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

An All-Consuming Passion for Jesus (Free eBook)

Tony Reinke


Thousands of college students wait silently in a dark auditorium as you make your way to the podium, under the spotlight. What will you say? What will you offer them?

When he climbs the stage at Passion2014 in Atlanta this weekend, John Piper will face this moment again.

Marking the eighteenth year of his involvement in the conference, this event has inspired some of Piper’s most memorable messages. It was at Passion in 2000 that he appealed to the students to... Continue Reading

The Idol Behind Same-Sex Desires

Sam Allberry
The Idol Behind Same-Sex Desires

I don’t speak as an outsider when I say same-sex attraction is often tightly bound up with idolatry.

Contrary to heterosexual desires (a desire for what we are not, and cannot become), same-sex desires are cravings for what we want to see in ourselves, but lack. Often a powerful emotional over-dependency, and a profound need to be around someone to gain their approval and affirmation, arise in the heart as a result.

The allurement toward this idol is far more than sexual... Continue Reading

Put Your Foot on It

Jonathan Parnell
Put Your Foot on It

We definitely wouldn’t let our kids see this.

If the next Bible-inspired movie was about Joshua taking the Promised Land, it might even be one that many adults choose to miss, especially if it stays true to the biblical account. It would likely have more violence than the roughest action film to date, though at the same time, and to much surprise, offer more hope than the best feel-good movie ever could.

The Events of Joshua 10

Conquest is happening. At long last the people of Israel are... Continue Reading

Come, Look Through This Telescope

Jon Bloom
Come, Look Through This Telescope

He gave . . . teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God. (Ephesians 4:11–13)

When you look heavenward on a clear night, you can see glory. But look through a strong telescope, and your mouth may drop.

That’s what sitting under a gifted teacher can be like. God gave teachers to the church so that saints like us will see more glory than we would... Continue Reading

Missions: Rescuing from Hell and Renewing the World

John Piper
Missions: Rescuing from Hell and Renewing the World

In 2012, sociologist Robert Woodberry published the astonishing fruit of a decade of research into the effect of missionaries on the health of nations. The January/February 2014 issue of Christianity Today tells the story of what he found in an article called “The World the Missionaries Made.”

There is a lesson implicit in these findings that I would like to draw out for the sake of the eternal fruitfulness of missions as well as her power to transform... Continue Reading

The Centerpiece of Sunday Worship

Marshall Segal
The Centerpiece of Sunday Worship

What really moves you on Sunday mornings?

There are a lot of potential answers to that question. Maybe the music is enough to get you out of bed. The old hymns have always resonated deeply with you, or the church’s worship band is consistently finding creative and compelling ways to put enduring truth to a new tune.

Or it could be a dynamic, engaging preacher, someone you could listen to for hours and hours at a time. Maybe he has an unending library of personal stories and... Continue Reading