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

Ominous Ravines and Unapproachable Crags

John Piper
Ominous Ravines and Unapproachable Crags

This is a plea that we would open our eyes wide to the not-God for the sake of God.

By the “not-God” I have in mind the skies—day and night—the clouds, the mountains, and the oceans. And a thousand other things. But especially these natural glories.

Look at them. Think about the distances involved from here to the stars, and from the surface of the water to the bottom of the deepest ocean. Think about those heights and those terrible depths, and how much a mountain... Continue Reading

Four Kinds of Freedom

Josh Etter

John Piper from this week's sermon on John 8:30-36:

1) If you don't have the desire to do a thing, you are not fully free to do it. Oh, you may muster the will power to do what you don't want to do, but nobody calls that full freedom. It's not the way we want to live. There is a constraint and pressure on us that we don't want.

2) And if you have the desire to do something, but no ability to do it, you are not free to do it.

3) And if you have the desire and the ability to do something,... Continue Reading

God Has Two Hands

Josh Etter

John Calvin comments on 1 Peter 5:5:

We are to imagine that; God has two hands; the one, which like a hammer beats down and breaks in pieces those who raise up themselves; and the other, which raises up the humble who willingly let down themselves, and is like a firm prop to sustain them. Were we really convinced of this, and had it deeply fixed in our minds, who of us would dare by pride to urge war with God?

Taken from Calvin's Commentaries.

Why Jesus Wept

Jon Bloom
Why Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” But for all its grammatical simplicity, it’s packed with unfathomable complexity.

Jesus wept after speaking with Lazarus’ grieving sisters, Martha and Mary, and seeing all the mourners. That seems natural enough.

Except that Jesus had come to Bethany to raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that in a few short minutes all this weeping would turn to astonished joy, and then tearful laughter, and then worship.

So one would think that... Continue Reading

What Happens When You Turn 65

John Piper
What Happens When You Turn 65

Turning 65 in January has me all fired up to get busy. I am close enough to the finish line that the face of Jesus is coming into sharper focus. This is very exciting and makes me want to pick up the pace.

Of course, he is not the least impressed with frenzy. Nor is he pleased with Boomer indolence. What his face says to me is: “I am your rest every day, and there is good work to do every day till you’re home.”

One Great Thing

God has called me to this one great thing, and his... Continue Reading

More Divinity in These Ten Days Than 50 Years Before

John Piper
More Divinity in These Ten Days Than 50 Years Before

Andrew Rivet was a devout theologian at the University of Leyden who died in 1651 at the age of 78. The approach of his death became a seminary for his soul. I pray it will be this way for you and me. Here is what he wrote just before his death.

The sense of divine favor increases in me every moment. My pains are tolerable, and my joys inestimable. I am no more vexed with earthly cares.

I remember when any new book came out, how earnestly I have longed... Continue Reading

An Everyday Burden for Japan's Everyday Tragedy

Michael Oh
An Everyday Burden for Japan's Everyday Tragedy

The Everyday Tragedy in Japan

Thank you for your prayers and concern for Japan in the aftermath of what has been described as the greatest challenge that Japan has faced since World War II.

We mourn those who have lost their lives, especially those who died without the Savior.

Staggering loss of life of those in Japan who die without Christ is an everyday reality. The number of deaths from last month's tragedy is very likely to surpass 25,000. To put this in some... Continue Reading

Resurrection Day 2.0

Nancy Guthrie
Resurrection Day 2.0

Sunday we experienced a glad Resurrection Day accompanied by glorious, triumphant music and bright celebrations of confidence that “He is risen indeed!”

But when we think about that first resurrection day,we realize that our experience is far different from that of Jesus' first followers.Luke’s record of the discovery of the empty tomb is followed immediately, not by a joyous celebration, but by a disheartened conversation:

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus,... Continue Reading