Doug Wilson on How to Stay Christian in Seminary

Jonathan Parnell

Wilson gives two exhortations: first, knowledge about God is not the same thing as knowing God. And second, love your neighbor, by which he means your wife and your children.


"Stuffing your head full of facts about God isn't the same thing as cultivating a personal relationship with him." #Xsem

"The Scriptures are a window to look through, not a mural to look at." #Xsem

"Don't sacrifice a…

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Communion with God: What, Why, How?

Jonathan Parnell

"Communion" is a good word. What do you think when you hear it? Maybe an ordinance of the church? Perhaps an archaic way saying relationship? Or even some mystical ambiguity connected to transcendence?

Communion is one of the few words in the English language that has a general meaning but maintains a sanctified use. "To speak a little of it in general," John Owen writes, "Communion relates to things and…

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The Mega Millions Lottery Is a Suicidal Craze

John Piper

Tonight a ticket will be chosen worth over half a billion dollars. Lottery agents in New York were selling 1.3 million Mega Millions tickets per hour Thursday.

Officials were expecting to sell about 1.2 billion tickets total before the drawing.

“Americans spend about $60 billion on the lottery every year,” says Stephen Dubner, co-author of “Freakonomics.” “More than $500 per American household goes to playing the lottery.” (CBS This

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When the Angel Didn't Come

Jon Bloom

Luke says it so quickly, so matter-of-factly: “[Herod] killed James the brother of John with the sword” (Acts 12:2). In the flow of the story this little phrase sets the stage for Peter’s dramatic prison rescue by the angel. So that’s what we remember. When Peter later wrote, “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials” (2 Peter 2:9), this is the sort of rescue that easily comes…

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Reading as A Lifetime Vocation

Tony Reinke

Fresh into his new post at Bethel College in the fall of 1974, Professor John wrote an article to explain the lifelong value of solid reading habits. Teach a man to fish and he can learn from the ancient fishermen. The piece itself is not long, and you can read the whole thing here.

Here are a few noteworthy quotes:

  • “I have said a number of times that all…
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Update on John Piper’s Transition

David Mathis

Update 4/24: My Future at Desiring God.

Bethlehem Baptist is one step closer to commissioning John Piper from the local church pastorate to greater involvement with Bethlehem College and Seminary and to a wider ministry nationally and internationally through Desiring God.

The Bethlehem elders are announcing to the congregation their candidate for Associate Pastor for Preaching and Vision and, God willing, John Piper's eventual successor as the church's senior…

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