Blog Posts by Josh Etter
How to Live Like Christ
In Ephesians 5:1 Paul tells us to be "imitators of God". How can we obey such a holy commandment? William Temple writes:
"It is no good giving me a play like Hamlet or King Lear, and telling me to write… Continue Reading
How Awesome Is That Day to Me
Ponder these words as Holy Week begins. You might consider using this poem in your personal or family devotions this week:
How awesome is that day to me-
O day of hallowed history!
Set time in God’s determined plan
Advice to Young Pastors
Learn the Secret of Gutsy Guilt
Part of our Christian confidence is that even when we fall into sin and experience God's Fatherly discipline, we will rise again. John Piper calls this "gutsy guilt":
To the fallen saint, who knows the darkness is self-inflicted and feels…
The Difference Between a Christian and non-Christian
How Far We Have Fallen
Jonathan Edwards' vivid description of what happened when we fell from God into sin:
The ruin that the fall brought upon the soul of man consists very much in his losing the nobler and more benevolent principles of his nature,… Continue Reading
Grace is not a "Thing"
In the Christian life we can easily find ourselves using jargon without knowing what we're really saying. What exactly is "grace"? Sinclair Ferguson clarifies:
It is legitimate to speak of "receiving grace," and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about…
The Aseity of God
Clothed in Righteousness
R. C. Sproul has written a beautiful hymn that you might consider using in your personal, family, or congregational worship:
Fallen race in Eden fair, exposed and full of shame. Fled we naked from Thy sight, far from Thy holy…
How to Get God's Attention
Isaiah 66:2 —
But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
I.O.U.S is one prayer that helps us to humble ourselves before reading God's…Continue Reading
The Importance of Being Under the Ministry of the Word
Imparting A Passion: A Challenge to Youth Workers
In 2002 John Piper delivered a powerful challenge to men and women who are responsible for leading youth and college ministries:
I want to begin by asking you a question that comes from the book of Acts. When your present…
The Cross: The Greatest Pro-Life Initiative Ever Taken
John Piper Does Not Deny That God Makes Much of Us
A Song by John Piper
D.A. Carson on the Central Message of the Bible
John Calvin on the Pursuit of Success
How do we as Christians battle against the sinful pursuit of success, wealth and power that the world pursues?
Therefore, to avoid similar entanglements, the course which Christian men must follow is this: first, they must not long for, or…
Piper Poem on Suffering
What is God’s sovereign grace?
Not grace to bar what is not blissNor flight from all distress but this:The grace that orders our trouble and painAnd then, in the darkness, is there to sustain.
This poem was…Continue Reading