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

Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Chinese Church Today

Tyler Kenney
Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Chinese Church Today

Both BBC News and Aljazeera have written recently about the tremendous growth and increasing influence of the evangelical church in China. The news is no surprise, especially to those who have been observing and writing about it for a while; but the fact that it is making headlines internationally is a good reminder to the global church of our ongoing need to know the welfare of our own Body.

According to The Lausanne Movement’s recent analysis of five... Continue Reading

A Call to Men to Take Responsibility

Josh Etter
A Call to Men to Take Responsibility

Pastor John, from Genesis 2:

This is a call to stoop down and to take the responsibility to be a leader—a servant leader in the various ways that are appropriate to every different relationship to women. It's a call to us men,

  • that we should take the risk of getting egg on our faces;
  • that we should pray like we've never prayed for help in this tremendous responsibility;
  • that we should be in the Word more than we ever have been to know what God expects of us;
  • that we should... Continue Reading
  • Cling to Jesus with Childlike Confidence

    Josh Etter
    Cling to Jesus with Childlike Confidence

    Charles Spurgeon:

    The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to Jesus, who can and will bear you out of danger from the flames of sin.

    A Friendly Talk with... Continue Reading

    John Piper on Race, Cross, and the Christian

    Jonathan Parnell

    John Piper recently gathered with a group of urban pastors and church leaders in Minneapolis to speak on his newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.

    Partnering with Here's Life Inner City, the event was hosted by Pastor Billy Russell and Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Russell opened up the evening by sharing a little about his story on the "other side of racism." Pastor John's message begins at the 10:20 mark of the video:

    ... Continue Reading

    J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

    Josh Etter
    J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

    From Prayer

    Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water.

    Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah's sacrifice. Prayer turned the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness. Prayer overthrew the army of... Continue Reading

    The Great Ministry Killer

    John Piper
    The Great Ministry Killer

    Money is a great ministry killer. Look at what happened to Israel’s spiritual leaders from top to bottom.

    The heads of Jacob give judgment for a bribe;
    its priests teach for a price;
    its prophets practice divination for money;
    yet they lean on the Lord and say,
    “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? (Micah 3:11)

    And what is so shocking — and relevant — is that they had not forsaken the talk of “leaning on the Lord.” They quoted Proverbs 3:5–6 (“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and... Continue Reading