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

100,000 Hours: Eight Aims for Your Career

Marshall Segal
100,000 Hours: Eight Aims for Your Career

What should I do with my life?

It’s one of the biggest questions on most young minds, especially during and after our college years. The practical question is, "What will I do for a living?" When you do the math — 50 hours x 50 weeks x 40 years — and realize we’re talking about 100,000 hours, the question really is, “What will I be?”

Here are eight aims that should drive every Christian career path. Fall in love with these aspirations, and your work will bear much... Continue Reading

Love Is Not a Verb

Jon Bloom
Love Is Not a Verb

Two weeks ago, I encouraged us all to make a 2014 resolve to “pursue love” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Based on the following statements by Jesus, I would say that love is the most important thing to pursue this year.

[The greatest commandment:] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37–39)

This is my commandment,... Continue Reading

Top 25 @JohnPiper Tweets

Marshall Segal
Top 25 @JohnPiper Tweets

We added retweets and favorites, from the data we have available, to gather the top twenty-five tweets from @JohnPiper. They deal with deep, spiritual insight, practical preparation, major current events, and especially relevant resources. And they speak to Taylor Swift, the Boston bombers, President Obama, and everyone else. Sometimes it’s just sentences that change us. May God use these to help you, whether for the first time or one more time before another year of reflection and... Continue Reading

Don’t Let Your Mind Go to Pot

John Piper
Don’t Let Your Mind Go to Pot

Marijuana is ordinarily used as a mood-altering, mind-altering drug. The aim is to create a kind of euphoria. The effects vary widely from person to person. All you have to do is Google, “What does Marijuana feel like?” People don’t smoke it to get unhappy. It produces a temporary state that is felt to be better than ordinary life. That’s why it’s called a “high” and not a low.

So the first comparison one might be inclined to make is with caffeine. Most people drink coffee... Continue Reading

Shouldn’t They Know Better?

John Knight
Shouldn’t They Know Better?

One of the more successful tactics of our enemy is to turn our hearts against the ones under our care — to turn protectors into executioners.

For decades parents and doctors have legally killed unborn children in the name of “compassion” because the child would have lived with disabilities or would have died shortly after birth.

But killing unborn children apparently isn’t enough.

Child Euthanasia

Belgium’s Upper House approved a measure that would allow children to be legally... Continue Reading

Jesus As the True and Perfect Man

Darrin Patrick
Jesus As the True and Perfect Man

Men are experiencing an identity crisis. And we’re short on role models.

We’re caught between Don Draper as the alpha male and a whole crew of omega males like Judd Apatow. One tries to express masculinity through power, possessions, and promiscuity. The other group has stopped trying altogether. Unlike us, these other guys seem to be getting something out of their isolation and discontentment, their rebellion, and their lack of discipline. We’re stuck with pain and... Continue Reading

What to Do When Faith Dies

Steve Fuller
What to Do When Faith Dies

Too often we lack works. Maybe we are not praying, not forgiving someone, not crucifying selfishness to care for others, or not sharing the gospel.

We know this is a serious problem, because James said that “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). What’s more serious than dead faith?

But there’s a danger here in how we can read this verse. We can miss James’s point. We can think that since faith without works is dead, then if I lack works, I had better... Continue Reading

Seven Details to See in Your Past

Jonathan Parnell
Seven Details to See in Your Past

The grace of Jesus Christ not only covers our past and sustains our present, but also creates for us a future.

In him our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous. In him we are sanctified and progressively being transformed into his image. In him we are inseparable from the Father’s love and we can rest assured — no matter what distress may come — he is never letting us go. Past, present, and future.

Our tomorrow is profoundly secure, and one of the best ways to... Continue Reading

22 Million Reasons to Pray with Us

Jon Bloom
22 Million Reasons to Pray with Us

Do you ever think about the Internet as an answer to centuries of saints’ prayers that “the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)?

We must not take this marvel for granted. In reading this post, you are experiencing something that just a couple of decades ago was the stuff of sci-fi imagination and a century ago was unimaginable.

With a few keyboard or touch-screen strokes, you can read a blog post, listen to a sermon, watch a video, read a... Continue Reading