Blog Posts by Josh Etter
The Difference Between Masculinity and Femininity
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).
Why Some Prayers Fail
Many prayers fail of their errand because there is no faith in them. Prayers which are filled with doubt are requests for refusal. Imagine that you wrote to a friend and said, “Dear Friend, I am in great trouble and I, therefore, tell you, and ask for your help because it seems right to do so. But though I thus write, I have no belief that you will…
The Value of Praying Together
Pastor John, during prayer week at Bethlehem in 1987:
One of the values of praying together, in fact, is that it can cut the root of pride by exposing us to the humility and heart-searching longings that get expressed in the prayers of others. My own prayers have often been reproved and corrected and deepened just by being in a group of godly people of prayer.
In fact, I wonder…
Planning for Spiritual Necessities in 2012
All of us know this and practice it in relation to the basic physical necessities of life. We take steps to see that we have enough to eat and clothes to keep us warm. But do we take our spiritual needs that seriously? Do we apply the same earnestness in planning to maximize our ministry as we do in planning to make a living?
What I would like…
The Sobering Effect of Another Year-End
Gathering to Address a Cultural Crisis
Darrin Patrick invites you to make an investment in your ministry by joining us in Minneapolis from January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors:
Darrin's topic at the conference is on how to be and build men for the mission of the local church. Register before December 30 for the early-bird rate of just $130. We also have a group discount of $100 (per person) when…Continue Reading
The Power of the Web to Reach People
Go to the House of Feasting Tomorrow
Charles Spurgeon on December 24, 1854:
Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. Go to the house of feasting to-morrow, celebrate your Saviour’s birth; do not be ashamed to be glad; you have a right to be happy. Solomon says, “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white;…
Reflections on Fruit Bearing
Parenting Grown Children
Doug Wilson will join us in Minneapolis on January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors, "God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ." Register before December 30 for just $130.
The Early Beginnings of Desiring God
Char Ransom was on the search committee that brought Pastor John to Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1980. In this two-minute video, Char gives us a glimpse into those first years at Bethlehem and the beginning of our ministry here at Desiring God.
Watch the entire End-of-Year Video Update.Continue Reading
End-of-Year Video Update with Spanish Subtitles
Last week we released our end-of-year mission update. Here's a version with Spanish subtitles that you might want to share with Spanish speaking friends.
As well, you can read Pastor John's letter (available only in English) where he takes a look forward into the future and what we're hoping to accomplish at Desiring God.Continue Reading
End-of-Year Video Update from John Piper
From Pastor John…
Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
We want to spread that truth and all of its amazingly God-exalting, practical implications everywhere in the world. So when…Continue Reading
John Piper's First Advent Poem
"Advent Beauty" (1982) —
Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles back,
Flying faster with the years,
Hardly giving time for tears
First to dry upon the cheek—
Has it been more than a week
Since we laid both young and old
In the ground now winter cold?
Has there really been a spring
When the birds began to sing?
Has there been both summer, fall
Since the Baby…
The Most Important Institution in the World
The church of Jesus Christ is the most important institution in the world. The assembly of the redeemed, the company of the saints, the children of God are more significant in world history than any other group, organization, or nation. The United States of America compares to the church of Jesus Christ like a speck of dust compares to the sun. The drama of international relations compares to…
It Is Not Said in Heaven, "Moral, Moral, Moral Art Thou, O God!"
Holiness deals with the thoughts and intents, the purposes, the aims, the objects, the motives of men. Morality does but skim the surface, holiness goes into the very caverns of the great deep; holiness requires that the heart shall be set on God, and that it shall beat with love to him. The moral man may be complete in his morality without that.
Methinks I might draw such…
Take Courage, Young Mother
There is a principle here that applies to you and me: God takes small, imperfect things and builds them into a habitation for his glory. O, how we should take courage in our little spheres of influence! And is this not the message of Advent and Christmas?
What more appropriate word could God have said to Mary as Jesus was growing up: Take courage, young mother, you build…
Wimpy Theology and True Womanhood
Pastor John, from the 2008 True Woman Conference:
Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in away that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.
Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t…
A Call to Men to Take Responsibility
Pastor John, from Genesis 2:
This is a call to stoop down and to take the responsibility to be a leader—a servant leader in the various ways that are appropriate to every different relationship to women. It's a call to us men,
that we should take the risk of getting egg on our faces; that we should pray like we've never prayed for help in this tremendous responsibility; that we…
Cling to Jesus with Childlike Confidence
The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to…
J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer
From Prayer —
Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water.
Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah's sacrifice. Prayer…
Test Yourself: Are You Lukewarm?
The essence of lukewarmness is the statement, "I need nothing." The lukewarm are spiritually self-satisfied. To find out whether you are among that number, don't look into your head to see if you think that you are needy; rather, look at your prayer life. It doesn't matter what we think in our head, the test of whether we are in bondage to spiritual self-satisfaction is how earnest and…
Are You Stunned That Your Sins Are Forgiven?
So when you go home each week from these messages, be stunned that you are a beneficiary of mercy – be reminded and stunned that you and I deserve nothing but wrath from God, and in Christ receive nothing but mercy from him. Be stunned. And then pray that God would make you merciful to the undeserving.Continue Reading
Oh, how sweet marriages would be if we stopped thinking about…
The Power of Prayer and Holy Brainstorming
Pastor John in 1981:
History has shown that God's way of stirring up his people to great acts of love and mission has often been to draw together a small praying band who lay themselves open to him and get a vision for service. Where will the new works of mission and charity come from in our church, if not from holy brain-storming in small groups of zealous people?