Brothers, Supernatural Does Not Mean Stupid

John Piper
Brothers, Supernatural Does Not Mean Stupid

If somebody reads my last blog, “Brothers, the Ministry Is Supernatural” (not professional), and says, “So, then, you think it doesn’t matter if we sing off key, preach incompetently, and don’t provide parking?” my answer is, “That’s just stupid.”

It matters whether you think the only alternative to tacky is “professional.” If the only way you have for urging excellence in your church is to urge “professionalism,” I suggest you need a bigger vocabulary.

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We Must Have Help to See Right

Jon Bloom

If I take my glasses off the world becomes blurry. In fact, things begin to diffuse at about six inches from my nose and grow more distorted the further away they are. I am very dependent on my corrective lenses to see correctly.

Richard Dawkins believes that this is evidence that there is no Designer. What Designer would make such a crucial organ as the eye so prone to defection?

What about a Designer who designed this defection so that we might see better in a much more... Continue Reading

The True Story of Thanksgiving

David Mathis
The True Story of Thanksgiving

Come Thanksgiving Day each year, many of us give the nod to Pilgrims and Indians and talk of making ready for a harsh first Winter in the New World.

But for the Christian, the deepest roots of our thanksgiving go back to the Old World, way back before the Pilgrims, to a story as old as creation, with a two-millennia-old climax. It’s a story that keeps going right on into the present and gives meaning to our little lives, even when we’re a half a globe removed from history’s... Continue Reading

Now Available: Disability Conference Audio and Video

Jonathan Parnell

The full media from our recent conference on disability is now available!

"The Works of God: God's Good Design in Disability," hosted Novemeber 8, featured four messages, a speaker panel, and a special testimony on God's sovereignty and goodness in disability. The audio and video of each resource can be streamed or downloaded by going to the respective links:

John Piper
"When Jesus Meets Disability: How a Christian Hedonist Handles Deep Disappointment"

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Living with Disability: 13 Reasons for Hope

Jonathan Parnell
Living with Disability: 13 Reasons for Hope

Disability is real and difficult. This is true. The recent "Works of God" conference featured several voices who met in agreement on this point. But they also agreed that God is sovereign and good.

This truth was seen most vividly in Krista Horning's unforgettable testimony. While each message expounded key biblical texts and their relevance to disability, Krista modeled it as she described what God says to her over and against the lies of disability.

She shared,... Continue Reading

When Christian Hedonism Heads to the Hard Places

Marshall Segal
When Christian Hedonism Heads to the Hard Places

While there may be many Christians in the world truly qualified to speak on suffering for the gospel, few of them are Westerners. One with some qualification is Zane Pratt, who lived and ministered in Central Asia for 20 years and is now dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at Southern Seminary. For two decades, he sought to reach Muslims for Jesus in some of the regions most resistant to the gospel.

In Theology and Practice of Mission:... Continue Reading

Union with Christ

Tony Reinke
Union with Christ

Union with Christ is one of the most essential theological categories in the New Testament. And it may be one of the most overlooked.

Sensing a need, over the last 12 months a flurry of books on union have been sent to press and the latest is by Australian theologian Constantine Campbell. His new 480-page book, Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study, was released last week by Zondervan. Dr. Campbell’s book is thorough in its exegesis of biblical texts, meticulous... Continue Reading

Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books (with a Practical Suggestion)

Tony Reinke
Four Reasons Men Don’t Read Books (with a Practical Suggestion)

Men in the church don't read well.

I don’t have statistics or studies to prove this. My conclusion draws from my experience, and from educated intuition. I recently discussed this conclusion with Albert Mohler, and he agreed, "It's a very correct and perceptive intuition." So that's something.

Of course, not all Christian men struggle with reading. Many men in the pews are very competent readers, and the church is stronger for it.

But many... Continue Reading

This Week's Sermon: "Living by Faith in Future Grace"

Jonathan Parnell
This Week's Sermon: "Living by Faith in Future Grace"

If you could step back from the noise and busyness — if you could, even for just a moment, get a panoramic snapshot of the Christian life — it would look like 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.

John Piper explains the picture,

Everything [in the Christian life] flows from the free grace of God in Christ. And everything is moving toward the fullest glory of God in us and through us. And between the foundation of grace and the goal of glory there is the power of grace... Continue Reading

Brothers, the Ministry Is Supernatural

John Piper
Brothers, the Ministry Is Supernatural

It’s been ten years since the publication of the book Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Nothing has happened in the last ten years to make me think this book is less needed. In fact, instead of going away, the pressure to “professionalize” the pastorate has morphed and strengthened.

Among younger pastors, the talk is less about therapeutic and managerial professionalization, and more about communication or contextualization. The language of “professionalization” is... Continue Reading