Failure to Live on Mission Is a Worship Problem

Trevin Wax
Failure to Live on Mission Is a Worship Problem

Sometimes we think the way to engage people in mission is to make sure we get the right information to them.

  • If we just preach the Bible, people will evangelize.

  • If we show people the commands in Scripture to care for the poor, people will develop a heart for mercy ministry.

  • If we make people aware of our need for more volunteers, people will sign up.

In other words, we perceive a knowledge problem. People need to know how to apply the Scriptures better, and once... Continue Reading

Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?

John Piper
Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?

For many years my conviction has been that Christian unity and Christian truth are served best not by removing fences, but by loving across them and having welcoming gates. I don’t claim to do it well. I want to do it better.

The point is that minimizing truth, or filing down its clear edges, or blending it all into one indistinguishable mass, or focusing on prayer, service, and mission, rather than truth — none of these produces unity that honors truth,... Continue Reading

20 Quotes from Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Tony Reinke
20 Quotes from Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Tim Keller has written one of the year’s most important books (a line I seem to recite annually). His newest — Walking with God through Pain and Suffering — is a wise, Christ-centered, comforting book for readers who hurt, and offers counsel to readers who anticipate future suffering. It’s a book for everyone, and it releases tomorrow from Dutton.

To mark its arrival, I pulled my favorite quotes from the book and narrowed the list down to my top 20.... Continue Reading

Pizza! Pizza! Waking Up in Little Caesar’s

Jonathan Parnell
Pizza! Pizza! Waking Up in Little Caesar’s

This is a story of discovery. C.S. Lewis was my guide. It all happened because of one late afternoon in the Spring of Minnesota when I heard these words:

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air.

The Unusual Study

The story actually starts in the morning of that Spring day when I packed up my books and drove to a quaint... Continue Reading

Jack’s Typewriter

Tony Reinke
Jack’s Typewriter

Thankfully you never saw our big mistake in the C.S. Lewis conference trailer.

For the video we hired an actor to play Lewis, to walk through a garden, to look into the sky, and to read a book in a high-back chair.

But one scene nobody saw was Lewis at his typewriter, not because we didn’t accidentally film the scene (and delete it later), but because such a scene never happened. Lewis detested typewriters.

At first this was merely a curious footnote in the brilliant and fascinating life of... Continue Reading

Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

David Mathis
Fed Up with Life and Ready to Write

Ink is the great cure for all human ills.

So wrote a young C.S. Lewis to a childhood friend. Lewis was only seventeen years old when he penned such a claim, but he has proved wise beyond his years. Here’s the full statement from his letter of May 30, 1916:

Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills.

Whether we think of ourselves as writers or not — and we are all writers to some extent, even if it’s just email and social media... Continue Reading

Lewis Live-Stream Free for All

David Mathis
Lewis Live-Stream Free for All

UPDATE: See available audio and video rebroadcasts.

At long last, we gather this weekend in Minneapolis for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference.

The fullest experience will be on the ground in Minnie, but we’re kicking the doors wide open across the Worldwide Web for all to stream in. Whosoever wills may come with the free-of-cost conference live-stream.

All the action is available — in English, Spanish, and Russian — at desiringGod.org/live. Also you can track with us on... Continue Reading

Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

Jon Bloom
Hope for the Battle with Intractable Weakness

We all have sin-infected weaknesses that are intractable. They are deeply woven into the fabric of who we are and are frequently exacerbated by our sinful responses to them.

Inherent weaknesses are different from indwelling sin. Indwelling sin is evil that is waging war against God in our very members (Romans 7:21–23). Inherent weaknesses are our bodily experience of God’s curse of futility that is affecting all of creation (Romans 8:20). Sin is moral corruption... Continue Reading

The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things

John Piper
The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things

Clyde Kilby was born September 26, 1902. He may have been my most influential teacher when I was in college. But then again it may have been Stuart Hackett. Kilby was a romantic — like C. S. Lewis. Hackett was a rationalist — like C. S. Lewis. One taught literature, the other taught philosophy. One taught me to see with the eyes of a poet. The other taught me the ubiquitous relevance of the law of non-contradiction.

I thank God for both of them. I believe what they saw... Continue Reading

Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager

Owen Strachan
Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager

What comes to mind when you think of the word “financial debt?” College loans? Low-budget TV commercials? Interminable stress and prolonged discouragement?

These are all possible, and understandable, responses. Here’s another one: Jesus Christ.

Jesus Came to Crush Our Debt

What do I mean by this rather odd statement? To begin with, on the cross Jesus paid for all of our sin. We were terribly, tremendously in the wrong before a holy God. We all heaped up an unpayable amount of... Continue Reading