Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That

Jonathan Parnell
Jesus Doesn’t Love You Like That

Either Jesus died to save his church or he didn’t. There isn’t a third option.

Either he gave himself up for his bride, as Ephesians 5:25 tells us, or he died to create the possibility of her salvation that depends upon the skills of human decision-making.

Are we dead in our sins, as Ephesians 2:1–3 says, or are we slightly impaired? Are we “far from the peaceful shore” or are we gone, sunken to the bottom of the ocean with no chance of resuscitation? Does God toss us a... Continue Reading

Four Keys to Satisfying Your Starving Soul

Marshall Segal
Four Keys to Satisfying Your Starving Soul

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. –2 Peter 1:3–4

If we’re honest, we’re all hungry. We’re starving for something to sustain us,... Continue Reading

Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?

Tony Reinke
Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?

Of the many trees in the Garden, God banned Adam and Eve from eating from one — just one (Genesis 2:16–17, 3:1–3, 11). Why?

John Piper recently gave the question some fresh thinking, which he shares in today’s episode of Ask Pastor John:

The function of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to make sure that the pleasures of all the other trees in the garden are supremely pleasures in God.

The command went like this: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘... Continue Reading

The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power

Jon Bloom
The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power

Perhaps the only thing harder for prideful humans than humbly wielding power is humbly yielding power.

And the most beautiful Old Testament example of this is the way Jonathan yielded Israel’s throne to David. But as we see in 1 Samuel 23:15–18, he did far more than just yield.


Abinadab had watched his fugitive younger brother receive Jonathan like royalty. Such an embrace. Such intimate talk. Such weeping in farewell. What had David divulged to the enemy’s son?

He stepped... Continue Reading

Lecrae Unwraps His Joy in Jesus

Marshall Segal

How do you pursue joy in Jesus? I mean what does it really look like — like today? How about when things are crazy at work or tense at home? If God made us to enjoy him, we have something infinitely valuable at our fingertips at any given moment. But how do we tap into it?

In this two-and-a-half-minute video, Lecrae Moore talks about his joy in Jesus — where he finds it and how it works itself out in every arena of his life. For him, fighting depression and discouragement is... Continue Reading

Cooking for Eternity: The Story of Jeff Ansorge

Tony Reinke
Cooking for Eternity: The Story of Jeff Ansorge

ST. PAUL, MN — Jeff Ansorge is a trim 40-year-old with buzzed hair and sideburns that are mostly silver and thick eyebrows that are mostly black. He’s a quiet, t-shirted Midwestern guy who can be found on any weekday hard at work in the Salvation Army soup kitchen in northeast St. Paul, Minnesota.

Every weekday morning, Jeff fills an echoing, cinder-block gymnasium with folding chairs and utility tables as he runs the lunch preparations in the kitchen off to... Continue Reading

The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ

David Mathis
The Remarkable Reality of Union with Christ

It may be the most important doctrine you’ve never heard of.

So says Kevin DeYoung about the reality of “union with Christ” — and sadly it seems he’s right.

But hopefully you aren’t among that number — and have not just heard about the doctrine, but begun to taste the practical fruit of this wide and wonderful reality. As Sinclair Ferguson says about union with Christ, “Of all the doctrines surrounding the Christian life this, one of the profoundest, is also one of... Continue Reading

The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans

John Knight
The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans

My dearest Grubnat,

I am glad to see you are finally learning to be subtler in manipulating your human. As I had warned you, I was concerned that your boisterous assault on the unborn vermin with the rare chromosomal makeup (the “disabled,” as the other vermin call them) was going to expose all our plans to destroy them.

So I congratulate you on the recent article in The New York Times, “Breakthroughs in Prenatal Screening.” I can see your skills developing. We must... Continue Reading

I Hate Porn

Eric Simmons
I Hate Porn

Pornography is a problem.

Porn is like a narcotic, it hijacks the brain, it redefines human sexuality, and in the meantime ruins lives, destroys families, and destabilizes ministries. And honestly it’s a problem that makes me tired — tired of the devastation Satan is causing to children, women, families, pastors, churches, and the world with this tragic evil.

Porn became a problem for me when I was only six, and by the grace of God that problem ended when Jesus saved me at age seventeen. But I... Continue Reading

Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn

John Piper
Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn

Last week I wrote about the physiological dimension of addiction to pornography. New brain research suggests it is as strong as addiction to cocaine and heroin because of its unique combination of stimulant and opiate. Pornography lays down real physiological paths in the brain. All sexual experience tends to migrate to these paths.

I concluded that none of this brain research takes God by surprise. He designed the interplay between the brain and the soul. Discoveries of... Continue Reading