Missions and Missional: Embracing Both for the Glory of God

Ed Stetzer
Missions and Missional: Embracing Both for the Glory of God

“Missions” and “missional” are separate terms that push different, but complementary, theological issues. Here I would like to show how and why we must embrace the biblical connection between both as the people of God.

The missional conversation has been a refocusing on the fact that mission originates in God, for God is by nature a sender. The Father sent the Son, the Father and Son send the Holy Spirit, and Jesus sends the church into the world... Continue Reading

Are You Controlled By the Future?

Josh Etter
Are You Controlled By the Future?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones:

'Take no thought for the morrow,' means 'Do not be guilty of anxious thoughts about the morrow'. It does not mean that you do not take any thought at all, otherwise the farmer would not plough and harrow and sow. He is looking to the future, but he does not spend the whole of his time wondering and worrying about the end results of his work. No, he takes reasonable thought and then he leaves it.

Here again the whole question is where to draw the line.... Continue Reading

What About When the Hurt Comes from Your Church?

John Knight
What About When the Hurt Comes from Your Church?

This is a plea to parents of children with disabilities — if you are in a faithful, Bible-saturated church, hang in there with them while they figure things out. Even when they don’t “get it.” Even when they hurt you. Joy will come.

Weariness and Wariness

There is a peculiar intensity to experiencing disability in this culture. My wife remarked just last week, “you would think I would be used to all the stares by now. I’m not.” The weariness and wariness that... Continue Reading

J. C. Ryle, Holiness, and Bible Density

John Piper
J. C. Ryle, Holiness, and Bible Density

I am immersed in J. C. Ryle because I plan to give a biographical study of his life and thought at the Desiring God pastors’ conference next January. He was a 19th century, evangelical, Anglican bishop of Liverpool. One thing that gives him power as a writer is the density of biblical saturation.

Human opinions don’t get very far with me without explicit Bible foundation. So I like Ryle. He doesn’t take many steps without a Bible stone underneath his foot. I am riveted.... Continue Reading

Five Reasons to Memorize Scripture

Jonathan Parnell
Five Reasons to Memorize Scripture

Earlier this year at Passion in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John spoke to a group of young leaders about the value of Scripture memorization. He gives five reasons why it matters:

  1. Conformity to Christ
  2. Comfort for yourself and others
  3. Conflict with sin
  4. Communicating the gospel
  5. Communion with God

Stream or download the message.

The Bible Is Infinitely Valuable

John Piper

It was a high privilege to speak at a banquet last July celebrating the400th anniversary of the King James Version and the 10th anniversary of the English Standard Version. I called the talk “The Infinite Worth of the Word of God.”

If you listen what you will hear are four things:

  1. A vision of the meaning of Truth.
  2. The historical connections between theKJV, ASV,RSV, andESV.
  3. My huge admiration of and appreciation for William Tyndale and his impact on all of us 475 years after... Continue Reading

To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Joe Rigney
To See the World As It Really Is: C. S. Lewis on Education

Having examined the form of education that Lewis rejects, we turn now to a brief summation of his own view. The following tenets are not the whole of Lewis’s educational paradigm, but instead form some of the nonnegotiables that Lewis felt were under particular attack in his day.

The Tao

Genuine education embraces the Tao. For Lewis, the Tao appears to be a combination of the absoluteness of reality and the human way of life that conforms to this... Continue Reading

The Logic of Fearlessness

John Piper
The Logic of Fearlessness

Paul told the Philippians that living worthy of the gospel of Christ meant fearlessness before enemies.

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ . . . not frightened in anything by your opponents (Philippians 1:27-28).

Then he gave the logic of fearlessness.

For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake (Philippians 1:29).

The logic is this:

God has given you two gifts, not just one:... Continue Reading

Train the Untrained to Reach the Unreached

Darren Carlson

Why take the time train people to be faithful teachers of Scripture when untold millions are going to hell? That is a helpful question for me to wrestle through as I spend a good deal of my time training international pastors and church leaders.

When most people recount the Great Commission, they usually say something to the effect of, “We must go to all the nations and share the gospel.” To that I say amen! But then something strange happens — we stop. So what... Continue Reading

Has Jesus Been Worth It?

Jon Bloom
Has Jesus Been Worth It?

Beneath intellectual objections to Jesus’ claims are often deep-seated fears. Imagine a conversation between Paul and “Jonathan,” a friend from Paul’s pre-Christian days who visits him in Felix’s Caesarean prison.


Jonathan was escorted into the dingy cell where his old friend looked up at him from a small table covered in parchments. The closed air smelled of mold. Jonathan tried not to look shocked.

Paul looked puzzled for a moment and then his eyes went wide with... Continue Reading