Not Good, One Good, Our Good in This One

Jonathan Parnell

Psalm 16 is majestic. Peter unleashes its importance during his first ever sermon in Acts 2:29-36, arguing that David was clearly talking about Jesus. I'm convinced.

But there's more treasure to behold in Psalm 16 as we see the words within the lush forest of its context. Playing Hegel, there is thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.

Thesis

Psalm 14 calls the atheist a fool. The diagnosis is impartial—we're all the fools. The LORD looksto see if there are any who understand... Continue Reading

Jesus Christ is YAHWEH

Jon Bloom
Jesus Christ is <em>YAHWEH</em>

Philippians 2:9-11—

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Understanding the Name

To see just how breathtaking this statement really is, we must understand what Paul has in mind here. He is quoting the LORD speaking through the Prophet Isaiah:

Turn to me and be... Continue Reading

Learn the Secret of Gutsy Guilt

Josh Etter
Learn the Secret of Gutsy Guilt

Part of our Christian confidence is that even when we fall into sin and experience God's Fatherly discipline, we will rise again. John Piper calls this "gutsy guilt":

To the fallen saint, who knows the darkness is self-inflicted and feels the futility of looking for hope from a frowning Judge, the Bible gives a shocking example of gutsy guilt. It pictures God’s failed prophet beneath a righteous frown, bearing his chastisement with broken-hearted boldness—

"Rejoice not over... Continue Reading

God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty

Jonathan Parnell
God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty

A special session convened in light of Rob Bell's book Love Wins. The panel, moderated by Kevin DeYoung, included D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Crawford Loritts, and Stephen Um.

Listen to the audio of "God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty."

Carson framed the discussion giving a brief and clarifying overview on universalism:

  1. Be clear about definition of universalism, don't muddle what it is.
  2. Universalism is built out of several different assertions: a) everyone is... Continue Reading

Appreciation for Don Carson

John Piper
Appreciation for Don Carson

On the evening of April 12 in Chicago at The Gospel Coalition National Conference, I had the huge privilege of honoring D. A. Carson, as he was presented with a Festschrift by the president of Crossway Books, Lane Dennis. I represented pastors while John Woodbridge represented colleagues and scholars. Here is what I said to Don.

Tribute to Don Carson
From John Piper
TGC April 12, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

One of the most popular linguistic and exegetical fallacies in modern times is... Continue Reading

How Far We Have Fallen

Josh Etter
How Far We Have Fallen

Jonathan Edwards' vivid description of what happened when we fell from God into sin:

The ruin that the fall brought upon the soul of man consists very much in his losing the nobler and more benevolent principles of his nature, and falling wholly under the power and government of self-love. Before, and as God created him, he was exalted, and noble, and generous; but now he is debased, and ignoble, and selfish.

Immediately upon the fall, the mind of man shrank from its primitive... Continue Reading

Grace is not a "Thing"

Josh Etter

In the Christian life we can easily find ourselves using jargon without knowing what we're really saying. What exactly is "grace"? Sinclair Ferguson clarifies:

It is legitimate to speak of "receiving grace," and sometimes (although I am somewhat cautious about the possibility of misuing this langauge) we speak of the preaching of the Word, prayer, baptism, and the Lord's Supper as "means of grace." That is fine, so long as we remember that there isn't a thing, a substance, or a... Continue Reading

Memorizing Scripture: Why and How

John Piper
Memorizing Scripture: Why and How

I wish I could persuade everyone to do this.

Here is inspiration and application on why and how to memorize Scripture.

Why Do It?

First, the inspiration.

Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote,

Bible memorization is absolutely fundamental to spiritual formation. If I had to choose between all the disciplines of the spiritual life, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is a fundamental way of filling our minds with what it... Continue Reading