The Seven Deadly Sins
Feb 3, 2015These short messages are from the Desiring God 2015 Conference for Pastors, in partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary. Eleven other sessions are also available. You Can Say No to Porn: A Pleasure Greater Than Lust (John Piper) America’s…
Disciple-Making in the Local Church (Speaker Panel)
Workshop for Pastors – 2015 Conference for Pastors
Feb 2, 2015This panel is from the Desiring God 2015 Conference for Pastors, in partnership with Bethlehem College & Seminary. Eleven other sessions are also available.
The Great Commission as a Means of Grace
Jan 28, 2015Living on mission is not only an effect of God’s grace coming to us through the channels of his word, prayer, and fellowship, but it also becomes a means of his grace to us in the Christian life.
Nine Profits of Praying with Company
Jan 20, 2015Prayer is one of the deepest joys of the Christian life. It is almost too good to be true that in Jesus we have the very ear of God. What an indescribable gift, that the God whose greatness is beyond…
Five Benefits of Faithful Preaching
Jan 18, 2015Here is that holy half hour each week when the assembly of the redeemed closes her collective mouth, opens her ear and heart, and listens to the uninterrupted voice of her Husband, through his appointed mouthpiece.
When Prayer Comes Out of the Closet
Jan 14, 2015Prayer begins in secret, but God doesn’t mean for it to stay there. Prayer is for all of life, and especially for our life together in community. Great joy awaits our praying with constancy and with company.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Jan 13, 2015Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle.
The Power and Privilege of God’s Children
Jan 7, 2015It is difficult to overstate the place of private prayer. It is, in many ways, the measure of who we are spiritually, and how we pray “is as important a question as we can ever face.”
Resolved: To Read the Bible
Why and How to Journey in the Word
Dec 31, 2014It is remarkable that we have Bibles we can read personally, whenever we want. For most of church history, that has not been the case.
Bible Reading Is an Art
Dec 31, 2014Good Bible reading is no mere science; it is an art. The Bible itself is a special compilation of great artistries. And the best way to learn the art of reading the Bible for yourself is this: Read it for yourself.
You Were Made for Christmas
Dec 24, 2014Call it Christmas Hedonism, if you will. The Joy he came to bring in his own person as the God-man is the joy that aligns with, and fulfills, the great purpose of all creation. Christmas brings the electricity of joy that runs along the grid of all reality.
Glory to God in the Lowest
Dec 21, 2014It may be the greatest choral presentation in the history of the world. One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not…
Christmas Is the Greatest Mystery
Dec 20, 2014It is the hour that split history in half. Until that first Christmas, he had been, from eternity past, the divine Son and second person of the Godhead. He was God’s glad agent in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews…
Bilbo’s Last Goodbye
Dec 16, 2014This is it for the Bagginses. At least for now, on the big screen. The Battle of the Five Armies, opening this week, is the sixth and final film in Peter Jackson’s pair of Tolkien trilogies.
Christmas Spending Is a Test of Your Treasure
Dec 11, 2014‘Tis the season to test your treasure. Not only are we on gift-expectation overload with Christmas, but then comes the year’s end and that one last chance for tax-deductible charitable giving. December bids us dig deeper in our wallets than…
Take a Break from the Chaos
Dec 5, 2014You need a break from the chaos, from the noise and the crowds, more than you may think at first. You need silence and solitude, as spiritual disciplines.
Marty: Funeral Meditation from a Grandson
Martha Mae McClain Mathis
Dec 4, 2014Marty. That one name said enough in our circles. At times, she seemed larger than life — especially in the eyes of her oldest grandson. She was “Grandmommy” to me, but when I heard the name Marty in the…
Christian Mission in a Post-Christian World (Interview)
Nov 29, 2014This ain’t your momma’s America. Church planter Jonathan Dodson talks societal change in North America, which, in the last generation, has been nothing short of remarkable.
Resolve to Be a Lifelong Learner
Nov 19, 2014Age may increase life experience, but without some long-term pattern of receptivity and intentionality, multiplied experiences will only create more confusion than clarity. Here, then, is the center of lifelong learning, and five practical plans for the pursuit.
Memorize the Mind of God
Nov 12, 2014Maybe the breakthrough you’ve needed in Bible memory is a simple change in perspective. Forget decades from now. Throw aside the litany of daily reviews. Abandon the mentality of building the store and stocking the pile, and focus on today...
The Waiting Is the Hardest Part
Oct 28, 2014The unwelcome intrusions of waiting into our lives, whether weighty or seemingly trite, are powerful opportunities to welcome God into every moment and keep our hearts renewed in him.
Ode to the Church
Oct 22, 2014There she stands in splendor, secure on the arm of her Father, adorned in brilliant white for her husband. The music sounds and beckons their short passage down the aisle. Once she had been disgraced and dirty, unholy and seemingly…
Jesus Doesn’t Fail: An Interview on Definite Atonement
Oct 18, 2014It is, by far, the most contested of the Five Points. And confusion over the term makes it all the trickier. “Limited Atonement” is the middle letter in TULIP, but that name might give the wrong impression.
Finding a Level Head in a Hectic World
Oct 15, 2014Balanced judgment has always been in high demand, but now the supply is at record lows. Fortunately, sober-mindedness is something for which God holds out great promise for development and growth.