End-of-Year Video Update from John Piper

Josh Etter

From Pastor John…

Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We want to spread that truth and all of its amazingly God-exalting, practical implications everywhere in the world. So when the world passes beyond the seven billion population mark, we look at the... Continue Reading

Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Jonathan Parnell
Christmas: How Goodies Lose Their Attraction

Pastor John:

At the end of this age when Christ returns, the final act of purification will take place; all impurities in the hearts of God's people will be done away with.

But that promise of purity hasbegunto be fulfilled in the first coming of Christ. Hebrews 1:3says, "When [Christ] had madepurificationfor sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high." AndTitus 2:14says that Christ "gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and topurifyfor... Continue Reading

How Light Swallowed Darkness

Jonathan Parnell
How Light Swallowed Darkness

C. S. Lewis:

In the Incarnation God the Son takes the body and human soul of Jesus, and, through that, the whole environment of Nature, all the creaturely predicament, into his own being.

So that ‘he came down from Heaven’ can almost be transposed into ‘Heaven drew earth up into it,’ and locality, limitation, sleep, sweat, footsore weariness, frustration, pain, doubt, and death, are, from before all worlds, known by God from within.

The pure light walks the earth; the darkness,... Continue Reading

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