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Why Sound Doctrine Leads to Effective Action for Good

Matt Perman
Why Sound Doctrine Leads to Effective Action for Good

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

The Sower :: Albin Egger-LienzProsperity 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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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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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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Do you believe a church should be governed by one elder or several?

Matt Perman

We believe the New Testament teaches that there is to be a plurality of elders. This means that a church is not to have unitary leadership where only one man has ultimate authority Instead, a church is to have "shared…

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What happens at death?

Matt Perman
Death ushers us directly into either heaven or hell, so let us look to Christ for salvation.
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Does the Bible permit birth control?

Matt Perman

Desiring God and Bethlehem Baptist Church have no formal position on birth control, but John Piper and most of the pastors on staff believe that non-abortive forms of birth control are permissible. The Bible nowhere forbids birth control, either explicitly…

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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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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 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 doctrine of the Trinity?

Matt Perman
What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? How is it not a contradiction for God to be both three and one?
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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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