ignore him in it is to be profoundly uneducated.
A Preaching Plan for the Fall
On Being the Body of Christ
Sep 16, 1992I believe the Lord is calling us to seek him earnestly this fall concerning forms and focuses of church life for our future. We will do this in at least three ways: Preaching, Praying and Discussing Sunday mornings and Wednesday…
Should Colleges Indoctrinate?
Oct 7, 1992Indoctrination is not the only alternative to faith-weakening education.
Roosevelt High, Vice Presidential Debates, and the End of Civil Discourse
Oct 14, 1992My son Benjamin is a junior at Roosevelt High School. So I have been watching the tensions. Homecoming activities were cancelled recently because of fear of violence. School was closed early one day and cancelled another day because of dangerous…
A Guide for Gift Buying (and Happiness) at Christmas
Dec 2, 1992Three guidelines for considering the relationship between wealth and happiness.
Has the Church Been Disarmed by the World?
Dec 9, 1992Has the church come to depend on the world for too much of our education, leisure, entertainment and interpretation of current events?