Articles by Michael Johnson
Luther writes about “Abba, Father” in Galatians 4:6:
The lips say nothing, but the heart says something like this: ‘Although I am oppressed with anguish and fear on every side and seem to be forsaken and utterly cast away from…
Here’s a hymn from John Newton that is worth reading and praying aloud several times (and returning to often):
Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:… Continue Reading
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say
John Piper on knowing God versus being known by God:
But in [1 Corinthians 8:3] Paul does not simply relate loving God to knowing as we ought to know. He says, ‘But if anyone loves God, he is known by…
Piper on lowering standards to fill church leadership roles:
The acceptability of a church lowering its standards in order to fill leadership roles is this: "low" is partly relative, isn't it?
If you have a church that's made up mainly…
Early on in Piper’s pastorate, he articulated some theological reasons for having church picnics:
If picnics don’t have to do with God we may as well close up shop. Either all we do has to do with God or he…
C. S. Lewis on “mere Christianity”:
I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or…
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."… Continue Reading
Scottish theologian John Murray reflects on the Christian’s spiritual adoption:
The great truth of God’s fatherhood and of the sonship which bestows upon men is one that belongs to the application of redemption. It is true in respect of all…
Piper explains his position on alcohol and church membership:
When I came to Bethlehem Baptist Church over [three] decades ago, this was one of the first controversies I had to deal with. We survived it and are he better for… Continue Reading
C. S. Lewis writes about the problem of forgiveness:
. . . you must make every effort to kill every taste of resentment in your own heart—every wish to humiliate or hurt him or to pay him out. The difference…
In the book God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards, Piper writes about the present state of evangelicalism:
I resonate with the lament of Os Guinness and David Wells that evangelicalism today is basking briefly…
Piper writes on what it means to love enemies of the cross of Christ:
My greatest longing in response to this enmity is that Christians walk in the way of the cross. Yes, militant Islam is big and threatening. It… Continue Reading
You’ve likely already been asked (or asked someone else) this question today: “So, how was your Easter?” Around the water cooler or over coffee, we recount our big day: where we went to church, what was on the menu, was…Continue Reading
A sonnet by Don Carson on Matthew 27:45-46—
The darkness fought, compelled the sun to flee,
And like a conquering army swiftly trod
Across the land, blind fear this despot’s rod.
The noon-day dark illumined tyranny.
Still worse, abandonment by…
How (and when) does God’s love for us relate to Christ’s death on the cross?
God’s love is incomprehensible and unchangeable. For it was not after we were reconciled to him through the blood of his Son that he…
Luther gazed at Christ’s cross with steady joy and gloried in the fact that whoever trusts Christ can be assured of his love. He once wrote to a troubled friend, “Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing…
We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ which does not have at its centre the principle of ‘satisfaction through substitution’, indeed divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution.
The cross was not:
a commercial bargain with the devil…
Let us meditate a moment on the passion of Christ....true contemplation is that in which the heart is crushed and the conscience smitten....You must be overwhelmed by the frightful wrath of God who so hated sin that he spared not…
Japan’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake—the biggest one to ever strike Japan—echoes the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
In response, John Piper wrote an article titled “Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy.” The essence of his main points are the same, slightly modified for…Continue Reading
At the outset, please forgive me if this letter seems a bit disjointed. I’ve never written an angel before, so I’m a bit nervous!
What’s the occasion of this, my very first “Angel” letter? I realize it’s a…Continue Reading