Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?

John Piper
Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?

The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.S. Lewis and invites you to our National Conference on Lewis, September 27–29.

If your time is short, just go straight to the video. But if you wonder why we should even care about Lewis’s influence, you might want to read these few paragraphs.

C.S. Lewis’s profound influence on so many people was not owing to his aberrations from evangelical doctrine. Aberrations there were. But that was not the... Continue Reading

Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

David Mathis
Ten Passages for Pastors to Memorize Cold

Here’s one way to cool down during a sizzling hot July: ice-cold memorization.

Grab an iced tea, find some air-conditioned space, and put these ten passages to memory. You’ll never regret any extended time given to memorizing God’s word — especially when it’s the passages that come up again and again as particularly useful in the Christian life and in ministering to others.

These are ten that will prove especially useful for pastors and Christian leaders, but we... Continue Reading

What Does It Mean to Be Complementarian?

Andrea Froehlich

Being complementarian doesn’t mean believing that the man’s job is to fix the car and the woman’s is to wash the floor. It goes much deeper than a breakdown of jobs.

Christian complementarity is about the different roles of men and women that are meant to give us insight into the relationship between Jesus and his church. Mary Kassian explains in this two-minute video:


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Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election

John Piper
Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election

I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:

Unconditional election is God’s free choice before creation, not based on foreseen faith, to which traitors he will grant faith and repentance, pardoning them, and adopting them into his everlasting family of joy.

1. We embrace unconditional election... Continue Reading

New Course on Calvinism from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell
New Course on Calvinism from John Piper

The Bible gives us a glorious vision of God’s sovereignty in saving sinners. “Calvinism” is a kind of nickname for this Christian body of doctrine on salvation that so appropriately humbles humanity and so magnificently exalts divine grace.

In a new eight-hour course on Calvinism, or “the doctrines of grace,” John Piper walks through the historical “five points,” digging into text after text of Scripture and responding to many of the most common questions.

“The... Continue Reading

Your Hope Is As Alive As Jesus

Marshall Segal
Your Hope Is As Alive As Jesus

Hope can be a very dangerous thing. Your greatest wounds may be tied to unrealized dreams or unexpected disappointments. Unfortunately, the daily and worldly hopes we know in this life create some category confusion when it comes to our hope in Christ.

Peter’s first letter is written to Christians in conflict. Since following Jesus, they have not found the peace or safety or prosperity or relief that they might have expected. This world and their lives continue to be marred by... Continue Reading

How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?

John Piper
How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?

Nothing ugly is ever called glorious in the Bible. There is “great sin” (Genesis 20:9), but never “glorious sin.” The evil one has “cosmic power” (Ephesians 6:12), but not cosmic “glory.” The reason for this is that sin and evil are not beautiful. But glory includes beauty. Glory includes more, but never less. Nothing ugly is glorious.

Therefore, the beauty of God is as pervasive and practical as the glory of God. If we admire the glory of God, we are... Continue Reading

Simple Church Planting

David Mathis
Simple Church Planting

It’s low-bar. It’s no frills. It’s a very simple model of planting, and challenges many of the prevailing notions about starting a new church.

You’d never have guessed that an academic dean and professor of Hebrew from a major seminary was behind it.

Miles Van Pelt has been in Jackson, Mississippi, for a decade. He teaches full-time at Reformed Theological Seminary. Over time, he and his family saw a need around them — people they knew who seemed interested in Jesus but were misfits... Continue Reading

Top 10 Videos of the Second Quarter

Stefan Green

With the coming of July is the closing of 2013’s second quarter, and we thought it would be a good time to check the stats and serve up for you Desiring God’s ten most-played videos from April to June.

The 9-minute, mini-documentary “The Story of Ian and Larissa” was again our most-played video during the last three months. It was our third highest in the first quarter, but the May 8 anniversary post (“Ian and Larissa: One Year Later”) gave it a good second-quarter boost.... Continue Reading

Watch Your Mouth

Jon Bloom
Watch Your Mouth

It is humbling to remember that as Christians we are still vulnerable to Satan’s deception. One moment we can speak glorious truth and the next moment destructive, satanic words. We must be on our guard, something Peter learned the hard way. The following meditation is from Matthew 16:13–27.


Why Jesus had led his disciples up to Caesarea Philippi, they weren’t sure. At the foot of Mount Hermon, in the far north of Palestine, the population was mostly pagan. Legend told that the Greek god,... Continue Reading