How to Think About Your Conscience
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)
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.
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
Listen to Sinclair Ferguson's Lecture on the Puritans
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
Pastors, How to Recognize a Wolf-In-The-Making
Pastor John from 1989:
Let me just mention one feature to watch out for in the recognition of wolves. As I have watched the movement from biblical faithfulness to liberalism in persons and institutions that I have known over the years, this feature stands out: An emotional disenchantment with faithfulness to what is old and fixed, and an emotional preoccupation with what is new or fashionable or relevant in the eyes of the world.
Let's try to say it another way:... Continue Reading
Humility and Conviction in Biblical Authority
In this video, John Piper, Tim Keller, and D. A. Carson discuss uncertainty, humility, and conviction as they relate to our use of the Bible.
Watch the video at The Gospel Coalition.
See Pastor John's recent post, The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers.
Narnia Helps Us Live Better Here
Many Christian readers, upon discovering additional layers of meaning in the Narnian stories, immediately jump to the conclusion that the Chronicles are allegories. These same readers would be surprised to learn that C. S. Lewis denied multiple times that the stories are allegories.
The Narnian Stories Are Not Allegories
But it is not, as some people think, an allegory (“Letter to Sophia Storr,” in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, vol 3, 1113).
You are mistaken when you... Continue Reading
When Orthodox Christology Is Unprofitable
John Owen writes:
Men profess to know the truth; but they know it not in its proper order, in its harmony in use. It leads them not to Christ, and brings not Christ unto them; and so is lifeless and useless. Hence, oft-times, none are more estranged from the life of God than such as have much notional knowledge of the doctrines of Scripture.For they are all of them useless, and subject to be abused, if they are not improved to form Christ in the soul, and transform... Continue Reading