Invitation to Our 2010 Pastors Conference

John Piper

Dear fellow shepherds of God's people,

For over 20 years, we have assumed the foundation of Christian Hedonism at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors. But we have never focused on it. Until now. I thought it was time. Our theme for 2010 is

The Pastor, the People, and the Pursuit of Joy
The Apostolic Aim of Pastoral Ministry

At least twice, the apostle Paul sums up the goal of his ministry in the joy of his people. First, to the Corinthians:

"Not that we lord it... Continue Reading

When You Don't Want to Do What You Ought To

John Piper

If your "want to" does not conform to God's "ought to," what can you do to have peace?

I see at least five possible strategies.

  1. You can avoid thinking about the "ought to."

    This is the most common strategy in the world. Most people simply do not devote energy to pondering what they should be doing that they are not doing.

  2. You can reinterpret the "ought to" so that it sounds just like your "want to."

    This is a little more sophisticated and so not as common. It... Continue Reading

Dense with Magnificent Truth

John Piper

What an amazing array of glorious acts of love God shows toward us in 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. I pray that God will make my thoughts this dense with magnificent truth.

  • Loved
  • Chosen
  • Saved
  • Sanctified
  • Believing
  • Called
  • Obtaining glory

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14:

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved , through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth . To this he called ... Continue Reading

When You Don’t Feel Like It, Take Heart

Jon Bloom

Did you wake up not feeling like reading your Bible and praying? How many times today have you had to battle not feeling like doing things you know would be good for you?

While it’s true that this is our indwelling sin that we must repent of and fight against, there’s more going on.

Think about this strange pattern that occurs over and over in just about every area of life:

  • Good food requires discipline to prepare and eat while junk food tends to be the most tasty,... Continue Reading

Satan, World, Providence, Christ

John Piper

Not until recently had I ever felt the weight of the fact that thoseoutside Christ have no defense against the devil. God can restrain thedevil from doing his maximum worst. But the world cannot. They arehelpless before Satan’s supernatural power. They are utterly in hissway, except for God’s restraining providence.

This should make us tremble for the hopelessness of the world andmarvel at the magnitude of God’s power and grace to keep the world frombeing ten thousand times... Continue Reading

Not Just for Theological Uber Geeks

John Piper

No, no, no. My friend, Mark Driscoll. No, no, no.

Yesterday you tweeted and facebooked to a gazillion people:

Only the hardcore uber geek theological types who love footnotes will care, but John Sailhamer's The Meaning of the Pentateuch & Andreas Kostenberger's A Theology of John's Gospels & Letters were just released. For both of you - enjoy.

Emphatically, no. To all pastors and serious readers of the Old Testament—geek, uber geek, under geek, no geek—if you... Continue Reading

5 Ways Sin is Serious

John Piper

In Psalm 51, as he laments and repents of his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah, David confesses at least five ways that his sin is extremely serious.

1. He says that he can’t get the sin out of his mind.

It is blazoned on his conscience. Verse 3:

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

Ever before him. The tape keeps playing. And he can’t stop it.

2. He says that his exceeding sinfulness is only against God.

Nathan had said David despised God and... Continue Reading

9 Ways to Know the Gospel of Christ Is True

John Piper

1. Jesus Christ, as he is presented to us in the New Testament,and as he stands forth from all its writings, is too single and toogreat to have been invented so uniformly by all these writers.

Theforce of Jesus Christ unleashed these writings; the writings didnot create the force. Jesus is far bigger and more compelling thanany of his witnesses. His reality stands behind these writings as agreat, global event stands behind a thousand newscasters. Something... Continue Reading

My Mother's Response to Our Adoption

Noel Piper

Today is a very important day in my life—my mother’s birthday.

At my blog, I’m in the middle of a series, telling our adoption story. Today, I skipped ahead a few episodes to describe Mother’s response to our adoption news.

I’m thanking God for Mother, who to this day points me toward him through her life and practical advice.

The Centrality of the Glory of God

John Piper

We use the term “glory of God” so often that it tends to lose its biblical force. But the sun is no less blazing, and no less beneficial, because people ignore it.

Yet God does not like to be ignored. “Mark this, then, you who forget God, lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!” (Psalms 50:22). So let’s focus again on the glory of God. What is it? How important is it?

What Is the Glory of God?

The glory of God is the holiness of God put on display. That is, it... Continue Reading