Be Fascinated with Grace

David Mathis

We’re all too prone to take God’s grace for granted. Perhaps especially as we perceive ourselves to be climbing the ladder of formal theological training.

At the heart of the danger of seminary is coming to treat lightly the grace of God. But a healthy experience of seminary will do precisely the opposite.

The Centrality of Grace

Grace is no peripheral thing in Christianity. God’s astoundingly lavish favor toward us…

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WORLD Magazine Article on Desiring God in China

Jonathan Parnell

The following article appeared in the January 14 issue of WORLD Magazine. To learn more about WORLD, check out www.worldmag.com. You can also read it on the iPad or Kindle.

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Web of Grace

CHINA | A burgeoning presence on the internet is helping Christians spread the Word in China | by Angela Lu

China's Christian surge is likely to continue in 2012, with teaching via the internet contributing…

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Five Ways to Fight Abortion and Serve the Unborn and Their Moms

John Piper

Because of the amazing mercy of God described in Psalm 106 we can cry out with hope, “O Lord, help me when you save your people” (verse 4). And what does he help us do? Obtain the fullest blessing of God: “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!” (verse 3).

So what acts of justice and righteousness in the cause of Christ-exalting life can we…

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Eight Ways to Live as Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

Here is my answer to the question, "How do pro-life Christians honor a pro-choice president?"

1. Humbling ourselves

We will honor you, Mr. President, by humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God (1 Peter 5:6) and acknowledging that we are ourselves sinners and in need of mercy and forgiveness from God. We are not infallible. We are open to new light on this and every issue. We…

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It’s the Christian's Duty to Speak the Truth

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John:

Christians — people who bank their hopes on Jesus and spend time with Jesus and obey Jesus — should stand up in public and tell God's truth as they see it without worrying that secular listeners may not even agree with our most basic assumptions.

Isn't it amazing how Peter and John respond to the rulers [Acts 4:13–20]! The rulers tell them to get out and not to…

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The Day John Piper Was Arrested

Josh Etter

Pastor John:

On December 19 eight of us from Bethlehem were among the 92 arrested while participating in a rescue at Planned Parenthood on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. [We] simply sat in front of the door to say by our action: without violence we will do what we can to stop child-killing here today.

Is that remarkable? Not very. But here’s something that is:

Liberty Ann Hinkle was born…

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Five Things We Can Do For the Unborn

Josh Etter

Pastor John:

Five things you can do:

1. Submit yourselves to God

Submit yourselves to God. Draw near to him. Live by the power of his grace. Let him shape your desires rather than the world and the feisty, self-centered temperament of our culture. Let your life and your mouth bear witness to the real delights of knowing and trusting and obeying and being shaped and guided by the Creator…

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What Does Roe v. Wade Actually Say?

Jonathan Parnell

January 18, 1987, John Piper preached a sermon to expose the evil of abortion. Since this sermon he has preached against abortion every year on the Sanctity of Life Sunday, which correlates with the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

39 years and 50 million babies killed since this Supreme Court decision, what exactly does it say?

Pastor John:

When the American Medical Association was formed in 1847, abortion…

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J. C. Ryle, Temperance, and Abortion

John Piper

J. C. Ryle’s strategy to reverse the destructive effects of drunkenness point to possibilities in our battle against abortion.

Ryle was the first Bishop of Liverpool, England, starting in 1880 and ending with his death in 1900. He found that one of the great destroyers of family and society was drunkenness. There were 2,402 drinking houses in the city in 1884. One for every 229 inhabitants.

His strategy to change…

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A Short, Free eBook on Abortion

John Piper

We are children of the light. Abortion is a work of darkness. The apostle Paul said, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).

Our aim, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, through the authority of his word, is to glorify God by making much of his image in the unborn, and his mercy in forgiving…

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