A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper)

Marshall Segal

A Christian’s suffering is never meaningless.

Shane Barnard understands this truth. After the untimely death of his father, he and his family desperately looked to God for comfort. They clung to God’s word, and in the deepest moments of grief, they were led to worship. The song below, “Though You Slay Me,” was born in that experience.

Job lived this song. The Psalms plead this song. And John Piper has preached the message of this song throughout his ministry. Because... Continue Reading

Five Cheers for the Church and Individualism

John Piper
Five Cheers for the Church and Individualism

If individualism is a bad thing, corporatism is also a bad thing, and probably a worse thing. If I had to choose, I would prefer to fight for biblical truth in the chaos of American individualism than in the iron-clad corporate expressions of Hitler’s Nazi camps and Stalin’s Communist gulags.

But let’s not compete for who’s the biggest bad guy. My point here is that the message of the New Testament confronts the horrors of corporatism as forcefully as it does the... Continue Reading

Do You Want Your Faith to Grow?

Jonathan Parnell

If you want your faith to grow, read the Bible.

Earlier this Spring, in a discussion on sanctification, John Piper explains, “The only way faith grows is by God speaking to you. ‘Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God’ [Romans 10:17] — and not just when you got saved, but everyday of your life.”

God speaks to us when we read his word. There is where we encounter his truth — his promises, his warnings, his commands — of which we are called to trust and obey. And... Continue Reading

The Family: God’s Litmus Test of Applied Grace

Tim Kimmel
The Family: God’s Litmus Test of Applied Grace

If you want to know the depth of one’s character, observe how they treat children and the elderly.

Folks on the extreme ends of life’s timeline usually have enormous needs and limited capabilities. These built-ins to their age bracket often place their daily success and ongoing dignity at the mercy of the people around them. Character is an outwardly focused nobility that is consistently offered — often at high personal cost — to people who can’t necessarily... Continue Reading

New “Strict” Abortion Laws — Really?

John Knight
New “Strict” Abortion Laws — Really?

For some children, the new “strict” abortion law in Texas is no protection at all.

Last month Texas Governor Perry signed a bill that banned aborting a child after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The headlines about the law suggested significant changes had happened: “Perry Signs Strict Abortion Regulations into Law;” “Perry Signs Sweeping Abortion Restrictions;” “Texas governor signs sweeping abortion regulations that threaten existence of most clinics

I was happy they made this... Continue Reading

Giving the Gospel Graciously

David Mathis
Giving the Gospel Graciously

I’m terribly sorry I just evangelized all over you.

That’s how we can feel after spewing a full stomach of precious information on an unsuspecting stranger or friend. It can seem like sharing our faith requires shoveling coal into the engine, getting the big gears going, and building up a serious head of steam to push us over the hump. No wonder evangelism is a sensitive subject.

Sex and Evangelism

Mack Stiles is happy to try coming to the rescue — not that he’s any kind of... Continue Reading

Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Fragmented Focus

No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4)

The Debilitating Weight of Too Much

If we’re going to successfully run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) and finish our course and the ministry we receive from the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:24), we must learn the martial art of doing less.

I call it a “martial art” because of Paul’s military metaphor in 2 Timothy 2:4. By “doing less” I don’t mean... Continue Reading

Hip Hop ft. John Piper

Lewis Guest IV
Hip Hop ft. John Piper

Words carry a ton of meaning and rap music makes room for a ton of words. That means whether right, wrong, or indifferent, rap is unique in its ability to convey a message.

Over the years hip hop has gotten a bad rap (pun absolutely intended) because its lyrics so consistently boast in things like violence, materialism, drug use, and misogyny.

But that’s not the only message hip hop conveys. Artists like Sho Baraka, Swoope, Propaganda and others have powerfully proven this. Hip hop... Continue Reading

Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin — Really?

John Piper
Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin — Really?

People from the time of John Chrysostom (347–407) have tried to limit the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans 14:23, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Chrysostom cautions, “Now all these things have been spoken by Paul of the subject in hand, not of everything.”

Leon Morris follows this limitation and says,

Whatever be the truth of actions done before one becomes a believer, Paul is not discussing them here. His concern is with the believer who sometimes... Continue Reading

Untamable Truth Changes Lives

Jonathan Parnell
Untamable Truth Changes Lives

This book is not a memoir.

The truths here, as John Piper describes them, are “wildly untamable, explosively uncontainable, and electrically future-creating.” They represent the proclaimed statement of faith from one pastor of one local church over the course of 33 years.

That is Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching.

Last fall John Piper preached a series of ten sermons devoted to the main theological emphases of Bethlehem Baptist Church. We... Continue Reading