Stigma Is a Good Thing for Bad Acts

John Piper

We should seek to stigmatize abortion by associating it with racism as closely as the truth warrants.

People today don’t oppose the enslavement of blacks merely because they think it's wrong. They oppose it because otherwise they would be viewed as Neanderthals. It's easy to oppose it because to do so is fashionable.

That’s a good thing. It always helps when the right thing happens to be P.C.

So let’s be wise in showing the way abortion is closer to racism and slavery than... Continue Reading

Don't Just Be Passively Hospitable

David Mathis

In Romans 12:13, Paul points out that one effect of God’s mercy on his people is that they “seek to show hospitality.”

Seek. Pursue. Chase after.

They are not merely willing to be hospitablewhen someone comes to the door or asks for a favor. But they seek to show hospitality. They’re looking for and creating opportunities to be hospitable, not just answering the doorbell.

That Paul would point to seeking, not merely being willing to be hospitable, makes sense. After all, it... Continue Reading

Corrective Tract for the Prosperity Gospel

John Piper

Corrective tract for the prosperity gospel

Mark 8:34-36:

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

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President Obama Exegetes and Applies the Sermon on the Mount

John Piper

On April 14th at Georgetown University there were "Remarks by the President on the Economy".

Now, there's a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells the story of two men. The first built his house on a pile of sand, and it was soon destroyed when a storm hit. But the second is known as the wise man, for when "the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, it fell not: for it was founded... Continue Reading

What I Said to the Pastoral Staff About Unity Amid Differences

John Piper

The week after Easter the pastoral staff got away for our annualpastors and wives retreat for two-and-a-half days in southernMinnesota. The aim is to deepen and strengthen our marriages and ourunified vision for ministry at Bethlehem.

My happy job is to serve that goal in ministering the word on ourfirst afternoon together. What I chose to talk about was being “eagerto maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).

The... Continue Reading

Thank You, Benjamin, for a Beautiful New Kitchen

John Piper

This is an advertisement for Piper Construction Company, and a public celebration of God’s goodness to us as a family.

Our kitchen got a makeover with Benjamin Piper’s eye for craftsmanship and beauty. If you live in or near the Twin Cities and need any kind of remodeling—from decks to attics to basements to kitchens to bathrooms—I am sold on this fellow’s workmanship. A wise (and skillful) son makes a glad father.

Here is where he started:

Piper kitchen, before

Here is where he... Continue Reading

The Stone Fist of His Heart Began to Bang

Karsten Piper

A guest post by Karsten Piper

With “Descending Theology: The Resurrection,” Mary Karr offers us a poem on an over-familiar yet hyper-daring topic: Jesus rising from the dead.

From the far star points of his pinned extremities,
cold inched in—black ice and squid ink—
till the hung flesh was empty.
Lonely in that void even for pain,
he missed his splintered feet,
the human stare buried in his face.
He ached for two hands made of meat
he could reach to the end of.
In... Continue Reading

If You Have a Jewish Friend...

John Piper

The book featured in our homepage banner today, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, has an introduction that might be interesting to your Jewish friends. In answering why Jesus came to die, I tried to connect Calvary with the concentration camps. It’s risky. But I tried to be very sensitive.

I would like this introduction to be winsome for Jewish people who wonder what Christians believe about the death of Jesus. Here’s a quote from the Introduction.

I am not the first to link... Continue Reading

Who's the Naked Guy and Why Does He Matter?

David Mathis

One puzzle in the passion story is, Who’s the young man running through the garden without his clothes on?

Mark 14:51–52 says,

And a young man followed [Jesus], with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

There are several options for who this is. But the best may be that it's the Gospel-writer Mark himself, who was in the city and an eyewitness to the Passion week proceedings. William Lane... Continue Reading

A Conversation with Death on Good Friday

John Piper

CHRISTIAN:

Hello, Death, my old enemy. My old slave-master. Have you come to talk to me again? To frighten me?

I am not the person you think I am. I am not the one you used to talk to. Something has happened. Let me ask you a question, Death.

Where is your sting?

DEATH, sneeringly:

My sting is your sin.

CHRISTIAN:

I know that, Death. But that’s not what I asked you. I asked, where is your sting? I know what it is. But tell me where it is.

Why are you... Continue Reading