Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women

Tony Reinke
Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women

It was another full week of Ask Pastor John podcasts, covering a range of topics: biblical womanhood, hip hop, how to parent gender development, and advice for unemployed college grads. Here are excerpts from the five new episodes. Click on the hyperlinked titles to listen or download.

What Do You Think of Your Influence On Christian Hip Hop? (Episode 68):

A lot of hip hop lyrics are stories. They move with a narrative which gives it an advantage of telling a story about... Continue Reading

Meet the New John Piper

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

“I feel like I’m 22 again,” says the newly transitioned John Piper.

Now that his pastorate at Bethlehem Baptist Church has officially ended, Piper says he feels like a recent college grad who is free to do anything God lays on his heart. “When you have that much freedom, you’re really faced with significant ‘don’t waste your life’ choices.” He plans to seek God in a focused way in the next year as to how to invest his next 10 or 15 years, if God would give that many.

This past week... Continue Reading

More Than an Afterthought: Six Reasons Jesus’s Ascension Matters

Brian Tabb
More Than an Afterthought: Six Reasons Jesus’s Ascension Matters

Have you marked your calendar for Ascension Day on May 9? How many of us have even heard of Ascension Day? Or perhaps just a sermon about Jesus’s ascension into heaven? It is impossible to overstate the importance of Good Friday, when Jesus died for our sins, and Easter Sunday, when he was raised from the dead — but Jesus’s earthly ministry did not stop there.

After the resurrection, Jesus taught his disciples about God’s kingdom for forty days... Continue Reading

The Many Deaths of Adoniram Judson

Scott Anderson
The Many Deaths of Adoniram Judson

John 12:24–25 records these words from Jesus:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

In other words, a fruitful life comes from this: dying like a seed in what looks like hating your life in this world. This is the legacy of Adoniram Judson, America’s first foreign missionary, who died so many times and in so many ways.

Today, on the 163rd anniversary of Judson's physical... Continue Reading

Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Doubt

*“Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27)*

In the race of faith that Jesus has called you to run (Hebrews 12:1), doubt is a weight you simply can’t keep running with. You’ve got to drop it. Today.

But first, let me explain what I mean by doubt. Doubt is not synonymous with unbelief in the Bible — at least not complete unbelief. The Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus were full unbelievers (John 10:26). But the man who cried out “I believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24) was... Continue Reading

Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

David Mathis
Jackie Robinson and the Pattern of Jesus

It was 1948, during Jackie Robinson’s second season in Major League Baseball, when some bigots in Cincinnati were really giving him the business.

Just the previous year, Robinson had been the one with the monumental courage to break the color barrier as the first African American of the modern era to play in baseball’s highest league. He had endured unthinkable cruelty and injustice for de-segregating the game, and he was succeeding on the field and off. Not only did... Continue Reading

No Blessing Like Health — With the Exception of Sickness

John Piper
No Blessing Like Health — With the Exception of Sickness

One moving testimony to me as I ended my ministry at Bethlehem on March 31 was that of a young woman who has battled cancer. She thanked God for my cancer. She had listened to the messages leading up to my surgery in February 2006. They were life for her.

God knows what pastors must endure to be useful to their people. It is sobering to read in 2 Corinthians 1:6, “If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation.” That is one reason the... Continue Reading

On Grudges and Generosity

Tony Reinke
On Grudges and Generosity

God has given us a mouth to speak, a heart to feel, and gospel joy to share. He has taken away every excuse for not spreading gospel grace in our words every day to those around us (Ephesians 4:29).

So what corks the flow of grace speech to others?

One answer is grudges. Not always big grudges, like the ones we hold towards those who have wronged us personally. The kinds of grudges that hinder our generosity are typically subtle ones, grudges towards those who seem less... Continue Reading

How to Engage in Spiritual Warfare

David Mathis

If you think spiritual warfare is irrelevant to you, you may already be losing the battle. At least you’re ripe for Satan’s picking.

Demons have a notorious way of acclimatizing to where they are, warns Tope Koleoso, pastor of Jubilee Church in London. And in secular Western society, this means playing right into our neglect and diminishing of the supernatural.

But Ephesians 6, and the rest of the Scriptures, would have us stay aware of the unseen realm, and remember that “... Continue Reading

Doctrine Matters (Free eBook on Ten Theological Trademarks)

Jonathan Parnell
Doctrine Matters (Free eBook on Ten Theological Trademarks)

Here is the theological summary of one preacher’s lifetime of investment in a local church: Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching, from John Piper.

Preaching, you could say, is where the rubber begins to meet the road on what a church believes. It is the living statement of faith. And in the case of John Piper, we have this statement captured online in over 1,200 sermons, including a whole series where he devotes a... Continue Reading