25 Ways to Help Kids Love to Read

Desiring God Staff

Noel Piper tells the story of one of her sons really enjoying the books The Cross and the Switchblade and Run, Baby, Run. This son did not generally like reading, so it was especially exciting that he had gotten into these stories. When he finished both books, he went to the library and asked if the librarian could direct him to more stories that he might enjoy. She asked…

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A Poem for Mother's Day

John Piper

For Noël on Mother’s Day
May 14, 2000

Where Was Mary?

“After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

Where was Mary, Jesus’ mother
When he sang his final song?
Where was Mary on the evening
Of the world’s most wicked wrong?

Where was Mary at the moment
Jesus broke the tender bread?
Where was Mary when he blessed it
With his mercy and his dread?…

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200 Years in China, Today

John Piper

On this day two hundred years ago, Robert Morrison boarded the ship, the Trident, in New York to complete his journey to China as the first Protestant Missionary.

He was born in 1782 in Scotland and was brought up in the Scottish Presbyterian Church. He took a dissolute detour from the faith but was converted in 1798 and began to dream of being a missionary. His mother made him…

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12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child

Desiring God Staff

Many parents are brokenhearted and completely baffled by their unbelieving son or daughter. They have no clue why the child they raised well is making such awful, destructive decisions. I’ve never been one of these parents, but I have been one of these sons. Reflecting back on that experience, I offer these suggestions to help you reach out to your wayward child.

In summary:

  1. Point them to Christ.
  2. Pray.
  3. Acknowledge…
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Lloyd-Jones: A Preacher's Preacher

John Piper

One of the greatest preachers of the 20th century was Martyn Lloyd-Jones, pastor of Westminster Chapel, London for 29 years until his retirement in 1968. He died March 1, 1981. But his writing and preaching continue.

There is very little great preaching today. Most of us are too bent on being good communicators to be good preachers. We are too clever and too funny. Where is the preacher today whom…

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The Lord Is My Stockman

Desiring God Staff

The "Holi Baibul" is now completely translated into Kriol, a language spoken by 30,000 Australians. This is the first complete translation of the Bible into an indigenous Australian tongue.

According to "The Religion Report" from ABC Radio National, there are about 51,000 speakers of indigenous languages in Australia, so this translation means that 6 out of 10 of these speakers can now read the Bible in…

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Cameroon Impressions

Noel Piper

If you can’t walk, even with crutches, and you don’t have a wheelchair, will you stay home? Or will you find some way—any way—to get to the market and to church? How will you move without a chair?

In Cameroon, when our short-term team saw people arriving at our work sites to receive a wheelchair in the name of Jesus, we had a glimpse of what people are willing…

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Let the Python Eat Its Tail. Amen.

John Piper

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion of the Supreme Court in upholding the ban on partial birth abortions on April 18, 2007. It is astonishing to read the opinion (Docket 05-380). The detail with which abortion is discussed exceeded my expectation. Kennedy’s own descriptions of the various forms of abortion are explicit and extensive. Descriptions of the procedure of partial birth abortion (“intact dilation and extraction”) are given from both…

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Tell Stories Like Life Depends on It

Desiring God Staff

The specific, nitty-gritty, sometimes disgusting, sometimes beautiful things that God has done really matter. We're saved by faith alone, but faith needs facts. We need to believe in something particular and concrete.

After Joshua and all his contemporaries died, we are told that "there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel…

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