Jesus Can Be Troubling

Jonathan Parnell
Jesus Can Be Troubling

Jesus troubles those who don't worship him. That's the situation of Matthew 2, as John Piper explains in today's Advent reading:

Matthew 2:1–4,

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." 3When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and assembling... Continue Reading

To Those Hurting This Christmas

John Knight

I know some of you are praying you’ll make it through Christmas — just make it through — not anticipating anything good will come from gathering with extended family and friends. It has become a cliche — right next to the article on what second-graders are excited about for Christmas is the article on the rise in depression during this last month of the year.

You know the sadness is real. While you change the diaper of a teenager, or administer complicated medications, or... Continue Reading

When We Don't Want to Wait

Jonathan Parnell
When We Don't Want to Wait

Where in the world is it? I couldn't find my electric beard trimmer. I opened the sink cabinets and moved around a few bath towels. Still nothing. Inanimate objects don't grow legs and walk away (my mother used to say), but this was gone. I decided to forget it and move on after searching around ten seconds.

But then it dawned on me...

I have mistaken accessibility as actuality. What I mean is, functionally, because the beard tool wasn't right there I acted as if it wasn't real.... Continue Reading

Christmas Bloodline: Notorious Women in Jesus’s Family

Jon Bloom

Buried in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew chapter one is a gospel treasure. That treasure is five women. Their inclusion in the list is notable because it’s a patrilineal genealogy — a record of fathers and sons. Their inclusion is also notable because they were among the most notorious women in biblical history.

Tamar

The first mentioned is Tamar (Matthew 1:3). Remember her? Tamar entered the royal bloodline of the Messiah by disguising herself as a... Continue Reading

Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing

Trillia Newbell
Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing

I have walked this earth a short 34 years, but in that time I have experienced a wide range of various trials. As a young child my parents struggled financially resulting in the occasional electricity being shut off and visits to a relative’s home. During my freshman year of college I was the victim of sexual assault (not rape thankfully). A few months later my father passed away from his battle with cancer. As a young adult I have experienced four miscarriages, general... Continue Reading

Daily Devotional App Now on Android

Tyler Kenney
Daily Devotional App Now on Android

Solid Joys is the daily devotional app from the ministry of John Piper, and it is now available free for Android devices. Get it from Google Play. (It’s also available in iTunes for Apple devices).

The app is a compilation of 365 of the best excerpts from Piper's printed books and online content that are able to stand well on their own. The goal is that you'll be able to dive in for just a moment each day and come away with something solid to feed your joy in God.

For more... Continue Reading

Because God Leads: The Story of Jason Meyer

Jonathan Parnell
Because God Leads: The Story of Jason Meyer

"There's something I want you to pray about, Jason," his grandfather said. Now this at least got his attention. Jason's grandfather was a successful farmer in rural South Dakota, and not to mention, a trusted elder in the local Reformed church. When he spoke, people listened — especially Jason standing beside him under a cold, overcast sky. "I've been noticing your life," his grandfather continued, "and I believe God is calling you into the ministry."

What?

That's... Continue Reading

The Unbaked Biscuit

Rachel Jankovic
The Unbaked Biscuit

I’ve had this thing going lately about biscuits. It is probably due to the colder (delicious) fall air. This is the season of comfort food. But to have comfort food, there needs to be a comfort person. This is not just the season to have a hot dinner hitting the table, it is the season to have a person who loves you putting it there. In my life (prompted by the cute faces that travel about my home at half height) this has somehow become a burning need to perfect biscuits. Of course... Continue Reading

Christmas and the Sting of Personal Loss: An Interview with John Piper and Paul Maier

Tony Reinke
Christmas and the Sting of Personal Loss: An Interview with John Piper and Paul Maier

On this episode of Authors on the Line we talk with two authors — pastor John Piper and historian Paul Maier — about tragedy, loss, and the Christmas season.

We talk with Maier to discover just how tightly interwoven into the Nativity story tragedy is found. We read there of a paranoid king named Herod, who unleashed the tragic killing of young boys in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16). Who was Herod? And is his violent outburst in... Continue Reading

Hope for the Hurting This Christmas (Video)

John Piper
Hope for the Hurting This Christmas (Video)

Dear Friends,

Have you ever wondered what became of the innkeeper in Bethlehem who let Mary and Joseph have their baby in his barn?

Did he have little children? When the soldiers came from Herod, did they hunt for the birth place of the dangerous baby and start the slaughter there? What did it cost the innkeeper to house the Messiah in his first hours?

In the poem called The Innkeeper, I tried to imagine what might have happened when the soldiers came. And what Jesus... Continue Reading