Biblical Theology and Church Picnics
Early on in Piper’s pastorate, he articulated some theological reasons for having church picnics:
If picnics don’t have to do with God we may as well close up shop. Either all we do has to do with God or he…
Four Ways We Forget the Lord
David Powlison has written that "the only way we ever sin is by suppressing God, by forgetting, by tuning out his voice, switching channels, and listening to other voices. When you actually remember, you actually change. In fact, remembering is…Continue Reading
Hearing with Faith on Sunday
Charles Spurgeon writes,
. . . the real reason why God's people do not feed under a gospel ministry, is, because they have not faith. If you believed, if you did but hear one promise, that would be enough; if…
12 Ways to Glorify God at Work
Mark Twain once said, "Work is a necessary evil to be avoided." Although there may be days when we feel like he got it right, we know God has ordained work as a stewardship of his created world (Genesis 1:28; 2:15).…Continue Reading
What Tone Should Preachers Aim At?
Phillips Brooks who died in 1893—and who along with Jesus, Paul, John Stott, Dick Lucas, and other preachers never married—most famously said that preaching is “truth through personality.”
This personality factor raises the question of preaching tone. What should a…Continue Reading
It's Rarely Romantic at the Time
If you’re a romantic (and I think you should be) you love the book of Ruth.
This short story almost seems like it was made for film. It has all the components of a great romance: tragedy, loyalty, courage, virtuous…Continue Reading
The Origin of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis on “mere Christianity”:
I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or…
Francis Chan on Making Disciples and Knowing Christ
Is God Fair?
What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion."… Continue Reading