Brothers, Let Us Query the Text
Jan 1, 1995If the Bible is coherent, then understanding the Bible means grasping how things fit together. Becoming a Biblical theologian means seeing more and more pieces fit together into a glorious mosaic of the divine will. And doing exegesis means querying…
Brothers, Save the Saints
Jan 1, 1995I used to say my goal as a pastor-teacher was the salvation of sinners and the upbuilding of the body of Christ - winning the lost and edifying the saints. But there was an erroneous assumption behind this goal. The…
Bible Story Audio: Recommendations?
Jan 1, 1995Dear Noël, In Treasuring God in Our Traditions, you write that your children listened to stories on tape while they were too young to read. Could you recommend some good, sound children’s Bible story recordings? Thank you. Dear friend, …
Brothers, Beware of Sacred Substitutes
Jan 1, 1995Without extended and consecrated prayer, the ministry of the Word withers up and bears no fruit.
Did Christ Die for Us or for God?
Jan 1, 1995The root reason for why the cross is folly to the world is that it means the end of human self-exaltation.
Jesus' Finest Hour—His Last
Jan 1, 1995There was a kind of God-forsakenness on the cross, but the abandonment was not final.
Quest for Joy
Six Biblical Truths
Jan 1, 1995What verses do you use to share the gospel with others?
God's Glory and the Deepest Joy of Human Souls Are One Thing
Jan 1, 1995How is my desire to be happy not opposed to God's command to give him glory?
How Not to Commit Idolatry in Giving Thanks
Jonathan Edwards on True Thanksgiving
Jan 1, 1995God is not glorified if the foundation of our gratitude is the worth of the gift and not the excellency of the Giver.
Forgive the Label, But Don’t Miss the Truth
Jan 1, 1995If you abandon the pursuit of your joy, you cannot love man or please God.
One-Issue Politics, One-Issue Marriage, and the Humane Society
Jan 1, 1995If you refuse to vote for a pro-choice candidate, how will you answer the charge of being a one-issue voter?
Guidelines for Writing a Research Paper in New Testament Exegesis
Jan 1, 1995What's the point in research papers and how can you write one well?
Topics for Conversation When a Man and a Woman Are Considering Marriage
Jan 1, 1995There are at least ten categories concerning life together that potential partners would do well to consider.
The Family: Together in God’s Presence
Jan 1, 1995God-centered worship is supremely important in the life of our church. We approach the Sunday morning worship hour with great seriousness and earnestness and expectancy. We try to banish all that is flippant or trivial or chatty. Not all services…
Brothers, Magnify the Meaning of Baptism
Jan 1, 1995I recall a beautiful day in 1973. Prof. Leonhard Goppelt had invited his university seminar on baptism to a retreat south of Munich in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. He was Lutheran and I was the lone American -…
Brothers, Read Christian Biography
Jan 1, 1995Hebrews 11 is a divine mandate to read Christian biography. The unmistakable implication of the chapter is that, if we hear about the faith of our forefathers (and mothers), we will "lay aside every weight and sin" and "run with…
Brothers, Consider Christian Hedonism
Jan 1, 1995When Jesus warned His disciples that they might get their heads chopped off (Luke 21:16), He comforted them with the promise that nevertheless, not a hair on their heads would perish (v. 18). When He warned them that discipleship means…
Brothers, Tell Them Not to Serve God!
Jan 1, 1995We have all told our people to serve God. Scripture says to "serve the Lord with gladness." But now it may be time to tell them not to serve God. For Scripture also says: "The Son of Man…
Brothers, Pray for the Seminary!
Jan 1, 1995We cannot overemphasize the importance of our seminaries in shaping the theology and spirit of the churches and denominations and missionary enterprise. The tone of the classrooms and teachers exerts profound effect on the tone of our pulpits. What the…
Brothers, Our Affliction Is for Their Comfort
Jan 1, 1995Pastors and their people must suffer. "Through may tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). "You yourselves know that this is to be our lot" (1 Thess. 3:3). "The Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises…
A Challenge to Women
Jan 1, 1995Fifteen exhortations encouraging women to be strong, God-centered, Bible-saturated and happy in Christ.
Letter About How to Relate to a Relative Who Is Homosexual
Jan 1, 1995John Piper offers help in seeking the mind of the Lord in an agonizingly difficult and painful situation.
The Unparalleled Passion of Jesus Christ
Jan 1, 1995If Christians were not so familiar with these things because of 2000 years of tradition and liturgy, they might feel how utterly unlikely it was that this death would be the basis of a world-transforming faith. How could it be…
How Shall We Fight for Joy?
Jan 1, 19951. Realize that authentic joy in God is a gift. 2. Realize that joy must be fought for relentlessly. 3. Resolve to attack all known sin in your life. 4. Learn the secret of gutsy guilt - how to fight…