Who Is Quirinius Anyway?

Jonathan Parnell

Luke 2:1–2,

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. . . .

The Lord — holy, sovereign, utterly independent — became incarnate in the person of Jesus. . . when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

So, who is Quirinius? That he was governor of Syria is obvious enough. But…

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Like a Grain of Mustard Seed: The Chinese Church Today

Tyler Kenney

Both BBC News and Aljazeera have written recently about the tremendous growth and increasing influence of the evangelical church in China. The news is no surprise, especially to those who have been observing and writing about it for a while; but the fact that it is making headlines internationally is a good reminder to the global church of our ongoing need to know the welfare of our own Body.


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A Call to Men to Take Responsibility

Josh Etter

Pastor John, from Genesis 2:

This is a call to stoop down and to take the responsibility to be a leader—a servant leader in the various ways that are appropriate to every different relationship to women. It's a call to us men,

  • that we should take the risk of getting egg on our faces;
  • that we should pray like we've never prayed for help in this tremendous responsibility;
  • that we…
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    Cling to Jesus with Childlike Confidence

    Josh Etter

    Charles Spurgeon:

    The child, in danger of the fire, just clings to the fireman, and trusts to him alone. She raises no question about the strength of his limbs to carry her, or the zeal of his heart to rescue her; but she clings. The heat is terrible, the smoke is blinding, but she clings; and her deliverer quickly bears her to safety. In the same childlike confidence cling to…

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    John Piper on Race, Cross, and the Christian

    Jonathan Parnell

    John Piper recently gathered with a group of urban pastors and church leaders in Minneapolis to speak on his newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.

    Partnering with Here's Life Inner City, the event was hosted by Pastor Billy Russell and Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Russell opened up the evening by sharing a little about his story on the "other side of racism." Pastor John's…

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    J. C. Ryle on the Power of Prayer

    Josh Etter

    From Prayer

    Nothing seems to be too great, too hard, or too difficult for prayer to do. It has obtained things that seemed impossible and out of reach. It has won victories over fire, air, earth, and water.

    Prayer opened the Red Sea. Prayer brought water from the rock and bread from heaven. Prayer made the sun stand still. Prayer brought fire from the sky on Elijah's sacrifice. Prayer…

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    The Great Ministry Killer

    John Piper

    Money is a great ministry killer. Look at what happened to Israel’s spiritual leaders from top to bottom.

    The heads of Jacob give judgment for a bribe;
    its priests teach for a price;
    its prophets practice divination for money;
    yet they lean on the Lord and say,
    “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? (Micah 3:11)

    And what is so shocking — and relevant — is that they…

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    A Culture of Hope for the Men of the Church

    Jonathan Parnell

    Darrin Patrick, pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis and author of Church Planter, will join us at our 2012 Conference for Pastors January 30 to February 1.

    Scott Anderson, executive director of Desiring God, interviewed Darrin on Church Planter last year when the book was released. In this clip from the interview Darrin talks about the societal epidemic of ban ("not a boy, not man, somewhere in…

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    Happy Birthday, Clive

    David Mathis

    Born this day in 1898 was one Clive Staples Lewis. His friends called him Jack. We know him as C. S. Lewis. He died just shy of 65 years old on November 22, 1963, the same day as John F. Kennedy's assassination.

    And what treasures did Jack pen in his lifetime, among them the Narnia series and many even more significant.

    John Piper paid tribute to Lewis in his biographical…

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    Test Yourself: Are You Lukewarm?

    Josh Etter

    Pastor John:

    The essence of lukewarmness is the statement, "I need nothing." The lukewarm are spiritually self-satisfied. To find out whether you are among that number, don't look into your head to see if you think that you are needy; rather, look at your prayer life. It doesn't matter what we think in our head, the test of whether we are in bondage to spiritual self-satisfaction is how earnest and…

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