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

    Don’t Complicate the "Missionary Call"

    David Sitton
    Don’t Complicate the "Missionary Call"

    I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is always determined by an open Bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

    I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled... Continue Reading

    An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

    Jonathan Parnell
    An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

    Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes to preachers:

    Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with the text. I would make an absolute law of this — always obey such impulse.

    Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit; it is a part of the meaning of, 'Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to... Continue Reading

    How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?

    John Piper
    How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?

    Quoting Psalm 2, the early church in Acts 4 prays in a way that shows how the rage and plotting of God’s enemies are in vain.

    Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed (Acts 4:25-26).

    The point of that citation from Psalm 2 is that the rage and the plotting of Christ’s enemies is in vain.

    Why? The next sentence begins with “For.” So the... Continue Reading