Finding Joy in the Everyday

Marshall Segal

The Tuesday after a long holiday weekend may feel like the epitome of the mundane. It’s easy to sense joy in Labor Day’s food, friends, and freedom. It’s much harder to find it returning to the ruthless routine of work and school and family.

Unless your joy is in Jesus.

In this two-and-a-half-minute video, pastor Jeff Vanderstelt uncovers some keys to rediscovering joy each day, in the everyday things of your life — yes, even the Tuesday things. Because Jesus is in the details,... Continue Reading

The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God

John Piper
The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God

One thing I am sure of intuitively: God’s ways are higher than my ways. Which means: If he reveals through the Bible his ways of loving me, they will certainly be jarring.

The ease with which the human race presumes to tell God how he should love is breathtaking. There is only one way to know how God loves me: Listen to what he tells me, and believe him.

One of the things he tells me in the Bible is that he loved Israel from all eternity in a way... Continue Reading

Even If You Labor “for Nought”

John Piper
Even If You Labor “for Nought”

Discouragement comes in many forms. So our weapons must be varied.

Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave me a long list of the discouragements, pitfalls, and hardships of pastoral ministry. Later, when I accepted the call, he rejoiced with me and said that the letter was not meant to stop me, but to prove the reality of my call. If I could move forward, he said, after... Continue Reading

The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today

John Piper
The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today

Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.

By right of creation: “The earth is the Lᴏʀᴅ’s . . . the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it” (Psalm 24:1–2).

By right of redemptive purpose on the cross: “You were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and... Continue Reading

What Your Passions Say About You

Tony Reinke
What Your Passions Say About You

Actions speak louder than words — but desires speak loudest.

The pursuit of pleasure is what drives all our actions and decisions, driving us into relationships, driving us to watch football, driving us toward excellence at work. We authentically pursue what we are convinced will bring us pleasure.

John Bunyan was a pastor who spent considerable time thinking about how pleasures operate in our lives. In one of his sermons Bunyan said: “desires are hunting things.” Stalking... Continue Reading

Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL

John Piper

I invite you to watch this moving 11-minute story of Michigan State linebacker Chris Norman.

Desiring God commissioned the video because God is at the center of the story, and because at one key point, God used Don’t Waste Your Life as part of his surprising plan for Chris’s life. Special thanks to hip-hop artists Flame and Shai Linne for their contributions to the soundtrack, and to Michigan State University and ESPN for the game footage.

Why would a promising... Continue Reading

Tapestry: A Vision for Trans-Cultural Church

David Mathis

Leonce Crump describes the vision as “trans-cultural.” Not multi-cultural, but trans-cultural.

Crump pastors Renovation Church in Atlanta and has found the image of a tapestry to be helpful. The individual pieces are essential, but the whole is more beautiful than the parts. Says Crump, more important than being African-American is being a child of God.

In this five-minute video, Crump wonderfully articulates his trans-cultural vision, walking us through the... Continue Reading

Spectacular Sins, Today and Yesterday

John Piper
Spectacular Sins, Today and Yesterday

When we published Spectacular Sins five years ago, sinning was not even then as spectacular as it is today. For example, that the history-long, ever-present heartache of same-sex desires in boys and girls and men and women should be celebrated as holy was not yet sanctioned by culture, court, chief, and church. Today it is. There are no words painful enough to lament this human ruin and divine dishonor.

In reissuing Spectacular Sins this week, now in paperback, we are... Continue Reading

Keeping King’s Dream Alive

David Mathis
Keeping King’s Dream Alive

It truly was the dream speech.

Fifty years ago today — on August 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to a podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.

A quarter of a million civil-rights supporters crowded into Washington D.C. to have their voices heard, and King’s voice was the spark plug. It became a defining moment for the movement.

A Rhetorical Masterpiece

As his electric speech came to a climax, he departed... Continue Reading

Three Reasons to Pray for President Obama

Jonathan Parnell
Three Reasons to Pray for President Obama

Knowing what is right and doing what is right are the basics to following Jesus in this world. But it’s not always simple.

The freedoms for Christian discipleship in the United States seem to be shriveling, albeit slowly. American Christians may be entering a day when the civil authorities tell us we must not do what we know is right. And at the same time, could it be that we also are entering a day when God tells us what’s right regarding the civil authorities, but... Continue Reading