Blog Posts by Josh Etter
How Do We Know If We Love Christ?
J. C. Ryle writes:
- If we love a person, we like to think about him. We do not need to be reminded of him. We do not forget his name or his appearance or his character or his opinions or his tastes or his position or his occupation... Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ!
- If we love a person, we like to hear about him.…
John Piper Interviews David Platt
On June 14 at the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Pastor John sat down with David Platt for a 20 minute conversation about local discipleship, world missions and the Bible:
We're excited to have David join us at our 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Friendly reminder that if you are planning on attending the conference to register before July 29 for the early-bird rate of $145…Continue Reading
What Will It Mean to Live for Christ This Week?
Pastor John from December 28, 1981:
“For me to live is Christ!” But very specifically that must mean: “For me to live is Christ’s mission.” “As the Father has sent me,” Jesus said, “so send I you.”
In 1982 my life must be Christ, and that means, “Christ for others.” If I am not Christ for others, I am not Christ at all. If I can really say, “It is not I…
How Can You Identify a Woman Who Fears the Lord?
Pastor John from 1981:
First, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." Satan dangles in front of her the specter of tomorrow's troubles, but she glances up at the almighty God at…
How to Help Your Boys Become Christian Men
Vern Poythress shares about how he and his wife thought about training their boys to become Christian men:
When does a boy become a man in [American culture]? When he gets a driver's license? When he graduates from high school? When he moves away from his parents? When he can vote? When he gets his first full-time job? When he is 21? When he gets married? When he owns his…
John Piper Interviews Louie Giglio (Part 2)
In Part 2 of their conversation, John Piper and Louie Giglio talk about the connection between worship, missions and the glory of God:
(Watch Part 1)
Louie Giglio will join us at our upcoming 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Register for the conference before July 29 for $145 per person (save $40).
Watch, listen, or download the interview.
Sinclair Ferguson's Four Steps to Kill Sin
From the January 2007 edition of Tabletalk:
1. Learn to admit sin for what it really is.
Call a spade a spade — call it 'sexual immorality,' not 'I’m being tempted a little'; call it 'impurity,' not 'I’m struggling with my thought life'; call it 'evil desire, which is idolatry,' not 'I think I need to order my priorities a bit better.'
2. See sin for what your sin really…
Ready for Work This Week?
It is an error to think that those who flee worldly affairs and engage in contemplation are leading an angelic life. . . We know that men were created to busy themselves with labor and that no sacrifice is more pleasing to God than when each one attends to his calling and studies well to live for the common good (Calvin's Commentaries, Luke 10:38).
Martin Luther:… Continue Reading
Pastors, Don't Micromanage Your Church
How to Think About Your Conscience
J. I. Packer writes:
It is a universal experience that conscience is largely autonomous in its operation; though sometimes we can suppress or stifle it, it normally speaks independently of our will, and sometimes, indeed, contrary to our will. And when it speaks, it is in a strange way distinct from us; it stands over us, addressing us with an absoluteness of authority which we did not give it and…
John Piper Interviews Louie Giglio (Part 1)
We're excited to have Louie Giglio join us at our upcoming 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Register for the conference before July 29 for $145 per person (save $40).
A few months ago at Passion 2011 in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John sat down with Louie to talk about his life, the Passion movement, and the global vision of God's glory:
Watch, listen, or…Continue Reading
Listen to Sinclair Ferguson's Lecture on the Puritans
Pastors, How to Recognize a Wolf-In-The-Making
Pastor John from 1989:
Let me just mention one feature to watch out for in the recognition of wolves. As I have watched the movement from biblical faithfulness to liberalism in persons and institutions that I have known over the years, this feature stands out: An emotional disenchantment with faithfulness to what is old and fixed, and an emotional preoccupation with what is new or fashionable or relevant in the…
The Inner Essence of Worship
Pastor John from 2008:
The essential, vital, indispensable, defining heart of worship is the experience of being satisfied with God. This satisfaction in God magnifies God in the heart. This explains why the apostle Paul makes so little distinction between worship as a congregational service and worship as a pattern of daily life. They have the same root – a passion for treasuring God as infinitely valuable. The impulse for…
Equipping the Church to Minister to Victims of Sexual Assault
A few months ago we had the privilege of interviewing Justin Holcomb on ministry to victims of sexual assault. Today, Justin and his wife, Lindsey, have published a helpful post over at The Resurgence:
It is important to address the effects of sexual assault with the biblical message of grace and redemption. Jesus responds to victims' pain and past. The message of the gospel redeems what has been…
The Power of the Devil Is Alarming
Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:
The power of the devil is alarming. Our Lord says to Peter, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you like wheat. These are indications of his tremendous power. But perhaps the ultimate proof of the power, and the confidence, and the ability of the devil, is to be found in the fact that he did not hesitate to tempt and to attack even…
Pastoral Ministry and Scholarship: Q&A with Don Carson and John Piper
In 2009 Don Carson and John Piper presented two talks on the relationship between pastoral ministry and scholarship. These messages have now been made into a new book, The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry, edited by Owen Strachan and David Mathis.
Watch the 25 minute Q&A that followed the two talks:
Watch, listen or download Pastor as Scholar (John Piper) and …Continue Reading
Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)
Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:
We are all expert planners, are we not? Those people [the builders of Babel’s Tower] were planners. They drew the specifications of the city. They had it all worked out. We all do that in life, do we not? You have your plans. Your future life and career are mapped out. You know what you want to do. Where does God come in? Is the plan made…
How to Think About the Sabbath
Pastor John from 1985:
God's purpose for us on the sabbath is that we experience the highest and most intense joy that can be experienced, namely, that we "take delight in the Lord." And yet what he finds again and again is professing Christians who prefer little human-sized pleasures from things that have no close relation to God at all.
If you worked seven days a week in the hot…
Pastors, Be Men of God
Pastor John from 1988:
Our people need a God-besotted man. Even if they criticize the fact that you are not available at the dinner on Saturday night because you must be with God, they need at least one man in their life who is radically and totally focused on God and the pursuit of the knowledge of God, and the ministry of the word of God.
How many people in…
All Christians Are to Be Engaged in the Cause of World Missions
When it comes to world missions, there are only three kinds of people: "goers, senders and the disobedient." Pastor John explains:
Join us on September 23-25 in Minneapolis, MN for our 2011 National Conference. The theme of the conference is Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples, Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged.
The (Unremarkable) Qualifications for Elder
Serve and Respect the Elder Saints
Charles Spurgeon writes:
Some are like the sun going down in the west; they will be gone soon. Serve them, dear brethren. You that are in health and vigour, comfort them, strengthen them, and help them all you can. Be a joy to that dear old man, who has been spared to you even beyond the allotted threescore years and ten, and praise God for the grace that has upheld… Continue Reading
How to Think About Recurrent Miscarriages
Two Great Incentives from Jesus to Become a World Christian
John Piper writes:
These, then, are two great incentives from Jesus to become a World Christian and to dedicate yourself to the cause of Frontier Missions as the twentieth century comes to a close.
1. Every impossibility with men is possible with God (Mark 10:27). The conversion of hardened sinners will be the work of God and will accord with his sovereign plan. We need not fear or fret over…