How Does a Pastor Make Time for Evangelism?

Jonathan Parnell

Three minute video with Jeff Vanderstelt:

Jeff Vanderstelt, Ed Stetzer and Dave Harvey will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming 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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    God's Grace Through Injuries

    Jonathan Parnell

    A few weeks ago, when the Los Angeles Dodgers were visiting the Minnesota Twins, Dodger pitcher Blake Hawksworth stopped by the Desiring God office.

    Blake has gone through some injuries during his baseball career, most notably being struck by a line drive last September. In this video, he shares about how God has used these setbacks in his life:

    Watch, listen, or download God's Grace Through Injuries.

    What Is the River of History?

    Joe Rigney
    What Is the River of History?

    Edwards writes:

    God’s providence may not unfitly be compared to a large and long river, having innumerable branches beginning in different regions, and at a great distance one from another, and all conspiring to one common issue. After their very diverse and contrary courses which they hold for a while, yet all gathering more and more together the nearer they come to their common end, and all at length discharging themselves at one mouth into the same ocean.

    The different streams... Continue Reading

    Disability Helps Protect the Church from Lukewarmness

    John Knight
    Disability Helps Protect the Church from Lukewarmness

    Rarely does disability elicit an indifferent response:

    • Joni Eareckson Tada wanted to kill herself.1
    • I entirely rejected God as good, kind, merciful and purposeful.
    • Even families who fully embrace God as sovereign over all things must now deal with a new reality that raises hard questions.

    And this can be a helpful thing for a local church. God has strong feelings about being lukewarm:

    I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were... Continue Reading

    John Piper Interviews Louie Giglio (Part 2)

    Josh Etter

    In Part 2 of their conversation, John Piper and Louie Giglio talk about the connection between worship, missions and the glory of God:

    (WatchPart 1)

    Louie Giglio will join us at our upcoming2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."Register for the conference before July 29 for $145 per person (save $40).

    Watch, listen, or downloadthe interview.

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      Nine Privileges for Israel and Three Implications

      Jonathan Parnell
      Nine Privileges for Israel and Three Implications

      Pastor John lists nine privileges of Israel that Paul describes in Romans 9:4-5, followed by three implications of what they mean for us now:

      Nine Privileges

      1. They are Israelites
      2. and to them belong the adoption
      3. the glory
      4. the covenants
      5. the giving of the law
      6. the worship
      7. To them belong the patriarchs
      8. and the promises
      9. and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

      Three Implications

      1. These privileges belong fully... Continue Reading

      Sinclair Ferguson's Four Steps to Kill Sin

      Josh Etter

      From the January 2007 edition of Tabletalk:

      1. Learn to admit sin for what it really is.

      Call a spade a spade — call it 'sexual immorality,' not 'I’m being tempted a little'; call it 'impurity,' not 'I’m struggling with my thought life'; call it 'evil desire, which is idolatry,' not 'I think I need to order my priorities a bit better.'

      2. See sin for what your sin really is in God’s presence.

      'On account of these the wrath of God is coming' (Col. 3:6). The masters of... Continue Reading

      Christ Died to Sin and Lives to God

      John Piper
      Christ Died to Sin and Lives to God

      “The death he died he died to sin, once for all,
      but the life he lives he lives to God”
      (Romans 6:10).

      How are sin and God coordinate in this text? Died to sin. Lives to God.

      Sin causes death;
      God causes life.

      Sin is the sting of death—gives death its eternal horror;
      God is the spring of life—gives life it eternal glory.

      Christ's death was infinitely effective in nullifying the miseries of sin;
      Christ's life is infinitely effective in confirming the ecstasies of God.

      ... Continue Reading

      Ready for Work This Week?

      Josh Etter
      Ready for Work This Week?

      John Calvin:

      It is an error to think that those who flee worldly affairs and engage in contemplation are leading an angelic life. . . We know that men were created to busy themselves with labor and that no sacrifice is more pleasing to God than when each one attends to his calling and studies well to live for the common good (Calvin's Commentaries, Luke 10:38).

      Martin Luther:

      A cobbler, a smith, a farmer, each has the work and office of his trade, and yet they are all alike... Continue Reading