How the Bible Answers the Question, “Where Is Your God?”

John Piper
How the Bible Answers the Question, “Where Is Your God?”

I wish we could write about the sovereignty of God in a lull between calamities. But there is none.

If I were to say we are between tsunamis or tornadoes, someone would say, “That tree just fell on my house,” or, “That was my mother whose plane crashed in Ohio,” or, “My uncle was among the tourists killed in Pakistan,” or, “My wife’s battle with cancer just ended — in death.”

So there is no lull. If we echo the voice of God from the Scriptures, it will... Continue Reading

Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean, director and lead actor in the theatrical adaptation of The Screwtape Letters, goes in character to describe the demonic perspective on pleasure.

From the book, page 44:

Never forgot that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has... Continue Reading

The Boldness of Knowing Jesus

Jonathan Parnell
The Boldness of Knowing Jesus

The people of Jesus should know Jesus. That is the inescapable impression we get from reading the Book of Acts. We see it in the church’s boldness — that is, the church’s outspoken clarity about the identity and significance of Jesus.

This boldness actually hems up the entire story of Acts with its key appearances in Peter’s first sermon (Acts 2:29) and Paul’s concluding hospitality ministry (Acts 28:31), not to mention several mentions throughout the gospel’s advance (Acts... Continue Reading

The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

John Piper
The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For all that time “he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways” (Acts 14:16).

Then at the entry of his Son into the world, all this changed.

As Jesus was leaving to return to heaven he said, “Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in... Continue Reading

A Voyage into Narnia

David Mathis
A Voyage into Narnia

It’s often very handy to have a professor as a friend.

“The Professor,” Digory Kirke, proved to be a well-travelled and advantageous ally for the children in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and our own professor-friend Joe Rigney is a well-travelled guide to show us (and our children) through the wardrobe and into Lewis’s fantasy world.

Joe teaches Christian worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary. We both have a pair of young sons we’re eager to soon introduce to Narnia. Before... Continue Reading

God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Steve Fuller
God’s Gracious Path to Costly Obedience

Imagine Abraham, living a life of security in Ur of the Chaldeans, but knowing that God had called him to leave it all for a land he did not know. That would have been costly.

And Abraham is not alone. God calls each of us to obedience that’s costly, like loving our enemies, sharing the gospel, forgiving those who hurt us, and battling sin.

So how did Abraham obey, when it was so costly?

Two Simple Words

God tells us in Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was... Continue Reading

Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Self-Preoccupation

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Want to refresh your soul? Want to run with more endurance today? Cease to be the focus of your attention.

The state of your soul depends on what occupies your mind. If your self is occupying your mind, forget peace... Continue Reading

What Makes Women Happy?

Andrea Froehlich

“If only I had ________, I’d be happy.”

We have all felt this at some point in our lives. It’s the idea that we’ll discover the happiness we desire if we could only improve our circumstances. It’s actually what sparked the Women’s Movement in the 1960s, as Mary Kassian explains in this short video.

If women could just change their circumstances, if we could just get out of these traditional roles, “then we’d be happy.” But the fact is: women are not happier today. The happiness we long... Continue Reading

A Chance to Help Desiring God

Scott Anderson
A Chance to Help Desiring God

Update 6/26
We have received $225,000 of the $255,000 that we need in order for us to close-out our fiscal year in the black and balance the budget. Thank you for your generous support!


Dear Friends,

As many of you may know, the Pipers have left Minneapolis for a year to make space for the new leadership at Bethlehem. They are now settled in Tennessee, renting the home of an extended family member for the months ahead. For the first time, John is on staff full time at Desiring... Continue Reading

Jesus Is with Me to the End of the Age (and the Week’s Ironing)

Gloria Furman
Jesus Is with Me to the End of the Age (and the Week’s Ironing)

There is no shortage of sympathizing authenticity available to help moms absorb the impact of life in the trenches. Strangers, friends, blogs, and books freely offer their candid encouragements. I remember one occasion years ago when I was buying a package of preschooler underpants. The store clerk smiled and said, “When you start their toilet training you’re going to feel like there’s urine everywhere. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.” The... Continue Reading