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

Sow Seeds of Immeasurable Gospel Moments

Jon Bloom
Sow Seeds of Immeasurable Gospel Moments

Years ago John Piper said something about reading that I have found to be spot on:

It is sentences that change my life, not books. What changes my life is some new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution to a long-standing dilemma, and these usually come concentrated in a sentence or two. I do not remember 99% of what I read, but if the 1% of each book or article I do remember is a life-changing insight, then I don't begrudge the 99%. And that... Continue Reading

What We Need More Than Anything

Jonathan Parnell
What We Need More Than Anything

Our fundamental problem is that we’re sinners. But our fundamental problem doesn’t mean it is our most severe.

In John 4, Jesus and his disciples traveled through Samaria. They came to a town called Sychar and decided to stop for a break. It was around noon. The disciples went into the market to buy food, leaving Jesus sitting beside the well of a nearby field. Soon after a Samaritan woman arrived there to draw water.

She is a person like you and me, a person whose fundamental... Continue Reading

The End of Theology

Jonathan Parnell

The Bible is amazing. God has spoken to us in a book — a glorious story about his glory and grace centered on the God-man, Jesus Christ. But the life he saves us to — our life in Christ — plays out in this world beyond the pages of his word. What we learn about him is meant to serve how we live for him.

And Paul Tripp says this is dangerous for pastors and Christian leaders.

The temptation is, as Tripp aptly describes it, “to become more excited about the world of ideas [in the Bible] ...... Continue Reading

Fill in the Cracks of Your Life with Black History This Month

John Piper
Fill in the Cracks of Your Life with Black History This Month

Of course Black History is worthy of the chunks of your life as well as the cracks. But I’m laying claim to the unused parts of dressing, and brushing your teeth and driving and walking.

I am listening to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. It is Equiano’s autobiography published in 1789, and is one of the first widely read slave narratives. I would like to invite you to listen with me to some significant history duringBlack... Continue Reading

Christian Hedonism and the Challenge of Depression

Tony Reinke
Christian Hedonism and the Challenge of Depression

It was another full week in the Ask Pastor John podcast series, and we covered a few of the more difficult questions of Christian Hedonism.

First, we asked Pastor John whether there are times in the Christian life when — for whatever reason — God chooses to withhold his presence from us, thus nullifying our hope of experiencing Godward affections. The Puritans seemed to operate from this assumption (“God desertions,” they called it). And if this is the case... Continue Reading

When the Light Comes On

Jonathan Parnell
When the Light Comes On

My oldest daughter isn’t sleeping well. It’s the dark. From fear of what might be under her bed, to who might be looking through her window, she has her reasons for preferring the lights on.

In fact, she has started a new nightly routine. After the house is settled and her parents are quiet, presumably asleep, she secretly slips out of her room to flip on the nearby hallway light and then returns to bed. Somehow she finds a measure of comfort from the crease of light between the... Continue Reading