The ________ God of the Old Testament

Tyler Kenney

 How would you fill in the blank?

Chances are "vengeful" or "wrathful" were some of the first words to cross your mind. Why is that? Why has the God of the Old Testament become so associated with his wrath and, as usually follows, set in contrast to the "merciful" God of the New Testament?

Read Nehemiah 9 and "wrathful" is not the primary image of God you get.

This is one of the great chapters in the Old Testament: the people of Israel have just returned from captivity in... Continue Reading

To Prosperity Preachers: Don't Conceal the Cost

John Piper

This is the eighth post in a series of twelve. The content comes from“Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition ofLetthe Nations Be Glad.

Missing from most prosperity preaching is the fact that the New Testament emphasizes the necessity of suffering far more than it does the notion of material prosperity.

Jesus said, “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also... Continue Reading

Jesus & the Buddha on Happiness

Jon Bloom

 Greatly disturbed by the suffering he saw in the world, 29-year-old Prince Gautama Siddhartha (563-483 BC), who was later called the Buddha (enlightened one), left his wife and young child and set out on a search for the meaning of life.

What he observed was the impermanence of the world—nothing lasted. In spite of this, people desired these impermanent things. They desired to hold on to life, health, possessions, and each other. But life, health, possessions and people pass... Continue Reading

To Prosperity Preachers: Preserve the Salt and Light

John Piper

This is the seventh post in a series of twelve. The content comes from“Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition ofLetthe Nations Be Glad.

What is it about Christians that makes them the salt of the earth and the light of the world? It is not wealth. The desire for wealth and the pursuit of wealth tastes and looks just like the world. Desiring to be rich makes us like the world, not different. At the very point where we should taste... Continue Reading

Solomon Is Not the One

Jonathan Parnell

In Deuteronomy 17 Moses instructs Israel concerning the king that they will one day appoint for themselves. He gives the following three negative stipulations:

  1. he must not acquire many horses (v.16)
  2. he must not acquire many wives (v.17a)
  3. he must not acquire excessive silver and gold (v. 17b)

Now fast forward to Samuel and Kings. In 2 Samuel 7:12-17, God promises King David a son who will be king forever. Five chapters later his son Solomon is born, and by 1 Kings 1 this son has taken... Continue Reading

Mary Pearson

Jon Bloom

In a post a couple weeks ago we requested prayer for Mary Pearson (the beloved wife of DG Board member, Mitch Pearson) who for the last 15+ months has been battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Friday night, May 14th, Mary's body succumbed and at 6:39 PM she entered into the presence of Jesus.

Here is an excerpt from what Mitch wrote on Mary's Caringbridge site:

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. The days ahead will be difficult and we will need to make many adjustments.We are... Continue Reading

Christian Hedonism 3.0

Jon Bloom

A few days ago Doug Wilson wrote a very interesting post exhorting us not to be truncated Christian Hedonists (CH). Yes, it’s necessary that we pursue God as our treasure (CH 1.0). And our understanding of God must be explicitly Trinitarian (CH 2.0)—Wilson calls it Nicean hedonism (I love it!).

But then he says, “we … need to move on to Chalcedon, to an incarnational hedonism.” This means enjoying God in all that he has made. Wilson writes,

The world is a sacramental, and everything... Continue Reading

The Eyes Jesus Opened First

Jon Bloom

Gang nach Emmaus :: Robert Zünd

Luke included the Emmaus road account (Luke 24:13-35), no doubt, because it was a powerful testimony of the resurrected Jesus by two credible eyewitnesses (Cleopas likely would have been known to many first generation Christians). But there is also something valuable to see in how Jesus chose to reveal himself to these sad, cynical disciples.


It was Sunday afternoon. Cleopas and his companion exited Jerusalem’s Western Gate, heading toward Emmaus. Even a casual observer could... Continue Reading

The Problem with "Give in Order to Get"

Matt Perman

The Sower :: Albin Egger-LienzProsperity teachers sometimes teach that if we give, God will in turn give back more to us than we have given. This, then, becomes an incentive to give and a subtle way of advocating the idea that "God wants you to be rich."

There are two main problems with this worth mentioning. First, while it is true that God absolutely does give back to us more than we have given (see, for example, Matthew 19:29 or the feeding of the five thousand), this is not always (or usually) ... Continue Reading

To Prosperity Preachers: Eliminate Choking Hazards

John Piper

This is the sixth post in a series of twelve. The content comes from“Twelve Appeals to Prosperity Preachers” found in the new edition ofLetthe Nations Be Glad.

Jesus warns that the word of God, the gospel, which is meant to give us life, can be choked to death by riches. He says it is like a seed that grows up among thorns: “They are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the . . . riches . . . of life, and their fruit does not mature... Continue Reading