Don't Play the Lottery for Me!
Jan 1, 2003Why Christians should never knowingly take money won by gambling.
Fifteen Pro-Life Truths to Speak
Jan 24, 2003A list of things to consider when thinking about whether abortion is ethical.
Counseling with Suffering People
Feb 1, 2003This article grows out of an earlier article on preaching, transposing it into a different key. It complements the chapter “Preaching to Suffering People” in the book Feed My Sheep (pages 241–268) by presenting the same biblical ideas on the context of counseling ministry rather than preaching.
Is There Injustice With Our God?
Feb 12, 2003Is there injustice with our God / When he decrees our ways? / No! This is but his righteousness / And root of all our praise.
John Piper Responds to Don Garlington on the Imputation of Righteousness
Originally published as “A Response to Don Garlington on Imputation” in Reformation and Revival, volume 12 (Fall 2003), pages 121–28
Apr 7, 2003It may be most helpful to begin by going straight to Romans 4:3-6 to show why I believe in the imputation of divine righteousness to the ungodly through faith alone apart from any works. In verse 3 Paul quotes Genesis…
Kill Anger Before It Kills You or Your Marriage
Apr 23, 2003Anger is often a worse enemy than lust in marriage. What can you do to keep it from ruining yours?
Bethlehem's Position on Homosexuality
Aug 6, 2003Submission to God's authority implies these six beliefs about sexuality.
When to Be Merciful and When to Demand Justice
Aug 13, 2003Consider three criteria for deciding when to love others with mercy and when to love them with justice.
Pastor John's Special Invitation to the Jonathan Edwards Conference
Sep 3, 2003When I conceived the Jonathan Edwards Conference for this fall, I had in mind a great all-church event for Bethlehem that we could share with others from around the country. There is room for over 3,000 I love the thought…
What Unites Us in Worship
Oct 1, 2003What are the essentials of worship that go deeper than style and form?
Never in January
Oct 1, 2003A year ago I set out to read the whole Bible. That's nothing new; I've begun to read the whole Bible every other year for about 28 years-emphasis on "begun." But with all the best intentions, I was never able…
Jonathan Edwards on the Pilgrim Mindset
Oct 8, 2003What characteristics ought to mark the life of a Christian sojourner?
Jonathan Edwards and Our Fall Missions Focus
Oct 15, 2003Two Motives for Missions, or One? As our fall Missions Focus approaches, Jonathan Edwards is still on my mind. One reason is that he helped me unite two motives for world missions that for years seemed at odds. One motive…
Let Public Thanks Ascend for God's Mercy in Education for Exultation
Oct 22, 2003Phase one of the EDUCATION FOR EXULTATION building is complete and paid for debt free. With you I say, "Thank you Father, for your mercy and power. Thank you for the grace poured out into the lives of hundreds of…
The Bethlehem Baptist Church Elder Affirmation of Faith
Formerly known as the TBI Affirmation of Faith
Nov 11, 2003Purpose of this Document With a view to maintaining the sound doctrine of our church, the Council of Elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church on October 29 unanimously recommended that the church take action to approve the following underlined addition to…
Christ Suffered and Died to Deliver Us from the Present Evil
Nov 12, 2003Don't follow a defeated foe; follow Christ. You will be an exile in this age, but you will be free.
Bethlehem: A Culture of Peace
Nov 25, 2003The next best thing to having a church without conflict is having one that knows how to resolve it in a Christ-exalting way.
When There's Crisis at Christmas
Dec 3, 2003Noel Piper encourages a friend to hold onto Jesus at Christmas time even if nothing about the holiday season feels joyful.
The Passion of Jesus Christ and the Passion of Auschwitz
Dec 3, 2003Is there a way that Jewish suffering may find, not its cause, but its final meaning in the suffering of Jesus Christ?
Glorified (original 1985)
Dec 14, 2003As far as any eye could see There was no green. But every tree Was cinder black, and all the ground Was grey with ash. The only sound Was arid wind, like spirits' ghosts, Gasping for some living hosts In…
Peter, Ananias, and Sapphira
Dec 17, 2003There in a lonely field, unsold, The graves were only hours old Where Ananias and his wife Lay dead, because the breath of life, Once freely given by their God, As freely ceased, and thus the rod Of wrath and…