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

Patriotism and the Pilgrim

Tony Reinke
Patriotism and the Pilgrim

Today is July 4th — Independence Day here in the United States. And recently an Ask Pastor John podcast listener emailed to ask: “Pastor John, obviously, as Christians, we are to live as pilgrims on this earth. But is there an appropriate place in the Christian life for patriotism?”

Pastor John says “yes,” and explains why, in today’s episode:

Born Again on the Fourth of July

David Mathis
Born Again on the Fourth of July

For those of us in the States, the time is here again for our midsummer’s patriotic respite.

For many, the Fourth of July means parades and picnics, hot dogs and Coca-Cola, ice cream and apple pie, baseball and bombs bursting in air. In God’s good providence, the adoption of Jefferson’s Declaration in 1776 happened during one of the best weather weeks of the year in this hemisphere. And so for 237 years now, the significance and seasonal timing of the day have conspired to... Continue Reading

Faith for Future Calamity

Tony Reinke
Faith for Future Calamity

Between the ages of 6 and 18, young John Piper attended White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his family made White Oak their church home while John’s father was on the road frequently as a traveling evangelist.

John would preach at the church on a Sunday morning only one time — on New Year’s Eve, 1972. At the time, he was a doctoral student in New Testament at the University of Munich, Germany, home for the holidays and to share the joy of their first son... Continue Reading

Advice for Christian Artists

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean encourages Christians in the arts to integrate their faith in every step they take. “Make your faith the source of your art,” he says.

In this short video he explains the passion and strategy behind his work and the production company he founded, Fellowship of Performing Arts. In short, his advice to Christian artists is 1) reflect Christian truth; 2) empathize with people of other worldviews; and 3) execute your art with excellence.


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Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?

John Piper
Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?

Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:

Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to little ones about loving Jesus, and not upon believing him. This must leave a mischievous impression upon youthful minds and take them off from the true way of peace. (Lectures to My Students, Vol. 2, 1889, p. 270)

It is a... Continue Reading

New Poem: ‘Now Is An Age’

John Piper
New Poem: ‘Now Is An Age’

Now Is An Age
On Reading John Donne’s Death, Be Not Proud

One night, as I sat reading
Before the fire, and casting
Calm shadows on the door behind my chair,
I saw the everlasting,
And all the world receding
Here, and lodged thisprayer:

“O God, all joy exceeding,
O Christ, forever living,
I praise you for this moment, this pure sight,
And ask, all sin forgiving,
By your all-precious bleeding
Flesh, feed this delight.

And, if my hunger heeding,
And my... Continue Reading