Blog Posts by Tyler Kenney
The History of Veterans Day
Today in the United States we celebrate the great and many sacrifices our war veterans have made over the years in service to our nation. (Two years ago, John Piper wrote of his gratitude for such veterans in his post…Continue Reading
Thoughts on Evangelical Neglect of the Old Testament
It has been my experience, in talking with fellow evangelicals, that many of us are quick to equate the Old Testament to mean little more than what the Pharisees thought it meant in Jesus’ day. It is a book of…Continue Reading
Why God Makes Understanding Difficult
How Saints Grow Happier Forever
Spoiled by the Grace of God
Where sin abounds with Achan at Jericho, grace abounds all the more at the defeat of Ai. And that abundant grace "spoils" the Israelites.
When God brings Israel back to Canaan to take possession of it, after being gone for…Continue Reading
Love Is Impatient, Love Is Kind
Impatience without self-control is always bad. But there is a time when impatience can be a sweet expression of love.
And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we…
Good News in the Gibeonite Deception
When Israel was fulfilling the Lord's command to take possession of the Promised Land and drive out its inhabitants, the Gibeonites, who were among them, recognized what was happening and concocted a plan.
They disguised themselves as worn out, weary…Continue Reading
The Firm Foundation of Our Forgiveness
It is a profound gift of grace that God has not only promised us forgiveness, but that he has established the foundations of it right before our eyes.
The death of Jesus Christ is an eternal testimony before God that…Continue Reading
Surprise Book—For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper
Two days ago at our National Conference, Sam Storms and Justin Taylor took the stage just before lunch to make an unexpected announcement: after 3 years of undercover communication and composition, a special book had been prepared.
There on stage,…Continue Reading
The Excellencies of Christ Illustrated in Nature
The triune God had a purpose when he set his final creation, man, in the midst of such a marvelous universe. He wanted every aspect of that universe to teach man something about him.
Psalm 19:1-4 and Romans 1:20 tell…Continue Reading
Holier and Happier Forever? How?
Jonathan Edwards believed that Christians in heaven will only increase in holiness and happiness forever and ever.
He based this on the idea that, once in heaven, a Christian's bank of memories will forever be growing, which only means that…Continue Reading
How Humans Are Greater Than Angels
Jonathan Edwards gives three reasons why human beings, though sinful and inferior in wisdom and strength, will forever exceed angels in glory and honor:
- Angels were made to serve God by serving man, but man was made to serve God…
The Importance of Using Your Body in Worship
Jonathan Edwards says that a lack of external expression in worship can actually destroy Christian community and devotion.
Some bodily worship is necessary to give liberty to our own devotion; yea though in secret, so more when with others .…
How Can God Decree Sin Without Sinning?
Jonathan Edwards offers his explanation. (See below for my attempt at restating him.)
That we should say, that God has decreed every action of men, yea, every action that they do that is sinful, and every circumstance of those actions…
Why the Law Makes Us Want to Sin More
Jonathan Edwards explains why Romans 7:8—"But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness"—happens.
[The] reason why man has the more strong inclination to moral evil when forbidden, is because obedience is submission and…
Free Bodies, Bound Wills
True and saving faith in Christ is not a thing out of the power of man, but infinitely easy. 'Tis entirely in a man's power to submit to Jesus Christ as a Savior, if he will; but the thing is,…
One of the Greatest Blockheads in the World
Seeing the devil is so cunning and subtile, it may seem a paradox, why he will endeavor to frustrate the designs of an omniscient being, or to pretend to counterwork him that is omnipotent, and will not suffer anything but…
The Nature of Conversion, Then and Now
I am now convinced, that conversion under the old [covenant] was not only the same in general with what it is commonly under the new, but much more like it as to the particular way and manner, than I used…
When Justice Becomes Your Bodyguard
The redemption by Christ is particularly wonderful upon this account, inasmuch as the justice of God is not only appeased to those who have an interest in him, but stands up for them; is not only not an enemy but…
The Harmony of All God's Decrees
Luke's Lesson on Grace and Faith
Though their stories in Luke 1 are strikingly similar, Zechariah and Mary have two significant differences that Luke highlights to teach an amusingly ironic and encouraging lesson about grace and faith.
Here are their similarities:
- Both are visited by the…
Are There Two Wills in God? Yes.
The Sin of Sodom
As Bible-believing Christians, we are known for our convictions against sexual immorality. But are we known equally as well for our contempt for religious arrogance?
Scripture clearly states that sexual immorality is sin (Matthew 15:19; Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 6:18;…Continue Reading