Slave-Holding as Character Suicide
One of the books I listened to during my leave of absence was the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. I downloaded the audio free from Librivox, a remarkable website of free, non-professionally recorded books.
The book recounts Douglass’ rise from slavery to an oratorical force for abolition in America. He lived from 1818 to 1895. One of the most striking parts of this autobiography was the…Continue Reading
Ice-Cold at the End of the Age—And White-Hot
I am a historic, premillennial, post-tribulational, evangelical Christian who thinks it is possible that, when Jesus appears visibly and bodily on the clouds to establish his earthly kingdom, the Twin Cities could be 95% born-again, Bible-believing Christians, including the mayors, the city council, and the policemen.
“Lawlessness will be increased, [and] the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). But, meanwhile, white-hot martyr-types will take the gospel to every…Continue Reading
The Emergence of Legal Christian Publishing in China
This article first appeared in the January 2011 issue of The Banner of Truth Magazine. Reprinted here by permission.
One of the more remarkable facts about the history of the church is that some of its most significant events were barely noticed at the time of their occurrence. Examples are not hard to find. In the early church, for instance, the attention of the most powerful inhabitants of the…Continue Reading
Can We See Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible?
Jesus speaks of three ways of seeing himself, each better than the one before.
- There were the people who saw him, the incarnate Son of God, and did not see the self-authenticating reality of his divine glory. They only saw a teacher or a prophet. “Seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:13).
- Then there were the prophets and righteous people…
How Piper Writes Biographical Messages
Register now for the 2011 Conference for Pastors on “The Powerful Life of the Praying Pastor.”Continue Reading
"Where Is Your Faith?"
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…Continue Reading
How Responsible Are We When the World Rejects Our Message?
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…
Consider Loving Someone into Lovability
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…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, Pastor John!
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…Continue Reading