The Emergence of Legal Christian Publishing in China

Michael Haykin

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…

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Can We See Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible?

John Piper

Jesus speaks of three ways of seeing himself, each better than the one before.

  1. 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).
  2. Then there were the prophets and righteous people…
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"Where Is Your Faith?"

Jon Bloom

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…

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How Responsible Are We When the World Rejects Our Message?

John Piper

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…

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Consider Loving Someone into Lovability

John Piper

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…

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Happy Birthday, Pastor John!

Jon Bloom

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…

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Jerry Rankin on Spiritual Warfare in the Global Mission

Jonathan Parnell

This is the second question and answer post with Jerry Rankin (read the first).

You have written directly on the subject of spiritual warfare. What led you to focus so much on this important topic, especially for missionaries?

If God’s ultimate desire is to be worshipped and exalted among all peoples, it is evident the adversary, Satan, who is jealous for God’s glory, is actively seeking to deprive God…

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Perhaps the Most Staggering Promise in the Bible

John Piper

What does Jesus mean when he says to the church in Laodicea, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21)?

Sit with Jesus on his throne? Really?

This is a promise to everyone who conquers, that is, who presses on in faith to the end (1 John…

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