Should You Live in Abu Dhabi?

John Piper
Should You Live in Abu Dhabi?

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Peninsula. It is virtually an island because of the way the inland waterways from the Persian Gulf weave around it. The population is just under a million. It’s a 90 minute drive southwest from Dubai.

As with the other major cities in the UAE, about 80% of the population of Abu Dhabi is expatriate. This includes the lowest paid laborers who live in camps outside the city, and the highest paid executives and... Continue Reading

Are Books Your Shell Collection?

Mike Leake
Are Books Your Shell Collection?

The glasses gave it away.

If it weren’t for those glasses, his unruly hair and wild beard would cause you to mistake him as a peddler. You’d reach your hands in your pocket in search for some coins. But those glasses — and the penetrating eyes behind them — give you pause.

This old man isn’t a beggar hardened by long nights on the streets — he’s a thinker, worn down by a million ideas.

He offers you a tour of his vast library, an experience not many have had. With a little... Continue Reading

More Than Just Raking

David Mathis
More Than Just Raking

I’ll take a rake over a shovel any day.

Raking is relatively easy work and can make the yard look better in a short time. It’s easy enough that even our twin three-year-olds helped this fall, thanks to a pair of kids’ rakes from the neighborhood hardware store.

Raking may make my back a little sore the next day, but it’s nothing like the digging we did earlier in the year to prepare the front yard for a small retaining wall. Raking, even a lot of it, is reasonably painless. Digging,... Continue Reading

How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Jonathan Parnell
How to Clear the Clutter in Your Life

Sometimes our dining room table gets cluttered.

For one, it’s a big table. Every time I have to squeeze around the end chair, sliding my back against the wall, I remind myself that it’s not for the table we live in our house. It actually takes up so much space in our dining room that it’s become the easiest place to set stuff. Toys. Mail. Homework. Cups. More cups. The generous tabletop makes it simpler to just move things around rather than move them away, and after a... Continue Reading

Are You Chasing Happiness or Holiness?

Tony Reinke
Are You Chasing Happiness or Holiness?

Such a question actually reveals a common mistake of pitting holiness and happiness against each other. “God is more interested in you being holy than happy,” so the line goes.

One of my favorite theologians falls prey to this subtle dichotomy in a book to be released next year. Overall it’s a great book (with plenty of strengths to commend later), but here I want to make a friendly amendment to these few paragraphs from it:

In this psychological world, the God of love... Continue Reading

How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?

Jon Bloom
How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

In last week’s post, I described grumbling as the accent of hell and gratitude as the accent of heaven. But as many of us prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving next week, let’s take a longer look at gratitude.

More specifically, how is it possible to obey 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and “give thanks in all circumstances,” especially if our circumstances are horrible?... Continue Reading

Half a Century Since C.S. Lewis

David Mathis
Half a Century Since C.S. Lewis

He went quietly. It was very British.

While the Americans rocked and reeled, and the world’s attention turned to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one Clive Staples Lewis breathed his last in Oxford just a week shy of his 65th birthday. Strangely enough, science-fictionist Aldous Huxley passed the same day, and in one calendar square, three of the twentieth-century’s most influential figures were gone.

It was November 22, 1963 — 50 years ago today.

C.S.... Continue Reading

A Book You Can Be Caught Reading

Marshall Segal
A Book You Can Be Caught Reading

Some books we rarely read in public. Spiritual Depression. Almost Anorexic. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Anything on sexual purity.

Regardless of our reason for reading, it can feel like a confession — like we have to explain ourselves if we’re caught with one of these books at church or a coffee shop. Any chance you’ve put When I Don’t Desire God in that category?

This Is for All of Us

I know I did. I felt like I had to wait for a major spiritual crisis to come.... Continue Reading

An Alternative Script for Same-Sex Attraction

Nick Roen
An Alternative Script for Same-Sex Attraction

“There is nothing wrong with living a gay lifestyle. In fact, if you repress who you are, you will never live a happy, fulfilled life. Be true to yourself!”

This is the overwhelming message of society regarding homosexuality. Mark Yarhouse refers to this as “the gay script,” the blueprint for how homosexuals are to live. “Embrace who you are,” a swelling number shout, “and you will find happiness!”

I disagree, but I must confess that there is a part of me that... Continue Reading

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

John Piper
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to announce that our Advent ebook is newly revised and ready for December 2013: Good News of Great Joy. It’s available free from Desiring God in three electronic formats, or at low cost in paperback through Amazon.

As you know, Advent is just around the corner. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this year, that’s December 1 — and is a season of preparation for Christmas Day.

A year ago, the team here at Desiring God did a... Continue Reading