Why Love for God Is Not a Vague Feeling

Jonathan Parnell
Why Love for God Is Not a Vague Feeling

St. Augustine prays:

My love of you, O Lord, is not some vague feeling: it is positive and certain. Your word struck into my heart and from that moment I loved you. Besides this, all about me, heaven and earth and all that they contain proclaim that I should love you, and their message never ceases to sound in the ears of all mankind, so that there is no excuse for any not to love you. But, more than all this, you will show pity on those whom you pity; you will show... Continue Reading

We Destroy Arguments

Jon Bloom
We Destroy Arguments

Why is it so hard to just find some peace of mind?

Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war—a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists.

And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your head.

Here is how Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5:

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the... Continue Reading

Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

Rachel Jankovic
Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup had found a place and we were ready to go, my two-year-old turned to me and said, “Wow! You have your hands full!”

She could have just as well said, “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “Are they all yours?!”

Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you... Continue Reading

Indulge My Effusive Overflow for a Dead Friend

John Piper
Indulge My Effusive Overflow for a Dead Friend

I read Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Christ’s Agony.” Stunning. I could not stop till I was done. So penetrating. So full of wine from the crushing and wringing of these grape-texts. So many questions posed. Such answers!

It is simply amazing to me that almost all of Edwards’ published works are available online, or in multiple Kindle editions (for $.99 or $1.99, the one I have).

May God touch you as deeply as he has me—and more—as you linger in the kind of... Continue Reading

How to Think About Your Conscience

Josh Etter

J. I. Packer writes:

It is a universal experience that conscience is largely autonomous in its operation; though sometimes we can suppress or stifle it, it normally speaks independently of our will, and sometimes, indeed, contrary to our will. And when it speaks, it is in a strange way distinct from us; it stands over us, addressing us with an absoluteness of authority which we did not give it and which we cannot take from it. To personify conscience and treat it as God's... Continue Reading

John Piper Interviews Louie Giglio (Part 1)

Josh Etter

We're excited to have Louie Giglio join us at our upcoming 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."Register for the conference before July 29 for $145 per person (save $40).

A few months ago at Passion 2011 in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John sat down with Louie to talk about his life, the Passion movement, and the global vision of God's glory:

Watch, listen, or downloadthe interview.

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    Pastors, Connect the Dots Between Joy and Mission

    Jonathan Parnell
    Pastors, Connect the Dots Between Joy and Mission

    Pastor John from 1985:

    Just as God delights in his own glory by pouring it out in mercy for others to enjoy, so the chief end of man is not merely "to glorify God and enjoy him forever." Rather, this chief end is to double his joy in God by seeing it expanded and deepened as he pours it out in mercy for others to enjoy. Commenting on the Westminster Shorter Catechism ("The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.") [Dan] Fuller says,

    This is... Continue Reading

    The Church's Indispensable Members

    John Knight
    The Church's Indispensable Members

    We say, “useless!” God replies, “on the contrary — indispensable!”

    Our churches are filled with people who don’t realize how the culture has made a negative impact on their perception of disability.

    For those of us with loved ones who live with severe cognitive impairment, it can be frightening to live in an American culture that so highly values ease, transitory wealth, health, and beauty.

    Some people (generally not those who go to church) will even say out loud what many... Continue Reading