A Nationless Man for All Nations

Jon Bloom
A Nationless Man for All Nations

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:11-12)

God is such a genius.

This, obviously, is a candidate for understatement of all-time. But everywhere I look in the Bible and see how God engineered redemptive history, that’s what I think. I am in awe of a wisdom and foresight that, quite frankly, from all my observation and experience, does not... Continue Reading

Jerry Rankin on the Great Commission

Jonathan Parnell

The Great Commission was not an afterthought for Jesus. It is a mandate that reflects the heart and mission of God from before the foundations of the world.

In this 16-minute episode of Theology Refresh, Jerry Rankin discusses unreached and unengaged peoples, the dynamics of mission strategy, and international church planting. His aim is to encourage pastors and local churches to be involved in global outreach.

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Nigeria: Corruption, Church Growth and Discipleship

John Piper
Nigeria: Corruption, Church Growth and Discipleship

On September 20-22, readers of Operation World are praying for Nigeria. Among the matters for prayer is the plague of corruption. “The scale of corruption in Nigeria is staggering,” write the authors (643).

What is the price of this corruption?

“The impact of corruption on Nigeria is devastating and crippling.

  • It pulls others into the grasping free-for-all,
  • it undermines those who attempt good governance,
  • it inspires the imposition of shari’a,
  • it disarms... Continue Reading

Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 2)

Jonathan Parnell

How does personal holiness relate to the assurance of salvation? How does godliness happen? What are the dynamics of our effort?

These are the issues considered in the second part of the discussion between John Piper and Kevin DeYoung:

Check out Part 1 and stream or download this interview (Part 2).

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How Do I Love Reformed Theology?

John Piper
How Do I Love Reformed Theology?

I am a lover of the Reformed faith — the legacy of the protestant Reformation expressed broadly in the writings of John Calvin and John Owen and Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards, and contemporaries like R. C. Sproul and J. I. Packer and John Frame.

I speak of love for this legacy the way I speak of loving a cherished photo of my wife. I say, “I love that picture.” You won’t surprise me if you point out, “But that’s not your wife, that’s a picture.” Yes. Yes. I know it’s... Continue Reading

Three Things Jesus Prays for Us

Jonathan Parnell
Three Things Jesus Prays for Us

Thomas Watson:

When a Christian is weak, and can hardly pray for himself, Jesus Christ is praying for him; and he pray for three things.

First, that the saints may be kept from sin (John 17:15). "I pray that thou shouldest keep them from evil." We live in the world as in a pest-house; Christ prays that his saints may not be infected with the contagious evil of the times.

Second, for his people's progress in holiness. "Sanctify them" (John 17:17). Let them have constant supplies... Continue Reading

Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

John Knight
Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

I love the theme of our National Conference this year — Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples. It begins this Friday and I can hardly wait.

You would probably say my exicitement is obvious. This is an amazing subject and at the heart of Christ's supremacy. But there is another reason why I'm glad. This conference evidences God's kindness in changing my heart.

Here's what I mean: Because disability is so close to me, I struggled with anger when others did not... Continue Reading

Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 2)

John Piper
Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 2)

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In the previous post I mentioned what I do for excercise. Now is the why.

Disclaimer: I doubt that I ever had a motive so pure it had no sin in it. So you are welcome to fault any of this as tinged with vanity. What I can see, I have confessed. What I can’t, the Lord will bring to light sooner or later.

I just don’t like being overweight. My pants fit funny. I can’t see my belt. When I was about 19 I went golfing with some overweight evangelists. They... Continue Reading

Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 1)

John Piper
Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 1)

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Glen Bloomstrom, the Campus Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Leadership Development at Bethlehem College and Seminary, asked me to write something for his students about my life-long commitment to physical exercise. So here’s my attempt.

First, a disclaimer: Some godly people who exercise regularly and eat well drop dead at every age. And some sedentary overeaters live to be ninety. Our days are set by God, not us. You won’t live a day longer or... Continue Reading