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

"Abba, Father" Versus a Wrathful Roar

Michael Johnson
"Abba, Father" Versus a Wrathful Roar

Luther writes about “Abba, Father” in Galatians 4:6:

The lips say nothing, but the heart says something like this: ‘Although I am oppressed with anguish and fear on every side and seem to be forsaken and utterly cast away from your presence, I am still your child, and you are my Father, and for Christ’s sake. I am loved because of the Beloved.’

In serious temptations, when the conscience is wrestling with the judgment of God, it is inclined to call God not a Father but an... Continue Reading

Why This Year's Conference May Be the Most Strategic

John Piper
Why This Year's Conference May Be the Most Strategic

I wrote yesterday that the upcoming Desiring God National Conferencemay be the most strategic one we’ve ever held. Besides the reasons I gave in the four minute video invitation, there are others. I will mention only one in this blog post.

I believe there are hundreds of people ("Finishers" in their 50's and 60's and 70's, as well as students and younger adults) whom God will call into vocational missions at this conference. He is preparing them right now—... Continue Reading