Worship in Spirit and Truth

David Mathis
Worship in Spirit and Truth

The issue is not whether we will worship, but what. Even better, whom and how.

On this Sunday, as many of us ready ourselves for corporate worship, perhaps the most significant single biblical text for guiding the essence of what we’re pursuing together when we gather is Jesus’s words in John 4:23–24.

“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and... Continue Reading

Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

Tony Reinke
Grace Has Brought Me Safe Thus Far

This first weekend of 2014 affords many of us an opportunity to hit “pause” on this busy opening week and to reflect, backward and forward, on our own lives.

Essential at the beginning of every new year is to set aside time to reflect on life, according to eighteenth-century slave-ship-captain-turned-pastor John Newton (1725–1807). This practice was embedded into his personal disciplines, and it emerged as a hallmark of his pastoral work. He penned new hymns and sermons... Continue Reading

Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year

Jon Bloom
Jesus Must Increase: A Prayer for the New Year

“Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

If the prayer below captures in some way the deep longings of your heart, I invite you to join me in making it a prayer for 2014.

O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

When John the Baptist made the beautiful declaration in the text above about your Son’s public prominence eclipsing his, it completed his joy! His joy was full! And we know that this was only... Continue Reading

The Best Quotes from Cross

Marshall Segal

Something potentially historic happened last week as thousands of students gathered for the sake of the unreached peoples around the world. Hundreds stood on Monday night at the close of the first Cross conference to commit to returning to their local church to be sent out to see Jesus treasured where he is not.

We’ve collected some of the most powerful quotes from the ten plenary messages (along with some from John Piper’s breakout sessions). May these talks — and more... Continue Reading

Captive to Glory (Free eBook)

Jonathan Parnell
Captive to Glory (Free eBook)

Today we are releasing a new ebook from John Piper, Captive to Glory: Celebrating the Vision and Influence of Jonathan Edwards. It is a collection of the best snapshots of Edwards’s influence in Piper’s published corpus.

The Focus on Glory

J.I. Packer has written a few book endorsements during his long, fruitful ministry, but he’s only mentioned the ghost of Jonathan Edwards once. Back in 1986, commending the first edition of John Piper’s Desiring God, Packer... Continue Reading

Meet the New desiringGod.org

David Mathis

It’s a new site for a new year.

We spent a good deal of 2013 working on this redesign. Now 2014 is here, we’re live, and we’d love to have you help us spread the word.

This is an aesthetically driven redesign. We’ve retained the functionality of the old site, but we’re aiming to augment significantly the look and feel, to enhance the reader experience. In particular, there are major changes to the homepage to bring together, in one place, all our fresh daily content. We want... Continue Reading

Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses in 2014

John Piper
Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses in 2014

In 2014, I encourage you to identify and exploit your weaknesses for the glory of Christ. I would like to give you an illustration from my own life, but first let me clarify what I mean.

Since 2007, millions of people have read books and taken inventories designed to find our strengths. These are useful for positioning people in places of maximum effectiveness.

God’s Work in Our Weaknesses

But I am calling you to give attention and effort in finding your weaknesses and... Continue Reading

Our Top 13 Posts of 2013

David Mathis
Our Top 13 Posts of 2013

For years, the heart of desiringGod.org has been our resource library, with three decades of sermons, books, articles, and more from the ministry of John Piper. When we started a blog in 2007, we thought we were just appending a humorously small sidecar of homespun content onto the big engine of our more enduring resources.

But as the Web has grown and matured, so has blogging. We’re finding more and more Christians looking for fresh biblical and theological substance online, and... Continue Reading

From This Day Onward

David Mathis
From This Day Onward

If you look hard, you might find Haggai.

Tucked near the end of the Old Testament, third from last on that biblical road-less-traveled called the minor prophets, it’s one of Scripture’s shortest books — and one of its best for turning a corner and making a fresh start. Like at the outset of a new year.

If you can find your way to Haggai, his prophetic words might be just the inspiration you need for moving into 2014, not with willpower determination, but faith-filled resolve. Though it’s... Continue Reading

Our Top Videos of 2013

Marshall Segal

Collectively viewed more than two million times in 2013, these videos garnered attention, some for controversy, others for comfort. Some display moving song-writing, hip hop, and poetry. A couple are the compelling stories of God’s grace and power at work in believers’ lives. Several are Pastor John’s counsel for difficult questions facing millions around the world, like homosexuality, spiritual gifts, and the prosperity gospel.

Because these videos have helped so many, we’ve... Continue Reading