Blog Posts by Tyler Kenney

If Jesus Had Not Come

Tyler Kenney

Jesus was, is, and always will be in a league of his own.

Many are happy to honor him as a good teacher and social reformer, and some religions even admit that he was a great prophet of God. But none of them go far enough.

The Greatest Messenger

Jesus was not just another prophet like those who had come before him. Nor was he merely a great moralist and…

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Ask Pastor John — Now for Android

Tyler Kenney

Update: Ask Pastor John is now available for Kindle Fire (and other Android devices) in the Amazon Appstore.

What’s the Christian way to think about marijuana, cussing, interracial marriage, the historical Adam, and homosexuality?

Listen to John Piper answer these and other tough pastoral and theological questions using the new Ask Pastor John app for Android. Similar to the iPhone app we released in March, this new app…

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New Daily Devotional Website

Tyler Kenney

We’ve taken Solid Joys to a new level.

As of today, we are happy to announce that our daily devotional app is no longer restricted to Apple and Android mobile devices, but is now a fully functional website. We’re hoping many will find this to be a tremendous blessing.

The new Solid Joys site is simple, and easy to use, and features 365 of the best devotional excerpts from John…

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Presidential Inaugurations and the Providence of God

Tyler Kenney

At his second inauguration, Abraham Lincoln stood before a nation in civil war, deeply divided over great moral and political issues.

Citizens of both North and South feared God and thought they were in the right, but God had not yet given victory to either side. Rather, the war raged on at great cost to both.

What would Lincoln say to this polarized nation in the midst of such sorrow,…

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Daily Devotional App Now on Android

Tyler Kenney

Solid Joys is the daily devotional app from the ministry of John Piper, and it is now available free for Android devices. Get it from Google Play. (It’s also available in iTunes for Apple devices).

The app is a compilation of 365 of the best excerpts from Piper's printed books and online content that are able to stand well on their own. The goal is that you'll be able…

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The Original "Desiring God" Sermon Series

Tyler Kenney

Before it ever referred to a book or organization, "Desiring God" was the name of a sermon series preached by John Piper in the Fall of 1983.

The common theme in the series is what Piper controversially called "Christian Hedonism," a philosophy of life based on the biblical conviction that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Piper wrote and preached the series…

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Surf Our Site in 10 Languages

Tyler Kenney

If desiringGod.org existed solely as an English website, we would have the potential to reach effectively only about 6% of the world's population.

That's because less than 400 million people speak English natively.1 It is true that English continues to become a more global language, that increasing millions speak it, at some level, as a second language. But second language learning — especially about God and his word —…

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Free eBook in 4 Languages—"Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ"

Tyler Kenney

In his book Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper answers the simple question "Who was Jesus?" He does this by writing chapters on what the Bible says about Jesus' deity, gladness, anguish, resurrection, and more.

The book was written as a follow up to the free ebook we featured two weeks ago, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.

Download Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ in one…

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"Fifty Reasons" eBook – Free in Eight Languages

Tyler Kenney

If you've explored our Resource Library, you've likely discovered our Online Books section, which contains over 60 John Piper titles available in English as free downloads.

What you may not have discovered is the tab that enables you to sort them "By Language," which ultimately reveals a list of 25 other languages in which you can find free ebooks.

One of the most popular titles between these languages is Piper's…

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New Translations, Free for the World

Tyler Kenney

It's been a long time since our last update on what translations we've been adding to this website. But God has continued to provide us resources, and we wanted to announce at least a few of those that have come in recently.

As always, you can visit our language index to see all the resources we have in any particular language.

Oh, and don't forget the translated versions of our…

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Happy International Women's Day

Tyler Kenney

You may have noticed today's Google Doodle commemorating International Women's Day (IWD). It has been celebrated every year on March 8th for almost a century now.

Setting aside a day to more publicly celebrate and honor women, as well as to advocate for more equality in their rights and treatment, is a God-honoring, good thing. But, as Mary Kassian notes in her post today, there is an unfortunate assumption among…

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Translation Is Not an Option

Tyler Kenney

English is the most dominant global language ever. So why are we at Desiring God doing so much work to translate our resources into other tongues? Why not just spend the same amount of time, money, and effort teaching people to read our English resources rather than doing the hard (and sometimes messy) work of translation?

To answer this and other questions about translation, I've written an article titled…

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12 Songs Featuring (or Influenced by) John Piper

Tyler Kenney

Tim Challies has done a helpful work in compiling a list of at least 12 songs (10 of which are hip-hop) that either feature John Piper preaching or have been directly influenced by him or one of his books.

