All We Will Get in 2002 Is Mercy
Jan 1, 2002Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of 2002, all we will get from God this year as believers in Jesus is mercy. Whatever pleasures or pains come our way will all be mercy. This is why Christ came…
Planting a Passion for the Supremacy of God in All Things
A Call to Focused Prayer, Soul Searching, and a Church-Wide Dream
Jan 8, 2002Are there enough churches in America? The answer is no.
God’s Glory Is the Goal of Biblical Counseling
Feb 1, 2002John Piper argues that the glory of God is the goal of all biblical counseling. This article is adapted from a talk given at CCEF’s Living Faith conference, November 9, 2001.
Is It Conceit or Compassion?
Feb 13, 2002Christ is the Messiah. So is it arrogant or loving to proclaim him to Jews?
Greg Boyd on the "The Eternal Suffering of Agents Who Have Been Annihilated"
Mar 6, 2002Greg Boyd, in Satan and the Problem of Evil (Downers Grove, IL InterVarsity Press, 2001), attempts to handle the texts used to argue for the eternal conscious torment of hell and the texts used to argue for annihilationism by "affirming…
Home-Grown World Christians
Apr 1, 2002Part of fulfilling the Great Commission is preparing the next generation to reach the nations. Noel Piper offers suggestions for how to raise your kids to love the world for Christ.
How Open Theism Helps Us Conceal Our Hidden Idolatries
Apr 10, 2002If we deny God's power over evil and suffering, do we deny his wisdom?
Do Jews Have a Divine Right in the Promised Land?
Apr 17, 2002Those who break covenant with God forfeit any claim on his promises.
What Wonderful and Wild Thing Might God Be Up To?
May 8, 2002How do you lead your church through financial and logistical surprises?
A Prayer for Bethlehem One Hundred Years From Now
To Be Put in the Time Capsule in the New Building
May 15, 2002Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, we are bold to pray for you who will live and minister decades from now.
The “Celebrity Factor” — Pondering the Implications of Preaching For Church Planting and Satellite Dreaming
May 24, 2002Not too far beneath the surface of our discussions about church planting and satellite dreams is the so-called “celebrity factor.” That is, there is the awkward awareness that my reputation as an author and speaker may make it hard for…
What Is the Christian Gospel?
Jun 5, 2002There is nothing in itself that makes "forgiveness of sins" or justification good news. The gospel is more than that.
Piper's Mealtime Prayers
Jun 12, 2002Some memorable and meaningful ways to talk to God at the kitchen table.
The Sweet Commands of God
Jun 19, 2002If God is sovereign, we are secure no matter how perilous it is to obey him.
Justification by Faith
The Remedy for Paralyzed Sinners, Fallen Saints, and Provincial Christians
Aug 12, 2002The doctrine of justification is immeasurably precious to every area of life.
The Greatest Event in History
Two Paradoxes in the Death of Christ
Aug 19, 2002Christ's death on the cross was emotionally and theologically complex, to the greater glory of God.
"Fact! Faith! Feeling!"
Testing a Common Slogan
Aug 28, 2002The virtue of slogans is brevity. Their vice is ambiguity. So they are risky ways of communicating. They are powerful and perilous. So we should exploit the power and explain the peril. I would like to venture a corrective explanation…
That Great Steel Cross
More Reflections on the Calamity of September 11
Sep 4, 2002It was a gift to the world that God ordained a rugged cross to stand in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers.
The Surpassing Goal: Marriage Lived for the Glory of God
Sep 7, 2002My topic for this chapter is "Marriage lived for the glory of God." The decisive word in that topic is the word "for." "Marriage lived for the glory of God." The topic is not: "The glory of God for the…
If Christ Predicted War, May Christians Pray for Peace?
Oct 2, 2002God ordains that some wars happen. Ours is to pray that justice, peace, and the proclamation of the gospel prevail.
Is it Ever Right to Be Angry at God?
Oct 16, 2002I learned recently that when a person uses the words, "Is it right to be angry at God?" he may be asking a very different question. He may be asking, "Is it right to express anger at God?" These are…
God Is the Gospel
Nov 13, 2002Have you ever asked why God’s forgiveness is of any value? Or what about eternal life? Have you ever asked why a person would want to have eternal life? Why should we want to live forever? These questions matter because…
Guidelines for Leading Leadership in Major Decisions
Nov 14, 2002I assume in the following that the “Leadership” (board, eldership, pastoral staff, etc.) are of one mind in a shared vision. At Bethlehem Baptist Church, Desiring God, Bethlehem Urban Initiatives, and The Bethlehem Institute, this vision is “We exist…
Guilt, Grace, and the Global AIDS Crisis
Dec 4, 2002The fact that any sinner is healthy is Christ’s mercy. Therefore, the fact that some are sick should bring out Christian mercy.
When the Bible Blows Your Mind
Dec 11, 2002What should we do when it seems like one Biblical truth cancels out another?