Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger

John Piper
Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger

Children, including teenagers, should treat their parents with respect (Ephesians 6:2). But it cuts both ways. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). Of course children can get angry for no good reason. But the point is: Don’t give them a good reason. That would include things like treating them rudely in front of others. C. S. Lewis gives good counsel:

We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster... Continue Reading

Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Josh Etter
Five Ways to Make God Known at Work

Pastor John from 1988:

I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ suffers.

1. The excellence of the products or services you render in your job shows the excellence and greatness of God.

2. The standards of integrity you follow at your job show the integrity and holiness of God.

3. The love you show to people in your job shows the love... Continue Reading

There is a Global Gladness to Be Had

John Piper
There is a Global Gladness to Be Had

I assume you are like me. I know (in my head) that my joy enlarges with significant engagement in world missions. But I drift away from this engagement and this joy. It takes a biography or a message or a video or an article or a conference to wake me up to the drift.

We would like to do that for you in Septemberat our National Conference, as so many have done it for us — wake you up to Global Gladness.

One of the reasons the universe is as large as it is, is not that... Continue Reading

An Elder Qualification We Often Forget

Jonathan Parnell

What are the qualifications for elders in the New Testament? Chances are hospitality doesn't make our quick list, though it's listed in both 1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8.

In this two minute video, Jeff Vanderstelt, a pastor at Soma Communities, explains how his church takes this qualification seriously when they're assessing elders:

Jeff Vanderstelt, Ed Stetzer and Dave Harvey will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission:... Continue Reading

Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Josh Etter
Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership

Pastor John from 1981:

There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.

1. Humility

First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me." Joab was a mighty warrior, but not so foolish as to think himself wholly self-sufficient. "Abishai, my brother, I might be inadequate for the task today." And he was not ashamed to ask for help. Humility willingly acknowledges... Continue Reading

There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story

Jon Bloom
There’s Staggering Glory in Your Story

Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).

The story behind your existence is wilder than any story humans have imagined. Have you ever thought about it?

Statistically speaking, you should not exist. How unlikely was it that your parents ever met? And even when they came together you were just an argument or headache or television show or phone call... Continue Reading

How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering

Jonathan Parnell
How to See God's Hand in Your Suffering

John Flavel, in 1678,instructs readers to see God as the author of all circumstances in life, including suffering:

Set before you the sovereignty of God. Eye Him as the Being infinitely superior to you, at whose pleasure you and all your have subsist (Psalm 115:3), which is the most conclusive reason and argument for submission (Psalm 46:10). For if we, all we have proceeded from His will, how right is it that we be resigned up to it!

Set the grace and goodness of God... Continue Reading

The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

John Piper
The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea

For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has done to the soul of North Korea.

I am calling you to pray for this nation, and I am planting antibodies in your bloodstream against the next wave of interest in the Communist dream, which for North Korea has been a nightmare.

The magnificent prayer... Continue Reading

Pastors, What Kind of Legacy Do You Hope to Leave?

Jonathan Parnell

There are several aspects to biblical preaching and each preacher is more inclined to one than another. As you continue to learn and be balanced by the strengths of other pastors, what is the heart of your preaching ministry that you hope to leave with the next generation?

In this video, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, and John Piper conclude that the most important legacy to leave is utter devotion to the Bible:

Watch the video at The Gospel Coalition.

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Other... Continue Reading

Between a Rabbi and Two Imams

Paul Tripp
Between a Rabbi and Two Imams

It was a wonderful opportunity. I was asked to participate in an open discussion about death and dying from a patient’s perspective. The event was held at a local medical college. It was the first ministry situation I had ever been in where I had sat between a rabbi and two imams. My Jewish and Islamic colleagues were all very warm and articulate, but I had an unfair advantage. My advantage had nothing to do with my gifts, ministry experience or skill. My advantage was simply... Continue Reading