Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

July marks my 20th year working with John Piper and many precious colleagues in this mission of Desiring God. It is a privilege so great that it surpasses my power to comprehend it.

Twenty years. That’s a generation. When I began, I hadn’t been alive much more than twenty years. Now I’m in my forties and fifty is on the horizon.

During this generational span I’ve gotten to be a part... Continue Reading

When So Much Is Against Us

John Knight
When So Much Is Against Us

Do you ever forget how dark and cruel and lost you really were before the light of Jesus broke through? Is your first reaction to the sin in others anger? Or is it broken-hearted grief at the stench of death around them?

When I read Judy Nicastro’s opinion piece in The New York Times, “My Abortion, at 23 Weeks,” my first reaction, to be honest, was anger and bitterness. In one of the most influential newspapers in the world, yet another person, this time a mother, was making the... Continue Reading

20 Quotes from Finally Free

Tony Reinke
20 Quotes from Finally Free

The following quotes were taken from Heath Lambert’s excellent forthcoming book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan; August 8), now available for pre-order.

“Every instance of treasuring images of sexual immorality in our hearts, every eager glance at pornography, all of our lustful gawking — everything — is paid for by Jesus in his death for sinners.” (21)

“The tide will begin to turn in your struggle against pornography when you begin to grasp... Continue Reading

New Poem: ‘Lady Choice’

John Piper
New Poem: ‘Lady Choice’

Four thousand times an hour, or more,
Each day and night, since I was six
Weeks old inside my mother's womb,

My trusty heart (a metaphor
Of what?) with ceaseless double clicks
Has beat.Click-click. Click-click. For whom?

And you, my Lady, not before,
Or during, did a single drug admix,
Or cause one click-click to resume;

Nor, when God wakened me and swore
By his own name and crucifix
That my new heart would live and bloom

Forever, were you guarantor... Continue Reading

A Christian Guide to the Zoo

David Mathis
A Christian Guide to the Zoo

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere, and if you haven’t yet made a family visit to the zoo, perhaps it’s just around the corner.

The zoo is a wonderful opportunity for the Christian — both for personal worship and worldview formation. Here’s an effort to help Christians, who should be the best of all zoo-goers, make the most of their experiences this summer.

1) Prepare ahead of time.

The day before, or morning of, you may want to re-read Genesis 1–2, Psalm 8, or... Continue Reading

The Introvert Pastor

Tony Reinke
The Introvert Pastor

Jared Wilson is an introvert and a pastor, which in some circles is an irreconcilable paradox. So how exactly does a pastor wisely lead people when his energy is so quickly depleted by being around people?

This is one of many topics Jared Wilson addresses in his forthcoming book for pastors: The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry (Crossway, July 31).

I put Wilson on the line to talk with him about introverts in the ministry, especially their... Continue Reading

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