Blog Posts by Josh Etter

Advice for Reading Theology Books Even Though You're Busy

Josh Etter

Pastor John in 1981:

Since wisdom is found in the Word of God, we must apply ourselves in study and meditation to know the Word and do it. "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." (Psalm 19:7). Therefore, we must devote ourselves to know and understand the testimonies of the Lord. And here I commend…

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How Should We Approach Worship Today?

Josh Etter

Pastor John has thought in terms of two heart dispositions:

Gravity:

For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let
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Microscope and Telescope Magnification

Josh Etter

From I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving!, preached in 1980:

We are not called to be microscopes, but telescopes. Christians are not called to be con-men who magnify their product out of all proportion to reality, when they know the competitor's product is far superior. There is nothing and nobody superior to God. And so the calling of those who love God is to make his greatness begin to
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When Decays of Grace Prevail

Josh Etter

John Owen:

Do any of us find decays of grace prevailing in us; deadness, coldness, lukewarmness, a kind of spiritual stupidity and senselessness coming upon us? Do we find an unreadiness unto the exercise of grace in its proper season and the vigorous acting of it in duties of communion with God? And would we have our souls recovered from these dangerous diseases?

Let us assure ourselves there is no…

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The Dynamics of Faith and Receiving from God

Josh Etter

Jeremiah Burroughs:

All good is in God, true, but how shall we come to partake of that good? There is such a distance between you and God that, were not Christ in the middle, you would never come together.

But Christ has come between and joined you together so that all is yours because you are Christ's and Christ is God's. Think of God as the Fountain of all good,…

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The Bishop of Liverpool, J. C. Ryle

Josh Etter

Since our first Conference for Pastors in 1988, Pastor John has given a biographical study of a great hero of the faith—"men of whom the world is not worthy." This year Pastor John will focus on J. C. Ryle, the Bishop of Liverpool. Here's a quick preview:

Join us on January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors, "God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body…

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Announcing Our 2012 Conference for Pastors

Josh Etter

Pastor John's invitation to join us in Minneapolis on January 30 to February 1 for the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors —

Theme

God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ

Dates

January 30 to February 1

Cost

$130.00

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Speakers

  • Doug Wilson
  • Darrin Patrick
  • Crawford Loritts
  • Ramez Atallah
  • John Piper

For more information or to register, visit the event page.

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How Is the Cross of Jesus Your Joy?

Josh Etter

John Piper from 1995:

Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?

And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work into a boost for self-esteem? Or are you drawn up out of yourself and filled with wonder…

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Bloodlines Documentary Trailer

Josh Etter

Pastor John's newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up.

Here's a two-minute trailer for the 18-minute documentary that will be released in a few weeks:



Get a free download of the Introduction [PDF]. You can order the book online, or call…

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Seven Lessons from Down Under

Josh Etter

John Piper recently spent two weeks ministering in Australia. Here are seven lessons I learned along the way traveling with Pastor John — both in conversation with him and through observing his example and interaction with the Aussies.

1. More than anything else, Satan hates and opposes our efforts to evangelize. This is not based on a specific text, but is apparent because Satan is a liar and so hates…

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God Is a Joy to be Near and a Terror to Those Who Flee

Josh Etter

Pastor John (1981) illustrates what it means to fear the Lord in Exodus 20:20 —

Noël and the boys and I went out to Dick and Irene Tiegen's place last week. They have a big dog as tall as Benjamin which greeted us with barks and growls from where he was chained. But after we were there and in the house with the dog, he was friendly.

Then we went…

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Do You Feel Spiritually Dull?

Josh Etter

John Bunyan:

Sometimes when my heart has been hard, dead, slothful, blind, and senseless, which indeed are sad frames for a poor Christian to be in, yet at such a time, when I have been in such a case, then has the blood of Christ, the precious blood of Christ, the admirable blood of the God of Heaven, that run out of His body when it did hang on the
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Spiritual Warfare and Prayer

Josh Etter

Why does God keep Satan around? One reason is so that we'll experience the joy of "participating in the triumph."

Listen to Pastor John talk about the connection between spiritual warfare and prayer in this 22-minute devotional from a missions prayer meeting in 1999.

Stream or download the talk.

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Are You Controlled By the Future?

Josh Etter

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

'Take no thought for the morrow,' means 'Do not be guilty of anxious thoughts about the morrow'. It does not mean that you do not take any thought at all, otherwise the farmer would not plough and harrow and sow. He is looking to the future, but he does not spend the whole of his time wondering and worrying about the end results of his work. No, he…

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Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God

Josh Etter

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors and Christian leaders, hosted by David Mathis, executive editor at Desiring God, and editor or contributor to a number of books, including Don’t Call It a Comeback, and co-author of the forthcoming How to Stay Christian in Seminary.

The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday…

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Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 1988:

I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ suffers.

1. The excellence of the products or services you render in your job shows the excellence and greatness of God.

2. The standards of integrity you follow at your…

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Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 1981:

There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.

1. Humility

First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me." Joab was a mighty warrior, but not so foolish as to think himself wholly self-sufficient. "Abishai, my brother, I might be inadequate for the task…

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Entertainment-Oriented Preachers vs Bible-Oriented Preachers

Josh Etter

Pastor John from 2008:

The difference between an entertainment-oriented preacher and a Bible-oriented preacher is the manifest connection of the preacher’s words to the Bible as what authorizes what he says.

The entertainment-oriented preacher seems to be at ease talking about many things that are not drawn out of the Bible. In his message, he seems to enjoy more talking about other things than what the Bible teaches. His words…

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