It was simple. The first bookend of my formal theological training was grounded in an easy-to-the-point-of-jolly ambition: learn as much as I can about Jesus and teach it to others. What fueled my pursuit of pastoral ministry — and all…Continue Reading
Blog Posts on The Glory of God
When Paul calls the power of Christ which changed him from great sinner to great apostle — when he calls this power "mercy," he exalts not himself but the Savior. The Christmas gift of change is always a…
In 1976 John Piper asked a two-part question:
- What is God's goal in the history of mankind from its beginning at creation to its climax in the new heavens and new earth?
- And how should we respond to this goal?
The reason God decreed that the gospel would obtain people from every tribe and people and nation is that the aim of the gospel is the glorification of his grace and this ingathering of diverse peoples into one…
Three biblical texts to show God's zeal for his name's sake:
We are created for God's name's sake:
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name,…
This is a plea that we would open our eyes wide to the not-God for the sake of God.
By the “not-God” I have in mind the skies—day and night—the clouds, the mountains, and the oceans. And a thousand other…Continue Reading
One of my long-standing dissatisfactions with the focus of biblical theology is the habit of tracing God’s faithfulness only as far back as his covenant-keeping. Righteousness (tsedeqa) is portrayed as covenant-keeping. Love (hesed) is portrayed as…Continue Reading
Why should we emphasize that God loves, forgives, and saves for his own glory?
Two reasons (among others).
1) Because the Bible does.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will…
Sometimes I'm asked how I explain the disproportion between the size of the universe and the smallness of man created as the crown of God’s creation. The tension is felt in Psalm 8:3-5.
“When I look at your heavens, the…
Why do we say we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples?
Because of Psalm 40:16.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in…