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…

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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 of Let the 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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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It was Sunday afternoon. Cleopas and his companion exited Jerusalem’s Western Gate, heading toward…

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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…

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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 of Let the 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,…

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To Prosperity Preachers: Foster Faith in God

John Piper

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

The reason the writer to the Hebrews tells us to be content with what we have is that the opposite implies less faith in the promises of God. He says, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be…

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