"Bring the Books With" — A New Recommended List

David Mathis

As you head back to school, or out to visit a friend or family member—or perhaps as you leave the National Conference in Minneapolis—take a cue from the apostle Paul and bring some good books with (which is a quintessentially Minnesotan way of saying it).

The Time Is Short

In 2 Timothy, the grizzled gospel-carrier knows he’s nearing the end of his days on earth. “The time of my departure…

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A Nationless Man for All Nations

Jon Bloom

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:11-12)

God is such a genius.

This, obviously, is a candidate for understatement of all-time. But everywhere I look in the Bible and see how God engineered redemptive history, that’s what I think. I am…

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Jerry Rankin on the Great Commission

Jonathan Parnell

The Great Commission was not an afterthought for Jesus. It is a mandate that reflects the heart and mission of God from before the foundations of the world.

In this 16-minute episode of Theology Refresh, Jerry Rankin discusses unreached and unengaged peoples, the dynamics of mission strategy, and international church planting. His aim is to encourage pastors and local churches to be involved in global outreach.

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Nigeria: Corruption, Church Growth and Discipleship

John Piper

On September 20-22, readers of Operation World are praying for Nigeria. Among the matters for prayer is the plague of corruption. “The scale of corruption in Nigeria is staggering,” write the authors (643).

What is the price of this corruption?

“The impact of corruption on Nigeria is devastating and crippling.

  • It pulls others into the grasping free-for-all,
  • it undermines those who attempt good governance,
  • it inspires the imposition of shari’a,
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Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 2)

Jonathan Parnell

How does personal holiness relate to the assurance of salvation? How does godliness happen? What are the dynamics of our effort?

These are the issues considered in the second part of the discussion between John Piper and Kevin DeYoung:

Check out Part 1 and stream or download this interview (Part 2).

Some related resources:

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How Do I Love Reformed Theology?

John Piper

I am a lover of the Reformed faith — the legacy of the protestant Reformation expressed broadly in the writings of John Calvin and John Owen and Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards, and contemporaries like R. C. Sproul and J. I. Packer and John Frame.

I speak of love for this legacy the way I speak of loving a cherished photo of my wife. I say, “I love that picture.”…

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Three Things Jesus Prays for Us

Jonathan Parnell

Thomas Watson:

When a Christian is weak, and can hardly pray for himself, Jesus Christ is praying for him; and he pray for three things.

First, that the saints may be kept from sin (John 17:15). "I pray that thou shouldest keep them from evil." We live in the world as in a pest-house; Christ prays that his saints may not be infected with the contagious evil of…

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Don't Let Your Cause Eclipse God's Glory

John Knight

I love the theme of our National Conference this year — Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples. It begins this Friday and I can hardly wait.

You would probably say my exicitement is obvious. This is an amazing subject and at the heart of Christ's supremacy. But there is another reason why I'm glad. This conference evidences God's kindness in changing my heart.

Here's what I mean:…

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Kevin DeYoung and John Piper Discuss the Pursuit of Holiness (Part 1)

Jonathan Parnell

(See Part 2 of the interview)

John Piper and Kevin DeYoung recently sat down to discuss how faith in the gospel applies to personal holiness:

This two-part conversation anticipates Kevin's forthcoming book, The Hole in Our Holiness, and is related to a latest Theology Refresh with Pastor John on the subject of the gospel and sanctification.

Stream or download the interview.

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