The Truth (About Abortion) Will Set You Free

John Piper

Facts help us grasp abortion in our communities. With the internet no one is innocently ignorant. Here are some facts from the Twin Cities to San Antonio. There are no grizzly pictures here. But there are some miracles. I won't show you what the babies look like after they are killed, but before.

Start with the on-the-ground facts. There are five places to get elective abortions in the Twin Cities, Planned Parenthood (671 Vandalia St., St. Paul), Robbinsdale Clinic... Continue Reading

Encountering the Living Christ in Personal Devotions

Tony Reinke
Encountering the Living Christ in Personal Devotions

This week we released episodes 24–28 in the Ask Pastor John podcast. In one of those new episodes we asked John Piper a question about personal Bible reading: must we come away from our Bible reading with a life application principle every time?

His answer was a resolute no.

Here’s part of what he said to explain why:

A godly life is lived out of a heart astonished at grace. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. We go to the Bible... Continue Reading

What Christians Do About Modern-Day Slavery

Ben Reaoch
What Christians Do About Modern-Day Slavery

If you are a believer, be reminded that you were a slave. Jesus redeemed you from that slave master called sin. And he has given us freedom. Therefore, as freed slaves, we should have a heart for those who continue in bondage — whether spiritual or physical, and in many cases, it’s both. It should be our desire to continue in the path that Jesus set out for us in his earthly ministry: to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set... Continue Reading

A Weak Mother Is a Good Mother

Christine Hoover
A Weak Mother Is a Good Mother

If there is one thing I want to do well, it’s rearing my children to know God's voice and love his ways. But if there is one area that I feel most inadequate in, it's rearing my children to know God's voice and love his ways, and every other little thing I’m trying to teach them under this larger umbrella, whether it’s tying shoes or polite social interactions.

I panic when I think of my children embarking into adulthood, typically because I imagine that they’ll have to call... Continue Reading

Your Sin Is No Match for God’s Grace

Jon Bloom

The old hymn says it beautifully: “Grace, grace, God’s grace; grace that is greater than all my sin.”

But the grace of God is not only great enough to “pardon and cleanse within.” It is so powerful, as Joseph’s older brothers learned in Genesis 45, that it can turn the most horrible sin you have ever committed against another, or has ever been committed against you, and make it the slave of his mercy.

“What do you mean he’s alive?” Jacob had no place to put Rueben’s... Continue Reading

Don’t Read the Puritans, Read Spurgeon!

Adrian Warnock
Don’t Read the Puritans, Read Spurgeon!

I must confess to having slightly overstated my point in the title of this post. I rejoice in the recent resurgence of interest in the Puritans, who have so much to teach us. Perhaps a better way to capture the thought propelling this post would be “Use Spurgeon to Create a Bridge to the World of the Puritans.” But that would make too long a title!

Spurgeon died just over 120 years ago and was one of the most influential figures in the Victorian era (1837–1901).... Continue Reading

When an Earthly Husband Images Our Heavenly Groom

Luma Simms
When an Earthly Husband Images Our Heavenly Groom

Valentine’s Dayis here. It’s a day when our society encourages couples to take the extra steps to showtheir love for one another. Give flowers. Give chocolates. Go out to dinner.Celebrate love.

Some of you reading thisright now are lonely. Some have beenabused or hurt deeply by a spouse. Some may be single without an earthlyspouse. But all of us as Christians together have a heavenly husband, and oh how greatis our Groom’s lovetoward us!

Scripture is fullof... Continue Reading

A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

David Mathis
A Valentine’s Lesson from a Husband Who Botched It

Alright, husbands, here we go. Today’s the big day. It’s time to muster our level best and not drop the ball on Valentine’s Day.

It’s not too late to make plans, or give them an upgrade — though it might be hard work scrambling at the last minute.

Even so, sometimes our best of Valentine’s intentions go awry. And when we botch it, at least we should try to learn something from it.

Here’s what John Piper learned (perhaps among other things) from botching a... Continue Reading

Biblical Counseling: God Changing Lives Through Ordinary People

David Mathis

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “biblical counseling”?

No doubt, many think of a movement that takes sin seriously. A growing number may call to mind a movement that is increasingly taking suffering seriously as well.

But ask the question to one of the movement’s key leaders, Ed Welch. You may be pleasantly surprised how illuminating and practical his simple and straightforward answer is.

Biblical counseling, in its best conception,... Continue Reading