All of History Is Redemptive History

Joe Rigney
All of History Is Redemptive History

In a previous post, I lamented the fact that Jonathan Edwards died prior to writing his unfinished masterwork, a God-centered biblical theology and world history, integrated by Christ’s work of redemption. But God, despite removing Edwards from this world, did not leave us without a witness.

Almost 20 years before his death, Edwards preached a 30-part sermon series on A History of the Work of Redemption, which was published after his death by his friend John Erskine and... Continue Reading

Why Read About the Beheading of Christians?

John Piper
Why Read About the Beheading of Christians?

World Magazine received a two-minute video of Islamic militants beheading a man for becoming a Christian. The article is called “Brutal Beheading”. I hope many of you read it.

Why?

Because we can’t get into the reality of most of the Bible without some real emotional connection with terror. Every book of the New Testament has terror in it, something like a beheading. The situation in the first century, when these books were written, was more like Afghanistan than... Continue Reading

How to Think About Recurrent Miscarriages

Josh Etter

CCEF (Christian Counseling & Education Foundation) has produced a helpful six-minute video with David Powlison in which he addresses the grief of experiencing recurrent miscarriages.

Watch the video on Vimeo.

Two Great Incentives from Jesus to Become a World Christian

Josh Etter
Two Great Incentives from Jesus to Become a World Christian

John Piper writes:

These, then, are two great incentives from Jesus to become a World Christian and to dedicate yourself to the cause of Frontier Missions as the twentieth century comes to a close.

1. Every impossibility with men is possible with God (Mark 10:27). The conversion of hardened sinners will be the work of God and will accord with his sovereign plan. We need not fear or fret over our weakness. The battle is the Lord's and he will give... Continue Reading

Pastors, Help Your People: The Ministry of a Letter in Suffering

John Knight
Pastors, Help Your People: The Ministry of a Letter in Suffering

Pastors, Here's a Scenario

You're a pastor and ‘the call’ comes. One of your families has welcomed a child into the world – and that child is significantly disabled. They are crushed.

What do you do?

You haven’t experienced this thing in your family and maybe you don’t even know this family well (or at all).

More than 15 years ago, Pastor John wrote a note to my family. With our permission, he turned that into an article for the church, Words of... Continue Reading

Satisfying the Life of Christ Within Us

Josh Etter
Satisfying the Life of Christ Within Us

J. Campbell White writes:

Most men are not satisfied with the permanent output of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ's purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ's undertaking are getting... Continue Reading

Thank you, Blaise Pascal

John Piper
Thank you, Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematical genius who was born June 19, 1623. After running from God until he was 31 years old, on November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, Pascal met God and was profoundly and unshakably converted to Jesus Christ. He wrote it down on a piece of parchment and sewed into his coat where it was found after his death eight years later. It said,

Year of grace 1654, Monday 23 November, feast of St. Clement . . . from about half past ten at night to about half an hour... Continue Reading

Living Before the Face of God

Josh Etter

Sin tempts us to flee from the presence of God. That's what Adam and Eve did in the garden (Genesis 3:8), and we do the same. But, of course, if God is God then we cannot escape his sight. Consider these texts:

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:70)
The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts (Proverbs 20:27).
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of... Continue Reading

Fathers, Pray for Future Generations

Josh Etter
Fathers, Pray for Future Generations

Charles Spurgeon writes:

May our own dear ones be among the better generation who shall continue in the Lord's ways, obedient to the end. And their seed shall be established before thee. God does not neglect the children of his servants. It is the rule that Abraham's Isaac should be the Lord's, that Isaac's Jacob should be beloved of the Most High, and that Jacob's Joseph should find favour in the sight of God. Grace is not hereditary, yet God loves to be served by the... Continue Reading

Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God

John Piper

I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then thekindness and the severity of God" (Romans 11:22).

Fathers, with all your sins and weaknesses, show your children as much of God as you can. Both his severity and his joyful kindness. Help them recognize the fully biblical God.

Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and... Continue Reading