Five Benefits of Corporate Worship
May 25, 2014Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling our spiritual fire, and keeping it burning.
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure
May 20, 2014This is your verse. If you believe in the God of the Bible, and you love him, all the bounty of one of his greatest promises is yours. God’s staggering pledge of Romans 8:28 is that “all things” — not…
Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship
May 19, 2014You were made for more than private devotions. As nice as it can be to tuck ourselves away in some nook and cranny, all by our lonesome, and read the Scriptures we want to read, pray the prayers we prefer…
Sing a New Song
May 4, 2014I’m unaware of any command in the Bible to sing old songs. It’s not disobedient to sing old songs; it simply isn’t something God needs to remind us to do.
Wash in the Waters Again
May 1, 2014Visible words. That was the Reformers’ term for baptism and the Lord’s Supper. In complement to the spoken words of gospel preaching, these twin rhythms of the gathered church are dramatizations of the grace of God. These “visible words”…
Jesus’s Closest Companion
Apr 26, 2014The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written…
Grow in Grace at the Table
Apr 23, 2014The Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary meal. To be sure, it is simply an ordinary means of God’s grace to his church, but as eating and drinking go, it can be an unusually powerful experience. Along with baptism, the…
Apr 16, 2014Wednesday went quietly. Too quietly. With the previous three days awash in drama — Sunday’s triumphal entry, Monday’s temple cleansing, and Tuesday’s temple controversies — now Wednesday, April 1, A.D. 33, comes like the calm before the storm. But out…
Putting Golf in Its Place
Apr 10, 2014It only takes a few bars of “Augusta” to confirm that spring is here. There is a promise of new life in the sound of the Masters theme song and the sight of electric green grass at Augusta…
Preach the Gospel to Yourself
Apr 5, 2014What captures your idle thoughts? What fear seeps into your spare moments? Don’t concede. In this twelve-minute video, Paul Tripp explains how to fight back with the gospel.
Six Lessons in Good Listening
Apr 3, 2014Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest and most important. Here are six lessons to help you listen well.
Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation
Mar 26, 2014We were made to meditate. One reason our hearts are so cold is because we don’t intentionally take time to warm our hearts at the fire of Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting meditation.
‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity
Mar 22, 2014It’s rare to find a major motion picture that paints humanity, as a whole, to be this bad. Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that…
Remember Saint Patrick
Mar 17, 2014Deep beneath much of what the day has become is the inspiring mission of Patrick pioneering the gospel among an unreached people, despite the frowning face of the church establishment.
God Is with You in Depression
Mar 15, 2014Depression is often illusive. Some dark cloud gathers and hangs overhead. You feel constantly ill at ease. Whether triggered by negative events, or some undefined cause, you know despondency when you experience it, even if you find it hard to…
Learn to Fly in the Fellowship
Mar 12, 2014It’s a shame the word “fellowship” has fallen on hard times in some circles, and is dying the death of domestication and triviality. It is an electric reality in the New Testament, an indispensable ingredient in the Christian faith, and…
Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling
Mar 11, 2014Doctrine is for the sake of delight. Christian theology does not exist for its own sake, but for our desiring and enjoying Christ. Simply put, the mind is meant to serve the heart. Thinking serves feeling. God gave us the…
Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear
Mar 5, 2014He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole…
Isn’t It Ironic?
Feb 27, 2014Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill debuted in 1995, just as the first wave of Millennials was crashing into America’s high schools. Her music became one of the soundtracks for these critical years — for many of us, not chosen…
Shape Your Life with the Words of Life
Feb 24, 2014The Christian life, from start to finish, is utterly dependent on the grace of God. Not only do we come into spiritual life by sheer grace (Act 18:27; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:5), but it is in divine grace that we…
Put Yourself in the Path of God’s Grace
Feb 17, 2014I can flip a switch, but I don’t provide the electricity. I can turn on a faucet, but I can’t make the water flow. There will be no light and no liquid refreshment without someone else providing it. And so…
Share in the Glory of the Winter Games
Feb 5, 2014Don’t just watch the Olympics. Be a part. The Christian can enjoy the Games with more substance and depth than anyone. Here’s a call to Olympic viewing with spiritual significance. Our God and his Book give us unmatched capacities to…
How to Stay Christian in Seminary—And Any Season of Waiting
Desiring God 2014 Conference for Pastors
Feb 3, 2014Part 1: Forward-Looking Intentionality (Jonathan Parnell) The title of this seminar is “How to Stay Christian in Seminary—Or Any Season of Waiting.” And we really mean that last part. What David and I are going to talk about…
How to Stay Christian in Seminary
Jan 31, 2014Seminary is exhilarating . . . and dangerous. Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils…