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.

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Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 1)

John Piper

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Glen Bloomstrom, the Campus Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Leadership Development at Bethlehem College and Seminary, asked me to write something for his students about my life-long commitment to physical exercise. So here’s my attempt.

First, a disclaimer: Some godly people who exercise regularly and eat well drop dead at every age. And some sedentary overeaters live to be ninety. Our days are set by God,…

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How Is the Cross of Jesus Your Joy?

Josh Etter

John Piper from 1995:

Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?

And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work into a boost for self-esteem? Or are you drawn up out of yourself and filled with wonder…

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