The list consists of

  • "Don't Waste Your Life" by Lecrae
  • "Make War" and "This Song's for You" by Tedashii
  • "All-Consuming Fire" and "My Portion" by Shai Linne
  • "Who He Is" by…
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What Is Essential to Being a Christian?

Tyler Kenney

Being a Christian doesn’t only mean that you assent to a certain set of doctrines. There are other equally important things that must be true. Jonathan Edwards explains.

It is essential to Christianity

  • that we repent of our sins,
  • that we be convinced of our own sinfulness,
  • that we are sensible we have justly exposed ourselves to God’s wrath,
  • that our hearts do renounce all sin,
  • that we do with…
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First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China

Tyler Kenney

Along with the amazing growth of the church and the Internet in China, Christian publishing is also blossoming in a remarkable way.

We posted Michael Haykin’s thoroughly interesting and informational article about this last January. In it he listed some encouraging statistics, like,

  • There are 167,000 bookstores in China.
  • Over the past ten years, more than 200 Christian bookstores have opened throughout China.
  • 6.3 billion domestically-published books were sold in…
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Desiring God Online in China

Tyler Kenney

The church isn’t the only thing growing in China. Like in so many other countries these days, Internet use is booming too. At the Chinese government’s last official counting (June, 2010), 420 million of its people were online. No doubt there are millions more by now.

Along with the Internet, social media is also catching on. China Daily recently reported that over 300 million Chinese are registered micro-blog (think…

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Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Chinese Church Today

Tyler Kenney

Both BBC News and Aljazeera have written recently about the tremendous growth and increasing influence of the evangelical church in China. The news is no surprise, especially to those who have been observing and writing about it for a while; but the fact that it is making headlines internationally is a good reminder to the global church of our ongoing need to know the welfare of our own Body.

According…

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The Story Behind Our Persian Translations

Tyler Kenney

It is illegal to own a satellite dish in Iran, because, according to the government, the Western channels available exist only to undermine Islam and the Iranian people (see the BBC report). But despite the law many Iranians still covertly install the devices and watch. It was through satellite programming in Iran, in fact, that our friend Hovik met his wife.

Hovik, whose real name we must withhold for…

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Are You Guilt-Driven Enough to Go?

Tyler Kenney

In his article this past Wednesday at Christianity Today, Bishop Hwa Yung considers how mistakes in missions over the past several hundred years have created a sense of guilt in the Western conscience.

But he says it’s important to understand where that guilt really comes from.

The very fact of Western guilt may be one of the supreme evidences for the enduring validity of the gospel in the post-Christian West.…

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Joy to the World (via Malawi)

Tyler Kenney

Since 2008, Joy to the World Ministries (JTW) has been organizing the Chosen Generation Missions Conference in Malawi, Africa. This conference has the primary goal of awakening a passion for global missions among African Christians, especially the young people.

On behalf of JTW, we would like to invite the global church to pray with us for the fourth Chosen Generation Missions Conference, which will be held from July 6-10, 2011

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Serving One of the Least Religious Populations on Earth

Tyler Kenney

Statistics about religion in the Czech Republic, especially in the last 20 years, are startling:

According to the 2001 census, 59% of the country is agnostic, atheist or irreligious . . . . From 1991 to 2001, the number of people identifying with no religion increased by 19.1%, or two million people, representing the largest group increase. Adherence to Christianity decreased by over one million persons.

These numbers are why …

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Desiring God Website Now in Swahili

Tyler Kenney

With excitement and praise to God we announce the release of KumtamaniMungu.org (desiringGod.org in Swahili). Already there are several sermons and articles available on the site, and we plan to continue releasing new material each week, as God provides.

Swahili is an African language, spoken primarily in the central and eastern regions of the continent. It is the first or second language of over 50 million people worldwide (with approximately 5…

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Help Japan—At Least Five Options

Tyler Kenney

Here are several Christian relief organizations responding to Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster. Join us by praying for them and giving financially.

Churches Helping Churches

Churches Helping Churches (CHC) is working with CRASH Japan to establish a base camp near Sendai to distribute relief supplies to the community. They are appealing to their church network to take a special offering for Japan on the weekend of March 26–27. (A video…

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30 Ways to Stay Alive to Missions

Tyler Kenney

In their 2010 year-end report, the Barna Group identified six major patterns emerging among Christians in America:

  1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
  2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.
  3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
  4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating.
  5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over…
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A Call to Be Truly Missional

Tyler Kenney

Many of you reading this are living alongside us in a post-Christian Western culture. One where the term evangelism is a bit outdated and to be missional is in vogue. Europe and North America have become more and more like a mission field—but a post-Christian, rather than pre-Christian field. We now need a more missions-like engagement even on battleground here on the home front.

There are pros and cons to…

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