Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?

John Piper
Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?

Did Jesus teach that miracles are useless for those who reject the word? Here’s the story he told:

From hades the rich man implored Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers not to come to that place of torment.

But Abraham said, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.”

The rich man said, “No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.”

Abraham disagreed: “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets,... Continue Reading

Desiring God Online in China

Tyler Kenney
Desiring God Online in China

The church isn’t the only thing growing in China. Like in so many other countries these days, Internet use is booming too. At the Chinese government’s last official counting (June, 2010), 420 million of its people were online. No doubt there are millions more by now.

Along with the Internet, social media is also catching on. China Daily recently reported that over 300 million Chinese are registered micro-blog (think Twitter) users.

We’re excited about this growth because the... Continue Reading

Take Courage, Young Mother

Josh Etter
Take Courage, Young Mother

Pastor John:

There is a principle here that applies to you and me: God takes small, imperfect things and builds them into a habitation for his glory. O, how we should take courage in our little spheres of influence! And is this not the message of Advent and Christmas?

What more appropriate word could God have said to Mary as Jesus was growing up: Take courage, young mother, you build more than you see. And so it is with every one of us. Nothing you do is a trifle if you do it in... Continue Reading

Christmas Is the End of History

Jonathan Parnell
Christmas Is the End of History

Pastor John:

Creation out of nothing was an awesome event. Imagine what the angelic spirits must have felt when the universe, material reality of which they had never imagined, was brought forth out of nothing by the command of God. The fall was an awful event, shaking the entire creation. The exodus was an amazing display of God's power and love. The giving of the law, the wilderness provisions, the conquering of Canaan, the prosperity of the monarchy — all these acts of God... Continue Reading

The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)

Jon Bloom
The Joseph Trilogy (Part 1)

A Painful Decision

When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:18-19)

Joseph felt a twinge of anxiety. He sensed something unusual in Mary’s request that he come.

When he arrived she was standing under the tree near her father’s house where, as a betrothed couple, they were given... Continue Reading

Interview with Bob Kauflin on the Theology and Practice of Worship

Jonathan Parnell

Bob Kauflin, author of Worship Matters (Crossway, 2008), recently joined us for an interview on the theology and practice of worship:

Time markers:

01:04 — How did you come to Christ and become a worship leader?

04:21 — Tell us about how God brought you through a battle with hopelessness.

07:59 — How should we think about worship as an event and as all of life?

11:35 — What does it mean for worship leaders to be clear and specific?

14:30 — What... Continue Reading

Wimpy Theology and True Womanhood

Josh Etter
Wimpy Theology and True Womanhood

Pastor John, from the 2008 True Woman Conference:

Wimpy theology makes wimpy women. That’s my assumption that I bring to this evening. Wimpy theology simply does not give a woman a God that is big enough, strong enough, wise enough, and good enough to handle the realities of life in away that magnifies the infinite worth of Jesus Christ.

Wimpy theology is plagued by woman-centeredness and man-centeredness. Wimpy theology doesn’t have the granite foundation of God’s... Continue Reading

To See His Supernova God, Put Your Eye to Edwards' Telescope

John Piper
To See His Supernova God, Put Your Eye to Edwards' Telescope

I stand in awe of Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott’s massive The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 2011). Edwards is worthy of this scope of treatment.

But may I register a disagreement with one way this book is being commended.

Alistair McGrath said that it is “unquestionably the best starting place for anyone wanting to grapple with the ideas of America’s greatest theologian.”

And Kenneth Minkema said, “This volume... Continue Reading

Who Is Quirinius Anyway?

Jonathan Parnell
Who Is Quirinius Anyway?

Luke 2:1–2,

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. . . .

The Lord — holy, sovereign, utterly independent — became incarnate in the person of Jesus. . . when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

So, who is Quirinius? That he was governor of Syria is obvious enough. But this is such an apparently insignificant detail. What purpose does this serve in holy Scripture?... Continue Reading