Book Review: Romans, by Paul J. Achtemeier
Journal of Biblical Literature 106:4 (1987): 725–27
Jan 1, 1987
This book’s intended readership is “those who interpret the Bible through teaching and preaching in the church.” Its comments are written “in the light of the needs and questions which arise in the use of the Bible as Holy Scripture”…
The Anatomy of Legalism and the Discipline of Prayer
Jan 5, 1987
Discipline is not necessarily legalism. It may be, or it may be faith moving in the power of the Spirit.
Weary Ramblings and Ruminations on the Future
Jan 12, 1987
It is 11:10 p.m. Sunday night. Prayer Week ’87 is over. For me, the Advent/Christmas/Prayer Week season is over. Lord, I am tired. I could cry just thinking about a cold cat in the snow. (And I don’t even…
Breakfast, Benjamin and Baby-Work
Feb 2, 1987
The nursery may be the most God-filled room in your church.
The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity
Feb 16, 1987
The Holy Spirit is the love that flows between the Father and the Son.
Our Concern with Biblical Church Governance
Mar 2, 1987
Five reasons to reexamine church government offices and structure.
Lenten Preparations for Good Friday and Easter
Mar 9, 1987
Seven ways to prepare yourself and others for commemorating the death of Christ.
An Exchange of Letters
Mar 16, 1987
John Piper dialogues with an unbeliever about human sexuality.
Calling for a Ministry to the Deaf
Mar 23, 1987
How can the church reach out to the millions of people in this world who are deaf?
Singapore '87 and the Philippines Piggy Back
Apr 20, 1987
Last summer the Council of Deacons approved my attendance at Singapore ’87 from June 1-10. It seemed strategic to piggy back a trip to our BGC mission fields in the Philippines on the way to Singapore So on May 12…
Is Jesus Christ Man’s Only Hope for Salvation?
May 4, 1987
In Singapore this title will be the topic for the workshop that I will co-lead with Ajith Fernando from Sri Lanka. I thought it might be helpful for you to have the biblical texts that provide my answer. I divide…
Some Lessons from Singapore
Jun 22, 1987
1) Unexpectedly, I was impressed more by similarities than by differences among the representatives of 68+ countries. In my small discussion group were individuals from Malawi (south central Africa), Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Greece. From the very outset, when the…
Meeting God at the Minneapolis Auditorium
Jul 6, 1987
Our city has thousands of unbelievers in it who are perishing. What can we do?
An Example of Deception
Jul 13, 1987
Every mature believer should be able to say with the apostle Paul, “We are not ignorant of Satan’s designs.”
Rethinking the Governance Structure at Bethlehem Baptist Church
A Biblical Examination of Key Terms
Aug 13, 1987
After many months of Biblical study and prayer we are persuaded that the time has come for a serious rethinking of the governance structure at Bethlehem. To provide the basis for this rethinking we have gathered here some of the…
A Spot on KTIS
Aug 24, 1987
As part of the steering committee for Prayer '87 I was asked to record a spot on KTIS for its promotion. This is what I said. I am praying that hundreds from Bethlehem will be drawn into this great historic…
Definitions and Observations Concerning the Second Coming of Christ
Aug 30, 1987
What does John Piper believe about the end times and why?
Rearing Children for the World’s End
Sep 8, 1987
Amy Carmichael was born December 16, 1867 in the village of Millisle on the north coast of Ireland. After a lifetime of service in India she died, the beloved Amma, with a family of thousands. She was 83. They covered…
The American Revival of 1905
Sep 14, 1987
Many have heard of the Great Welsh Revival of 1904-1905. It touched all classes and ages. Newspapers kept tally as the churches swelled with new converts—over 100,000 in one six-month period. In Cardiff police reported a 60% decrease in drunkenness…
Expecting and Attempting
Reflections on Prayer '87
Sep 21, 1987
It is the attempting of something great for God that gives edge and point to prayer.
A New Sermon Series for the Fall
Sep 28, 1987
Sunday, October 4 we will begin a new fall series of morning messages based on the book of Malachi. It is the last book of the Old Testament. It has been some time since we have done an expository series…
Come on the Lookout for God, Leave on the Lookout for People
Oct 5, 1987
I love to see people talking after services at Bethlehem. Sometimes it’s heavy, and there are tears. Sometimes it’s light and there is laughter. Sometimes it’s just two; other times four or five. It may be in the aisle, or…
After 102 Years Is It Time for a New Sanctuary?
Oct 12, 1987
A brief history of where Bethlehem has been and a consideration for the future.
Ramblings on Being in the City to Stay
Oct 19, 1987
I heard tonight (Sunday) that one of our sister Conference churches in another city is planning to move from downtown to the suburbs. It is not for us to judge the strategic value of such a move in another place…
What a City, What a Place, What a God!
Nov 2, 1987
Minneapolis is a beautiful city. Almost every morning I stand at the western window of my study and look out over Lincoln Center and Lutheran Brotherhood and Piper Jaffray and IDS and City Center, and Norwest and Center Village, and…
Practical Steps to Kill Sin
Nov 9, 1987
Relief: All true believers have sin remaining in them in this life. Romans 7:23 - “I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which…
Then the Five Said Yes
Nov 16, 1987
On October 25 the church said yes to the Long Range Planning Committee proposals. Purchase the “Hacking” property, build a sanctuary, etc. The following Sunday, November 1 at 4:30, the Deacons met to discuss possible chairmen for the necessary committees…
Irving Hetherington, Self-Pity and Service
Nov 23, 1987
Put the pressures of your life into missionary perspective and lose the self-pity.
Nov 29, 1987
(The audio and video of John Piper's reading are from 2007.) Outside the Council hall, the six Leaned hard against the blackened bricks And tried to see the man whose voice They loved. The church had made its choice Of…
Dec 6, 1987
Far east of ruined Palestine The year five hundred thirty nine Was filled with hope. The western sun Set once for all on Babylon; And Nabonidus fell before The Persian forces at the door Of Opis. Mighty Cyrus, king Of…
Dec 13, 1987
At thirty-five her hair was fine And cinder black. Nor was there sign Of aging in her queenly face. And those who saw the tiny trace Of tragedy left in her eyes Compared it to the Persian skies When storms…
The Ripples of Desiring God
Dec 14, 1987
Whatever you try to share with others returns, and whatever you try to keep for yourself rots. “He who loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s, will save it” (Mark 8:35). That’s a commendation of Christmas—and Calvary. “What…
Barnabas and Paul
Dec 20, 1987
Barnabas is on his deathbed unconscious, and Paul is at his side hoping for a chance to say his last goodbye. Gasping for his last few breaths, Barnabas says, "I love you, Paul." A glimpse into a situation that might…
Semi-Serious Meditations on a Birth-Laden Week
Dec 21, 1987
In the space of seven days between December 21 and 27, I commemorate the birth of my marriage, my Savior, and my wife, in that order. Nineteen years; nineteen-hundred-eighty-seven years; and forty years respectively. The weight of my fortune is…