Eternal and Temporal Goals of the Gospel

John Piper
Eternal and Temporal Goals of the Gospel

J. C. Ryle quoted Whitefield about the social effects of the gospel:

The gospel keeps many a person from going to jail and from being hanged, if it does not keep him from hell (Thoughts For Young Men, Kindle edition, locations 632-633).

True.

But what needs to be stressed today, especially for young preachers is this: Yes, but as soon as the gospel is preached mainly for these temporal ends it will lose even that power.

Only by keeping the eternal goal of the Gospel... Continue Reading

Pastors, Be Men of God

Josh Etter
Pastors, Be Men of God

Pastor John from 1988:

Our people need a God-besotted man. Even if they criticize the fact that you are not available at the dinner on Saturday night because you must be with God, they need at least one man in their life who is radically and totally focused on God and the pursuit of the knowledge of God, and the ministry of the word of God.

How many people in your churches do you know that are laboring to know God, who are striving earnestly in study and prayer to enlarge their vision... Continue Reading

Hurting People Need to Know the Character of God

John Knight
Hurting People Need to Know the Character of God

During a recent interview, Pastor John pointed out that most people recoil at the thought of God’s sovereignty over things like making babies who are born blind, or ordaining deadly diseases. He asked me why the healing accounts that demonstrate God’s sovereignty over disability are such good news to me.

I’ve thought quite a bit since he asked that question, and I believe my first response to him was incomplete. So, here’s my second attempt at an answer.

Why... Continue Reading

It’s Now or Never: Love Your Enemies

John Piper
It’s Now or Never: Love Your Enemies

I have heard preachers say, the only thing we do on this earth that we won’t do in the age to come, is witness to unbelievers. So be about it. This is your only chance. It’s now or never.

Well, it is now or never. And we should be about it. The point is well made.

But there is another now-or-never.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). He clearly loved his enemies: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). And God loved his: “While we... Continue Reading

Are Fairy Tales Just for Children?

Joe Rigney
Are Fairy Tales Just for Children?

The central thrust of this recurring column is that learning to live like a Narnian is something worth pursuing. Indeed, I want to commend it as a crucial component of Christian discipleship. In other words, I want to make a case for Narnian discipleship, not merely as a coincidental byproduct of reading the Narnian stories, but as one of Lewis’s (and God’s!) chief goals in the Narniad itself.

Beware of Two Traps

But our tendency is to fall into one of two traps. Either we... Continue Reading

Correct Thinking About Jesus' Commands Is Not Obedience to Them

Jonathan Parnell
Correct Thinking About Jesus' Commands Is Not Obedience to Them

In the Introduction to Pastor John's 1979 monograph, Love Your Enemies, he confesses his concern about the hard work of academic reading. He writes:

Every scholarly work on the New Testament is preponderantly an intellectual exercise. The work of thinking which the production of a book like this demands from the author is demanded also from its reader. But because of the nature of the reality with which this work has to do, the necessary ... Continue Reading

Serve and Respect the Elder Saints

Josh Etter
Serve and Respect the Elder Saints

Charles Spurgeon writes:

Some are like the sun going down in the west; they will be gone soon. Serve them, dear brethren. You that are in health and vigour, comfort them, strengthen them, and help them all you can. Be a joy to that dear old man, who has been spared to you even beyond the allotted threescore years and ten, and praise God for the grace that has upheld him through his long pilgrimage. Look on his grey hairs as a crown of glory; make his descent to the grave... Continue Reading

I Cry to You and You Do Not Answer Me

Jon Bloom
I Cry to You and You Do Not Answer Me

I cry to you for help and you do not answer me; I stand, and you only look at me. You have turned cruel to me (Job 30:20-21).

These words came out of the mouth of the man God considered the most blameless and upright on earth at the time (Job 1:8).

Thank you, God, for these words! Thank you that the Bible is so guileless. It says it like it is, and sometimes just what it feels like. Most of its heroes are unvarnished and clay-footed. Sometimes they wonder if you’re... Continue Reading