An Unwed Teen with an Unplanned Pregnancy

John Knight
An Unwed Teen with an Unplanned Pregnancy

There is a murderous logic to those who advocate aborting children with disabilities. It goes something like this:

  • People with disabilities suffer in this world. Abortion is a kindness that prevents such suffering.
  • The caregivers (primarily parents) of children with disabilities also suffer. Abortion is a kindness that prevents their suffering, too.
  • Society suffers. Financially and administratively, the burden on society is significant. Abortion is a kindness to the... Continue Reading

Outwitted and Victorious

John Piper
Outwitted and Victorious

This is not a plea to be thoughtless. It’s not an argument for ignoring strategy. God uses strategy (Joshua 8:4).

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31). Yes. Make the horse ready. But it is also true: Sometimes the enemy strikes when there is no time to get the horse ready. And victory still belongs to the Lord.

For example, Jeroboam tricked Abijah, king of Judah, by laying an ambush behind him: “His troops were in front... Continue Reading

Should We Be Tenderhearted?

John Piper
Should We Be Tenderhearted?

The longer I live the more complexities I see in living. They’re not as paralyzing as they used to be. I pray more for a spiritual nose to sniff out the path between precipices.

Take tender-heartedness, for example. I think one of the most practical and important passages in the whole Bible is Ephesians 4:31–32. God put that there for me. It is one of the most important mandates in my life.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along... Continue Reading

How and Why God Changes People

Jonathan Parnell
How and Why God Changes People

Pastor John:

When Paul calls the power of Christ which changed him from great sinner to great apostle — when he calls this power "mercy," he exalts not himself but the Savior. The Christmas gift of change is always a gift, and never a wage. It can never be boasted in. It can be sought after the way a helpless, hungry man seeks food; and it can be accepted by faith. But it can never be earned. And so none of the changes God gives can be the basis of pride. The more like Christ... Continue Reading

Pastors, What You Preach Is Already Decided

Jonathan Parnell
Pastors, What You Preach Is Already Decided

Charles Spurgeon:

We have a fixed faith to preach, my brethren, and we are sent forth with a definite message from God. We are not left to fabricate the message as we go along. We are not sent forth by our Master with a general commission arranged on this fashion — "As you shall think in your heart and invent in your head, so preach. . . ."

Verily, we read not so. There is something definite in the Bible. It is not quite a lump of wax to be shaped at our will, or a... Continue Reading

Christopher Hitchens, the Mission of Desiring God, and God's Word About Death

John Piper
Christopher Hitchens, the Mission of Desiring God, and God's Word About Death

Three things came together in the last thirty-six hours to create this post. The death of Christopher Hitchens, the Desiring God Board meeting Thursday, and the word of God.

  1. Christopher Hitchens died Thursday night. He was, perhaps, the most aggressive of the “new atheists.” I am sobered and made quiet by the probability (though we do not know his final hours) that he is in torment today awaiting his final judgment and the lake of... Continue Reading

Ray Ortlund on Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell

The newest Theology Refresh features a discussion with Ray Ortlund on the doctrine of union with Christ.

As one writer explains, "Union with Christ is theological shorthand for the gospel itself — a key image that pulls together numerous motifs in the biblical witness" (J. Todd Billings, Union with Christ). It's perhaps the least likely of all doctrines to stifle in the abstract. Saturating the writings of Paul, union with Christ changes everything in how we conceive of... Continue Reading

The Joseph Trilogy (Part 3)

Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 3)

(Un)Planned Detours

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps" (Proverbs 16:9). As Jesus’ earthly father discovered, this is just another way of saying that when your plans are detoured and redirected, you find out who’s really charting the course.

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Nazareth. It felt good to Joseph to be back home. The same old market and the same old merchants. The same old neighbors with the same old complaints. The same old synagogue and the same old rabbi.

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The Early Beginnings of Desiring God

Josh Etter

Char Ransom was on the search committee that brought Pastor John to Bethlehem Baptist Church in 1980. In this two-minute video, Char gives us a glimpse into those first years at Bethlehem and the beginning of our ministry here at Desiring God.

Watch the entire End-of-Year Video Update.