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

What Would We Do “Without” the Gospel?

Marshall Segal
What Would We Do “Without” the Gospel?

Have you ever stopped to look at just one word in God’s word? Maybe you look it up in a concordance or do a search online. You might search for “hope” or “peace” or “God” or “life.” But what if the gospel is in a preposition? Take “without” as an example...

Nothing Without God

The God who made the world and everything in it looked out across an earth “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2), and he spoke it into being. “Without him was not any thing made that was made” (John... Continue Reading

The Value of Knowing How God Saved You

John Piper
The Value of Knowing How God Saved You

I will venture to say that most Christians don’t know how God saved them. I don’t mean how God paid for their sins, but how he brought them to faith. That means many Christians miss out on the benefits of knowing this. There are at least six benefits which I’ll mention at the end.

God saved us by raising us from spiritual death, opening the eyes of our blind hearts, and giving us the gift of faith. Let it sink in now from God’s word, that he did this, not you.

Whether... Continue Reading

Fresh Advice for the New Semester

David Mathis
Fresh Advice for the New Semester

It’s that time of year. School is back in session, new relationships are burgeoning, and fresh patterns of life are forming. Back to school is a major season of transition in Western society and beyond.

To help you navigate these days, and make the most of the new semester, we went behind the blog for a deeper dive on two recent posts:

We also brought in a real-live, college-ministry... Continue Reading

Make the Bible Your Native Tongue

Tim Kimmel
Make the Bible Your Native Tongue

Some things seem to just happen. No one in particular is to blame. Options increase, the past gets overshadowed by the present, and the next thing we know, conventional thinking shifts, and we’re heading down a new path as though it’s the one that’s always been.

For instance, there was a time when the primary influence on how we made a major purchase was the information we received from the manufacturer of a product or the provider of a service. Along the way, however, a... Continue Reading

You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty

Jon Bloom
You Can Take Heart in Uncertainty

Uncertainty is a difficult thing to bear. We want to know where the provision is going to come from or if we’re going to die of this disease or how this child is going to turn out or if our job will still be there next month.

But as we see in Luke 9:57–58, Jesus makes it clear that his disciples must be able to bear uncertainty if they are to follow him.

“I will follow you wherever you go.”

I’m sure that whoever made this public declaration to Jesus was sincere. They likely... Continue Reading

Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines

Jonathan Parnell
Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines

Fight your sin with a storyline. I mean right now. Life is war, everyday. Submerged temptations lie waiting for you just out of sight. Insidious sirens are faintly wooing your way, beckoning you to cruise their waters. You will hear their calls soon enough. This is a plea to steer clear of them from the helm of a story — your story.

I say “your story,” but I mean God’s doing, as we see it in his Book.

All About Action

The Bible is no mere moral code or a set of... Continue Reading

God Is Not an Idolator

John Piper
God Is Not an Idolator

When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)

People stumble over the teaching that God exalts his own glory and seeks to be praised by his people because the Bible teaches us not to be like that. For example, the Bible says that love “does not seek its own” (1 Corinthians 13:5, see NASB).

How can God be loving and yet be utterly devoted to “seeking his own”... Continue Reading