The Story Behind Our Persian Translations

Tyler Kenney

It is illegal to own a satellite dish in Iran, because, according to the government, the Western channels available exist only to undermine Islam and the Iranian people (see the BBC report). But despite the law many Iranians still covertly install the devices and watch. It was through satellite programming in Iran, in fact, that our friend Hovik met his wife.

Hovik, whose real name we must withhold for…

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The Life-Changing Discovery of Christian Hedonism

Sam Storms

There was a time when I thought the verb “enjoy” and the noun “God” should never be used in the same sentence. I could understand “fearing” God and “obeying” God, even “loving” God. But “enjoying” God struck me as inconsistent with the biblical mandate both to glorify God, on the one hand, and deny myself, on the other. How could I be committed above all else to seeking God’s glory…

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Helping You Sing “Hallelujah” with True Exuberance

John Piper

The English word “hallelujah” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words, "hallelu" and "jah". The first word, "hallelu", is the second person imperative of “praise.” The second word, "jah," is the short form of "Jahweh" (or "Yahweh").

So when we say, “Hallelujah!” we are exhorting others (people and angels) to join us in praising Yahweh.

What gives a punch to my singing, “Hallelujah,” is that Jah (= Yahweh) is not…

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Leaders, Articulate Your Vision (Again)

Jonathan Parnell

Vision, no matter how clear, tends to rust over time. We need to hear it again and again.

In this two-minute video, John Piper exhorts Christian leaders to find creative, fresh, Spirit-anointed ways to reiterate the goal and direction of their leadership:

More resources on spiritual leadership from John Piper:

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Justin Taylor on the Sanctity of Human Life

Jonathan Parnell

Theology is never static. It's not a box of propositions we store in the garage, pushed out of sight from the ebb and flow of our everyday. It's meant to change us. God has spoken and the world is not the same — how we see, how we live, the things we care about.

And this is why abortion matters.

In this episode of Theology Refresh, Justin Taylor discusses the…

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The Biggest Question in the Universe

Jonathan Parnell

In 1976 John Piper asked a two-part question:

  • What is God's goal in the history of mankind from its beginning at creation to its climax in the new heavens and new earth?
  • And how should we respond to this goal?

This is ultimate. We are in deep water. And yet the reasoning behind such a question is quite simple: in Jesus we are God's children and children want to know…

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Gospel-Saturated Dish-Washing and Diaper-Changing

David Mathis

In his new book,Gospel Wakefulness, Jared Wilson talks about how all of life is relevant for mission. From drinking coffee to changing diapers, from cutting the grass to washing dishes — all of life can be lived to the glory of God by those who have been awakened to the gospel of our exhaustively sovereign Savior.

He writes,

One of the attendant aims of missional evangelicalism is to…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Man?

Jonathan Parnell

Doug Wilson will speak on the subject of "father hunger" at our 2012 Conference for Pastors (Jan 30 – Feb 1). Registration is now open.

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Recent posts for the 2012 Conference for Pastors —

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Advice for Reading Theology Books Even Though You're Busy

Josh Etter

Pastor John in 1981:

Since wisdom is found in the Word of God, we must apply ourselves in study and meditation to know the Word and do it. "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." (Psalm 19:7). Therefore, we must devote ourselves to know and understand the testimonies of the Lord. And here I commend…

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