Blog Posts by Desiring God Staff

The Ethics of Interracial Marriage

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(This is the 5th message in a 7-part series we're posting on racial harmony.)

Five arguments that are used to oppose interracial marriage and responses to counteract them:

1. Races are God's will and therefore amalgamating them is against his will. (Genesis 11:6-9, Deuteronomy 32:8, Acts 17:26)

Responses:

  1. These proof texts refer to separation of peoples that are along lines much more narrow than race. They are not racial divisions,…
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Does Father's Day Discourage You?

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Norman Fried writes about the value of fatherhood. He acknowledges that the feelings surrounding Father's Day are varied.

For some, it leaves us anxious, as we recall the man who couldn’t be there when we needed him, or the man who is not here now when we need him the most. For others, it stimulates feelings of gratitude as we honor the times we had with our father by…

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Jesus Was Never Too Busy

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Sometimes I pretend I don't have time. All the tasks on my to-do list are incredibly important.

I'm too busy to answer that email. Too busy to help my neighbor—anyway, I don't even speak Spanish. And I can't give my wife a hand—too much to do. I've got a meeting. I've got to get the sermon posted. I'm blogging. Terribly important, indeed.

Then there's Jesus.

When his cousin and friend…

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Don't Sell the Gospel

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Two things show if someone is selling the Gospel, and two things should be preached in order to avoid it: Only in Christ is there satisfaction and only in Christ is there justification.

Listen to Piper's message to this year's graduating class at The Bethlehem Institute (20 min).

What Are the Signs of a Gospel-Peddler?

  1. Craves earthly pleasure
  2. Dreads earthly pain

What Does a Gospel-Peddler Preach?

  1. Human prosperity is the
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Piper's Pastoral Accountability

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Hearts can harden fast. The writer of Hebrews drives this point home: "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin" (3:13).

So for pastors—and for all of us—yearly or quarterly or perhaps even monthly accountability is dangerously rare. The hardness that creates "an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from…

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25 Ways to Help Kids Love to Read

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Noel Piper tells the story of one of her sons really enjoying the books The Cross and the Switchblade and Run, Baby, Run. This son did not generally like reading, so it was especially exciting that he had gotten into these stories. When he finished both books, he went to the library and asked if the librarian could direct him to more stories that he might enjoy. She asked…

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12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child

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Many parents are brokenhearted and completely baffled by their unbelieving son or daughter. They have no clue why the child they raised well is making such awful, destructive decisions. I’ve never been one of these parents, but I have been one of these sons. Reflecting back on that experience, I offer these suggestions to help you reach out to your wayward child.

In summary:

  1. Point them to Christ.
  2. Pray.
  3. Acknowledge…
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The Lord Is My Stockman

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The "Holi Baibul" is now completely translated into Kriol, a language spoken by 30,000 Australians. This is the first complete translation of the Bible into an indigenous Australian tongue.

According to "The Religion Report" from ABC Radio National, there are about 51,000 speakers of indigenous languages in Australia, so this translation means that 6 out of 10 of these speakers can now read the Bible in…

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Tell Stories Like Life Depends on It

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The specific, nitty-gritty, sometimes disgusting, sometimes beautiful things that God has done really matter. We're saved by faith alone, but faith needs facts. We need to believe in something particular and concrete.

After Joshua and all his contemporaries died, we are told that "there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel…

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40-Day Guided Fast

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Some of you may know Charlie Handren as the guy in charge of the prayer ministry at several past DG conferences. He is also Bethlehem Baptist's Church Planting Resident and will be going out to start a new church in a few months. He preached this weekend while Piper is in Portland.

His sermon was on John 15:1-11. One of his points was that the word "ask" in the…

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On Fraudulent "Christian" Fundraising

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I read an article a few days ago about the bleaker side of "Christian" fundraising--fake handwriting, ghostwriting, and all sorts of other manipulation (HT: SI). If I were on the outside of Christian ministry, I would be skeptical of it all, so I wanted to just make a few simple promises about DG's fundraising.

Here are some quotes from the article and how we would respond here at DG.

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Be Wowed by God

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The more we know of the galaxies, the more intense our worship should be.

Piper made this point last weekend, noting that if the ancients were astounded by God's handiwork in the heavens, how much more should we be who can see millions of miles further than them.

But I live in downtown Minneapolis. The only star I can regularly point out from my neighborhood is the sun. So…

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Some Pictures of Opa

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We call my dad's dad Opa because when my parents lived in Germany and my oldest brother, Karsten, was learning to talk, he called him by a German word for grandpa, Opa. That's been his name in our household ever since.

We've been collecting pictures of him over the last couple days to reminisce. Here are a few of these that I have on my computer.


My dad's sister,…

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