An Antidote to the Disorder

Jon Bloom
An Antidote to the Disorder

America is the most affluent nation in the history of the world. And affluence is at once wonderful and perilous in its potential. Listen to what Michael Ramsden has to say:

Our affluent culture looks for ease in everything. Comfort is prized more than anything else. In his book, The Challenge of Affluence, Professor Avner Offer makes the observation that moral prudence is required in order to build up affluence and wealth. However, affluence gives rise to temptation.... Continue Reading

Improving Our Baptism

David Mathis
Improving Our Baptism

Ever consider how you might improve your baptism?

Baptism is not something we typically think about as “improvable.” It’s a one-time, means-of-grace event, administered to a new professing believer entering into the visible covenant community of the local church. The waters don’t create a new spiritual life, but signify the regenerating and renewing work Jesus has already done in the baptized.

No, we can’t go back and improve the quality (or quantity) of our faith when we were baptized.... Continue Reading

Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

Jonathan Parnell
Who Are You Inviting to Thanksgiving?

In order to fulfill the Great Commission, we need to know whom Jesus wants us to invite to our Thanksgiving dinner.

John Piper said these words in 1980 when the fourth Thursday of November was right around the corner. As a new pastor wanting to lead his people to obey all of Jesus's commands, he opened to Luke 14:12–14.

[Jesus] said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives... Continue Reading

Brothers, Build a Gospel Culture

Ray Ortlund
Brothers, Build a Gospel Culture

Gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. The doctrines of grace create a culture of grace, a social environment of acceptance and hope and freedom and joy. Jesus himself touches us through his truths to create a new kind of community. Without the doctrines, the culture alone is fragile. Without the culture, the doctrines alone appear pointless.

Isn’t the doctrine-creating-culture dynamic what we find in the New Testament? For example, the doctrine of regeneration creates a... Continue Reading

"Never the Same" — The Sawi People Fifty Years Later

Jonathan Parnell

In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson came into contact with a remote tribe in West New Guinea known as the Sawi people. They were cannabilistic headhunters without a written language, nor any clue about Jesus.

The Richardsons, along with their three children, preached the gospel to the Sawi people and witnessed a remarkable movement of God. The story is told in the best-selling book Peace Child and has inspired many to take the gospel to the furthest ends of the... Continue Reading

God’s Work and Ours: An Interview with Timothy Keller

Tony Reinke
God’s Work and Ours: An Interview with Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller's newest book releases tomorrow — Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. It's a clear and thoughtful treatment of vocation and calling.

We put Dr. Keller on the line to ask him about the 9 to 5 labors into which we invest so much of our lives. So what is the purpose of our work? What if we get stuck in a job we don’t enjoy? And why does it seem the church has such a hard time getting its arms around vocation in the first... Continue Reading

This Week's Sermon: "God in Christ: The Price and the Prize of the Gospel"

Jonathan Parnell
This Week's Sermon: "God in Christ: The Price and the Prize of the Gospel"

A reality we don't deserve (eternally enjoying God) affords a price we're not able to pay (appeasing God's just wrath against our sin). But then there's Jesus.

As John Piper explains, "The gospel is the good news that God in Christ paid the price of suffering, so that we could have the prize of enjoying him forever."

Jesus died for us sinners to remove every barrier between us and the highest, fullest, deepest good, which is God himself.... Continue Reading

Brothers, We Are Not Sisters

Douglas Wilson
Brothers, We Are Not Sisters

To say that one thing is not another thing is not to register a complaint against either.

To say that the sun is not the moon is not to criticize the moon, and to say that the land is not the sea is not to file a complaint against the sea. God establishes differences in the world with the intention of them complementing one another, and not so that his variegated world would try to melt itself down into one great indistinguishable mass. A pine cone is not a cheesecake is not a... Continue Reading

Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso

Tony Reinke
Light for a Dark World: The Story of Tope Koleoso

His plans were frustrated again by a lousy generator. No matter how many times he pulled the rope, it would not start up. He was used to his rented generators stopping intermittently during his itinerant work in these remote parts of Nigeria, but tonight was the first time a generator wouldn't even start.

There was no time to find a new one. The open field was swelling with more than one thousand Nigerian villagers. Word of his coming had clearly spread, as... Continue Reading

Enjoy God (with Puritan Help)

Tony Reinke
Enjoy God (with Puritan Help)

We don’t often talk about our daily enjoyment of God with our friends — a deficiency J. I. Packer picked up some years ago when he compared this trend to the Puritan age:

Communion with God was a great thing; to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it. When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and... Continue Reading