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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Pleasure Is the Measure of Your Treasure

Jon Bloom

No one puts it as bluntly as Blaise Pascal in his Pensées:

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of…

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What the World Needs to Be Told

Jonathan Parnell

Charles Spurgeon:

Of all I would wish to say this is the sum; my brethren, preach Christ, always and evermore. He is the whole gospel. His person, offices, and work must be our one great, all-comprehending theme.

The world needs to be told of its Saviour, and of the way to reach him. Justification by faith should be far more than it is the daily testimony of Protestant pulpits;…

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"Because the Issue of Race Doesn't Go Away"

Jonathan Parnell

Two-minute video from John Piper on why he wrote Bloodlines

. . . I've come to the conclusion that for all the good things that could be done, the gospel has in it not only the keys to reconciliation, but also the keys to all the sins that keep us from pursuing reconciliation. It's really important that we tackle this continually. I have resolved that this is an issue…

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Five Lectures from John Piper on World Evangelism

Jonathan Parnell

Matthew 24:12-14 gives us the juxtaposition of two surprising things:

  1. the love of many will grow cold (v. 12),
  2. and the gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all peoples (v. 14).

The end of the age will be a giant glacier of lovelessness, but the gospel will also advance. This implies that someone's love hasn't grown cold. Someone is taking the gospel to the unengaged and unreached. There…

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The Three Ways of Grace (Part 1)

Paul Tripp

Grace enters your life in three powerful forms. These aspects of God’s grace really do have the power to undo you and rebuild you once again. I will look at one in this post and the other two in a post to follow.

The Grace of Forgiveness

Perhaps it will take an eternity for us to understand the extent of the grace we have been given, and the significance of…

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Bloodlines Documentary Trailer

Josh Etter

Pastor John's newest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, is now available. Earlier this year Crossway traveled with Pastor John to his hometown of Greenville, SC to revisit the world in which he grew up.

Here's a two-minute trailer for the 18-minute documentary that will be released in a few weeks:



Get a free download of the Introduction [PDF]. You can order the book online, or call…

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Children Are a Blessing from God — All Children

John Knight

Burdensome. Sad. Relentless. Hopeless.

These words are attached to disability. And often they are used to "justify" aborting babies with disabilities.

The perceived low quality of life of the child and the unknown-but-assumed hardships that would be placed on the rest of the family are frequently written and talked about. For example:

Many studies show the vast majority of patients abort fetuses after prenatal tests reveal genetic conditions like Down…

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Confession of Sin Endears Christ to the Soul

Jonathan Parnell

Thomas Watson:

Confession of sin endears Christ to the soul. If I say I am a sinner, how precious will Christ's blood be to me! After Paul has confessed a body of sin, he breaks forth into a gratulatory triumph for Christ: "I thank God through Jesus Christ" (Romans 7:25).

If a debtor confesses a judgment but the creditor will not exact the debt, instead appointing his own son to…

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One Thing the 9/11 Terrorists Got Right

John Piper

The 9/11 terrorists were governed by what they believed about their future. That’s the way it should be. But if the future you envision is wrong, you will be shocked when you die.

The terrorists believed that the instant they died as murderers of infidels “the women of paradise would be waiting.” Here’s an excerpt from one of their notebooks:

Purify your heart and clean it from all earthly matters.…

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