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

Not by Sight: Marking 20 Years of Happy Service

David Mathis
Not by Sight: Marking 20 Years of Happy Service

Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.

It was these words from Jesus in Luke 13 that the 42-year-old preacher took as his sermon title on June 5, 1988.

Little did he know, a 22-year-old newly-wed was in attendance at the church for the first time that Sunday morning, and before long would be putting a megaphone to the preacher’s mouth so that people far beyond the humble downtown congregation could understand and embrace the truth that God is most... Continue Reading

Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? (Ask Pastor John)

Tony Reinke
Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? (Ask Pastor John)

We released ten new episodes in the past two weeks, and what follows are brief transcribed excerpts from each (click on the hyperlinked titles to listen).

As a brief programing note, during the month of July we will be releasing four new episodes each week (on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays).

Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker? (Episode 122):

Porn is destructive to a man’s capacities to love a woman purely for herself. He... Continue Reading

Know This Dreadful Deformity of Your Soul — And Your Deliverance

John Piper
Know This Dreadful Deformity of Your Soul — And Your Deliverance

This is a lesson in self-knowledge for the sake of worship and righteousness.

Something terrible and profound happened to all humans when Adam sinned. All except Jesus, that is, “who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Something came into the world that had not been there before — something very powerful and very deadly in everyone of us.

But it was not exactly a “thing.” Yet it was more than the bad things we do. Sin and sinning are not the same.... Continue Reading