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

Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation

Jon Bloom
Supreme Humility, Supreme Exaltation

Philippians 2:8-9

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name

What did it mean for Jesus to humble himself? We must simply admit that this is beyond us.

The Lord of Glory Entered Creation

Of course it was humbling for the Lord of glory, who created all things,1 to become part of the creation. He became “for a... Continue Reading

The Danger of Self-Defense

Paul Tripp
The Danger of Self-Defense

A friend tells you he wants to talk to you, and when you get together, you realize that what he really wanted to do was confront you. You’re not really excited about being told bad things about yourself, but this is your friend, so you’re willing to listen. As he lays out his concerns, you feel pain. You can’t believe what you’re being told about yourself!

The Art of Self-Preservation

Silently and inwardly you quickly give yourself to well-developed self-defense tactics, marshaling... Continue Reading

A "Desiring God" Rap (by Curt Allen, a.k.a. "Voice")

Jonathan Parnell
A "Desiring God" Rap (by Curt Allen, a.k.a. "Voice")

Listen to "Desiring God" by Curt Allen (a.k.a. "Voice")—

Yay though I walk through the valley of the death man, I wasn't killing sin it was taking my last breath man. I was more than stressed man wasn't living right and it was like I know what's right but my life would go left man. Death was my best man married to my sin and I was on my way to hell for the wedding reception. I was lost but some horizontal and vertical wood formed a cross, and placed upon it a man... Continue Reading

Confessions of a Conflicted Complementarian

Wendy Alsup
Confessions of a Conflicted Complementarian

(Read Part 2, "My Journey to Gospel-Centered Womanhood")

I was raised in conservative Christianity and had visions of what my life would look like if I made the good Christian choices that good Christian girls were supposed to make. I thought a lot about the Proverbs 31 wife and didn't chafe against the expectations.

Then I collected a closet full of bridesmaid gowns with no wedding dress in sight. For a time, I was convinced that I would never get married, which... Continue Reading

Burning the Qur’an and Crucifying Christ

John Piper
Burning the Qur’an and Crucifying Christ

The burning of the Qur’an and the murder of human beings are not morally equivalent. That’s true. And it is, frankly, outrageous the way some commentators speak with more moral indignation about the burning of holy books than the butchery of human bodies. In the western media this seems to me to be sheer fear.

But, of course, my conviction stems from a certain view of the world that is not shared by Muslims.

Andrew Walls, founder of the Centre for the Study of... Continue Reading

The Aseity of God

Josh Etter

God is self-sufficient. Theologians refer to this attribute as "the aseity of God." In his classic bookKnowldge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes:

Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God, that is precisely what we see.

Twentieth Century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it... Continue Reading

Providence, Proverbs, and the Pastorate

John Piper
Providence, Proverbs, and the Pastorate

Charles Bridges wrote not only one of the best books on The Christian Ministry but also one of the best commentaries on Proverbs. Both of these have proved inspiring and insightful to me over the last 30 years of pastoral ministry.

Here’s a taste of the kind of help Bridges gives, for example, on Proverbs 16:33, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.”

The falling of a hair or a sparrow is directed, no less than the birth and death of... Continue Reading

God’s Love: Blocked, Then Accepted

John Piper

George Herbert was born on this day in 1593. He described his poems as echoes of the conflict between God and his own soul. Yes, but there is also resolution. He had been subdued by love.

Here we see the love of God blocked, and then accepted. I pray that love will triumph for you in this way.

by George Herbert

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
... Continue Reading

Child-Sacrificing Incas and Us

John Piper

Here is another cultural jolt from the January issue of First Things:

A reader passed along this story from ScienceNews:

The remains of seven children apparently killed in a ritual, and buried beneath a 500- to 600-year-old building in Peru’s Cuzco Valley have given scientists new glimpses of the sketchily understood Inca practice of sacrificing select children in elaborate ceremonies.

The children were buried at the same time, apparently after having been killed in a... Continue Reading