Blog Posts on Truth

The Failure of Christless Tenderness

John Piper
The Failure of Christless Tenderness

The grotesque is part of what this fallen age is. Seeing it and seeing God with clear, uncompromising eyes of faith keeps us from making gulags or gas chambers.

When sentimentalism separates the grotesque from the sovereign goodness of God, we are on our way to Auschwitz. It is a great irony that in rejecting God, in defense of a less grotesque humanity, we become hideous as we cleanse the world of imperfections.

The tender-hearted souls who cannot bear to look on the... Continue Reading

We Must Have Help to See Right

Jon Bloom

If I take my glasses off the world becomes blurry. In fact, things begin to diffuse at about six inches from my nose and grow more distorted the further away they are. I am very dependent on my corrective lenses to see correctly.

Richard Dawkins believes that this is evidence that there is no Designer. What Designer would make such a crucial organ as the eye so prone to defection?

What about a Designer who designed this defection so that we might see better in a much more... Continue Reading

The Sacred Has Absorbed the Secular

Tony Reinke
The Sacred Has Absorbed the Secular

Monday mornings are notoriously difficult, and Charles Spurgeon was aware of the challenges his congregation faced to begin the week motivated to work diligently for God’s glory. In one of his sermons he reminded his congregation that “the sacred has absorbed the secular.” God’s purposes for our lives brings new vision to all of our vocations and weekly tasks. For God’s children all of life is ministry. Here's how Spurgeon put it in his aptly titled sermon “All For Jesus... Continue Reading

C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Joe Rigney
C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Part of my goal in writing these posts is to commend the Narnian stories as a component of Christian discipleship. In doing so, I’m not merely contending that we can read them profitably as Christians, but that C. S. Lewis intended these stories to inculcate Christian values, habits, and truth.

We’ve already seen that he intended these stories to “steal past the watchful dragons” that hindered true affections for God and Christ and that he believed that fairy stories... Continue Reading

Dense with Magnificent Truth

John Piper

What an amazing array of glorious acts of love God shows toward us in 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. I pray that God will make my thoughts this dense with magnificent truth.

  • Loved
  • Chosen
  • Saved
  • Sanctified
  • Believing
  • Called
  • Obtaining glory

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14:

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved , through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth . To this he called ... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Dorothy (Dogma-loving) Sayers

John Piper

Born today 116 years ago, Dorothy Leigh Sayers was an English scholar, playwright, and writer of detective novels. She studied medieval literature at Oxford, and was one of the first women to graduate (in 1915) from that university.

She may be best known for the detective novels featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. Her translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy is considered unmatched in quality and readability.

My wife is the expert on her fiction. I never read any. But in... Continue Reading

Writing Religion Out of Our History

John Piper

The new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, which is now where every visitor will arrive to see the nation’s Capitol, opened yesterday with 580,000 square feet of displays and $621,000,000 worth of history, but no God.

In what appears to be an intentional misrepresentation of the nation’s religious roots, visitors will enter the center reading a large engraving:

We have built no temple but the Capitol. We consult no common oracle but the Constitution.

This reminded... Continue Reading

Dying Protestantism

John Piper

Joseph Bottum, an editor at First Things, recently published an article called “The Death of Protestant America.” Here are a few of his observations that give meaning to the title.

  • By “Protestant America” he means the America that was once defined by the mainline churches—the more liberal expressions of the Northern Baptists, United Church of Christ, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians. Take a deep breath and consider: In 1965 50% of the American population was in... Continue Reading

Test Revival with Doctrine

John Piper

Lee Grady, the editor of Charisma, one of the main charismatic magazines, has written a lament and critique of the Lakeland “revival” which is now in a tailspin over the leader's announced separation from his wife. Grady’s summons to pray for the church and our nation is right, and among his commendable questions and observations are these:

  • "Many of us would rather watch a noisy demonstration of miracles, signs and wonders than have a quiet Bible study. Yet we are faced today with... Continue Reading

John Piper Is Not an Innovator

John Piper

I heard Collin Hansen say in an interview that John Piper is not an innovator.

I hope I can live up to that tribute. I would like it to be true. I am very happy with the simple role of blowing the boredom out of people’s brains with long-forgotten, old-fashioned, faithful blasts of biblical truth.

So let me try to prove how uncreative I am theologically. Here is C. S. Lewis saying fifty years ago in his Reflections on the Psalms what I have spent most of my adult life trying... Continue Reading