Luther on Five Actions for Struggling Believers

Jonathan Parnell
Luther on Five Actions for Struggling Believers

Jerome Weller was a theology student under Martin Luther's direct influence, living in his home and tutoring his children for nearly a decade. In July 1530, Luther wrote a letter of advice to Weller who was in the midst of a depression.

. . . Excellent Jerome, You ought to rejoice in this temptation of the devil because it is a certain sign that God is propitious and merciful to you. You say that the temptation is heavier than you can bear, and that you fear... Continue Reading

Five "Benefits" of Unforgiveness (Then the Better Way)

Paul Tripp
Five "Benefits" of Unforgiveness (Then the Better Way)

Why don’t people just forgive? That is a very good question. If forgiveness is easier and more beneficial, why isn’t it more popular? The sad reality is that there is short-term, relationally destructive power in refusing to forgive. Holding onto the other's wrongs gives us the upper hand in our relationship. We keep a record of wrongs because we are not motivated by what honors God and is best for others but by what is expedient for ourselves.

Five Dark... Continue Reading

The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers

John Piper
The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers

The authority of preaching is rooted finally in the absolute authority of God. That root passes through the infallible Word of God, the Bible. This book is the only access we have today to an infallible message from God.

Therefore authority is not intrinsic to the preacher. It is intrinsic only to God and his written word. Only the scriptures are “inspired” infallibly by God (2 Timothy 3:16). Preachers may be inspiring, but we are not inspired in this... Continue Reading

Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C. S. Lewis's Response

Joe Rigney
Three Objections to Fairy Tales and C. S. Lewis's Response

C.S. Lewis loved fairy stories. He thoroughly believed that “sometimes fairy stories say best what needs to be said” (the title of one of his essays). And, as we’ve seen, Lewis rejected the modern association of fairy tales with children. Adults can and should enjoy fairy stories.

But Lewis was aware that many regarded fairy stories as unsuitable even for children. In “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” he sets out to defend the fairy tale against... Continue Reading

A Tool for Accountability in a Pornified Culture

Jonathan Parnell

In this Gospel Coalition discussion, D. A. Carson comments about the use of Covenant Eyes for accountability in the battle against Internet pornography —

(Watch on YouTube.)

Today, 72% of kids have been exposed to pornography on the Internet. At colleges,
62% of men and 17% of women spend time onlineevery week for sex-related amusement.

Covenant Eyesprovides an accountability forum thatmonitors every website visited and rates the content. This information is... Continue Reading

Let Us Glorify God for the Greater Thing

John Knight
Let Us Glorify God for the Greater Thing

People often gave glory to God when Jesus healed their disabilities:

When Jesus healed many: And they glorified the God of Israel (Matthew 15:31).

When Jesus healed a blind man: And all the people, when they say it, gave praise to God (Luke 18:42).

It was right for them to do so! God himself was performing miracles in their presence.

But, like us, they sometimes confused things — giving greater glory for gifts they could see rather than the gifts that are eternal.

The... Continue Reading

The Gospel's Influence on the American Republic

Jonathan Parnell

The founders of the United States of America were not trying to create a Christian nation in 1776. But they did view the Christian faith as beneficial to the type of republic they hoped to form. The man who led the way in articulating this benefit was John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister and influential founder who flies under the radar of most American history classes.

Witherspoon contended that the contribution of "true religion" to the public order is... Continue Reading

Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer

John Piper
Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer

Where to pray is not the issue. But whether.

Let J. C. Ryle stir you up as he has me.

I dare not lay down too strict rules on such points as these. I leave them to your own conscience. You must be guided by circumstances.

Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed on a mountain;
Isaac prayed in the fields;
Hezekiah turned his face to the wall as he lay upon his bed;
Daniel prayed by the riverside;
Peter, the Apostle, on the housetop.

I have heard of young men praying in stables and... Continue Reading

Pastoral Ministry and Scholarship: Q&A with Don Carson and John Piper

Josh Etter

In 2009 Don Carson and John Piper presented two talks on the relationship between pastoral ministry and scholarship. These messages have now been made into a new book, The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry, edited by Owen Strachan and David Mathis.

Watch the 25 minute Q&A that followed the two talks:

Watch, listen or downloadPastor as Scholar (John Piper) and Scholar as Pastor (Don Carson).

Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)

Josh Etter
Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:

We are all expert planners, are we not? Those people [the builders of Babel’s Tower] were planners. They drew the specifications of the city. They had it all worked out. We all do that in life, do we not? You have your plans. Your future life and career are mapped out. You know what you want to do. Where does God come in? Is the plan made under God, or is it made apart from him? The one lesson of [Genesis 11] is that if you plan your... Continue Reading