Interview with John Piper from Australia

Josh Etter

Here's a 12-minute interview on women's ministry with Pastor John from the Women's Katoomba Convention in Australia:

Time markers:

00:23 — How long have you been a Christian?

1:41 — Why are you still a Christian at 65 years old?

3:03 — What are the obstacles you see to living a worthy life?

5:39 — What advice would you give to women about a worthy life?

8:36 — On the ministry of mothers.

9:34 — What do you benefit so much from Christian biography?

The Power of the Gospel and Ethnic Strife

Jonathan Parnell

Together for the Underestimated Gospel, April 10-12, 2012, in Louisville, KY.

Tomorrow night Pastor John will gather with a group of urban leaders in Minneapolis to speak on this issue of race and the gospel. The event will be live-streamed from 7:30PM (EDT) to 9:30PM (EDT), including an hour of Q&A. We encourage you to join us online by watching and discussing with your small group or church.

How to Serve "The Singles" — Ministry to Unmarried Adults in Your Local Church

Carolyn McCulley

When I was a single woman in my mid-thirties, I invited the elders of my church and their wives to a formal holiday dinner as a way of expressing my thanks to them for their care and ministry. As I served the standing rib roast on a table set with china and crystal, one man remarked, “Wow. I never would have done this when I was single. It would have been pizza for everyone!”

This pastor offered this comment as an expression of... Continue Reading

Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

David Mathis
Trick or Treat? It's Martin Luther

It was October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. He wrote in Latin, but a nameless visionary translated the theses into German, carried them to the printing press, and enabled their dispersion far and wide.

Luther ended up with more than he bargained for, but he proved to be no coward in defending the discoveries he was making in Scripture.... Continue Reading

One with Christ and the Fellowship of Righteousness

Jonathan Parnell
One with Christ and the Fellowship of Righteousness

John Calvin:

Therefore, that joining together of Head and members, that indwelling of Christ in our hearts—in short, that mystical union—are accorded by us the highest degree of importance, so that Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed.

We do not, therefore, contemplate him outside ourselves from afar in order that his righteousness may be imputed to us but because we put on Christ and are... Continue Reading

Jesus Wants You to Waste Your Life

Jon Bloom
Jesus Wants You to Waste Your Life

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3).

Judas simply could not fathom Mary’s ridiculous decision.

During dinner she had just dumped all that rare perfume on Jesus’ feet! Almost a year’s wages now puddled on the dirty floor. Completely wasted!

“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

How noble. But Judas wasn’t concerned for the... Continue Reading

Dads, Five Ways to Make Your Words Count

Jonathan Parnell
Dads, Five Ways to Make Your Words Count

Crawford Loritts reflects on five lessons he learned from his father on how to speak so that your children take your words seriously:

  1. Don't waste words. Don't add a lot of apologies or unnecessary detail that make you look timid.
  2. Don't threaten.
  3. Be clear about expectations. When you tell someone, especially a child, how to behave or what to do, make sure you both are very clear about what you expect.
  4. Be clear about consequences, particularly if your expectations involve... Continue Reading