On Fraudulent "Christian" Fundraising

Desiring God Staff

I read an article a few days ago about the bleaker side of "Christian" fundraising--fake handwriting, ghostwriting, and all sorts of other manipulation (HT: SI). If I were on the outside of Christian ministry, I would be skeptical of it all, so I wanted to just make a few simple promises about DG's fundraising.

Here are some quotes from the article and how we would respond here at DG.

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No Fear!

John Piper

Today is Friday the 13th. How should Christians respond to the fear of bad luck today? National Geographic News reports: “It's been estimated that [U.S.] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.”

Consider two biblical truths in relation to this kind of fear.

1. God governs the lives of his children—not fate and not

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He died? Oh no!

Noel Piper

In 1929, young Elsie Viren was the efficient, capable new secretary to the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. By the time we Pipers arrived 51 years later in 1980, her days were filled with teaching Sunday school, visiting the church’s elderly and shut-ins and working 2 days a week at her manual typewriter in the office blessing all of Bethlehem’s missionaries with regular letters.

After more than 60 years devoted…

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Radical Effects of the Resurrection

John Piper
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. . . . Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised,
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Be Wowed by God

Desiring God Staff

The more we know of the galaxies, the more intense our worship should be.

Piper made this point last weekend, noting that if the ancients were astounded by God's handiwork in the heavens, how much more should we be who can see millions of miles further than them.

But I live in downtown Minneapolis. The only star I can regularly point out from my neighborhood is the sun. So…

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Holy Week at the Pipers’

Noel Piper

A Month of Preparation for Easter

Ordinarily at the Piper house, we begin looking toward Easter near the beginning of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. That was February 21 this year. During the season, we have special devotional readings each Sunday. Along with the readings, we use candles to help us symbolize what was happening as the world moved toward Jesus’ death.

On the first Sunday of Lent, which…

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Things I Have Learned

John Piper

Since my father died on March 6, I have been looking through his papers. I found a small sheet with the following fifteen counsels, titled “Things I Have Learned.” He didn't make most of these up. Some of them go back to his college days when he was absorbing the pithy wisdom of Bob Jones Senior. They have again confirmed the obvious: I owe my father more than I…

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