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.

Neither Do I Condemn You

Jon Bloom
Neither Do I Condemn You

A reflection on John 8:2-11.

“Shame on you, Whore!”

She was married, but not to the man in whose arms she had been laying. Suddenly the door had burst open. Oh no! Instantly she was in the grasp of angry men who dragged her — and her forbidden secret — out into the street.

“Adulteress!” The name pierced her like an arrow. Scandalized, loathing looks bored into her. Her life was undone in a moment, by her own doing.

And it was about to be crushed. They were talking about stoning! O... Continue Reading

Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 2)

Tim Kerr
Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 2)

Intercession is not a ministry done from a place of strength and competence, but always as a desperate sinner praying for fellow desperate sinners. We identify with those we pray for because we are just like them.

And yet if we don't pray for ourselves (or even pray at all), how shall we even know how to effectively pray for others?

Consider an ordinary house lamp: we can furiously flip the light switch on and off and have no effect if the lamp is not... Continue Reading

What Would John Stott Say to Us After Our Conference on Missions?

John Piper
What Would John Stott Say to Us After Our Conference on Missions?

Something like this I think:

The highest of missionary motive is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God), but rather zeal — burning and passionate zeal — for the glory of Jesus Christ. . . . Only one imperialism is Christian . . . and that is concern for His Imperial Majesty Jesus... Continue Reading

Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 1)

Tim Kerr
Pastors, Devote Yourselves to the Word and Prayer (Part 1)

In his profoundly helpful book Wisdom Words, pastor Harold Burchett teaches us that praying is a lot like breathing. In order to have the strength to continue breathing, one needs to breathe. So also the strength to pray comes from praying. Now if personal prayer is breathing for oneself, then intercession is like breathing for others.

In any church there are several people barely breathing spiritually. Yes, we can teach them “to breathe” through... Continue Reading

Puritan Advice on Discovering God's Will

Jonathan Parnell
Puritan Advice on Discovering God's Will

John Flavel:

If therefore in doubtful cases you would discover God's will, govern yourselves in your search after it by the following rules:

  1. Get the true fear of God upon your hearts. Be really afraid of offending him. God will not hide his mind from such a soul. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant" (Psalm 25:14).
  2. Study the Word more, and the concerns and interests of the world less. The Word is light to your feet... Continue Reading