What God Requires, Christ Provides
Jan 1, 2004What God expects regarding human law-keeping, Christ accomplishes by becoming our substitute.
Good English With Minimal Translation: Why Bethlehem Uses the ESV
Jan 1, 2004Why I would like to see the English Standard Version become the most common Bible of the English-speaking church, for preaching, teaching, memorizing, and study. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD…
John and Noel Riding in Tandem
Jan 1, 2004Here are some random lessons learned last week riding along the Cannon Valley Trail behind my husband on a bicycle built for two If I throw my weight around, we wobble and swerve. My initial “seasickness” eases when I quit…
Don't Waste Your Life Tract
Jan 1, 2004View the PDF (1MB). Since September 11, 2001, I have seen more clearly than ever how essential it is to exult explicitly in the excellence of Christ crucified for sinners and risen from the dead. Christ must be explicit in…
A Taste of Mueller and His God
Feb 4, 2004George Mueller's life is a testimony to the surpassing power that belongs to God and not to us.
Use Means, but Don’t Trust in Means; Trust in God
Feb 11, 2004God wants us to use means to get his work done, but he wants us to trust in him, not in these means.
An Open Letter to Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman, Temple Israel
Mar 3, 2004Dear Rabbi Zimmerman, Thank you for your email of 2-27-04 addressed to some of us among the downtown clergy concerning Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ. I read most of your letter to our people on Sunday…
How to Speak About God When He Hurts Us
Mar 10, 2004The book of Lamentations is the heart-cry of Jeremiah when he and his people were being hurt by God, and by their enemies, and by their own sin. How he speaks of this divine hurting shows us some of the…
God Works Wonders in Steady-State Obedience and in TotalDisobedience
Mar 17, 20041. Don’t dream too small or pray too small about what God may do to save sinners and glorify his name in the midst of steady-state obedience. God ordinarily works his wonders of mercy and salvation in the midst…
Treasuring Christ Together: The North Campus Vision
Apr 7, 2004How does a church address earthly needs but not neglect its spiritual task?
The Part About Mercy I Left Out of the Sermon
Jun 9, 2004Verse 9b: “Abhor What Is Evil” On June 5/6 I exhorted you to build your lives on the mercies of God in Jesus Christ. “I appeal to you therefore brothers by the mercies of God . . .” (Romans 12:1).…
Another Major Milestone Is Passed: We Own the Building in Mounds View
Jun 16, 2004A little after 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 15 Jon Grano, the Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, signed the documents that transferred the building at I-35W and Highway 10 to the ownership of Bethlehem Baptist Church. That evening…
What Pipers Do On Vacation
How Can a Husband and Wife Fellowship with Jesus?
Aug 4, 2004On vacation I had lots of time alone with my Bible, John Owen, and St. Athanasius. I would get up in the morning, run the hills of North Carolina for half an hour, shower, get a glass of grapefruit juice…
God's Word in Battle with Homosexual Temptation
Aug 11, 2004The almighty mercy of God is able to break into any life and immediately change the desires of their heart.
A Passion for the "Mounds View Campus" Plants Urban Church!
Aug 18, 2004Consider and be amazed. The passion to plant a Bethlehem campus in Mounds View is about to result in an urban church plant in St. Paul. That is, if the congregation approves on Wednesday evening, August 25. Let me explain.…
The Great Christian Doctrine
Sep 1, 2004Adam and Eve sinned — but how? Adam and Eve fell — what are the effects on us today?
The Will: Fettered Yet Free
Freedom of the Will
Sep 1, 2004In this message Sam Storms presents Edwards's argument that libertarian freedom and core Calvinistic doctrines are mutually exclusive.
Sep 1, 2004One sign of true conversion is a continual pleasure for God.
Jonathan Edwards: His Life and Legacy
Sep 1, 2004His words resound in the hearts of many today. Take a tour of this great man's life: his hardships, successes, and legacy.
Sex and the Supremacy of Christ: An Invitation
Sep 1, 2004Downtown Minneapolis hotel receptionists are being blown away by phone calls from around the country asking, "Are you taking reservations for the Sex and the Supremacy of Christ Conference?" One young non-religious hotel employee said, “I never thought I would…
How the Archbishop Got It Wrong: Humane Confidence vs. Destructive Doubt
Sep 8, 2004We must respond to suffering with both compassion and confidence in God.
A Letter to the Suffering Saints in Beslan, Russia
Sep 9, 2004Dear brothers and sisters in Christ who lost loved ones in Beslan We at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, extend our heart-aching sympathy to all of you who have wept over the pain and loss of these recent…
Implications of Having 3,833 in Worship Last Weekend
Sep 15, 2004This article is information and exhortation about downtown crowding on Sunday Morning for corporate worship. The information is that on the weekend of September 11-12 there were 3,833 people in the five services In these five services (one downtown Saturday…
Lilias Trotter and the Language Nobody Knows
Oct 6, 2004We shouldn't be afraid to use the spiritual vocabulary of the Bible even where it is foreign.
Is God Calling You to Give Your Life for His Sake and the Gospel in Missions?
Ten Means God Uses to Compel Those Whom He Calls
Oct 13, 2004God's calling to missions is analogous to the gift of prophecy which we talked about on Sunday October 10. The calling is not authoritative the way the Scriptures are. Your calling is never beyond question. You can’t claim it…
Dying for the Glory of Christ
Nov 3, 2004Death is our last opportunity on earth to make much of the supreme value of knowing Jesus Christ.
How to Fight the Sin of Pride, Especially When You Are Praised
Ten Things I Do
Nov 9, 2004What strategies can help me forget myself and enjoy more of Christ?
A Song from Romans 12:7-8
Nov 15, 2004Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts…
How God and Christians Treasure Christ, Part 1
Dec 8, 2004Treasuring Christ is first--absolutely first--something God the Father does in his heart. Then it is something the Holy Spirit pours out in our heart so that treasuring Christ is what our hearts do. Then it is something we spread to…
How God and Christians Treasure Christ, Part 2
Dec 15, 2004First we saw (in last week’s article) that treasuring Christ is 1) first—absolutely first—something God the Father does in his heart. Then 2) it is something the Holy Spirit pours out in our hearts so that treasuring Christ is…