Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.
By right of creation: “The earth is the Lᴏʀᴅ’s . . . the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it” (Psalm 24:1–2).
By right of redemptive purpose on the cross: “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).
He created the peoples and he bought them. Therefore he will have them.
Because he made them: “All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you” (Psalm 86:9).
Because he bought them: “The …
Actions speak louder than words — but desires speak loudest.
The pursuit of pleasure is what drives all our actions and decisions, driving us into relationships, driving us to watch football, driving us toward excellence at work. We authentically pursue what we are convinced will bring us pleasure.
John Bunyan was a pastor who spent considerable time thinking about how pleasures operate in our lives. In one of his sermons Bunyan said: “desires are hunting things.” Stalking through cornfields in boots, camo overalls, and a blaze orange hat is a fitting metaphor for the restless heart in search of pleasures. Our hearts are hungry and our hearts hunt this world for something (or someone) to…
I invite you to watch this moving 11-minute story of Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman.
Desiring God commissioned the video because God is at the center of the story, and because at one key point, God used Don’t Waste Your Life as part of his surprising plan for Chris’s life. Special thanks to hip-hop artists Flame and Shai Linne for their contributions to the soundtrack, and to Michigan State University and ESPN for the game footage.
Why would a promising All-American turn from options in the NFL toward theological education and the pastoral ministry? The decisive reason came in 2011 at a Christian camp for athletes. He saw something different: People enjoying Jesus.
I didn’t know…
Leonce Crump describes the vision as “trans-cultural.” Not multi-cultural, but trans-cultural.
Crump pastors Renovation Church in Atlanta and has found the image of a tapestry to be helpful. The individual pieces are essential, but the whole is more beautiful than the parts. Says Crump, more important than being African-American is being a child of God.
In this five-minute video, Crump wonderfully articulates his trans-cultural vision, walking us through the biblical storyline and sharing his church’s experience of unity in diversity.
Three sermons from John Piper on racial harmony:
When we published Spectacular Sins five years ago, sinning was not even then as spectacular as it is today. For example, that the history-long, ever-present heartache of same-sex desires in boys and girls and men and women should be celebrated as holy was not yet sanctioned by culture, court, chief, and church. Today it is. There are no words painful enough to lament this human ruin and divine dishonor.
In reissuing Spectacular Sins this week, now in paperback, we are saying that the message is more needed now than ever. The coddled Western world will sooner or later give way to even more spectacular sins, and then to great affliction. And when it does, whose vision of God will hold? Where …
It truly was the dream speech.
Fifty years ago today — on August 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to a podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.
A quarter of a million civil-rights supporters crowded into Washington D.C. to have their voices heard, and King’s voice was the spark plug. It became a defining moment for the movement.
A Rhetorical Masterpiece
As his electric speech came to a climax, he departed from his prepared remarks to celebrate his dream.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends — so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream…
Knowing what is right and doing what is right are the basics to following Jesus in this world. But it’s not always simple.
The freedoms for Christian discipleship in the United States seem to be shriveling, albeit slowly. American Christians may be entering a day when the civil authorities tell us we must not do what we know is right. And at the same time, could it be that we also are entering a day when God tells us what’s right regarding the civil authorities, but we don’t want to do it? The government may tell us we can’t do what we know is right, while God may be telling us to do what’s right and we refuse to.
Could Christians in America actually become modern-day Jonahs? Could we hear…
Have you ever stopped to look at just one word in God’s word? Maybe you look it up in a concordance or do a search online. You might search for “hope” or “peace” or “God” or “life.” But what if the gospel is in a preposition? Take “without” as an example...
Nothing Without God
The God who made the world and everything in it looked out across an earth “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2), and he spoke it into being. “Without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).
He creates and lives and rules “without iniquity” (Deuteronomy 32:4). He knows and frustrates all the plans of man “without investigation” (Job 34:21–24). He has done and continues to do amazing works “without numb…
I will venture to say that most Christians don’t know how God saved them. I don’t mean how God paid for their sins, but how he brought them to faith. That means many Christians miss out on the benefits of knowing this. There are at least six benefits which I’ll mention at the end.
God saved us by raising us from spiritual death, opening the eyes of our blind hearts, and giving us the gift of faith. Let it sink in now from God’s word, that he did this, not you.
Whether you or I remember it or not, we were all once spiritually “dead,” and therefore “children of wrath.” This is true even if we never remember being an unbeliever. You have it on God’s authority. “You were dead in trespasses and…
It’s that time of year. School is back in session, new relationships are burgeoning, and fresh patterns of life are forming. Back to school is a major season of transition in Western society and beyond.
To help you navigate these days, and make the most of the new semester, we went behind the blog for a deeper dive on two recent posts:
We also brought in a real-live, college-ministry professional to keep us on course. Matt Reagan is an elder at Bethlehem, director for Campus Outreach…