The Escalating Conflict (Tuesday of Holy Week)

Justin Taylor and Andreas Köstenberger
The Escalating Conflict (Tuesday of Holy Week)

It is now Tuesday morning, March 31, A.D. 33. The disciples point to the withered fig tree that Jesus had cursed the day before. Jesus gives his disciples a simple lesson from it: have faith in God. In particular, he says, if they have undoubting faith they can throw even the mountains into the sea.

Now if the disciples had ears to hear they would recognize that Jesus is talking about more than seemingly magical powers that can curse trees and crumble mountains.... Continue Reading

Five Helps for Your Holy Week

Jonathan Parnell
Five Helps for Your Holy Week

To help you make the most of Holy Week, we’ve ventured into the archive to find five of the best Piper articles related to the Easter season.

Straight-forward and practical, these posts stand as some of the most enduring short-form content on Jesus’s death and resurrection and what it means for our lives.

1. The Overflow of Easter: A Whole Theology of Resurrection in One Chapter

John Piper walks us through 1 Corinthians 15 and uncovers the life-changing logic of the resurrection... Continue Reading

No Turning Back (Monday of Holy Week)

Justin Taylor and Andreas Köstenberger
No Turning Back (Monday of Holy Week)

The sun rises just before 6:30 A.M. in Bethany, the small village on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives, just a mile and a half east of Jerusalem. It is Monday morning, March 30, A.D. 33. Jesus of Nazareth is staying in the humble home of his friends Martha (whose anxiety-driven hospitality had received his gentle rebuke), Mary (who chose the good portion), and Lazarus (whose body would still be in the grave apart from the wonder-working of the Christ).

Just... Continue Reading

The Problem of Palm Sunday

Jonathan Parnell
The Problem of Palm Sunday

It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t.

For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks that the people spread out before Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.

The Gospel writers tell us a crowd gathered, gushing with excitement, and lined the road in front of Jesus as he slowly rode into the city. As he made his way, one step at a time by the beast of burden on... Continue Reading

When Fear Attacks

Jon Bloom
When Fear Attacks

Without exception, regardless of our situation, following Jesus requires all of us to repeatedly exercise courage, because God frequently calls us to face or do things we’re afraid of. In this, Joshua, the son of Nun, is an example for us. His call was to lead Israel in battle after battle, decade after decade, facing strong army after strong army in order to occupy the land the Lord had promised. Through the imagined reminiscence of one of Joshua’s soldiers, let’s ponder what it means to... Continue Reading

How a Man Loves a Woman

Ben Stuart
How a Man Loves a Woman

“How do I love my wife well?” Young husbands frequently ask me this question, and it is a great one to ask. They are often faced with a laundry list of good tips: prioritize date nights, lead family prayer times, organize evening devotionals, take walks together, buy her flowers, write poetry, help around the house, etc.

I have found that these lists can be extremely helpful examples or extremely tyrannizing laws. If you anxiously try to accomplish them all, the stress could steal... Continue Reading

Bible-Balance in Christian Ministry

David Crabb
Bible-Balance in Christian Ministry

You don’t hear a lot about it in seminary. It doesn’t get much discussion in pastoral theology books. But one of the more complex challenges of Christian leadership is cultivating a Bible-balanced ministry. What does it mean for a church, or a ministry, to be Bible-balanced? Why is it important?

Emphasis Matters

Many errors in the church are not ones of substance, but degree. It is possible for a pastor to lead his church poorly while teaching wonderful things. How? By... Continue Reading

Putting Golf in Its Place

David Mathis
Putting Golf in Its Place

It only takes a few bars of “Augusta” to confirm that spring is here. There is a promise of new life in the sound of the Masters theme song and the sight of electric green grass at Augusta National. The sun has risen in Georgia on the just and unjust and soon will come our way as well.

The game of golf has tied itself to the beauty of God’s created world like few other competitive pastimes. This is at the heart of the sport’s allure. With no standardized playing area, the designers... Continue Reading

Speak the Truth to Yourself

Christina Fox
Speak the Truth to Yourself

I woke up sick that morning. “I’ll never make it to the end of the day,” I muttered to myself.

My husband was due to leave town for work. “How am I going to manage the kids while feeling like this?” These thoughts traveled with me throughout the day, spawning new ones. “This is too much, I just can’t do it.” “Can’t they see that I am sick? Why can’t they listen for once?” Before I knew it, I was overwhelmed, stressed, irritable, distraught.

Talking to Ourselves

I remember teasing... Continue Reading

Until Death Do We Part — For Real

Sam Crabtree
Until Death Do We Part — For Real

If anything but death is an option for ending a marriage, then don’t say “until death” in your wedding vows. Tell the truth. Promise what is meant. Say something like “until adultery, abandonment, or abuse.” Say what you mean. God never lies (Titus 1:2) and delights in truth-telling and oath-keeping.

Whether speaking of marriage or any other subject, it comes as no surprise that God expects people to say what they mean. The immediate context of Jesus’s teaching about adultery... Continue Reading