Why Finally Alive

David Mathis

John Piper's new book Finally Aliveis scheduled to release next week. We hope to have it available at the Desiring God Conference for Pastors on Monday, February 2.

This is the first of 6 posts introducing this book. This first one is a Q&A with John Piper about why he wrote the book. The last 5 will provide 5 of my favorite quotes from Finally Aliveand some endorsements.

Q: Finally Alive is a whole book dedicated to the theme of the new birth. Why take up this doctrine?

A: In December... Continue Reading

15 Talking Points About Abortion

John Piper

Here are 15 pro-life truths that help clarify the issue of abortion and give you brief talking points with those you would like to persuade.

In addition I include the links to the main abortion providers in the Twin Cities.

Holding A Miracle

John Piper

Jason French has created a beautiful celebration of God’s gift of life. He wrote the song and put together the video. It’s called “I’m Holding A Miracle.” We will show it as part of our sanctity of life focus this Sunday. I commend it to you for your joy.

Lincoln’s Logic on Slavery Applied to Abortion

John Piper

On January 12, 2009 Samantha Heiges, age 23, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for drowning her newborn in Burnsville, Minnesota. If she had arranged for a doctor to kill the child a few weeks earlier she would be a free woman.

What are the differences between this child before and after birth that would justify its protection just after birth but not just before? There are none. This is why Abraham Lincoln’s reasoning about slavery is relevant in ways he... Continue Reading

The President, the Passengers, and the Patience of God

John Piper

Sometimes we are so overwhelmed at being treated better than we deservethat we must exult in the all-sovereign God—the God of birds' flightand Obama’s rise. When King David pondered how many were God’s“wondrous deeds,” he said, “I will proclaim and tell of them, yet theyare more than can be told” (Psalm 40:5). That’s the way I feel watching God’s public mercies in the last few days...

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Being Pro-Life Christians Under a Pro-Choice President

John Piper

That is the title of a sermon I preached January 17, 1993, three days before Bill Clinton was inaugurated president. It is just as relevant—or more—today.

The text was 1 Peter 2:17, “Honor the king.” I closed with eight ways to honor a pro-choice president. The seventh was this:

We will honor you by expecting from you straightforward answers to straightforward questions. We would not expect this from a con-man, but we do expect it from an honorable man.... Continue Reading

Christianity Is the Best Explanation

John Piper

Yesterday I said I’d share Mark Noll’s explanation of America’s successes and failures in the matter of race. Here is his summary which penetrates to the bottom of the “both-and” nature of the God-loved, God-cursed world we live in.

To explain the simultaneous manifestation of superlative good and pervasive malevolence in the history of race and religion, neither simple trust in human nature nor simple cynicism about American hypocrisy is adequate.... [Something else... Continue Reading

How the “Fierce Caucasian-Gentile-Visigoths” Flunked

John Piper

Mark Noll attempts a theological explanation of the “conundrum” of America’s successes and failures in regard to race in his book God and Race in American Politics. To set the stage for the explanation he quotes Walker Percy’s book Love in Ruins.

Noll says Percy “got it right”:

What a bad joke: God saying: here it is, the new Eden, and it is yours because you’re the apple of my eye, because you the lordly Westerners, the fierce Caucasian-Gentile-Visigoths,... Continue Reading

How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation

John Piper

At Barack Obama’s request, tomorrow in the Lincoln Memorial, Gene Robinson, the first openly non-celibate homosexual bishop in the Episcopal Church, will deliver the invocation for the inauguration kick-off.

This is tragic not mainly because Obama is willing to hold up the legitimacy of homosexual intercourse, but because he is willing to get behind the church endorsement of sexual intercourse between men.

It is one thing to say: Two men may... Continue Reading

Noll Wisely Risks the Un-sensible

John Piper

In his new book, Mark Noll says that “a sensible historian would now end with a summary as follows...” (176). Then he coolly summarizes, in a single paragraph, the historical observations.

I am thankful that Noll was “promoted to move beyond historical interpretation” in the conclusion of his book. He calls it a “Theological Conclusion”—un-sensible, I suppose, for a historian. But wise and helpful as a human being willing to help the rest of us get our bearings.

He sets up... Continue Reading