Blog Posts on The Bible

Biblicism: Right or Wrong?

Jonathan Parnell

Biblicism. Is this good or bad?

Don Carson explains that there are at least two kinds, one that should be cautioned, and another commended.

Selective proof texting — pulling single verses out of context to prove a doctrine — are often used to support conclusions that need to be challenged on a more comprehensive level. Case in point: propitiation. Commenting that this word occurs rarely in the New Testament, Carson makes the case that it's priority in the gospel must be preserved... Continue Reading

Five Reasons Why Catechisms Are Important

Jonathan Parnell
Five Reasons Why Catechisms Are Important

The English word "catechize" simply means to teach biblical truth in an orderly way. In his introduction to The Baptist Catechism, John Piper explains the biblical support for a pattern of doctrine: there is a "pattern of teaching" (Romans 6:17), a "pattern of sound words" (2 Timothy 1:13).

But not only is there a precedent, such authoritative instruction is absolutely vital. Pastor John gives five reasons why:

  1. We are required to “continue in the faith, stable and... Continue Reading

Why Read the Bible?

Jonathan Parnell

What is our goal in reading the Bible?

In this five-minute video, Don Carson explains that we read the Bible to know God better, as he says, "to think God's thoughts after him, to love what he loves, to cherish what he cherishes, to hate what he hates. It is to shape the whole mind and heart."

Bible reading is a means of grace, along with others, that will be discussed at our National Conference this September. Visit the event page to learn more and register.

Do We Ignore the Bible?

John Knight
Do We Ignore the Bible?

I can remember it clearly. I was at a conference on how to make places of worship more accessible to people with disabilities when a woman asked a panel of religious leaders, “what should we do with the hard passages in the Bible related to disability?”

A Jewish rabbi quickly responded. “Oh, you mean like the passages in Leviticus? Well, we just ignore those. We know better now.”

I was stunned at his audacity and breezy dismissal of God’s word. I didn’t know much about the Bible at... Continue Reading

Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them

Sally Lloyd-Jones
Teach Children the Bible Is Not About Them

When I go into churches and speak to children I ask them two questions:

First, how many people here sometimes think you have to be good for God to love you?

They tentatively raise their hands. I raise my hand along with them.

And second, how many people here sometimes think that if you aren’t good, God will stop loving you?

They look around and again raise their hands.

These are children in Sunday schools who know the Bible stories. These are children who probably... Continue Reading

What the Psalms Do

Tony Reinke

From Pastor John's sermon, “Songs that Shape the Heart and Mind” (May 25, 2008):

If you read the Psalms only for doctrine, you’re not reading them for what they are. They are psalms, songs, poetry. They’re musical, and the reason human beings express truth with music and poetry is to awaken and express emotions that fit the truth.

One of the reasons the Psalms are deeply loved by so many Christians is that they give expression to an amazing array of emotions. Listen to this list of... Continue Reading

Letter to a 13-Year Old Asking How to Go Deeper in Bible Study

John Piper
Letter to a 13-Year Old Asking How to Go Deeper in Bible Study

Dear [Samantha],

I got your note about going deeper with your Bible reading. Thanks for asking.

First, let me say that I am really encouraged that you take the Bible so seriously. Sometimes I hold it in my hand and feel the wonder that it is the very word of the Maker of the universe. Amazing.

You are right to read it every day and seek to let it permeate all your thoughts and feelings. When Paul says it is all inspired by God and that it is... Continue Reading

The Book of 1 Corinthians in 40 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell
The Book of 1 Corinthians in 40 Tweets

Crosses were dark in First Century Rome. Crucifixion was a horrific execution method reserved for the lowliest criminals. And yet, Paul writes his letter to the church in Corinth and organizes his theology and entire ministry around this object of shame.

In God's wisdom the cross has become the place, as D. A. Carson explains, where "God has supremely destroyed all human arrogance and pretension." (The Cross and Christian Ministry, 15). Indeed, this message is... Continue Reading

The Book of Romans in 45 Tweets

Jonathan Parnell
The Book of Romans in 45 Tweets

From beginning to end, the Book of Romans soars into the deep mysteries of God's ways and spells out, in unprecedented clarity, the gospel of his son.

John Piper has called this book "the greatest letter ever written." Martin Lloyd-Jones said it is "a colossal and incomparable statement of Christian truth." J. I. Packer describes it as "the high peak of the Bible." And Martin Luther, whose recommendation glows more than all, wrote of Romans:

It is worthy not only that every... Continue Reading

How Do We Hear the Voice of Jesus?

John Piper
How Do We Hear the Voice of Jesus?

Do you want to hear the voice of Jesus? So do I. The Father certainly wants us to. “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35).

To which we cry, “Yes, Lord. Yes! We want to listen to him.”

Does he speak today? He does.

Every word of the Bible is the voice of Jesus.

How do we know this? By inference. And better, by experience.

First, by Inference

We believe that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). And we know that “whatever the Father does,... Continue Reading