Is Secular the New Satanic?
Sep 10, 2014
The new Satanic Temple in Detroit may have only twenty members, but adherents to such an ideology are not nearly as rare as we might hope.
You’re Not a Student First
Aug 27, 2014
To prepare you for heading back to campus as a Christian, this new two-minute video helps the Christian collegiate reckon with the most fundamental question of each new semester.
Embrace the Blessing of Rebuke
Aug 27, 2014
Only in Jesus can we find our identity not in being without fault, but in being shown love by God when we’re still sinners and chock-full of faults (Romans 5:8). With such a Savior to steady our feet, we can embrace rebuke for the blessing that it is.
The Open Hands of the Gospel
Aug 23, 2014
One of the effects of the gospel going deeper into our hearts is that it frees our fingers to loosen their grasp on our goods. Generosity is one of the great evidences of truly being a Christian.
Eight Traits of Good Teaching
Aug 11, 2014
It is not surprising that some of the great leaders in the church have been significant teachers. A good teacher has at least these eight characteristics.
When Grace Is in the Pulpit
Aug 10, 2014
Few practices will energize and affect your Christian life as much as sitting attentively under faithful preaching. While corporate worship as a whole may be the single most important means of God’s grace, hearing the fresh preaching of the gospel…
Five Ways to Flourish in Journaling
Aug 6, 2014
Good journaling is not just an exercise in introspection, but a pathway for joy and a powerful tool in the hands of love.
Own Your Desperation (New eBook from Piper)
Jul 30, 2014
Don’t be fooled by the world’s paradigm for leadership, or the whisper of your indwelling sin. Good spiritual leaders — indeed, healthy Christians — are not those who suppress their failings, but those who own their neediness and desperation.
Journal As a Pathway to Joy
Jul 30, 2014
When we write, we not only disentangle our thoughts, draw out our emotions, and dream about fresh initiatives, but we develop them. Which makes journaling not just an exercise in introspection, but a pathway for joy — and a powerful tool in the hands of love.
Danger: Ministry Idolatry
Jul 26, 2014
When we find our greatest fulfillment and satisfaction, our decisive justification and deepest joy in serving Jesus, rather than in Jesus himself, we first need to identify it, and then fight.
Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management
Jul 23, 2014
The greatest joys come not from time squandered, hoarded, or selfishly spent, but from self-sacrificial love for others to the glory of God, when we pour out our time and energy for the good of others, and find our joy in theirs.
Manage Your Time for the Mission of Love
Jul 16, 2014
Learn this key principle in making our scheduling and time-management truly Christian: Let love for others be the driver of your disciplined, intentional planning. Sanctifying our time Godward will mean spending it on others in the manifold acts of love.
Do You Pervert the Grace of God?
Jul 2, 2014
Sometimes the grace of God needs defending. Not as much from the world and the devil as from ourselves. Those of us who love his grace most will take the greatest care, with his help, to guard it from perversion…
We Will Be Like Him
Jun 28, 2014
It’s almost too good to be true. The Christian doctrine of glorification is stunning, to say the least. Not only we will see Jesus in all his new-creation glory, but we will share with him in it. “When he appears…
The Seven-Year Itch and the Joy of Lifelong Marriage
Jun 25, 2014
Christians need to display and promote the joy of maintaining lifelong marriages.
Worship Like a Hedonist
Jun 22, 2014
Let me encourage you to take a very hedonistic approach to worship this weekend, and to every corporate worship gathering. We Christians don’t believe that human pleasure in itself is the highest good, but we should believe that finding our…
Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart
Jun 18, 2014
We all want to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). Who wants to feel the failure or share in the shame of being pegged like one “who looks intently at his natural face in a…
The Secret in Every Circumstance
Jun 17, 2014
Don’t be fooled by the popular locker room read on Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — score a touchdown, hit a homerun, climb a mountain, run a marathon, win the game with a…
Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting
Jun 4, 2014
If we see fasting as a means of grace to strengthen and sharpen Godward affections, we’re holding a powerful new tool for enriching our joy in Jesus.
Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)
Jun 3, 2014
You are a writer. Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at. But if…
The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics
May 31, 2014
Remember, it’s only a game. That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children. Against the backdrop of…
Five Benefits of Corporate Worship
May 25, 2014
Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling and sustaining our spiritual fire.
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure
May 20, 2014
This is your verse. If you believe in the God of the Bible, and you love him, all the bounty of one of his greatest promises is yours. God’s staggering pledge of Romans 8:28 is that “all things” — not…
Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship
May 19, 2014
You were made for more than private devotions. As nice as it can be to tuck ourselves away in some nook and cranny, all by our lonesome, and read the Scriptures we want to read, pray the prayers we prefer…