Blog Posts on Ministry

Recommissioned and Ready to Launch

John Piper
Recommissioned and Ready to Launch

For 33 years Bethlehem put bread on our table. They paid our salary. They didn’t muzzle this ox while he was treading out the grain (1 Timothy 5:18). They were the hands of God in meeting our needs. I am profoundly thankful. It was a sweet and powerful farewell last night — and included a special recommissioning from the elders for a final chapter of ministry beyond Bethlehem.

Now I’m treading out the grain at Desiring God. The muzzle is still off. I get my first DG... Continue Reading

How John Piper Responds to Death Threats

Josh Etter

Everyday gospel ministry requires courage. Whether it’s the courage to keep going when insulted, or honestly repent when you’ve been wrong, or not cave when threatened physically, public Christian ministry necessitates many kinds of courage — whether the society is increasingly post-Christian or not.

It’s not just the death threats — which John Piper has received — but the daily friction against the gospel that demands courage, but in this 5-minute clip, Piper... Continue Reading

Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso

Tony Reinke
Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso

His plans were frustrated again by a lousy generator. No matter how many times he pulled the rope, it would not start up. He was used to his rented generators stopping intermittently during his itinerant work in these remote parts of Nigeria, but tonight was the first time a generator wouldn't even start.

There was no time to find a new one. The open field was swelling with more than one thousand Nigerian villagers. Word of his coming had clearly spread, as... Continue Reading

Salt and Like

Tony Reinke
Salt and Like

You may have noticed a series of social media buttons on the side of each blog post and resource on the Desiring God website. This post is a little attempt to explain why those buttons, and the statistics they reflect, matter to us.

But I’ll begin with two reasons that do not explain why those buttons exist.

Like to Share

First, the social media numbers are not our attempt to win a popularity contest. We are not blog street performers hoping for a click-and-a-retweet dime. The same is true with... Continue Reading

WORLD Magazine Article on Desiring God in China

Jonathan Parnell

The following article appeared in the January 14 issue of WORLD Magazine. To learn more about WORLD, check outwww.worldmag.com. You can also read it on the iPad or Kindle.

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Web of Grace

CHINA |A burgeoning presence on the internet is helping Christians spread the Word in China |by Angela Lu

China's Christian surge is likely to continue in 2012, with teaching via the internet contributing to it. Type "democracy" or "Tiananmen Square" intoBaidu.com, the... Continue Reading

First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China

Tyler Kenney
First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China

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... Continue Reading

Desiring God Online in China

Tyler Kenney
Desiring God Online in China

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 Twitter) users.

We’re excited about this growth because the... Continue Reading

How a Book Is Born

John Piper
How a Book Is Born

Did you ever wonder how a book idea is born in an author’s mind? Here is one way it happened.

The Pleasures of God was published in 1991. The first inkling I had of the conception behind this book came to me on September 12, 1986. Here is how it came — a direct quote from my journal from that day:

As I was praying today, the thought came to me that another book to write would be “The Happiness of God.” It could begin as a series of sermons and could be based on biblical texts where God... Continue Reading

Come, Let Us Think Together!

John Knight

But by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2b)

Like many of you, I am deeply grateful for the free and easily accessible resources of Desiring God and other like-minded ministries. I frequently use these resources and by them grow in my affections for God and knowledge of the Word.

I am particularly grateful for this free and easy access when I come across websites and other information sources... Continue Reading

Christians Are to Be Proactive in Doing Good

Matt Perman

As 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 one such segment which, although it might not make it in to the seminar, is absolutely critical to the way we should be as Christians and why things like learning to be more productive matter:

Christians are to be eager and... Continue Reading