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
Lessons Doug Wilson Learned from His Dad
Doug Wilson will join us at the 2012 Conference for Pastors (Jan 30 – Feb 1) to speak on the subject of "father hunger." Registration for the conference is now open.
Recent posts for the 2012 Conference for Pastors —
- J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer
- A Culture of Hope for the Men of the Church (Video from Darrin Patrick)
The Most Important Institution in the World
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
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
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!"
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
- “For this I was born and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37).
- “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8; cf.Hebrews 2:14–15).
- “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).
- “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
- “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give... Continue Reading
Jared Wilson on the Doctrine of the Trinity
The Athanasian Creed begins "we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity;
Neither blending his persons: nor dividing his essence."
This is not a truth for the classroom. The Lord is the holy one-and-three. It is who he is. It is what it means to be God. And it has implications for how the Christian lives.
In this newest episode of Theology Refresh — the theological podcast designed for pastors as a refresher on important biblical doctrines — David Mathis... Continue Reading
Interview with Jared Wilson on "Gospel Wakefulness"
"To treasure Jesus more greatly and savor his power more sweetly" — that's the experience behind the phrase and title of Jared Wilson's newest book, Gospel Wakefulness. David Mathis recently interviewed Jared about the book:
00:45 — Are we experiencing a "gospel renaissance" in our day?
02:40 — How does your book related to this "renaissance?"
04:40 — What is the gospel?
06:12 — What do you mean by the phrase "gospel wakefulness?"
08:05 — How does... Continue Reading