What We Confess With Our Clothing

Marshall Segal


What we wear says more about us than we might think.

Many of us probably barely think at all when we get dressed in the morning. But something really profound is happening every time we pull on our pants and slip into a shirt — or five shirts if you live in Minnesota this time of year.

John Piper writes, in his brand new book of devotionals, A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You, “God ordained clothes to witness to the glory we have lost.” Clothes were part of... Continue Reading

Goodness and Me

Andrew Wilson
Goodness and Me

O, taste and see that the Lᴏʀᴅ is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!(Psalm 34:8)

The goodness of God is one of those things we affirm happily when things are going well, and find rather tricky when they aren’t.

Both of my children are quite severely autistic. Until they were two, we had no real idea anything was wrong, but somewhere around two and a half, they began losing skills rapidly: words, songs, physical skills, eye contact, social awareness and so on.

Not many... Continue Reading

Read This If You Want to Burn

Jon Bloom
Read This If You Want to Burn

Some things you read are invigorating and expansive for your imagination. Some things you read give you penetrating insight into dealing with complex issues. Some things you read hit the sweet spot of your interests and you’re lost in them for hours. Some awake your wonder or make you weep or laugh your head off. Some simply bore you to tears.

But a few things you read light you on fire.

These are the things that get at the very core of reality. They help you make fundamental... Continue Reading

Calvinist Racism and King’s Alleged Adultery—A Connection?

John Piper
Calvinist Racism and King’s Alleged Adultery—A Connection?

What’s the connection between Martin Luther King’s alleged adultery and Calvinist racism? Or Arminian racism? Or King’s liberal theology?

The fact that I can use the term “Calvinist racism” should make it clear that “King’s alleged adultery” does not exclude him from heroic standing in the cause of civil rights, any more than “Calvinist racism” excludes me from loving Calvinism — and King.

But there is a connection. It goes like this: Don’t use a... Continue Reading

Five Benefits of Asking God to Hurry

Steve Fuller
Five Benefits of Asking God to Hurry

There’s something I’ve been praying about. The church where I serve as pastor needs a part-time worship leader. Our present leader has served us well, but his schedule is changing and he plans to step down. So, of course, I’ve been networking, calling, posting on church employment sites — and praying.

So far, God has not provided — and the problem is that I need him to provide soon. I can hear the clock ticking. The deadline is approaching. What are we going to do... Continue Reading

When Conflict Fractures Your Family

Tony Reinke
When Conflict Fractures Your Family

The mission of Desiring God is helping people all around the globe find joy in Jesus Christ. So many things undermine and destroy joy, maybe none more so than disharmony in our homes and families.

So what things are most apt to steal your joy?

We asked this question in a recent Ask Pastor John episode, and what follows is a lightly edited transcript of John Piper’s transparent self-reflection for ministers (and for everyone facing the pain of family fractures).


My kids.... Continue Reading

The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man

Jon Bloom
The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man

When the writer of Hebrews listed the Old Testament heroes of faith, he included Samson (Hebrews 11:32). Really? Samson’s story, recorded in Judges 13–16, reads like a narcissistic super hero’s whose Kryptonite weakness does him in in the end.

But God wanted Samson included in the list because there are crucial things about faith that God wants us to understand from him. To explore these, let’s imagine two of Samson’s brothers on their way to collect Samson’s body... Continue Reading

10 Reasons to Desire All the Spiritual Gifts

Bryan DeWire
10 Reasons to Desire All the Spiritual Gifts

Some might tell you not to really desire all the spiritual gifts. But when you say that, it does not seem to do justice to what 1 Corinthians 12–14 really says.

The apostle bookends his famous chapter on love (1 Corinthians 13) with these two (perhaps surprising) charges: “earnestly desire the higher gifts” and “earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 12:31; 1 Corinthians 14:1). God means that we desire all of his... Continue Reading

God Is Finishing His Mission Now

John Piper
God Is Finishing His Mission Now

December 27–30, about 3,600 college students met in Louisville, Kentucky, to consider the global glory of Christ, the nature of Christ’s mission to the unreached peoples of the world, and the power of the Christian gospel. For some of us, this was a dream come true.

Here was a conference on missions for students with a resounding focus on

  • the sovereignty of God’s grace in the salvation of sinners (Acts 13:48),

  • the wrath of God over all mankind as the greatest threat to the... Continue Reading

Don’t Waste Time with Your Children

Christina Fox
Don’t Waste Time with Your Children

“Do you think you’ll always want a story and snuggle time before bed?” I asked my youngest child. Lying amid piles of his stuffed animals, books, and favorite blankets, my son turned to me and smiled. “No, Mom. Probably not.”

My kids are growing before my eyes. I recently realized that I am halfway through raising my oldest. To be honest, it’s sobering to realize how quickly time with my children is passing by.

Time Is a Vapor

Time is a strange thing. We can find ways to... Continue Reading