Good Breeze from a Fundamentalist Neighbor

John Piper

I would like to encourage all fundamentalists and former fundamentalists to feel a good breeze from the fevered landscape of controversy. It’s from an article by Kevin Bauder, the president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, across town from us here in Minneapolis.

If you are a younger fundamentalist and hope to stay one and be a good one, read this.

If you think you are not a fundamentalist and wonder what the best ones are like, read this.

If you read John... Continue Reading

No, Mr. President. Killing Is Killing No Matter What We Call It

John Piper

It's a magnificent thing: The only newly-originating life in the universe that comes in the image of God is Man. The only newly-originating life in the universe that lasts forever is Man.

This is an awesome thing.

And, as everyone knows, that reverence is not shared by our new President, over whom we have rejoiced.

He is trapped and blind in a culture of deceit. On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he released this statement,

We are reminded that... Continue Reading

What I Mean by Preaching

John Piper

The following is from the intro to last weekend's sermon.

Some of you may have little or no experience with what I mean by preaching. I think it will help you listen to my messages if I say a word about it.

What I mean by preaching is expository exultation.

Preaching Is Expository

Expository means that preaching aims to exposit, or explain and apply, the meaning of the Bible. The reason for this is that the Bible is God’s word, inspired, infallible, profitable—all 66 books of it.

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Emotions and the Aim of Preaching

John Piper

Here is one of the most insightful and influential quotes on preaching I ever read. It’s from Jonathan Edwards:

I don't think ministers are to be blamed for raising the affections of their hearers too high, if that which they are affected with be only that which is worthy of affection, and their affections are not raised beyond a proportion to their importance, or worthiness of affection.

I should think myself in the way of my duty to raise the affections of my hearers... Continue Reading

The Weight of Generations: For Noël on Mother’s Day

John Piper

You bear them yet, this progeny,
These little ones you bore.
And, oh, how changed your mothering
Since you were twenty-four.

You once were carried on the wings
Of hope and expectations,
And now you carry in your soul
The weight of generations.

But you have learned whose back can bear
The heaviness of years,
And I have seen you load his back,
And soak his robes with tears.

No mother ever touched his robe
And met disdain or jest;
And heavy generations yet
Will rise and... Continue Reading

Do Not Forsake Your Mother's Teaching

John Piper

The following is adapted from the sermon, "Do Not Forsake Your Mother's Teaching."

The book of Proverbs begins, "The proverbs of Solomon, son ofDavid, king of Israel." He was a great king and the son of a greatking. That means he was famous and powerful and supreme in all therealm. People bowed in his presence. They did what he said. He hadimmense authority and honor.

How did he treat his mother in this exalted role? You recall hismother was Bathsheba. She had married... Continue Reading

Rock of Truth, Satanic Stumbling Block

Jon Bloom

It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard way (Matthew 16:13-27).

Why Jesus had led his disciples up to Caesarea Philippi, they weren’t sure. At the foot of Mount Hermon in the far north of Palestine, the population was mostly pagan. Legend told that the Greek god, Pan, had... Continue Reading

Sexual Intimacy and the Rights Over a Spouse's Body in Marriage

John Piper

1 Corinthians 7:3-5

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may... Continue Reading

Repentance and Christ-Exalting Civic Engagement

John Piper

There is no clear dividing line between biblical repentance and Christ-exalting civic engagement.

By repentance I mean turning from unbelief and sin, and trusting in Jesus as Savior, Lord, and supreme Treasure of your life.

By civic engagement I mean making efforts in the secular public sphere for the sake of a more just and loving social order in the name of Jesus Christ who is Lord of all things.

But while all Bible-believing people agree that God has issued... Continue Reading