John Piper on the Celebrity Factor and Pastoral Ministry
Is it hero worship or holy emulation? What are the dynamics that factor into the differences between true-hearted appreciation and unhealthy veneration?
The issue of a "celebrity" status among evangelical pastors has been the topic of some recent discussion. This…Continue Reading
When Decays of Grace Prevail
Do any of us find decays of grace prevailing in us; deadness, coldness, lukewarmness, a kind of spiritual stupidity and senselessness coming upon us? Do we find an unreadiness unto the exercise of grace in its proper season…
Jesus Died Because He Loved You
“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).
Jesus died for the church. But for Jesus the church is not an institution like Yale University or Apple or The United Way, where the corporation…Continue Reading
Jesus Died to End Abortion and Racism
Seventeen years ago I linked Martin Luther King Day with Sanctity of Life Sunday for the first time. Since then I have tried to preach a pair of sermons back to back in January — one for the glory of…Continue Reading
Dads, Consider the Impact of Availability
In his book, Never Walk Away, Crawford Loritts shares about the formidable impact his father made on his life:
To my knowledge, my father never read any articles or books on the family. He certainly didn't attend any family…
How to Glorify God in Your Decision-Making
In the fall of 1974 John Piper stepped into a classroom at Bethel College to teach New Testament as a one-year sabbatical replacement. Over the next six years he followed the calling to be a professor: teaching Greek and several…Continue Reading
Masculinity Is the Glad Assumption of Responsibility
Doug Wilson will address the topic of "father hunger" and what that means for leadership in the family and the church at our 2012 Conference for Pastors (Jan 30 - Feb 1). Registration is now open.
Recent posts for the…Continue Reading
Seven Things the Bible Says About Evil
How can we reconcile God's sweeping control over creation with the existence of such horrors as cancer, famine, genocide, sexual abuse, tsunamis, and terrorism? Voltaire sums up the issue nicely in his "Poem on the Lisbon Disaster," written after the…Continue Reading
Why Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation?
The reason God decreed that the gospel would obtain people from every tribe and people and nation is that the aim of the gospel is the glorification of his grace and this ingathering of diverse peoples into one…