Living for the Joy of All Peoples — Wherever You Live

David Platt
Living for the Joy of All Peoples — Wherever You Live

One important question that I've been asked is why I — with a passion for the unreached and unengaged peoples of the earth — serve as a pastor in Birmingham, Alabama, one of the most churched cities in America. It's a great question and one that often perplexes me. Here are three conclusions that I have come to in my own personal wrestling with this question.

God Called Me to Birmingham

First and foremost, I am a pastor in Birmingham because I believe this... Continue Reading

Should You Support Campus Crusade Staff Now That the Name Is Changing?

John Piper
Should You Support Campus Crusade Staff Now That the Name Is Changing?

Since Campus Crusade for Christ announced (and explained) that it will change its name to Cru, some donors have withdrawn support from Crusade staff. I am writing to say: That’s not a good reason to withdraw your support.

Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Glenn Beck ridiculed the change as he wadded up the report and threw it away. His entire focus was to attack the wimpy people who avoid using the name Christ for fear of giving offense.... Continue Reading

Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church

John Knight
Our Weakness and God's Strength: Disability Ministry in the Local Church

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men (1 Corinthians 1:25).

If you have or are considering a disability ministry at your church, Paul’s exhortation to remember God’s infinite capacities compared to our puny capacities should provide hope.

We simply do not have the ability to deal with the entire scope that is represented by disability in God’s human creation:

Entertainment-Oriented Preachers vs Bible-Oriented Preachers

Josh Etter
Entertainment-Oriented Preachers vs Bible-Oriented Preachers

Pastor John from 2008:

The difference between an entertainment-oriented preacher and a Bible-oriented preacher is the manifest connection of the preacher’s words to the Bible as what authorizes what he says.

The entertainment-oriented preacher seems to be at ease talking about many things that are not drawn out of the Bible. In his message, he seems to enjoy more talking about other things than what the Bible teaches. His words seem to have a... Continue Reading

Why Does the Truth of Hell Rise to Watershed Significance?

John Piper
Why Does the Truth of Hell Rise to Watershed Significance?

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!” (Revelation 15:3).

My eyes flow with rivers of tears
because of the destruction of the daughter of my people” (Lamentations 3:48).

If God is not bound to save anyone from hell, he is not bound to save anyone from suffering.

If God would be just to sentence all of us to hell because... Continue Reading

How Do We Know If We Love Christ?

Josh Etter
How Do We Know If We Love Christ?

J. C. Ryle writes:

  1. If we love a person, we like to think about him. We do not need to be reminded of him. We do not forget his name or his appearance or his character or his opinions or his tastes or his position or his occupation... Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ!
  2. If we love a person, we like to hear about him. We find a pleasure in listening to those who speak of him. We feel an interest in any report which others make of him... Well, it is just... Continue Reading

Let Jesus Argue With Your Soul About Being Anxious

John Piper
Let Jesus Argue With Your Soul About Being Anxious

We should be slow to treat Jesus as if he doesn’t know what he is doing. He is not naïve in the way he deals with our anxiety. In Matthew 6:25-34 he tells us three times not to be anxious (vv. 25, 31, 34) and gives us eight reasons not to be anxious.

Evidently he thinks this will help. So don’t call it simplistic. Call it grace. Believe him. Take every reason and preach it to your soul as true. Say,

Soul, this is true. Jesus Christ says so. Trust him. He... Continue Reading

When Is the Right Time to Plant a Church?

Jonathan Parnell

Two minute video with Dave Harvey:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference,"Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Watch the video with Jeff on how pastors can make time for evangelism.

Register for the conference before Sunday midnight (CDT) for the early-bird rate of $145 per person (save $40).

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    I Wish I Had a Child Like You

    Jon Bloom
    I Wish I Had a Child Like You

    As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27-28)

    Whatever this woman meant when she shouted this out, it’s clear that she thought Mary had a sweet deal. You can almost hear in her words, “I wish I had a child like you!”

    What, do you suppose, was behind her cry?

    Maybe she had agonized... Continue Reading

    John Stott, The Expositor, Sent at a Crucial Point in My Life

    John Piper
    John Stott, The Expositor, Sent at a Crucial Point in My Life

    In 1982 John Stott chastised himself for his 1966 book Men Made New. It was an exposition of Romans 5 through 8. I read it in 1967 while coming alive to the glories of exposition. He agreed with a critical letter: “Your book is like a house without windows,” meaning it had no illustrations (Between Two Worlds, 240).

    My response to that was, and is: Men Made New did not need windows. It was all window.

    I was waking up from the soporific effects of... Continue Reading