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

The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

Jonathan Parnell
The Main Ingredient in Effective Prayer

It’s tragic how easily we can miss the main ingredient in effective prayer.

In our sin, we’ve been rewired to focus on us — on the steps we should take for our prayers to be heard. We have this bent toward believing that every result is born from method. If something works for somebody we want to know what that somebody is doing.

We’ve developed the assumption that if we can just strip it all down to a reproducible process to put into action, then the results will... Continue Reading

The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children

Christina Fox
The Most Frightening Prayer I Could Pray for My Children

The most frightening prayer I could pray for my children is the one they need the most.

Now, I always pray about their behavior, their health, their progress in school, and their friendships. I also pray about their future and their jobs. I pray that my boys would marry “nice Christian girls.” But to be honest, when I pray for my children, it is easiest to ask that their lives be smooth and stress-free. It is easy to pray for their comfort and ease,... Continue Reading

Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

David Mathis
Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm

Bible memorization is always time well spent. Whether you’re tackling extended sections, or “fighter verses” for specific sins, or passages particularly helpful in pastoral ministry, surely all Scripture memory is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

And especially useful are one-verse statements of the gospel.

When you memorize a “gospel verse,” and keep it warm, you have hidden in your heart a divinely... Continue Reading

Keller and Piper Talk C.S. Lewis

David Mathis

C.S. Lewis claimed he was no theologian. At least that wasn’t his day job. But it didn’t stop him from seriously shaping some of today’s most influential theologians.

Lewis was a world-class scholar of English literature, and a Christian layman and apologist, and one of the main formative heroes for both Tim Keller and John Piper.

In this new 10-minute video, Piper interviews Keller about Lewis’s ongoing impact on him and Lewis’s model of cultural engagement which has marked... Continue Reading

Books Don’t Change People, Paragraphs Do

John Piper
Books Don’t Change People, Paragraphs Do

I have often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”

This may not be fair to books, since paragraphs find their way to us through books, and they often gain their peculiar power because of the context they have in the book. But the point remains: One sentence or paragraph may lodge itself so powerfully in our mind that its effect is enormous when all else is forgotten.

It might be useful to illustrate this with two books by Jonathan... Continue Reading