Behind the Blog: Move over Movember

David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

Here on the last day of November — endearingly known as Movember by many working a fresh mustache for men’s health awareness — we went behind the blog for some backstories on the full face of content we grew in the last month.

Some posts are pretty straightforward in their conception, production, and presentation. But others have more disputed histories, with uncertainties about their precise genesis or even a touch of conspiracy theory. Like our new Advent ebook.

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Beware a Quaint Christmas

Jon Bloom
Beware a Quaint Christmas

If you’ve been a Christian for a number of years or if you grew up where Christmas is traditionally celebrated, the idea that a member of the Godhead became veiled in flesh may have lost its strangeness. It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year! It’s kind Joseph, serene Mary, and incandescent baby Jesus in a manger. It’s a crèche with quaint figurine shepherds, three wise men, sheep, a donkey, and an ox. Oh, and the chubby cherub with the “Gloria” scroll.

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Do Not Be Afraid

Jon Bloom

Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

The Predicament

In 2 Chronicles 20, the armies of Moab, Ammon, and Edom were on the move. Destination: Jerusalem. These were relatives of the Israel, Moab and Ammon being descendants of Lot and Edom of Esau. But this was no family reunion. This was a slaughter in the making.

These three nations bordered Israel and Judah on the east and south. And since the reigns of David... Continue Reading

Brothers, Praise Somebody Other Than God

Sam Crabtree
Brothers, Praise Somebody Other Than God

Brothers, praise somebody other than God.

I can hear blasphemy sirens going off in readers’ minds. If “praise somebody other than God” means “praise somebody instead of God,” or “more than God,” the concern is warranted indeed. But if “praise somebody other than God” means “do it because God is honored by it,” that’s another thing entirely.

Commending Whom God Commends

Is it possible that God actually receives more honor from us when we praise somebody other than God?... Continue Reading

Learning from Lincoln’s Flawed Marriage

Tony Reinke
Learning from Lincoln’s Flawed Marriage

The impressive new feature film Lincoln brings with it a high-definition reminder of the tremendous strengths and flaws of, and the challenges faced by, the 16th president of the United States.

One struggle that finds its way into the movie — and one scene in particular — is the strained and complicated marital relationship between Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. And yet from their marital mess, there’s an abiding counter-cultural lesson from which all couples could... Continue Reading

Enjoying the Trophies of God's Mighty Grace

David Mathis
Enjoying the Trophies of God's Mighty Grace

This Advent is the 33rd John Piper has spent among the people of Bethlehem Baptist Church. And it is his last Advent as senior pastor.

God willing, Pastor John will serve as an associate in the first quarter of 2013 and officially finish his course as a local-church pastor on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Here’s an except from his final Advent letter to the church. We thought this section in particular might be of interest beyond the local congregation.

Memory has a... Continue Reading

The Trinitarian Shape of Jonathan Edwards's Theology

Tony Reinke
The Trinitarian Shape of Jonathan Edwards's Theology

The theology of Jonathan Edwards is built around the living, triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

But just how central is the Trinity for Edwards? How early in his life did the Trinity begin shaping his theology? How does this govern how Edwards understands love, and understands the origin of God’s impulse to create the universe, and understands the character and experience of heaven? And how does the Trinitarian nature of the Living God contrast all... Continue Reading

All I Have Is Christ — Free Song Download

Tony Reinke
All I Have Is Christ — Free Song Download

What would eight thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise sound like?

Well, if you want ten thousand male voices, it will sound a lot like the new album, Together for the Gospel Live II. The album releases today, and the tracks were recorded during musical worship at the T4G gathering in April (and some from the 2010 gathering).

To mark the release of the album, our friends at Sovereign Grace Music have given us permission to offer track 12 — “All I Have Is... Continue Reading

This Week's Sermon: "God Created Man Male and Female: What Does It Mean to Be Complementarian?"

Jonathan Parnell
This Week's Sermon: "God Created Man Male and Female: What Does It Mean to Be Complementarian?"

“When it comes to human sexuality,” John Piper begins, “the greatest display of God’s glory, and the greatest joy of human relationships, and the greatest fruitfulness in ministry come about when the deep differences between men and women are embraced and celebrated ascomplementsto each other.”

This is a way of life shaped by Scripture and thus it rejects two kinds of errors: One side is chauvinistic, harsh, and... Continue Reading