Preaching About Racial Diversity in Mono-Ethnic Contexts

Jonathan Parnell

Why should pastors preach about racial diversity if they're in contexts made up of the same ethnicity?

John Piper gives four reasons:

  1. Christians everywhere should have a global mindset.
  2. Distant from diversity tends to disguise racism issues.
  3. World conflicts are ethnically oriented and we should care about them.
  4. To be a faithful expositor, pastors must deal with what's in the text.

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12 Songs Featuring (or Influenced by) John Piper

Tyler Kenney

Tim Challies has done a helpful work in compiling a list of at least 12 songs (10 of which are hip-hop) that either feature John Piper preaching or have been directly influenced by him or one of his books.

The list consists of

  • "Don't Waste Your Life" by Lecrae
  • "Make War" and "This Song's for You" by Tedashii
  • "All-Consuming Fire" and "My Portion" by Shai Linne
  • "Who He Is" by…
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The Indelible Mark of a Mother's Prayer Training

Tony Reinke

J. C. Ryle:

Prayer is, of all habits, the one which we recollect the longest. Many a grey-headed man could tell you how his mother used to make him pray in the days of his childhood. Other things have passed away from his mind perhaps. The church where he was taken to worship, the minister whom he heard preach, the companions who used to play with him — all these,…

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Don’t Give Up

Jon Bloom

“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints” (Revelation 14:12).

We all long for rest and refreshment. That’s a God-given longing that he promises to fulfill: “I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31:25).

And in a very real way Jesus gives rest to “all who labor and are heavy laden” and come to him (Matthew 11:28). But in this age,…

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Psalm 103: Learning How to Talk (to Yourself)

Ryan Griffith

Do you talk to yourself?

I don’t mean when you’re wrestling through your taxes or walking through your to-do list. But do you talk yourself, really? When you are fearful, do you command your soul to trust in the Lord?  When your affections are low, do you command your heart to bless the Lord? As Paul Tripp is fond of saying, “no one is more influential in your life…

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The Journal of Biblical Counseling Is Back

Tony Reinke

After a four year hiatus, the Journal of Biblical Counseling is back. Beginning with the new Winter 2012 issue, each new publication will be posted online, free to read and free to download. David Powlison announced the re-launch and new format in this video:

A number of JBC articles have appeared in Pastor John's messages and books over the years, these four in particular (posted with permission):

  • Ed Welch,…
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Pray and Ponder Yourself into Sync with Paul’s Sense of Wealth

John Piper

When the apostle Paul thinks about “wealth” or “riches” what springs to his mind? What should spring to ours? Where should our efforts at enrichment be invested?

Here are all the uses of Paul’s favorite word for “riches” (ploutos). Taste and see what he lives for.

  • The riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience. (Romans 2:4)
  • The riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.…
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A Conversation with Doug Wilson and John Piper

Tony Reinke

The recent Conference for Pastors concluded with this two-hour-long conversation between John Piper and Douglas Wilson, moderated by Joe Rigney. Download the audio and video.

Time-markers —

0:01:06 — Unpacking the meaning behind the individual mission statements.

0:07:09 — The differences in how those mission statements are framed.

0:10:48 — Unpacking, comparing, and contrasting two sub-themes: "Don't waste your life" (Piper) and "Living out the good life one family…

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Where There's a Praying Mother, There's Always Hope

Tony Reinke

Mark 7:26,

". . . Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter."

J. C. Ryle comments,

The woman who came to our Lord, in the history now before us, must doubtless have been in deep affliction. She saw a beloved child possessed by an unclean spirit. She saw her in a condition in which no…

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