The Eternal Wonder of Three Simple Words

Jonathan Parnell

Titus 3:4-6 —

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior

Three words. That’s what we should take away from this passage. Three simple words that form the grand slam summary of what it means that God’s goodness and loving... Continue Reading

Announcing Our 2012 Conference for Pastors

Josh Etter

Pastor John's invitation to join us in Minneapolis on January 30 to February 1 for the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors —

Theme

God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ

Dates

January 30 to February 1

Cost

$130.00

Location

Minneapolis, MN

Speakers

  • Doug Wilson
  • Darrin Patrick
  • Crawford Loritts
  • Ramez Atallah
  • John Piper

For more information or to register, visit the event page.

A Worse Kind of Blind

John Knight
A Worse Kind of Blind

The Bible is full of references to disease and disability — more than 350 verses in 40 of the 66 books.

Some references to disability are metaphors for something else. For example, Paul writes to the Corinthians:

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

“Blinded the minds” is obviously pointing to something other than a lack of... Continue Reading

Do You Know This Confidence?

Jonathan Parnell
Do You Know This Confidence?

John Newton:

When we are deeply conscious of our defects in duty. If we compare our best performances with the demands of the law, the majesty of God, and the unspeakable obligations we are under; if we consider our innumerable sins of omission, and that the little we can do is polluted and defiled by the mixture of evil thoughts, and the working of selfish principles, aims, and motives, which though we disapprove, we are unable to suppress; we have great reason to confess, "To... Continue Reading

My Experience with Racism and Reformed Theology

John Piper
My Experience with Racism and Reformed Theology

The Bible and the Reformed faith have been used to defend racism and slavery. But, if you take the long view, in every case, the day came when the very Bible, and the very faith, that had once condoned racism and slavery, were finally used as part of its undoing.

This was certainly the case in my own experience. It was not Reformed theology that in any way spurred or strengthened my adolescent racism. In those days I was as much against theological... Continue Reading

Does God Make Much of Us?

Josh Etter
Does God Make Much of Us?

Pastor John in his message at Passion 2011, Getting to the Bottom of Your Joy

Let it be said loud and clear: John Piper does not deny and and never has denied that God makes much of us. The question is ranking—what’s at the bottom of your joy. Where does it finally rest?

Yes, those amazing truths—that God makes much of you—should thrill your soul! But why? The answer to that question makes all the difference.

If the answer is, "Because I'm at the bottom, and I love to be made much... Continue Reading

The Laugh of Faith and the Power of Prayer

John Piper
The Laugh of Faith and the Power of Prayer

I praise God for Jason Mandryk and his team who put together the seventh edition of Operation World. The subtitle is The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation. Just the other day I was having my world adjusted by reading and praying over the section on Palestine (The Palestine Authority).

Where does a book of this scope come from? What drives its production? It’s the vision of God, and the laugh of faith. Here’s the answer:

All the earth-shaking awesome forces... Continue Reading

Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 3)

Tim Kerr
Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 3)

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12)

It appears that Epaphras planted the church at Colossae (Colossians 1:7). Part prophet and part priest in his ministry, he spoke to others on God’s behalf and spoke to God on their behalf. Like Paul, and like Jesus before him, Epaphras was a model... Continue Reading

Bloodlines Documentary

Jonathan Parnell

Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up. This 18-minute documentary takes us through his experience of racism in the 1960's American South:

Purchase or download Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.