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

When (Seemingly) Opposites Meet: Keller and Piper on Lewis

Jonathan Parnell

C.S. Lewis has been called the “Romantic Rationalist” because he brings together two seemingly opposite things. He is both rationally sharp and imaginatively brilliant, which is a rare combination.

In this five-minute video, Tim Keller and John Piper talk about some remarkable juxtapositions in Lewis and his influence on their lives.

A special early-bird rate for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference on C.S. Lewis is available if you register by... Continue Reading

Yahweh Is the Sweetest Name I Know

John Piper
Yahweh Is the Sweetest Name I Know

You are not wrong to sing, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know,” even though Yahweh is.

Here’s why.

God gave himself the name Yahweh. No man gave him this name. It is God’s chosen personal name. He loves to be known by this name. It is used over 5,000 times in the Old Testament. It is almost always translated by *Lᴏʀᴅ* (small caps). But it is not a title. It is a personal name, like James or Elizabeth.

You know the name Yahweh best from its shortened form Yah at the end of... Continue Reading

How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything

David Mathis
How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything

The best place to be with empty hands is at the foot of the God who loves to make much of the least.

He is powerful enough to take the weak, and their nothing, and make it into everything for his glory and their everlasting joy. He is the God whose relentless pursuit of his own glory is not to our detriment but to our deepest satisfaction, both in enjoying him ourselves and in bringing others into such life-changing enjoyment.

Last week, John Piper was in Orlando to... Continue Reading

For Those Feeling Forgotten

Marshall Segal
For Those Feeling Forgotten

Some of the greatest disappointments in our relationships are made in the moments our memories fail us. No one enjoys being forgotten, especially by those we love most.

Your memory is one of the most powerful and fragile things about you. When it’s good, you can surprise the 64-year-old birthday boy or be there to celebrate ten years in with the not-so-newlyweds. When it’s bad, you forget your coffee appointment with a co-worker or your daughter’s dance recital or the last... Continue Reading

Some Kindling for Your Embers

John Piper
Some Kindling for Your Embers

We all feel small.

That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.

But we are attached to the Creator of the world through his Son Jesus, and we are part of his global purpose for all nations that cannot be stopped.

Fire Up Your Hope

Take three minutes and let yourself feel the astonishing and invincible plans for all the nations of the world. When Paul had finished... Continue Reading

Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)

Tony Reinke
Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Ask Pastor John)

Excepting a few tweeted links to various articles, Pastor John didn’t write anything new himself in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.

In a Q&A discussion this week at the Campus Outreach Global Staff Conference in Orlando, a group of African American ministry leaders asked him why he chose not to respond. We served up the same question to him, and he responded from Orlando on the phone yesterday in a special episode of... Continue Reading

Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart

Jon Bloom
Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart

Over the years, as I’ve prayed for my own heart, I’ve accumulated seven “D’s” that I have found helpful. Maybe you’ll find them helpful as well.

With seven you can use them a number of ways. You might choose one “D” per day. Or you could choose one “D” as a theme for a week and pray through these every seven weeks. You’ll also note that I have a verse for each prayer. But over time as you pray more verses will come to mind and you might find it helpful to collect them so... Continue Reading

John Piper Explains the 10 Most Popular Bible Verses

Jonathan Parnell
John Piper Explains the 10 Most Popular Bible Verses

What are the ten most popular Bible verses in the world? And what do they mean?

YouVersion tallied the list. Now John Piper has expounded the texts.

Since YouVersion was created in 2008, it has become the most widely used Bible app, recently reaching over 100 million downloads worldwide. It is available on nearly every mobile device manufactured today.

Last year they identified the most bookmarked verses within the app. These are the verses that have been... Continue Reading

Introducing the C.S. Lewis “Small Talks”

David Mathis
Introducing the C.S. Lewis “Small Talks”

We want this conference to be the next best thing to visiting Narnia for yourself.

The Desiring God 2013 National Conference, September 27–29 in Minneapolis, is taking up the theme “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis.” Plenary speakers are John Piper, Douglas Wilson, Phil Ryken, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Randy Alcorn. And now, in addition to four Friday afternoon seminars, we’re introducing a dozen 10-minute mini-talks inspired by... Continue Reading