"Where Is Your Faith?"

Jon Bloom

Why did Jesus still the storm? Imagine what the disciples might have been thinking a half-hour later.

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The sea was quiet now. And there was just breeze enough to push the boat along.

The disciples were quiet too. Andrew was steering. He had taken over for Peter, who sat wrapped in a cloak, exhausted and lost in thought. He had been soaked to the skin. Others were bailing out the remaining water.

Jesus was sleeping again.

James leaned on the bow gunwale watching reflections dance... Continue Reading

How Responsible Are We When the World Rejects Our Message?

John Piper

It is a humble impulse to feel that our weak effect on people is our own fault. And it may often be true. There are character traits in speakers that God uses to overcome resistance in hearers (Acts 11:24; Matthew 5:16).

But we must not bear more than we should. Not all rejection of us and our message is our fault. The apostle John writes,

The reason why the world does not know us
is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)

John does not say: The reason... Continue Reading

Consider Loving Someone into Lovability

John Piper

One of the most transforming forces in our lives is being regarded as better than we are.

There is something profound and paradoxical about the way God creates godly people by first justifying the ungodly (Romans 4:5).

Consider the order of God’s acts in transforming the exiles of Judah. First he says, “I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans” (Jeremiah 24:5). They are not good. But he will count... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Pastor John!

Jon Bloom

Today is John Piper’s 65th birthday. Join us in blessing a man for whom retirement from the kingdom work is not on the horizon!

Pastor John, in honor of your birthday the DG staff has compiled 65 reasons why we are thankful to God for you. (Many more were submitted!) And of course there are some similarities, but then again, some things simply bear repeating.

Heavenly Father, we really love Pastor John and are so grateful that you have made him a man who(se)

  1. Really finds You, in all... Continue Reading

Should the Church Work on Social and Political Problems?

John Piper

Yes . . .

If you mean: Ten million Christians should take 10 hours a week spent watching TV, and give that time to worthy social and political engagement.

No . . .

If you mean: The pastors should leave their Bible study and pulpits and counseling and evangelism, and put that time into politics and social ministries.

Jerry Rankin on Spiritual Warfare in the Global Mission

Jonathan Parnell
Jerry Rankin on Spiritual Warfare in the Global Mission

This is the second question and answer post with Jerry Rankin (read the first).

You have written directly on the subject of spiritual warfare. What led you to focus so much on this important topic, especially for missionaries?

If God’s ultimate desire is to be worshipped and exalted among all peoples, it is evident the adversary, Satan, who is jealous for God’s glory, is actively seeking to deprive God of his glory among the nations.

Just as he robs God... Continue Reading

Perhaps the Most Staggering Promise in the Bible

John Piper

What does Jesus mean when he says to the church in Laodicea, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21)?

Sit with Jesus on his throne? Really?

This is a promise to everyone who conquers, that is, who presses on in faith to the end (1 John 5:4), in spite of every threatening pain and luring pleasure. So, if you are a believer in Jesus, you will sit on the... Continue Reading

Conrad Mbewe: The African Spurgeon?

Tyler Kenney
Conrad Mbewe: The African Spurgeon?

When he was in South Africa in October, alongside giving his message at Lausanne, John Piper spoke at two smaller conferences: Piper 2 Leaders, and Rezolution 2010. We posted the audio of these Piper messages at that time.

What we didn't post (until now) was the audio of the other man who spoke at these events: Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia—a.k.a. the African Spurgeon.

Why is he called the African Spurgeon? The comparison isn't so new. A ... Continue Reading

Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement

Jonathan Parnell
Jerry Rankin on the Current Challenges and Signs of Hope in the World Christian Movement

This is the first question and answer post with Jerry Rankin.

What do you think are the greatest challenges to the world Christian movement today? What do you think are the greatest signs of hope?

From the perspective of one who has a global overview of Christian missions today, it is evident God is moving in unprecedented ways to fulfill his mission. He is using warfare, ethnic violence, political disruption, social... Continue Reading

For the Unreached

Bill Walsh

Our friends at AsiaLink have made another impactful video that will stir your heart for the cause of global missions. Whether you are a goer, sender, giver, or pray-er, I think you’ll find this to be a tool for vision spreading.

May these words from 1 Chronicles 16:23-27 ring in your heart as you watch.

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to... Continue Reading