Andrew Walls On Two Principles of the Gospel in Culture

Jonathan Parnell

In his essay "The Gospel as Prisoner and Liberator of Culture," Andrew Walls introduces two principles of the gospel's impact upon culture. These two principles express an aspect of the gospel's wonder that we should celebrate.There is nothing else like this in the universe.

The Indigenizing Principle

Walls writes:

Church history has always been a battleground for two opposing tendencies; and the reason is that each of the tendencies has its origin in... Continue Reading

Spoiled by the Grace of God

Tyler Kenney
Spoiled by the Grace of God

Where sin abounds with Achan at Jericho, grace abounds all the more at the defeat of Ai. And that abundant grace "spoils" the Israelites.

When God brings Israel back to Canaan to take possession of it, after being gone for 400 years in Egypt and 40 years in the wilderness, the first city they come to is Jericho. There God promises that he will give them victory: "See, I have given Jericho into your hand" (Joshua 6:2).

But there is one caveat to their destruction of Jericho:

The... Continue Reading

Love Warns, Love Rebukes

Paul Tripp
Love Warns, Love Rebukes

I really wasn't very thankful and I should have been. My mom was very consistent and persistent in doing two things with me again and again; warning and rebuke. Again and again, as I was getting ready to leave the house as a teenager, mom would warn me about the dangers and temptations of life in a fallen world. I didn't really appreciate her moral mini-lectures. I would stand there impatiently or remind her that she had said the same thing to me many times. I saw these times as an... Continue Reading

Weeping for North Korea

Michael Oh
Weeping for North Korea

Tonight for the first time in my life I wept for North Korea.

On the second night of the Third Lausanne Congress taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, an 18 year-old girl from North Korea shared her story.

She was born into a wealthy family, her father an assistant to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong II. Eventually her father’s political fortunes shifted, and after being politically persecuted by the North Korean government, he, his wife, and his daughter escaped to China.

In China... Continue Reading

Love Is Impatient, Love Is Kind

Tyler Kenney

Impatience without self-control is always bad. But there is a time when impatience can be a sweet expression of love.

Judges 10:10-16

And the people of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against you, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.”

And the LORD said to the people of Israel, “Did I not save you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites and the... Continue Reading

One Way to Avoid Vain Repetition

Jonathan Parnell

In chapter nine of When I Don't Desire God, John Piper introduces a memorable and helpful acronym for what to pray before reading Scripture: I. O. U. S.

  • Incline my heart to you, not to prideful gain or any false motive. (Psalm 119:36)
  • Open my eyes to behold wonderful things in your Word. (Psalm 119:18)
  • Unite my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86:11)
  • Satisfy me with you steadfast love. (Psalm 90:14)

An unfortunate side effect of repeatedly praying the same prayer is that, over a... Continue Reading

A Tower Is a Lively Picture of the Things of the Gospel

Jonathan Parnell
A Tower Is a Lively Picture of the Things of the Gospel

Jonathan Edwards had a God-entranced vision of the world. He writes in Miscellanies #119:

The things of the ceremonial law are not the only things whereby God designedly shadowed forth spiritual things, but with an eye to such a representation were all the transactions of the life of Christ ordered. And very much of the wisdom of God in the creation appears in his so ordering things natural, that they livelily represent things divine and spiritual,... Continue Reading

A Recommendation For Gospel-Powered Parenting

Mark Priestap
A Recommendation For <em>Gospel-Powered Parenting</em>

Recently I picked up William P. Farley’s book,Gospel-Powered Parentingand found exactly what I needed to hear as a young father. I’m not going to write a full review, since Tim Challies already did that, but I hope this post whets your appetite a little.

Since discovering that the gospelisthe fuel that drives Christians to loving, joyful obedience, I’ve had my eye out for a book that would help my wife and I apply the gospel to our children as we nurture them in... Continue Reading

Eating is Believing

Jon Bloom

. . . Or What Jesus Meant When He Said, “Whoever Feeds on My Flesh and Drinks My Blood Has Eternal Life”

The previous day Jesus had fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. Then that night he walked miles across the Sea of Galilee before catching up with his disciples in their boat.

The crowd he had fed followed him to Capernaum. And they knew something amazing must have happened. Last evening they had seen Jesus send his disciples away in the only boat available. Now here he was!... Continue Reading

31 Years Ago Today: Piper Called to Preach

David Mathis

It was October 14, 1979—31 years ago today—when John Piper first felt “irretrievably called” to enter the pastoral and preaching ministry. Justin Taylor told the story well a year ago on the 30th anniversary.

Here’s how John remembered October, 1979, in his 2002 sermon “The Absolute Sovereignty of God” on Romans 9 (quoted on page 33 ofFor the Fame of God’s Name:

[It was]the fall of 1979. I was on sabbatical from teaching at Bethel College. My one aim on this leave... Continue Reading