Praising Others is Not Optional
God-centered praise of those who are not God is not optional. A fire not stoked goes out. A refrigerator unplugged rots the eggs. A garden not tended erupts with weeds. Affirmation is the fire-stoking, refrigerator-electrifying, garden-tending side of relationships. Relationships…Continue Reading
Piper's Green Preaching at Fuller (1971)
"Today is one of the best days of my seminary life." So wrote John Piper in his journal on Wednesday, March 24, 1971, during his final semester at Fuller Seminary.
On that Monday, March 22, "Dr. Schaper called me and asked…Continue Reading
Diapers, Nursing, Clinging to Christ
I don’t know about other moms, but something happens to my brain when I am pregnant or breastfeeding. It seems the larger my belly grows, the emptier my head becomes. Or that with each day of nursing, those brain cells…Continue Reading
Moving From Fuzzy Platitudes to Concrete Praise
Be a Real Husband and Dad
It was nearly 8 PM — that means bedtime for the kids. I pushed my books aside and met them in their room, where they were already lying down. The lights were off, and the stage was set for me…Continue Reading
Is It God-Centered to Praise People?
Isn’t the commendation of people idolatrous? If we should make our boast in God alone, how dare we praise mere people? Have we gone off the deep end, away from God-centeredness and into the popular cultural psycho-jargon of self-esteem?
Fighting Presumptuous Sins
Sin is a mystery, and it’s a mystery the psalmist wrestles with in Psalm 19. First he looks up to the heavens to delight in the Creator’s handiwork (verses 1–6). Then he looks down to delight in God’s words (verses…Continue Reading
Sam Storms on the End Times
"End times" is a little like "free food" — throw the words in a headline and it'll make you look twice. For many Christians, it's a hot topic. And it does have implications for our lives in this world.
What’s the Difference Between Jesus and the Lawyers?
Jesus said, “Woe to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers” (Luke 11:46).
How is Jesus different from that? (Be careful.)
Does he…Continue Reading