The Gospel: Spread It or Lose It

John Piper

At Ralph Winter’s memorial service in Pasadena on June 28, I drew attention to one main reason for gratitude out of many that I feel.

I thanked God that Dr. Winter’s relentless pressing of the global application of the gospel and his tireless emphasis on the biblical and global reality of unreached peoples (not just fields), helped me know and love the enormity and centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

He explained why such a missions focus would have this effect. I find... Continue Reading

In God We Trust

Jon Bloom

This morning I read a booklet by Michael Haykin of Southern Seminary titled, In God We Trust: What Is God Saying In The Midst Of This Financial Crisis. He provides a brief survey of historical financial crises, beginning with Paul’s collection for the Jerusalem saints up through the Great Depression and highlights the spiritual fruit that came from them.

I love how he exhorts us Christians to be radically generous in the face of financial uncertainty since it is precisely during these times... Continue Reading

The Loving Meaning of the Leftovers

John Piper

After Jesus had fed both the 5,000 and the 4,000 with only a few loaves and fish, the disciples got in a boat without enough bread for themselves.

When they began to discuss their plight, Jesus said, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand?” (Mark 8:17). What didn’t they understand?

They did not understand the meaning of the leftovers, namely, that Jesus will take care of them when they take care of others. Jesus said:... Continue Reading

Goldsworthy on Why the Reformation Was Necessary

John Piper

In March, 2008, Graeme Goldsworthy delivered a lecture at Southern Baptist Theological seminary titled “Biblical Theology and its Pastoral Application.”

In it he gave one of the clearest statements of why the Reformation was needed and what the problem was in the way the Roman Catholic church had conceived of the gospel.

Both Catholicism and allegorical interpretation of Scripture involved the dehistoricizing of the Gospel. The Reformation rehistoricized... Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies

John Piper

Now that the video of the Q&Aat Advance 09 is available, I can look at it and feel bad all overagain. Here’s what I regret, indeed what I have apologized for to theperson who asked the question.

The first question to me and Mark Driscoll was, “Piper says get ridof my TV, and Driscoll says buy extra DVRs. How do you reconcile thisdifference?”

I responded, “Get your sources right. . . . I never said that in my life.”

Almost as soon as it was out of my... Continue Reading

Hope for Sexual Strugglers

David Mathis

David fell in 2 Samuel 11. He saw that Bathsheba was “very beautiful,” and he followed his lusts down the slope to adultery—and then even to having her husband killed.

But by 1 Kings 1, David is able to be attended to by Abishag the Shunammite, who the text also says was “very beautiful,” and yet “the king knew her not” (verse 4).

Maybe aging was a factor, but my guess is that there’s much more going on here than merely getting old. Such a change sure seems like God’s purifying... Continue Reading

A Tribute to My Father

John Piper

John Piper's dad

My father was the happiest man I have ever known. Not that he never grumbled (he was a golfer who lost a lot of balls). But he was rooted so firmly in the glory of God’s grace that nothing could keep him down for long.

He loved the promises of God. I just heard him say yesterday on an old recording, quoting William Carey, “The future is as bright as the promises of God.”

He really believed Romans 8:28. He prayed it and sang it and preached and lived in the joy of it.

And he led people... Continue Reading

America's Debt to John Calvin

John Piper

In this year of John Calvin’s 500th birthday, I don’t know of a better place to read about his impact on America than Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism given at Princeton Seminary in October 1898. Kuyper was a pastor, a journalist, the founder of the Free University of Amsterdam, and Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

John Calvin and Martin Luther were the twin pillars of the Protestant Reformation. Why do fewer people speak of Luther’s culture-shaping impact on America,... Continue Reading

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

John Piper

Most of us realize that enjoying anything other than God, from the bestgift to the basest pleasure, can become idolatry. Paul says in Colossians 3:5, “Covetousness is idolatry.”

“Covetousness” means desiring something other than God in the wrong way. But what does that mean—“in the wrong way”?

The reason this matters is both vertical and horizontal. Idolatry willdestroy our relationship with God. And it will destroy ourrelationships with people...

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Strong in Another’s Strength

David Mathis

Laziness is not the alternative to living in your own strength. Paul talks about being strong in the strength of another.

  • Ephesians 6:10: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
  • Colossians 1:29: “I toil [to present everyone mature in Christ], struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:1: “Be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:10: “By the grace of God I am what I am.... I worked harder than... Continue Reading