A Short, Free eBook on Abortion

John Piper
A Short, Free eBook on Abortion

We are children of the light. Abortion is a work of darkness. The apostle Paul said, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).

Our aim, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, through the authority of his word, is to glorify God by making much of his image in the unborn, and his mercy in forgiving sinners.

We would like to give you a free eBook based on three sermons I preached on abortion. We hope it... Continue Reading

Don’t Be Afraid to Pray “Whatever It Takes”

Jon Bloom

When visiting my mother recently I was leafing through a well-known magazine and came across an article about a well-known actress who is a professing Christian. The article described her vibrant faith and the role of prayer in her life. I was encouraged by her cultivation of constant prayerfulness. I want to grow in that too.

But the comment that stuck with me was, “I know not to beg [God] for patience, because then he gives me situations in which I have to grow... Continue Reading

Psalm 135 and the Pleasure of God in All He Does

John Piper

Psalm 135:1–6 —

Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, 2 who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God! 3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant! 4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his own possession. 5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on... Continue Reading

Racial Slavery and Abortion in America: How History Repeats Itself

Brent Aucoin

One reason I became a historian is because I became convinced that knowledge of the past can help and guide us in the present. While history may not always repeat itself, it is accurate to say that there is nothing new under the sun.

I am reminded of these things as we mark the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. What I am reminded of exactly is that the legalization of abortion is not the first time that America has denied the... Continue Reading

How to Approach the Bible

Jonathan Parnell

The Bible comes from God; God doesn't come from the Bible.

Our knowledge of God is a different story. What we know about God, definitively and redemptively, comes from the Bible. And that is, the Bible that comes from God, who himself comes from nothing.

These are the foundational pieces to understanding the doctrine of revelation, and therefore, the doctrine of Scripture. God, utterly independent and essentially revelatory, has made himself known. This is stunning. And it helps... Continue Reading

For Men: What the Life of Augustine Teaches Us

Jonathan Parnell

At the recent Campus Outreach National Conference, speaking to a gathering of men, John Piper tells the story of the life of Augustine — bishop of Hippo in the fifth century.

This talk gives a hope-giving example of how we fight sin by a sovereign joy that masters us and severs the root of all competing, controlling pleasures.

Darrin Patrick on Biblical Complementarity

Jonathan Parnell

The latest Theology Refresh features a 12-minute dicussion on biblical complementarity with Darrin Patrick, speaker at our upcoming Conference for Pastors.

It's important to remember that there is more than one danger in this issue. We can miss it on the left, becoming egalitarian. And we can miss it on the right, not calling men to sacrificial leadership.

There's a new dynamic in what it means to be a man: love your wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians... Continue Reading

A Plea to Not Grow Weary

John Knight

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)

January 22 makes the 39th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling that overturned every state law governing abortion in America.

39 years is a long time.

Yet that horrible decision effected one positive move: Bible-believing churches got off the sidelines. Today, it would be hard to find any American who is uncertatin about the Evangelical stance on abortion:... Continue Reading

Know Your Value of Values

Jonathan Parnell

It was simple. The first bookend of my formal theological training was grounded in an easy-to-the-point-of-jolly ambition: learn as much as I can about Jesus and teach it to others. What fueled my pursuit of pastoral ministry — and all the training involved — was not what I understood about the Bible or hoped to learn, but how glorious I perceived Jesus to be, despite how much my perception of that glory was green and raw and English (KJV to be exact).

Desperate for That Same... Continue Reading

Seminary: Life or Death?

David Mathis
Seminary: Life or Death?

Seminary is dangerous. Yes, the fragrance is to life for many. But for others — far too many others — the aroma is to death.

Names changed to protect the guilty, Don Carson tells the story of an “Ernest Christian” in the introduction to his infamous Exegetical Fallacies. Ernest was converted as a senior in high school, grew in leaps and bounds through a campus ministry while in college, sensed a call to full-time ministry, was affirmed by his local congregation, and “headed off to... Continue Reading