Blog Posts on The Sovereignty of God

When Evil Dug Its Own Grave

Joseph Scheumann
When Evil Dug Its Own Grave

When you’re in the middle of intense suffering, it’s easy to lose your bearings.

Questions arise reflexively: Is God really in control? How can a good God allow so much pain? Is God good?

The pain that we feel can make it hard to even think straight. We need anchors that keep us tethered to the truth so we do not drift when we encounter suffering.

God Controls All Things, Including Evil

When you are experiencing pain, one might be tempted to let God off the hook by saying he is not... Continue Reading

God Is Bigger Than Your Sin

Marshall Segal

We have all been evil and received evil. The shame of sin and the pain of being sinned against are universally felt in every human heart because we’re born into sin and into a world of sinners. Sin corrupts, and it hinders God’s purposes in our lives.

Or does it? In this 5-minute clip, John Piper asks, “What sins within you or against you are filling you with a sense of inadequacy, which — if you really believed God were sovereign over sin — could not stop you from fulfilling... Continue Reading

Some Historical Roots of African American Big God Theology

John Piper
Some Historical Roots of African American Big God Theology

Year after year our awareness of the historical evidence increases that “Big God Theology” is indigenous to African American leadership from the beginnings of the Christian conversion of Blacks on this continent. Again and again what we find is that the most vivid and horrible descriptions of the slave trade go hand in hand with unshakeable confidence in God’s sovereignty over and in it all.

I would dare to venture that it was precisely the steel... Continue Reading

Isn’t It Ironic?

David Mathis
Isn’t It Ironic?

Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill debuted in 1995, just as the first wave of Millennials was crashing into America’s high schools. Her music became one of the soundtracks for these critical years — for many of us, not chosen, or even necessarily positive, but unavoidable. Her distinctive voice, catchy tunes, and conspicuous distress aired nonstop on the radio and at the mall.

Other than her nasty little ditty “You Oughta Know” (we won’t rehearse those bitter lyrics here), her... Continue Reading

God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You

Jonathan Parnell
God Will Fulfill His Purpose for You

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

This is the straightforward truth that David clings to in Psalm 57:2.

Here he states two basic facts: God has a purpose for him and God will fulfill that purpose. Both these truths combine to become that deep and wondrous theological concept we call “providence.” The word was much more common centuries ago than it is today, though its relevancy has never waned. Its meaning captures God’s relationship to... Continue Reading

The Reformation: Trick or Treat?

David Mathis
The Reformation: Trick or Treat?

It’s no accident that October 31 is both Halloween and the day remembered for the start of the Reformation. Both key off November 1, All Saints’ Day — or All Hallows’ Day (Hallows from the Latin for saints or holy ones).

On All Hallows’ Eve, October 31, 1517, the Roman Church received the world’s most memorable trick-or-treater at its door — though barely noticed at the time — when a lowly priest named Martin Luther approached the threshold of the Wittenberg branch in Germany... Continue Reading

God’s Bright Design for Your Bitter Providences

Jon Bloom
God’s Bright Design for Your Bitter Providences

This is the will of God, your sanctification. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

God tells us everything we need to know to live godly lives (2 Peter 1:3). But sometimes we wonder.

The unexpected, unexplained twists and turns our lives take create all kinds of apparent uncertainties for us. And the profound pain we endure can be so perplexing. There is so much God doesn’t tell us — so much we think we would really like to know.

But as... Continue Reading

Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)

John Piper
Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)

This extended excerpt is from the introduction to John Piper’s Does God Desire All to Be Saved? — now available in paperback and as a free PDF from Crossway and Desiring God.

When climbing from lowlands to mountaintops, one must often pass through clouds. That’s the way it has been for me all my life as I have tried to get the best views of the glory of God.

When you enter a layer of clouds, it helps to have a guide to keep you away from the precipices... Continue Reading

How Do We Rest in the Face of Horrible Calamity?

John Piper
How Do We Rest in the Face of Horrible Calamity?

What happens to our emotions if we really believe in the sovereign wisdom and goodness of God in horrible persecution?

This question rises for me for two reasons.

One is because of God’s will for our emotions revealed in the Bible, and the other is what I see happening in the hearts of God’s people today. They are not always the same. One of my aims is to help today’s saints experience more of God’s aims for our emotions.

Here is the most recent example in my... Continue Reading

A Theater Called Holy Week

Tony Reinke
A Theater Called Holy Week

How did C. S. Lewis bungle The Chronicles of Narnia?

For some critics, a major flaw is the way he interrupts the flow of the story by butting into the story as the narrator. You may remember it is Lewis who tells us (twice!) that no sensible person ever shut oneself up in a wardrobe. It’s a simple line, but Lewis breaks into the story to speak a direct lesson for young readers.

Or you may remember the dizzying scene in The Silver Chair when Jill steps up to a cliff edge far above... Continue Reading