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

No Christian Suffering Is Meaningless

David Mathis
No Christian Suffering Is Meaningless

Everyone in the world wants this. Every person on the planet aches for real hope — to find the secret of real strength and joy and significance.

Put another way, no one longs to lose heart. No one desires to be discouraged. No one wants the breath knocked out of their hope. And the apostle Paul claims to have found the key.

In this new exposition of 2 Corinthians 4:16–18, delivered Friday at the Legacy Conference in Chicago, John Piper digs beneath the apostle’s amazing... Continue Reading

God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory

John Piper
God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory

Some people feel less loved when they hear God loves them for his own sake. But in fact his love is greater for us when he loves us that way.

I want to help you feel more loved because God makes more of you when he makes much of you this way.

Here are a few examples of what I mean by God’s performing all his acts of love toward us in a way that reveals he is loving us for his own glory:

1. God loves us by predestining us for adoption into his family (Ephesians... Continue Reading

Desiring God for God

Tony Reinke
Desiring God for God

Green Mount Cemetery is a 174-year-old, 60-acre plot of land in downtown Baltimore. It stands like a fortress, separated from the city and her bustle by a thick stone wall perimeter. Through a narrow stone archway entrance and inside the wall, street noise fades and time seems to stop, and acres of rolling hills and stone ornaments rise into the sky.

The sea of memorials are scrubbed old by the years, adding to the sense of nostalgia and age. Here on the city soil, tall stone memorials... Continue Reading

Church Planting and Missional Communities

David Mathis
Church Planting and Missional Communities

Milk cows and plant a church.

It’s a line ready-made by veteran New England planters to adjust the expectations of new ministry entrepreneurs in the region. Don’t expect a cushion of financial support and a nice cushy study and church building. Come ready to till tough soil and do bi-vocational work.

Many say that God seems to be moving in some fresh and exciting ways in the Northeast. Some of the most visible fruit includes Gospel Alliance New England, NETS... Continue Reading

How Jesus Exposed the Idol of Self-Glory

Jon Bloom
How Jesus Exposed the Idol of Self-Glory

The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts. And sometimes we cloak this idol in a pious disguise. In Matthew 21, Jesus exposed this idol in the hearts of a few men with a single question.


It was the final week before Jesus’s day of judgment — the day he would stand before his Father’s bar of justice bearing the sins of all who ever had or would believe in him, and in their place be crushed by the Father’s wrath.

He no longer avoided... Continue Reading

Shane & Shane Invite You to Our National Conference

Jonathan Parnell

Musical artists Shane & Shane will be leading an evening of corporate worship at our upcoming National Conference in September. In this short video, they invite you to join us.

A special early-bird rate for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference on C.S. Lewis ends at 11:59pm Friday night.


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It’s Good to Be a Jar of Clay

Trillia Newbell
It’s Good to Be a Jar of Clay

Clay jars are delicate. They crack easily even though they may seem relatively durable.

On one hand, clay jars are refined by fire. There are several steps to making them, culminating with the kiln. This furnace carries the clay from an unfinished product to a household amenity. But once completed, the slightest nudge on the corner table could send a jar plummeting to its demise. The durability is deceiving. The thick porcelain is more delicate than it appears. No wonder the... Continue Reading

J.I. Packer’s Conversion

Tony Reinke

Just this week, J.I. Packer celebrated his 87th birthday. We asked him to explain the formative role and influence of C.S. Lewis’s writings on his teen years, his conversion, and his later ministry, which he explains in this three-minute video.

A special early-bird rate for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference on C.S. Lewis ends at 11:59pm Friday night.


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New Poem: ‘The Book of Life’

John Piper
New Poem: ‘The Book of Life’

Before the night he was betrayed,
TheLord of glory died;
Indeed before the world was made,
The Lamb was crucified.

Before the sin, the spear, the lash
(Eternal was the flood!)
God put his inkwell at the gash,
And filled it with his blood;

Then with his crimson ink and quill,
A holy world compiled,
And wrote his kind and costly will:
The name of ev’ry child.

Then, finally, with tears, he took
A blade to foreordain,
And graved the title of the book:
TheLife, the Lamb,... Continue Reading