You’re Awesome — But Not That Awesome

Jonathan Parnell
You’re Awesome — But Not That Awesome

If you ever wondered what it would be like to read tweets and Facebook updates from a 17th-century genius, check out Pascal’s Pensées.

Born in France in 1623, Blaise Pascal was a brilliant mathematician and physicist, then philosopher, then theologian. Pascal’s Pensées are similar to someone scouring your entire hard drive and all your notebooks, after you have died, for every thought (or pensée) you had scribbled down. Pascal’s family and friends did that after his... Continue Reading

Take Christ As Your Motto

Tony Reinke
Take Christ As Your Motto

Wikipedia can be misleading.

August 4, not July 24, marks the annual birthday of slave trader-turned-pastor John Newton (1725–1807). The date change is due to an 11-day shift in the calendar adopted in 1750 which pushed all previous dates forward.

So for most of his life, August 4 marked Newton’s birthday, a day set aside, not for feasting and parties, but for fasting, solemn prayer, and Godward praise.

An Enduring Legacy

Today, 288 years after his birth, we pause to note Newton’s... Continue Reading

How Do I Know I’m Saved? (Ask Pastor John)

Tony Reinke
How Do I Know I’m Saved? (Ask Pastor John)

In the 4,300 emails you have sent us, one of the most common questions we have received for the Ask Pastor John podcast is about assurance: How can I know I'm saved?

On Monday we released Pastor John’s response (episode 139). In part, he says,

The unmistakable message all through the New Testament is this: we are saved by believing on Jesus. So rivet your attention on Christ in the gospels — John, Matthew, Mark, Luke — and the whole Bible. Rivet your attention on... Continue Reading

How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

Jon Bloom
How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

“No temptation.” I love that phrase. It covers them all. But the temptations that Paul is talking about specifically in the preceding verses are sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 10:8) and grumbling (1 Corinthians... Continue Reading

The Pleasures of God, the Praise of Others

Christine Hoover
The Pleasures of God, the Praise of Others

The more I know God and what he thinks and says, the less it matters whether others are impressed with me.

It’s almost unexplainable, the sense of satiation and completeness that invade the heart when our eyes are fixed on the cross. At the cross of Christ, God declares not only that we are forgiven, but that we are family. He calls us children, beloved children. There is a tenderness and enduring love that characterizes our Father God.

When I am not fixed on this... Continue Reading

How I Met John Piper Through Hip Hop

Lewis Guest IV
How I Met John Piper Through Hip Hop

I remember the day when I heard “the perfect verse over a tight beat.” One of my mom’s students introduced me to the music that would have a profound impact on my life. How I walked, talked, and dressed stemmed from my love affair with the hip-hop culture.

It was Hot 97, a radio station in New York, that had my ear 24/7. Radio personalities like Ed Lover and Doctor Dre provided my morning fix. Wendy Williams kept the party going in the afternoon, and Angie Martinez held... Continue Reading

Porn, Pride, and Praise

Tony Reinke
Porn, Pride, and Praise

According to a study by Covenant Eyes, roughly half of all professing Christian men and one-fifth of all professing Christian women admit to being porn addicts. Other reports indicate the problem could be even more extensive. Whatever the exact numbers, porn is a problem, a growing problem, and an increasingly accessible problem.

“The Internet is the crack cocaine of pornography,” says Heath Lambert, author of the forthcoming book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of... Continue Reading

Who Is P.G. Wodehouse, and Why Should It Matter to Us?

Douglas Wilson
Who Is P.G. Wodehouse, and Why Should It Matter to Us?

On one level, reading the works of P.G. Wodehouse provides its own justification — provided you are looking to justify the reading of light comedy at the beach. But who actually needs to justify that kind of thing? To consume a literary soufflé brings its own reward, and no heavy, sick feeling afterwards. Tangled plots, no sex or violence, memorable characters, hilarious dialogue . . . what could be better? There is some sin present, to be sure, but it... Continue Reading

Would We Have Been Friends? Keller and Piper on Lewis

Jonathan Parnell

C.S. Lewis tended to be generous, maybe even too generous.

Lewis’s influence is profound in the lives of Tim Keller and John Piper, but they both wonder whether they would be friends with him if he were still alive. Would Lewis’s imposing logic have made it difficult? Perhaps Lewis was too welcoming to figures outside the bounds of orthodoxy?

In the latest five-minute video, Keller and Piper ponder these points together.


More on C.S. Lewis from Desiring... Continue Reading

He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

John Piper
He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters to me what Jesus really accomplished for us when he died.

There is a common way of thinking about Christ’s death that diminishes our experience of his love. It involves thinking that the death of Christ expressed no more love for me than for anyone else in the human... Continue Reading