You’re Awesome — But Not That Awesome

Jonathan Parnell

If you ever wondered what it would be like to read tweets and Facebook updates from a 17th-century genius, check out Pascal’s Pensées.

Born in France in 1623, Blaise Pascal was a brilliant mathematician and physicist, then philosopher, then theologian. Pascal’s Pensées are similar to someone scouring your entire hard drive and all your notebooks, after you have died, for every thought (or pensée) you had scribbled down.…

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Take Christ As Your Motto

Tony Reinke

Wikipedia can be misleading.

August 4, not July 24, marks the annual birthday of slave trader-turned-pastor John Newton (1725–1807). The date change is due to an 11-day shift in the calendar adopted in 1750 which pushed all previous dates forward.

So for most of his life, August 4 marked Newton’s birthday, a day set aside, not for feasting and parties, but for fasting, solemn prayer, and Godward praise.

An Enduring

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How to Endure Common-to-Man Temptations

Jon Bloom

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

“No temptation.” I love that phrase. It covers them all. But the temptations that Paul is talking about specifically in the preceding…

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The Pleasures of God, the Praise of Others

Christine Hoover

The more I know God and what he thinks and says, the less it matters whether others are impressed with me.

It’s almost unexplainable, the sense of satiation and completeness that invade the heart when our eyes are fixed on the cross. At the cross of Christ, God declares not only that we are forgiven, but that we are family. He calls us children, beloved children. There is a tenderness…

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How I Met John Piper Through Hip Hop

Lewis Guest IV

I remember the day when I heard “the perfect verse over a tight beat.” One of my mom’s students introduced me to the music that would have a profound impact on my life. How I walked, talked, and dressed stemmed from my love affair with the hip-hop culture.

It was Hot 97, a radio station in New York, that had my ear 24/7. Radio personalities like Ed Lover and Doctor…

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Porn, Pride, and Praise

Tony Reinke

According to a study by Covenant Eyes, roughly half of all professing Christian men and one-fifth of all professing Christian women admit to being porn addicts. Other reports indicate the problem could be even more extensive. Whatever the exact numbers, porn is a problem, a growing problem, and an increasingly accessible problem.

“The Internet is the crack cocaine of pornography,” says Heath Lambert, author of the forthcoming book, Finally Free:

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Who Is P.G. Wodehouse, and Why Should It Matter to Us?

Douglas Wilson

On one level, reading the works of P.G. Wodehouse provides its own justification — provided you are looking to justify the reading of light comedy at the beach. But who actually needs to justify that kind of thing? To consume a literary soufflé brings its own reward, and no heavy, sick feeling afterwards. Tangled plots, no sex or violence, memorable characters, hilarious dialogue . . . what could be better?…

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Would We Have Been Friends? Keller and Piper on Lewis

Jonathan Parnell

C.S. Lewis tended to be generous, maybe even too generous.

Lewis’s influence is profound in the lives of Tim Keller and John Piper, but they both wonder whether they would be friends with him if he were still alive. Would Lewis’s imposing logic have made it difficult? Perhaps Lewis was too welcoming to figures outside the bounds of orthodoxy?

In the latest five-minute video, Keller and Piper ponder these points…

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He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

John Piper

I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters to me what Jesus really accomplished for us when he died.

There is a common way of thinking about Christ’s death that diminishes our experience of his love. It involves…

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