What Difference Has Looking Made?

Tony Reinke
What Difference Has Looking Made?

The holiday season is notoriously busy. But there are often quiet moments at Christmas to slow our lives down for worship. The classic Nativity figurines and all the classic Nativity paintings capture this divine silence. In the presence of the infant God-man, our response is speechless adoration.

As quickly as the Christmas season arrives, however, the quiet moment passes away for another year. Trees and decorations and lights are taken down, and the silent night is... Continue Reading

When the Perfect Comes . . .

Jon Bloom

“…when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away” (1 Corinthians 13:10).

Another year is passing away. Thank God. Not only for the massive amounts of unquantifiable grace we have received from him, but also because we are one year closer to the passing away of this partial age and all of its incumbent sorrow and weariness.

“When the perfect comes.” Those inspired words stir up deep longings for a time we have never known and yet desperately want.

Paul may have been talking about... Continue Reading

An Invitation to Give

Scott Anderson

Dear Friends,

I want to share with you this request from John Piper.

If you've been helped by our message and want to support our work, would you please consider making a donation before December 31? To date (12/30), we have received $493,635 of the $745,000 that we need in order to meet our end-of-year financial goal.

We love the work that God has called us to, and it's your partnership that enables it to happen. Please join us in earnest and expectant prayer that God would continue to... Continue Reading

Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?

John Piper
Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?

As this year ends, the question I am asking is: Where was God when so many good things happened this past year?

How can God be a God of justice, yet allow so much good to happen to people who dishonor him by disbelieving in him, or giving lip service to his existence, or paying no more attention to him than the carpet in their den, or rejecting the kingship of his Son, or scorning his word, or preferring a hundred pleasures before him?

How can God be righteous and... Continue Reading

Still Not Professionals (Free eBook)

David Mathis
Still Not Professionals (Free eBook)

On February 4–6, 2013, we will gather, God willing, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the annual Desiring God Conference for Pastors. This time the theme is “Brothers, We Are Still Not Professionals: Reclaiming the Centrality of the Supernatural in Ministry.” Just days prior to the conference is the scheduled release of John Piper’s revised and expanded Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry.

This short new ebook Still Not Professionals:... Continue Reading

He Came to Conquer... and Send

Bruce Ashford
He Came to Conquer... and Send

A Hindu once asked the missionary E. Stanley Jones, “What has Christianity to offer that our religion has not?” He replied, “Jesus Christ.” Indeed, Jesus Christ is central to Christian belief and practice, and is the driving force in our missiology. He stands at the center of the universe, at the center of the Scriptures, and at the center of our missiology.

Jesus Christ Is Supreme

Jesus Christ is pre-eminent — all things were created by him, through him, and for him (Colossians... Continue Reading

Learning from the Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History

David Mathis
Learning from the Largest Mass Execution in U.S. History

It was the day after Christmas, 1862, in the town square of Mankato, Minnesota, that 38 Dakota warriors were hanged at the order of president Abraham Lincoln. After 150 years, it is still the largest mass execution in American history.

Mankato is about 80 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. In 1862, it was a frontier town in the thick of growing tensions between the quickly multiplying white settlers and the increasingly marginalized Dakota natives.... Continue Reading

The Power of ‘Les Miserables’

Tony Reinke
The Power of ‘Les Miserables’

The new stage-to-screen adaptation of Les Misérables (which releases today) is proof again of the enduring power of Victor Hugo’s 150-year-old masterpiece. The novel-turned-musical has been released for film and television now 67 times in the past 115 years.

And although I cannot commend that you go see the newest rendition — mostly due to two suggestive sex scenes involving prostitutes — we don't need the new film to explore the enduring value of Les Misérables.

The classic... Continue Reading

The Day Heaven Kissed Earth

David Mathis
The Day Heaven Kissed Earth

Christmas is the day heaven kissed earth.

The Eternal Word, the golden son of heaven, humbly and willingly took up our comparatively lowly humanity, without ceasing to be God, and entered into the created realm, coming to earth as one of us.

And it wasn’t some kind of circus stunt, for mere show, but for our sake. The Great Move was all of grace and for our rescue. It is history’s climactic expression of love and favor.

Heaven kissed earth.

This way of talking about the incarnation... Continue Reading

The Glory of His Virgin Birth

David Mathis
The Glory of His Virgin Birth

Jesus was born of a virgin. This is a glory unique to the one God-man.

Of the billions of humans who have lived throughout history, only one person entered the world in this way. There is only one mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), and there is only one human who was virgin born.

Jesus’s distinctive birth is no myth or mere random fact from the Gospels. It is a special honor conferred only on the Son of God incarnate. And it is full of significance for knowing the... Continue Reading