Here's What's Often Missing When We Speak of the Final Judgment As Being According to Works
Dec 22, 2010I agree that the final judgment is according to works. We are justified—made right with God and given a title to heaven—by faith alone apart from works. This faith, though, always and necessarily leads to good works, such that at…
Why Sound Doctrine Leads to Effective Action for Good
Nov 12, 2010I 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…
Christians Are to Be Proactive in Doing Good
Sep 29, 2010As 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…
The Problem with "Give in Order to Get"
May 12, 2010Prosperity 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…
The Gospel, Not Guilt, Motivates Radical Christian Giving
May 4, 2010This 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…
Why Does Desiring God Offer Everything Online for Free?
Oct 28, 2009This 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
Why I Pray for the Economy
Sep 19, 2008I 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…
Objections to Making It Free
Oct 30, 2007There 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…
Make It Free
Improving Online Effectiveness by Removing All Barriers to Accessing and Sharing Content
Oct 26, 2007If 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.
Historical Evidence for the Resurrection
Sep 12, 2007The 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…
God Is Happy
Jun 27, 2007So 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…
Does 2 Peter 2:1 Deny Effectual Atonement?
Jan 1, 2007But 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…
How Can Jesus Be God and Man?
Oct 5, 2006Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human, yet one person.
How can God be for us if he pursues his glory above all things?
Aug 31, 2006The 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…
Does God choose who will be saved?
Aug 31, 2006John Piper discusses the doctrine of election and the hope that it gives for missions and evangelism.
What are some journals and magazines DG recommends?
Jan 23, 2006As we mentioned in our list of recommended books, so we must also say here. The following resources are highly recommended and can play an important part in developing a solid and extensive Christian worldview, but the inclusion of a…
What are the qualifications for elders and deacons?
Jan 23, 2006The position of Bethlehem Baptist Church is that eldership is open to any man in the church who meets the spiritual qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We believe that the office of deacon is open to any…
What Bible translation does John Piper recommend?
Jan 23, 2006There are two main translations today which John Piper and DG would recommend: the NASB and the ESV. Both of these translations seek to capture as fully as possible the precise wording of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts…
Will the resurrection of the body be a physical resurrection from the dead?
Jan 23, 2006Yes, our bodies will be raised not spiritually or ethereally but physically and materially. Our souls will be reunited with our transformed physical bodies, brought back to life from the dead. Scripture teaches this in many ways. First, simply to…
What commentaries does DG recommend?
Jan 23, 2006John Piper has often remarked that he finds the most help from old commentaries. It is the Puritans and other Christians from previous generations that usually made a point to wrestle deeply with the questions raised by the text and…
What do you believe about the intermediate state?
Jan 23, 2006The "intermediate state" is the time between the death and the resurrection. Some have held that during this time we are unconscious or possibly even go out of existence. We do not think that this is biblical The biblical evidence…
What Is Plagiarism?
Jan 23, 2006The definition of plagiarism, why it's a problem, and how to avoid it.
Where can I learn more about the Bible study method called "arcing"?
Jan 23, 2006Arcing is a tool for following and documenting the flow of thought in the Biblical text. In brief, arcing involves dividing the text into its propositions and then noting the logical relationship between the propositions. A proposition is an assertion…