Jesus Died to End Abortion and Racism

John Piper
Jesus Died to End Abortion and Racism

Seventeen years ago I linked Martin Luther King Day with Sanctity of Life Sunday for the first time. Since then I have tried to preach a pair of sermons back to back in January — one for the glory of Christ in racial harmony, and one for the glory of Christ in a sacred womb.

This has the unsettling effect of making me sound like a Democrat one week and a Republican the next. Which is just the way I want it, because I am neither.

In that first sermon I said:

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Dads, Consider the Impact of Availability

Jonathan Parnell
Dads, Consider the Impact of Availability

In his book, Never Walk Away, Crawford Loritts shares about the formidable impact his father made on his life:

To my knowledge, my father never read any articles or books on the family. He certainly didn't attend any family seminars that talked about the priority of home, but somewhere along the line he gained a commitment to the priority of home and his family. He never treated family matters like rocket science. He never sat down and lectured me about the... Continue Reading

How to Glorify God in Your Decision-Making

Jonathan Parnell
How to Glorify God in Your Decision-Making

In the fall of 1974 John Piper stepped into a classroom at Bethel College to teach New Testament as a one-year sabbatical replacement. Over the next six years he followed the calling to be a professor: teaching Greek and several New Testament classes, publishing his dissertation in the SNTS Monograph Series, and churning out many scholarly journal articles. In his own words, "these were heady days where I stretched my academic wings" (The Pastor as Scholar, 43).

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Seven Things the Bible Says About Evil

Johnathon Bowers

How can we reconcile God's sweeping control over creation with the existence of such horrors as cancer, famine, genocide, sexual abuse, tsunamis, and terrorism? Voltaire sums up the issue nicely in his "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster," written after the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755:

Ill could not from a perfect being spring,
Nor from another, since God's sovereign king.

His point is that since God is good, he can't properly be the source of evil. Likewise, if God... Continue Reading

Why Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation?

Jonathan Parnell
Why Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation?

John Piper:

The reason God decreed that the gospel would obtain people from every tribe and people and nation is that the aim of the gospel is the glorification of his grace and this ingathering of diverse peoples into one Christ-exalting, unified people who would glorify the power and beauty of his grace more than if he had done things another way. There is a strong confirmation of this in noticing that several texts which command the pursuit of all... Continue Reading

The More You Love, the More You Hate

Jonathan Parnell
The More You Love, the More You Hate

John Murray:

If there is still sin to any degree in one who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit, then there is tension, yes, contradiction, within the heart of that person.

Indeed, the more sanctified the person is, the more conformed he is to the image of his Saviour, the more he must recoil against every lack of conformity to the holiness of God.

The deeper his apprehension of the Majesty of God, the greater the intensity of his love to God, the more persistent his yearning... Continue Reading

"Neither Boys Nor Men" — Our Calling in This Cultural Crisis

Jonathan Parnell

In a recent CNN article, William J. Bennet describes the pathetic situation of men in the United States.

Addressing the church, Darrin Patrick writes:

We live in a world full of males who have prolonged their adolescence. They are neither boys nor men. They live, suspended as it were, between childhood and adulthood, between growing up and being grown-ups. Let's call this kind of male Ban, a hybrid of both boy and man.

Ban is juvenile because there has... Continue Reading

The Dynamics of Faith and Receiving from God

Josh Etter
The Dynamics of Faith and Receiving from God

Jeremiah Burroughs:

All good is in God, true, but how shall we come to partake of that good? There is such a distance between you and God that, were not Christ in the middle, you would never come together.

But Christ has come between and joined you together so that all is yours because you are Christ's and Christ is God's. Think of God as the Fountain of all good, and Christ, as it were, the Cistern, and from Him are pipes converged to every believer. Faith sucks... Continue Reading

The Bishop of Liverpool, J. C. Ryle

Josh Etter

Since our first Conference for Pastors in 1988, Pastor John has given a biographical study of a great hero of the faith—"men of whom the world is not worthy." This year Pastor John will focus on J. C. Ryle, the Bishop of Liverpool. Here's a quick preview:

Join us on January 30 to February 1 for our 2012 Conference for Pastors, "God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ." Registration is now open.

For the full list of resources from J. C. Ryle, check out... Continue Reading