Can You Please Explain Philippians 1:15-18?

John Piper
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice (Philippians 1:15-18)

The overarching point of this passage is that God, in his gracious... Continue Reading

Desiring God Website Now in Swahili

Tyler Kenney
Desiring God Website Now in Swahili

With excitement and praise to God we announce the release ofKumtamaniMungu.org (desiringGod.org in Swahili).Already there are several sermons and articles available on the site, and we plan to continue releasing new material each week, as God provides.

Swahili is an African language, spoken primarily in the central and eastern regions of the continent. It is the first or second language of over 50 million people worldwide (with approximately 5 million online users).... Continue Reading

Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?

Jon Bloom
Why Must We Work Out Our Salvation?

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:12-13)

The same man who wrote the verses above also wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith. . . it is the gift of God, not a result of works.”1

So why do we need to work out our salvation when works do... Continue Reading

Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ

John Piper
Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ

Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.

But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Is the New Testament being faithful to the original intention of the Psalm? Derek Kidner says yes:

The... Continue Reading

How to Repent as a Christian

Michael Johnson
How to Repent as a Christian

Ina previous post, Tim Chester asserts that we can only change through ongoing daily faith and daily repentance. In other words, repentance is not exclusively for the non-Christian. Rather, together with ongoing faith, repentance should be normative for the Christian.

But this call to daily repentance is not a burden for God’s children! Rather, it is good news. It’s just not easy.

Jack Miller:

Be encouraged then, fellow believer. In calling you to daily repentance, the Lord Jesus... Continue Reading

Infant Baptism and a Puzzling Text

John Piper

From age 18 to 28, my schooling became increasingly less congenial to believers’ baptism.

My History

I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church. Then Wheaton College broadened my world, and I learned the word “Evangelical.” I discovered that there were Presbyterians who were better Christians than I was. Then Fuller Seminary challenged me again as the debate grew more intense.

Then at the University of Munich, I was totally alone. All the German students were Lutheran,... Continue Reading

You Can Change! (Or Can You?)

Tim Chester
You Can Change! (Or Can You?)

I wanted my book on sanctification, You Can Change, to be an anti-self-help book written in the style of a self-help book! So each chapter is built around a question to ask of yourself and ends with questions to help readers work through an area of their lives they would like to change.

But the central message is that we cannot change ourselves through our own effort. Instead, we are changed by God through faith. The key is understand how the dynamic of change by faith takes place... Continue Reading

Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden's Dead?

John Piper
Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden's Dead?

God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single. There are several, and they intermingle. That is a good thing. You are God-like.

In response to Osama bin Laden’s death, quite a few tweets and blogs have cited the biblical truth that “God does not delight in the death of the wicked.” That is true.

It is also true that God does delight in the death of the wicked. There are things... Continue Reading

Loving Enemies of the Cross

Michael Johnson

Piper writes on what it means to love enemies of the cross of Christ:

My greatest longing in response to this enmity is that Christians walk in the way of the cross. Yes, militant Islam is big and threatening. It may even be the true Quranic Islam. There are alarmists whose whole tone seems to awaken political and even militant responses from Christians.
My concern is that as the church we distance ourselves from this kind of response and focus on the truth that we will never... Continue Reading

Three Cheers for Not Hiding God in Scholarship

John Piper

David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet just published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011). The series preface (by Francis Beckwith and J. P. Moreland) contains this heartening exhortation to Christian scholars to stop hiding their belief in God.

They quote atheist philosopher Quentin Smith who says that one reason the university academic community has become increasingly secular is because “theists tend to... Continue Reading