Malaise

Jon Bloom

Malaise is a mercy that feels yucky.

Malaise is that feeling you get when you’re getting sick but you don’t quite know it yet. It’s a vague sense of dis-ease. Your energy is draining. You just want to lie down. Emotionally, you might feel discouraged, irritable, depressed, or cynical for no identifiable reason. You ask yourself, “What’s the matter with me?”

Precisely what you’re supposed to ask. Malaise is the…

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The Price of Freedom in Egypt

John Piper

Ramez Atallah is the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. This update from Cairo is a reminder that there are not unambiguous events in this fallen world. Things cut both ways. Reading this careful assessment from the inside, makes me all the more thankful that Ramez will be one of our speakers at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors next February. Read, learn, and pray:

June 15, 2011

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Motherhood as a Mission Field

Rachel Jankovic

There is a good old saying, perhaps only said by my Grandfather, that distance adds intrigue. It is certainly true — just think back to anything that has ever been distant from you that is now near. Your driver’s license. Marriage. Children. Things that used to seem so fascinating, but as they draw near become less mystical and more, well, real.

This same principle certainly applies to mission fields…

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Three Points on Edwards's History of Redemption

Joe Rigney

Historical counterfactuals fascinate me. What if the British had won the Revolutionary War? What if Constantine had lost the Battle of Milan? What if Hitler had never been born?

As an amateur scholar of Jonathan Edwards, one of the most intriguing counterfactuals to me centers around Edwards’s untimely death in 1758. After accepting the position of president of the College of New Jersey, Edwards died of a small pox vaccination.…

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Update on Bethlehem's Antioch Moment

Jonathan Parnell

John Piper addressed Bethlehem Baptist Church this Spring about the elders' hope for clarity regarding his succession as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision. As many of our readers have been prayerfully observing this process, below is the update Pastor John gave in last weekend's sermon.

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Update on the Antioch Moment
June 11, 2011
John Piper

On April 9, I said that the elders would be praying every…

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There Is Only One Liberator

Jonathan Parnell

Our options are endless if we want to evade the reality of our brokenness, but there is only one liberator. John Piper explains in this video excerpt:

. . . All of us are prone to say "I don't need you, Jesus. I've have my ethnicity," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my religion, I've got my God," or "I don't need you, Jesus, I've got my moral…

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Three Sermons on the Tragedy of Abortion

Jonathan Parnell

On the third Sunday of each January, John Piper preaches a sermon on abortion, exposing the injustice and providing a biblical defense for the sanctity of human life.

Here are three notable sermons you might consider listening to and passing on to others:

Abortion: You Desire and Do Not Have, So You Kill (1987)

  • In this sermon John Piper answers three foundational questions regarding abortion: What is happening? Why is…
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Does It Really Mean What It Says?

John Knight

For most of my life I sailed right through the healing passages in the Bible. They were all great stories, but with little actual impact on my life or my conception about God:

  • The healing of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof (Mark 2) – sure glad he had those friends.
  • The cleansing of Namaan’s leprosy (2 Kings 5) – how nice for him that God took that…
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Jesus, Help Us Think

Jonathan Parnell

Throughout the history of ideas there have been sprouts of thought that claim the mind to have a naturally transcendent capacity, dwarfing the commonality of our other faculties, never leading us astray.

This is not so, though its persuasion is terribly subtle. Thinking can be easy and regular such that we often drift from one project to the next, presuming we'll gather all the data and start down the right…

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