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

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.