How God Makes Futility Serve Your Joy

Jon Bloom
How God Makes Futility Serve Your Joy

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope (Romans 8:20).

Are you tired of fighting futility? Evil and disorder relentlessly throw wrenches into the gears of your life. What’s the point?

For God, the point is hope. Which is very strange. Futility and hope are not friends. The former tends to kill the latter. Humans can’t make them both be true at the same time. But God can.

Futility — Turned on Its Head

Futility... Continue Reading

Daily Confession and a Burlier Church

David Mathis

John Frame:

We need more Christians who will lead lives of repentance, for repentance always challenges pride.

If you're coming to God daily to confess to him how much you have sinned, you will find it hard to pretend that you are holier than everybody else. You'll find it hard to put on airs, to pose as the perfect Christian.

When others accuse you of sin, you won't immediately jump to defend yourself, as if of course you could never do wrong and any accusation must... Continue Reading

Hope That Won't Stumble

Paul Tripp
Hope That Won't Stumble

What do the Psalms look to? What is the theme that courses its way through psalm after psalm? What gives the Psalms their meaning and depth?

Well, the thing that the Psalms point to again and again isn’t a “thing” at all. No, it’s a person, and his name is Jesus. It’s not as though some of the psalms are Messianic — all of the psalms point to the person and work of the Savior in some way!

Consider Psalm 27:2,

When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is... Continue Reading

Skip Adultolescence, Get a Holy Ambition

Jonathan Parnell

Adultolesence is the modern phenomenon in growing up where full adulthood is delayed by procrastinating responsibilities. It has caught the attention of many sociologists over the past decade as it sweeps through college campuses, being no respecter of students, Christian or non-Christian.

A few weeks ago Pastor John spoke to a group of college students facing this encroaching cultural fog. The goal: get a deep, unshakable, holy ambition for your life. One that is so... Continue Reading

Questioning Our Hope and Refocusing Our Wonder

John Knight
Questioning Our Hope and Refocusing Our Wonder

The topic of the new heaven and new earth is a popular one with some of the people we hang out with. As you can probably guess, they also have children with severe disabilities. There is comfort in thinking about our children being free from their limitations and pain.

But this hope can be dangerous, too. We envision heaven to be a wonderful place, full of freedom and laughter and conversation. No more seizures! Legs that can walk! Eyes that see!

And nothing... Continue Reading

TGC Interview: Can't Afford to Be Color Blind

Jonathan Parnell

Collin Hansen from The Gospel Coalition continues his interview with John Piper on race and the gospel with this eight-minute video:

Time markers:

0:02 — What is at stake in our pursuit of racial harmony?

3:31 — Why do some think the ideal is color blindness?

6:30 — Every person has stereotypes.

Read Collin's commentary for this clip and check out the first part of the interview.

A More Determined Quest for Him

Jonathan Parnell
A More Determined Quest for Him

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Revival of church life always brings in its train a richer understanding of the Scriptures. Behind all the slogans and catchwords of ecclesiastical controversy, necessary though they are, there arises a more determined quest for him who is the sole object of it all, for Jesus Christ himself.

What did Jesus mean to say to us? What is his will for us to-day? How can he help us be good Christians in the modern world? In the last resort, what we want to know... Continue Reading

How Should We Approach Worship Today?

Josh Etter

Pastor John has thought in terms of two heart dispositions:

Gravity:

For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary. (Isaiah 8:11-14)

Gladness:

Send out your... Continue Reading