What Is Present When Kneeling to Pray in Jesus’ Name

John Piper

Here’s what is present when we kneel to pray in Jesus’ name:

    1. God the Father on his throne sovereign over the universe, with a welcoming, countenance focused on us.

    2. God the Son in his high priestly role, standing as advocate before the throne as a Lamb that was slain with perfect righteousness and with all God’s promises purchased fully in his hand interceding for us.

    3. God the Spirit within us, having already inclined us to pray, poised…

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Tim Keller's King's Cross: A Review

Michael Johnson

My oldest daughter compares Tim Keller to Pixar: when they both release new material, you just know it’s going to be great. Since The Reason for God (2008), Keller and the Redeemer City to City team have produced four eagerly anticipated books. Now they’re launching the Redeemer imprint with King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus.

A narrative of the Gospel according to Mark culled primarily from previous sermons, King’s Cross is

an…

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Piper's Foreword to Crabtree's Practicing Affirmation

John Piper

Foreword: Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God

The point of being created in the image of God is that human beings are destined to display God. That’s what images do. And the point of being redeemed by Jesus, and renewed after the image of our Creator, is to recover this destiny.

But why? Surely not so that God’s handiwork in his people would go unnoticed or unpraised. If God is sovereign, and every good gift is…

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Brad Pitt: Why Emphasize God’s God-Centeredness

John Piper

In a 2007 interview for Parade, actor Brad Pitt describes how he stumbled, as C.S. Lewis and Michael Prowse and Erik Reece before him, over God’s ego.

Pitt was raised a conservative Southern Baptist. For a while, his religion worked. But not for long.

Religion works. I know there's comfort there, a crash pad. It's something to explain the world and tell you there is something bigger than you, and it is going to be alright in the end.…

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Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus

John Piper

Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.

If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

True. Fight that. If your finger offends you, cut it off. Or use any other virtuous violence (Matthew 11:12) that sets you…

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A Song by John Piper

Josh Etter

While preaching through Romans 12:1-8 in 2004, John Piper wrote a song inspired by the text. Musician Kevin Potherician put the song to music.

O Jesus, take my bent away
For thinking much of me,
And kill my pride, and from this day
With mercy make me free.

O Jesus, grant the gift to see
The treasure that you are,
And as the night eclipses me,
O be my Morning Star.

And now if I should serve, or lead,…

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What If Your Reputation Is Unjustly Bad?

John Piper

[Jesus] told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest…

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The Most Needed Peer Pressure in Christianity

Wendy Alsup

. . . the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13).

I have a friend who loves God and his Word and desires to raise her children to love him, yet one of her children has made a series of choices that has challenged their family. I asked once if she felt more peer pressure in her Christian culture to get her child to conform or to bear long with them in love? I asked because I too had…

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How Shall We Pray About the Upheavals in the Middle East?

John Piper

In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul connects prayer for “all who are in high positions” with a peaceful life for the followers of Jesus, and with his desire for all people to be saved.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is…

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