John Piper's First Advent Poem

Josh Etter
John Piper's First Advent Poem

"Advent Beauty" (1982) —

Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles back,
Flying faster with the years,
Hardly giving time for tears
First to dry upon the cheek—
Has it been more than a week
Since we laid both young and old
In the ground now winter cold?
Has there really been a spring
When the birds began to sing?
Has there been both summer, fall
Since the Baby in the stall
Called us with a Christmas bell
to sing, O Come, Immanuel?
Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles... Continue Reading

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnation of the Omnipresent Word

Jared Wilson

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8

Every year at this time as we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus to the virgin Mary, I don’t suppose it occurs to too many merrymakers that what they’re really celebrating is the Incarnation. All of the other miracles are in service of that central miracle: God became man. And in becoming, through Spiritual conception, the man Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God did not... Continue Reading

The Joseph Trilogy (Part 2)

Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 2)

A Stable of Desperation

The first Christmas night was a holy night. But it was not a silent night. All was not calm. After walking a hundred miles, Joseph arrived in an overcrowded Bethlehem, with a wife in advanced labor. And “there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).

________

“We are completely full. We can’t take another person.”

“Please, my wife is about to give birth! We’ll take anything with a little privacy.”

Compassion and exasperation mixed in the fatigued innkeeper... Continue Reading

The Most Important Institution in the World

Josh Etter
The Most Important Institution in the World

Pastor John:

The church of Jesus Christ is the most important institution in the world. The assembly of the redeemed, the company of the saints, the children of God are more significant in world history than any other group, organization, or nation. The United States of America compares to the church of Jesus Christ like a speck of dust compares to the sun. The drama of international relations compares to the mission of the church like a kindergarten riddle... Continue Reading

Six Important Links to the Meaning of Hope

Sam Crabtree

Romans 15:13,

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

1. Link Between Gratitude and Hope

Gratefulness looks back. Hope looks forward with desire and reasonable confidence and expectation. By looking back, gratitude fuels forward-looking hope.

As with over-matched ball teams that are behind late in the game, hanging their heads without oomph, without hope for the future, there... Continue Reading

First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China

Tyler Kenney
First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China

Along with the amazing growth of the church and the Internet in China, Christian publishing is also blossoming in a remarkable way.

We posted Michael Haykin’s thoroughly interesting and informational article about this last January. In it he listed some encouraging statistics, like,

  • There are 167,000 bookstores in China.
  • Over the past ten years, more than 200 Christian bookstores have opened throughout China.
  • 6.3 billion domestically-published books were... Continue Reading

It Is Not Said in Heaven, "Moral, Moral, Moral Art Thou, O God!"

Josh Etter
It Is Not Said in Heaven, "Moral, Moral, Moral Art Thou, O God!"

Charles Spurgeon:

Holiness deals with the thoughts and intents, the purposes, the aims, the objects, the motives of men. Morality does but skim the surface, holiness goes into the very caverns of the great deep; holiness requires that the heart shall be set on God, and that it shall beat with love to him. The moral man may be complete in his morality without that.

Methinks I might draw such a parallel as this. Morality is a sweet, fair corpse, well... Continue Reading

12 Reasons for Christmas

Jonathan Parnell
12 Reasons for Christmas

Pastor John:

  1. “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37).
  2. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf.Hebrews 2:14–15).
  3. “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17).
  4. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
  5. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give... Continue Reading