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

The Folly of Men Arming Women for Combat

John Piper
The Folly of Men Arming Women for Combat

Here we go again — more fallout from the male cowardice that won’t stand up to the politically correct shamers, but instead countenances arming our women for frontline combat. I addressed the folly of it in 2007 twice.

Now USA Today reports that the minimal standards for strength set by the marines are on hold because half the women in boot camp can’t do three pull-ups. They’re on hold as “part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into... Continue Reading

Worship in Spirit and Truth

David Mathis
Worship in Spirit and Truth

The issue is not whether we will worship, but what. Even better, whom and how.

On this Sunday, as many of us ready ourselves for corporate worship, perhaps the most significant single biblical text for guiding the essence of what we’re pursuing together when we gather is Jesus’s words in John 4:23–24.

“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and... Continue Reading

Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

Tony Reinke
Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

This first weekend of 2014 affords many of us an opportunity to hit “pause” on this busy opening week and to reflect, backward and forward, on our own lives.

Essential at the beginning of every new year is to set aside time to reflect on life, according to eighteenth-century slave-ship-captain-turned-pastor John Newton (1725–1807). This practice was embedded into his personal disciplines, and it emerged as a hallmark of his pastoral work. He penned new hymns and sermons... Continue Reading

Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year

Jon Bloom
Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year

“Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

If the prayer below captures in some way the deep longings of your heart, I invite you to join me in making it a prayer for 2014.

O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

When John the Baptist made the beautiful declaration in the text above about your Son’s public prominence eclipsing his, it completed his joy! His joy was full! And we know that this was only... Continue Reading