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

The Majestically Impassible Passion of God

Tony Reinke
The Majestically Impassible Passion of God

From Rob Lister’s forthcoming book, God Is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion (Crossway; Nov. 30), pages 255–256:

In the aftermath of the fall, we do not hate sin as we ought, nor do we pursue righteousness as we should. Instead, we dabble with sin. Given a moment’s reflection, we recognize how foolish it is to dabble with sin. But because of the weakness of our affections, sin dabbling is what we love to pursue, apart from the grace... Continue Reading

John the Baptist's Doubt

Jon Bloom

Are you struggling with doubts in the middle of painful circumstances? So did John the Baptist. As he sat in Herod Antipas’s prison waiting likely execution, he was afflicted with doubts about Jesus.


“Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”

This was a surprising question coming from John the Baptist.

It’s unclear exactly when John first consciously knew that Jesus was the Son of God, whose way he had come to prepare. The Apostle John quotes him as saying, “I... Continue Reading

The Consummation of All Things

John Piper

Remember What’s Really Going On: Jesus Is Gathering His Sheep

Jon Bloom
Remember What’s Really Going On: Jesus Is Gathering His Sheep

I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16)

Jesus Christ is hard at work gathering the rest of his sheep that he “bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28) and that are “scattered abroad” (John 11:52). This is the main thing that is happening in the world. All the great geopolitical shifts in the world are connected to this mission.... Continue Reading

How the Rescued Life Looks

John Piper

Brothers, Train Up the Next Generation

Mike Bullmore
Brothers, Train Up the Next Generation

I find there is a persistent temptation in my life and ministry. It is the temptation to just finish my own race faithfully.

“What’s wrong with that?” you ask. It actually sounds fairly biblical, almost Pauline. “I just want to finish the race. I don’t want to be disqualified. I want to be found faithful to the end.” Which is well and good, except if the understanding of faithfulness to the gospel is limited to and concerned only with my allotted three score years and... Continue Reading