In France the fabric of family and nation is torn, and ten thousand human fibers are frayed with anger, and wet with grief. Millions more are woven in among the stricken strands, and taste the bitter salt of tears.
This is a call for a special breed. Not the kind of conservative who gives all his energy to embracing and defending his weirdo status. And not the kind of liberal who will embrace any compromise necessary to avoid being a weirdo. But rather a breed that is courageous enough to be joyfully weird.
Hope is not an add-on to Christian experience. It is part of the first things. The essential things. It is a vital component of saving faith, because part of what we believe relates to our future. It is impossible to be a Christian and keep on believing that your eternity will be bleak.
For the writers of the New Testament few things were more breathtaking than the humbling, hope-giving, fact that they were a chosen race! It was almost too good to be true. John Piper beckons us, with ten reasons to revel with them.
Recently, a father asked John Piper to write his eleven-year-old to encourage him. The family had been going through some hard times, and struggling to put food on the table. Pastor John writes with sensitivity and care to strengthen the boy in his faith and hope in Jesus.
Christianity means change is possible. Deep, fundamental change. It is possible to become tender-hearted when once you were callous and insensitive. It is possible to stop being dominated by bitterness and anger. It is possible to become a loving person…
I invite you into the Godward life. Trying to live as a Christian while God is at the margins is a miserable life. You were not made to be central, while God is marginal. You were made to make God central. Central to everything.
Hollywood has ripped the curtains off the sacred marriage bed and turned a luxuriant, holy pleasure into a cheap spectator sport. So we might be tempted to think that sex is so sinfully misused, maybe we should have nothing to do with it. The Bible says the opposite.
Winning people to Christ involves the recognition of a need that only Christ can meet. There is one need, among many, which, if not met, will nullify the good of any other needs being met. We all need to escape…