Blog Posts by Josh Etter

How John Piper Responds to Death Threats

Josh Etter

Everyday gospel ministry requires courage. Whether it’s the courage to keep going when insulted, or honestly repent when you’ve been wrong, or not cave when threatened physically, public Christian ministry necessitates many kinds of courage — whether the society is increasingly post-Christian or not.

It’s not just the death threats — which John Piper has received — but the daily friction against the gospel that demands courage, but in this…

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Early Bird Deadline for Pastors Conference

Josh Etter

A few Pastors Conference reminders:

1. The early bird registration rate of $125 ends December 31 at 11:59 PM (CST). For groups of five or more we have a special rate of just $110 per person.

2. Speakers include Darrin Patrick, Tope Koleoso, Kent Hughes, Jason Meyer, Mack Stiles, John Piper, Tony Reinke and Rick Gamache. See the conference schedule for more details and information.

3. Special guest Mark Dever…

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How to Consider Yourself "Dead to Sin"

Josh Etter

Martyn Lloyd-Jones commenting on Romans 6:11, So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

We are told to realize, and to hold before ourselves and in our consciousness constantly, something that is already true of our position or status. It is not an exhortation to us to do anything with regard to sin, but to realize what has already been done for…

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"A Hunger for God" — Free Seminar, November 2–3

Josh Etter

On November 2-3 at Bethlehem Baptist Church (North Campus) in Minneapolis, Pastor John will be giving a free, two-day seminar on the theme of A Hunger for God. The seminar is open to all — we'd love for you to join us!

Schedule

Bethlehem Baptist Church (North Campus)
5151 Program Avenue
Mounds View, MN 55112

Day 1
Friday, November 2
7:00 - 9:00pm (two sessions, + Q&A)

Day 2

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Announcing RefNet for Your iDevice

Josh Etter

Ever tire of scrolling through long lists of sermon titles when picking a podcast? Are you the kind who would be relieved to have someone help you with the picking?

Our friends at Ligonier want to help. They are providing a new web app called RefNet: 24-Hour Christian Internet Radio. Available free for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, RefNet includes broadcasts from R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Al Mohler, and…

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Nine Reasons Why Your Church May Need a Blog

Josh Etter

A year into his pastorate, John Piper began a weekly newsletter called The Bethlehem Star. Today you might start a blog rather than a newsletter, but in an increasingly noisy world, the need to communicate effectively with your church membership is more important than ever. Reprinted below is the original rationale (from 1981) behind the creation of this regular communication — which 32 years later continues as a monthly…

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As You Prepare for Another Week . . .

Josh Etter

If you're like me, at some point Sunday evening you begin to consider all the opportunities and challenges that await you in the coming week. Fruitful labor in our calling is a gift from God — indeed, we are to "work heartily, as for the Lord" (Colossians 3:23). But at the close of each day, we must learn to entrust our work and circumstances to God, and remember that he…

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What It's Like to Attend a Desiring God Conference . . .

Josh Etter

How does God produce holiness in the lives of his people? That's what we'll tackle at our 2012 National Conference in Minneapolis on September 28-30 — how the everyday fight for faith to become more like Jesus works. If you've never been to a Desiring God conference, check this video out to get a feel for what it's like:

The early bird registration rate ends Friday, July 27 at 11:59…

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He Knows Me

Josh Etter

J. I. Packer:

What matters supremely is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it — the fact that he knows me. I am graven on the palms of his hands. I am never out of his mind.

All my knowledge of him depends on his sustained initiative in knowing me. I know him because he first knew me, and…

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The Message of the Bible in 221 Words

Josh Etter

D. A. Carson:

God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath. 

But God, precisely because love is of the very essence of his character, takes the initiative and prepared for the coming of his own Son by raising up a people who, by…

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"Change Your Clothes"

Josh Etter

What is the first thing Jesus says to us when we enter his school? Answer: Ephesians 4 verses 22–24 (my literal translation):

Put off the old person [or: old self; or: old man] which accords with the former way of life and which is corrupted in accord with the desires of deceit. And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. And put on the new person which was created
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Truth Obeyed Will Heal

Josh Etter

J. I. Packer:

Truth obeyed, said the Puritans, will heal. The word fits, because we are all spiritually sick — sick through sin, which is a wasting and killing disease of the heart. The unconverted are sick unto death; those who have come to know Christ and have been born again continue sick, but they are gradually getting better as the work of grace goes on in their lives.

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The Desiring God App

Josh Etter

Update 8/10: We've just released a new update into the app store, addressing crash reports and miscellaneous bugs. We value your feedback!


Watch, listen to, or read all of Pastor John's sermons, articles, online books, blog posts, and more on the new Desiring God App for the iPhone and iPad.

Pastor John introduces and demonstrates the new app in this video:

As Pastor John mentions, the new app meets a…

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Reaching the Muslim World — On the Web

Josh Etter

The mission of Desiring God is that people everywhere would understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Earlier this week, we provided an update that in the last 12-months we've seen a 40% increase in website visits from outside the United States. Under God, it is through your support that we can make this ministry possible. Thank you…

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Announcing the Desiring God App

Josh Etter

Update: As of June 7th, 2013, this app has been removed from the iTunes store. We are retiring the app in order to focus on an enhanced sermons app that will be released later this year.

In the meantime, check out our other mobile apps (available for both Android and iOS devices):

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The Leading and Quenching of the Spirit

Josh Etter

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

Here again is a most extraordinary subject, and indeed a very fascinating one, and, from many angles, a most glorious one. There is no question but that God's people can look for and expect "leadings," "guidance," "indications of what they are meant to do." There are many examples of this in the Scriptures and I take one at random. You remember the story in Acts 8:26ff of how…

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The Day John Piper Was Arrested

Josh Etter

Pastor John:

On December 19 eight of us from Bethlehem were among the 92 arrested while participating in a rescue at Planned Parenthood on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. [We] simply sat in front of the door to say by our action: without violence we will do what we can to stop child-killing here today.

Is that remarkable? Not very. But here’s something that is:

Liberty Ann Hinkle was born…

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Five Things We Can Do For the Unborn

Josh Etter

Pastor John:

Five things you can do:

1. Submit yourselves to God

Submit yourselves to God. Draw near to him. Live by the power of his grace. Let him shape your desires rather than the world and the feisty, self-centered temperament of our culture. Let your life and your mouth bear witness to the real delights of knowing and trusting and obeying and being shaped and guided by the Creator…

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Praying for Your Children

Josh Etter

Darrin Patrick, speaker at our 2012 Conference for Pastors:

We'd love for you to join us in Minneapolis from January 30 to February 1. Register for just $145, or bring a group of five or more from your church for just $100 (per person).

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Recent posts for the 2012 Conference for Pastors —

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Counsel for Millennials: "Roll with It"

Josh Etter

Doug Wilson, speaker at our 2012 Conference for Pastors:

We'd love for you to join us in Minneapolis from January 30 to February 1. Register for just $145, or bring a group of five or more from your church for just $100 (per person).

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Recent posts for the 2012 Conference for Pastors —

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How Young Men Prepare for Marriage

Josh Etter

Doug Wilson, speaker at our 2012 Conference for Pastors:

We'd love for you to join us in Minneapolis from January 30 to February 1. Register for just $145, or bring a group of five or more from your church for just $100 (per person).

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Recent posts for the 2012 Conference for Pastors —

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