Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager

John Piper

Four years ago a teenager in our church wrote to me for advice about life in general, and identity in particular. Here is what I wrote, with a big dose of autobiography for illustration.

Dear ________,

My experience of coming out of an introverted, insecure, guilty, lustful, self-absorbed adolescent life was more like the emergence of a frog from a tadpole than a butterfly from a larva.

Larvae disappear into…

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Why Love for God Is Not a Vague Feeling

Jonathan Parnell

St. Augustine prays:

My love of you, O Lord, is not some vague feeling: it is positive and certain. Your word struck into my heart and from that moment I loved you. Besides this, all about me, heaven and earth and all that they contain proclaim that I should love you, and their message never ceases to sound in the ears of all mankind, so that there is no excuse…

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We Destroy Arguments

Jon Bloom

Why is it so hard to just find some peace of mind?

Well, peace is hard to come by when you live in a warzone. And like it or not you are in a war—a very serious one. This war is cosmic in its proportions. It involves God, humans, angels, demons, principalities, powers, nations, and antichrists.

And do you know where the front of the battle is? It’s in your…

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Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)

Rachel Jankovic

A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup had found a place and we were ready to go, my two-year-old turned to me and said, “Wow! You have your hands full!”

She could have just as well said, “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “Are…

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Indulge My Effusive Overflow for a Dead Friend

John Piper

I read Jonathan Edwards’ sermon, “Christ’s Agony.” Stunning. I could not stop till I was done. So penetrating. So full of wine from the crushing and wringing of these grape-texts. So many questions posed. Such answers!

It is simply amazing to me that almost all of Edwards’ published works are available online, or in multiple Kindle editions (for $.99 or $1.99, the one I have).

May God…

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How to Think About Your Conscience

Josh Etter

J. I. Packer writes:

It is a universal experience that conscience is largely autonomous in its operation; though sometimes we can suppress or stifle it, it normally speaks independently of our will, and sometimes, indeed, contrary to our will. And when it speaks, it is in a strange way distinct from us; it stands over us, addressing us with an absoluteness of authority which we did not give it and…

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John Piper Interviews Louie Giglio (Part 1)

Josh Etter

We're excited to have Louie Giglio join us at our upcoming 2011 National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples." Register for the conference before July 29 for $145 per person (save $40).

A few months ago at Passion 2011 in Fort Worth, TX, Pastor John sat down with Louie to talk about his life, the Passion movement, and the global vision of God's glory:

Watch, listen, or…

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Pastors, Connect the Dots Between Joy and Mission

Jonathan Parnell

Pastor John from 1985:

Just as God delights in his own glory by pouring it out in mercy for others to enjoy, so the chief end of man is not merely "to glorify God and enjoy him forever." Rather, this chief end is to double his joy in God by seeing it expanded and deepened as he pours it out in mercy for others to enjoy. Commenting on the Westminster…

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