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

How Is the Cross of Jesus Your Joy?

Josh Etter
How Is the Cross of Jesus Your Joy?

John Piper from 1995:

Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?

And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work into a boost for self-esteem? Or are you drawn up out of yourself and filled with wonder and reverence and worship that here in the death of Jesus is the deepest, clearest declaration of... Continue Reading

Pleasure Is the Measure of Your Treasure

Jon Bloom
Pleasure Is the Measure of Your Treasure

No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées:

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.

There you are. Warrior, pacifist,... Continue Reading

What the World Needs to Be Told

Jonathan Parnell
What the World Needs to Be Told

Charles Spurgeon:

Of all I would wish to say this is the sum; my brethren, preach Christ, always and evermore. He is the whole gospel. His person, offices, and work must be our one great, all-comprehending theme.

The world needs to be told of its Saviour, and of the way to reach him. Justification by faith should be far more than it is the daily testimony of Protestant pulpits; and if with this master-truth there should be more generally associated the other great doctrines... Continue Reading

"Because the Issue of Race Doesn't Go Away"

Jonathan Parnell

Two-minute video from John Piper on why he wrote Bloodlines

. . . I've come to the conclusion that for all the good things that could be done, the gospel has in it not only the keys to reconciliation, but also the keys to all the sins that keep us from pursuing reconciliation. It's really important that we tackle this continually. I have resolved that this is an issue I will tackle until I'm dead. It will not go away.

Watch the trailer to the documentary by... Continue Reading

Five Lectures from John Piper on World Evangelism

Jonathan Parnell
Five Lectures from John Piper on World Evangelism

Matthew 24:12-14 gives us the juxtaposition of two surprising things:

  1. the love of many will grow cold (v. 12),
  2. and the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all peoples (v. 14).

The end of the age will be a giant glacier of lovelessness, but the gospel will also advance. This implies that someone's love hasn't grown cold. Someone is taking the gospel to the unengaged and unreached. There will be a band of someones who will finish the mission. And then the... Continue Reading

The Three Ways of Grace (Part 1)

Paul Tripp
The Three Ways of Grace (Part 1)

Grace enters your life in three powerful forms. These aspects of God’s grace really do have the power to undo you and rebuild you once again. I will look at one in this post and the other two in a post to follow.

The Grace of Forgiveness

Perhaps it will take an eternity for us to understand the extent of the grace we have been given, and the significance of the forgiveness that flows from that grace. But this much is certain, no other force in this life compares to forgiveness... Continue Reading

Bloodlines Documentary Trailer

Josh Etter

Pastor John's newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up.

Here's a two-minute trailer for the 18-minute documentary that will be released in a few weeks:



Get a free download of the Introduction [PDF]. You can order the book online, or call us at 888.346.4700 between 9:00 and 5:00 (CDT), Monday to Friday.

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