Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter!

John Piper
Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter!

Don Carson and I turn 65 this year. Pondering this, I wrote about it with a list of some amazing accomplishments by people older than 65.

Robert Yarbrough, one of the editors of the just-published Don Carson Festschrift, took note of my celebration of senior accomplishments, and wrote to Don and me to remind us of a very productive octogenarian, Adolf Schlatter, a German biblical scholar who died on this day in 1938.

If you’re in your sixties or seventies... Continue Reading

Harmon Killebrew Dies at 74

Jonathan Parnell

Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew died yesterday at the age of 74. Killebrew, who played from 1954–1975, was elected an All-Star 11 times and named the American League MVP for the 1969 season.

In this video, John Piper speaks about the humbling reality of death in light of Killebrew’s battle with esophageal cancer —

Watch, listen, or download the entire sermon, "You Will Never See Death."

Always Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Josh Etter

Charles Spurgeon on spending yourself for Christ:

People said to me years ago, ‘You will break your constitution down with preaching ten times a week,’ and the like. Well, if I have done so I am glad of it. I would do the same again. If I had fifty constitutions I would rejoice to break them down in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ. You young men that are strong, overcome the wicked one and fight for the Lord while you can. You will never regret having done all that lies in you for our blessed Lord... Continue Reading

Where Would You Turn? A Gospel Scenario (Part 2)

Tony Payne
Where Would You Turn? A Gospel Scenario (Part 2)

In my previous post, I painted a scenario: if you had the opportunity to open up one simple Bible passage, and briefly explain to someone what it meant to be a Christian, where would you turn?

I would turn to 1 Thessalonians 1, verses 8-10:

For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of... Continue Reading

Piper’s First Published Poem for Money ($5)

John Piper
Piper’s First Published Poem for Money ($5)

Since I preached on this text last Sunday (John 8:57), I decided to dig into my files to find the first poem I ever published for money. Five dollars. It was in the September, 1969 issue of Christian Life (p. 68).

Five dollars may have been just about right for the poem, but the truth is worth billions.

In that land
Were some birds
And some grass
And very much dust
And a number of common folk
With a lot of simplicity
And wisdom;
So it was not unnatural
That they... Continue Reading

People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness

Josh Etter

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace.

D. A. Carson explains:

People do not drift toward Holiness.

Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.

We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and... Continue Reading

Has the Gospel Been Preached to the Whole Creation Already?

John Piper
Has the Gospel Been Preached to the Whole Creation Already?

From Rob Bell to Peter O’Brien, Colossians 1:23 proves a challenge. Paul refers to the gospel of his day as “the gospel . . . which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven” (ESV). Commentators multiply explanations of how the gospel could have already been proclaimed “in all creation” in the first century. The context:

You he has now reconciled . . . if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of... Continue Reading

Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence

Jon Bloom
Pilate: Powerful, Pragmatic Pawn of Providence

Pontius Pilate is picture of worldly power. He is competent and calculating, he is pragmatic and self-preserving. But for all his shrewdness, his life demonstrates that the “Word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth.”1

Imagine a conversation over breakfast between Pilate and his wife, Procula, on the Sunday morning following Jesus’ crucifixion, just before they receive word that the tomb is empty.

__________

“You’re quiet again this morning,... Continue Reading