John Piper Interviews David Platt

Josh Etter

On June 14 at the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Pastor John sat down with David Platt for a 20 minute conversation about local discipleship, world missions and the Bible:

We're excited to have David join us at our2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Friendly reminder that if you are planning on attending the conference toregister before July 29 for the early-bird rate of $145 per person (save $40).

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C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Joe Rigney
C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Part of my goal in writing these posts is to commend the Narnian stories as a component of Christian discipleship. In doing so, I’m not merely contending that we can read them profitably as Christians, but that C. S. Lewis intended these stories to inculcate Christian values, habits, and truth.

We’ve already seen that he intended these stories to “steal past the watchful dragons” that hindered true affections for God and Christ and that he believed that fairy stories... Continue Reading

How Do I Think About Tweeting? — A Response to John Mayer

John Piper
How Do I Think About Tweeting? — A Response to John Mayer

I began tweeting in 2009, and explained why in a blog post. Now, two years into it, do I think it’s a good idea?

Let me answer that by responding to a confession by musician, singer-songwriter, John Mayer. A few weeks ago at Berklee College of Music he confessed his debilitating addiction to Twitter.

The tweets are getting shorter, but the songs are still 4 minutes long. You’re coming up with 140-character zingers, and the song is still 4 minutes long. .... Continue Reading

What Will It Mean to Live for Christ This Week?

Josh Etter
What Will It Mean to Live for Christ This Week?

Pastor John from December 28, 1981:

“For me to live is Christ!”But very specifically that must mean: “For me to live is Christ’s mission.”“As the Father has sent me,” Jesus said, “so send I you.”

In 1982 my life must be Christ, and that means, “Christ for others.” If I am not Christ for others, I am not Christ at all. If I can really say, “It is not I who lives, but Christ who lives in me,” then I must live for others. There is only one kind of Christ who lives,... Continue Reading

The Inevitability of “Gendercide” and Its Other Deadly Effects

John Piper
The Inevitability of “Gendercide” and Its Other Deadly Effects

163,000,000 unborn baby girls have been killed in Asia over the last three decades. That’s more than the entire female population of the United States.

Aside from the mounting up of blood-guilt, and the treasonous shredding of God’s image, the result is a dangerously imbalanced population. “Normally, about 105 boys are born for every 100 girls. The ratio in India is 112 to 100, in China 121 to 100, with some Chinese cities reaching 150 to 100” (... Continue Reading

How Can You Identify a Woman Who Fears the Lord?

Josh Etter
How Can You Identify a Woman Who Fears the Lord?

Pastor John from 1981:

First, a woman who fears the Lord is not anxious about the future. Look at verse 25. I love this line, and I praise all you women who are like this: "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." Satan dangles in front of her the specter of tomorrow's troubles, but she glances up at the almighty God at her right hand (her magnificent German Shepherd!) and laughs at Satan's folly.

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The Mosque on the Mount

Jon Bloom
The Mosque on the Mount

On the ancient temple mount in Jerusalem there stands a mosque.

Observant Jews see a profaning of their most holy place and plead with YHWH to remove their disgrace. Observant Muslims see Allah’s favor, a sign that the true religion sits in ascendency.

The world sees a centuries-old religious/political drama being played out on the edge of a knife, with diplomats delicately working like a bomb squad to avoid an explosion.

But most miss the real significance of the mosque on the mount.

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Lust: Not for Men Only

Carolyn McCulley

We're well into the heat of summer now, and that means many churches across the American landscape have, at some point, reiterated the modesty message for thegood church ladies everywhere.

Wait. I can actually see that eyeroll of yours even from here. But, friends, don't click away just yet. Because I am going to go where large swaths of American church culture need to go on this topic … but often don't.

I'm talking about lust. And women.

For the past eight years, I've had the privilege... Continue Reading

How to Help Your Boys Become Christian Men

Josh Etter

Vern Poythress shares about how he and his wife thought about training their boys to become Christian men:

When does a boy become a man in [American culture]? When he gets a driver's license? When he graduates from high school? When he moves away from his parents? When he can vote? When he gets his first full-time job? When he is 21? When he gets married? When he owns his own home?

No one can say. There is no clear point of transition. There is no one "rite of... Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Serve God?

John Piper
What Does It Mean to Serve God?

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). What does that mean?

  • It means to do what he says in a way that makes him look supremely valuable in himself.
  • It means to submit to him in a way that makes him look thrilling.

There are ways to submit to God that only make him look threatening, not thrilling. There are ways to do what he says that only call attention to the fact that he is an authority not a treasure.

That kind of service is not the service God... Continue Reading