I Wish I Had a Child Like You

Jon Bloom

As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:27-28)

Whatever this woman meant when she shouted this out, it’s clear that she thought Mary had a sweet deal. You can…

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Don’t Complicate the "Missionary Call"

David Sitton

I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is always determined by an open Bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the…

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An Impulse You Should Never Ignore

Jonathan Parnell

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes to preachers:

Above all — and this I regard as most important of all — always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with the text. I would make an absolute law of this — always obey such impulse.

Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit; it…

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How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?

John Piper

Quoting Psalm 2, the early church in Acts 4 prays in a way that shows how the rage and plotting of God’s enemies are in vain.

Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed (Acts 4:25-26).

The point of that citation from Psalm 2 is that the…

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Serving to Master Two? — Historical Background and the Bible

Jonathan Parnell

How much historical background must a pastor know in order to preach the Bible with authority?

In this video, D. A. Carson and John Piper discuss the role of extrabiblical sources in biblical interpretation:

Watch the video at The Gospel Coalition.

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How Do We Know the Words to Speak?

John Knight

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city,
and quarreling is like the bars of a castle (Proverbs 18:19).

The language around disability is constantly changing. Even using the word ‘disability’ can be controversial.

Recently, I was talking to one of the volunteer disability coordinators at our church about the wording we should use on an announcement for a new initiative. We could use one of two words.…

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John Piper Interviews David Platt

Josh Etter

On June 14 at the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Pastor John sat down with David Platt for a 20 minute conversation about local discipleship, world missions and the Bible:

We're excited to have David join us at our 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Friendly reminder that if you are planning on attending the conference to register before July 29 for the early-bird rate of $145…

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C. S. Lewis vs. Modern Education (Part 1)

Joe Rigney

Part of my goal in writing these posts is to commend the Narnian stories as a component of Christian discipleship. In doing so, I’m not merely contending that we can read them profitably as Christians, but that C. S. Lewis intended these stories to inculcate Christian values, habits, and truth.

We’ve already seen that he intended these stories to “steal past the watchful dragons” that hindered true affections…

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How Do I Think About Tweeting? — A Response to John Mayer

John Piper

I began tweeting in 2009, and explained why in a blog post. Now, two years into it, do I think it’s a good idea?

Let me answer that by responding to a confession by musician, singer-songwriter, John Mayer. A few weeks ago at Berklee College of Music he confessed his debilitating addiction to Twitter.

The tweets are getting shorter, but the songs are still 4 minutes long. You’re coming…

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