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Why Sound Doctrine Leads to Effective Action for Good

Why Sound Doctrine Leads to Effective Action for Good

Matt Perman
I talked this morning at our Friday morning chapel on why sound doctrine grounds and leads to effective action for good. I asked six questions in my message: First, does the Bible teach this—that is, does the Bible teach that…
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Christians Are to Be Proactive in Doing Good

Matt Perman
As I prepare for my seminar Friday at our National Conference on “Rethinking Productivity in Light of Justification by Faith Alone,” I'm realizing that a lot of things in my preparation probably won't make it into the actual seminar. Here's…
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How Can Jesus Be God and Man?

Matt Perman
Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human, yet one person.
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Science, the Bible, and the Promised Land

Matt Perman
There is a genius in Genesis 1-3 that is often concealed by modern interpretations of the text. The genius of these chapters is the profound significance they give to the destination of the redeemed by establishing a unity between God's…
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The Problem with "Give in Order to Get"

Matt Perman
Prosperity teachers sometimes teach that if we give, God will in turn give back more to us than we have given. This, then, becomes an incentive to give and a subtle way of advocating the idea that "God wants you…
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The Gospel, Not Guilt, Motivates Radical Christian Giving

Matt Perman
This is a well-balanced and helpful word from Tim Keller in his book Ministries of Mercy Often books and speakers tell Christians that they should help the needy because they have so much. That is, of course, quite true…
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Why Does Desiring God Offer Everything Online for Free?

Matt Perman
Posting all of our content online for free is something we love to do. There is also a theology behind it. We made this video to talk a bit about that. In it I discuss three reasons we post everything…
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Why Does Desiring God Offer Everything Online for Free?

Matt Perman
This interview is available only in audio and video. For more information about Desiring God's rationale for making our resources free, see Matt Perman's articles Make It Free Objections to Making It Free
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Objections to Making It Free

Matt Perman
There has been a good discussion on my article “Make It Free” over at Joshua Blankenship’s blog. It inspired me to address some of the main objections I often hear against my perspective that media ministries should…
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What does John Piper believe about dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology?

Matt Perman
There are three main theological camps on the issues of law gospel, and the structuring of God’s redemptive relationship with humankind: dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology. Many have written to us asking about the differences between these three…
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Does 2 Peter 2:1 Deny Effectual Atonement?

Matt Perman
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves While this is a…
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Why I Pray for the Economy

Matt Perman
I pray for the economy at all times, not just times of crisis, because as Christians we are to wish for and seek the welfare of others. There are few things that have more impact on the welfare of large…
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Make It Free

Matt Perman
If you are a Christian media ministry, I commend to you the following vision for maximizing your effectiveness online: Post all of your content online, for free, without requiring registration, in a maximally usable interface.
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Historical Evidence for the Resurrection

Matt Perman
The historical evidence for the resurrection of Christ is very good. Scholars such as William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Gary Habermas, and others have done an especially good job of detailing that evidence.1 It is the aim of this…
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God Is Happy

Matt Perman
So often we think of God as non-enthusiastic or even gloomy. The exact opposite is true: He loves to be God, He takes great pleasure in all that He does, and He is enthusiastic about serving His people and working…
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How can God be for us if he pursues his glory above all things?

Matt Perman
The ultimate ground of our joy is the fact that God's chief goal is to glorify himself forever John Piper writes in Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (p. 31): God's saving designs are penultimate, not ultimate. Redemption, salvation…
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Does God choose who will be saved?

Matt Perman
John Piper discusses the doctrine of election and the hope that it gives for missions and evangelism.
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What is the biblical evidence for original sin?

Matt Perman
There are several lines of biblical evidence for the historic Christian doctrine that we are all born into the world with sinful natures, due to the sin of Adam Scripture says that we are born sinners and that we are
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What is the role of an elder?

Matt Perman
According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. The function and role of an elder is well summarized by Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership: “Elders lead the church…
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Does DG recommend any distance education programs?

Matt Perman
Moving to another city for seminary and spending several years as a full-time student might not be feasible, or wise, for some. As a result, there are many good distance learning programs that have recently come into existence. We would…
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Did Jesus teach pacifism?

Matt Perman
The attacks of September 11 and the resulting war against terrorism have brought to the front once again the question of the Christian view of war. The question is particularly complex because it is hard to see how war can…
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Is abortion a form of discrimination?

Matt Perman
John Piper talks about the connection between abortion and racism.
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What does John Piper think about the TNIV?

Matt Perman
John Piper signed the Statement of Concern about the TNIV Bible. In a recent interview with World magazine, he stated many of his reasons In a nutshell, my view of the English language Bible translation enterprise is that the…
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What is the role of a deacon?

Matt Perman
The basic meaning of Greek word group behind the English translation "deacon" (diakon-) suggests the notion of service and servanthood (John 2:5; Romans 15:8; Matthew 20:26; Luke 10:40; Acts 11:29; 12:25), especially in regard to providing practical help…
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