Survival Isn't Always Important
Mar 27, 2007
Bethlehem’s executive pastor, Sam Crabtree, gave this insightful exposition and application of Isaiah 7:1-9 at today’s Bethlehem staff lunch. Read and be blessed Don't Believe, Don't Last The seventh chapter of Isaiah reports on a wartime context in which the…
Does God ‘Author’ Sin?
Aug 29, 2007
This is part 1 of a 4-part series on how to talk about God's sovereignty over sin. In his last three sermons, John Piper has made some provocative statements about God’s sovereignty over sin. August 12: “God created [Satan…
Does God ‘Cause’ Sin?
Aug 30, 2007
This is part 2 of a 4-part series on how to talk about God's sovereignty over sin. Read Part 1, "Does God Author Sin? " * * * The following is from The Doctrine of God, Chapter 9,…
Does God Permit Sin?
Aug 31, 2007
This is part 3 of a 4-part series on how to talk about God's sovereignty over sin. Part 1, Does God Author Sin? Part 2, Does God Cause Sin? * * * The following is from The Doctrine of God…
The Author-Story Model
Sep 1, 2007
This is part 4 of a 4-part series on how to talk about God's sovereignty over sin. Part 1, Does God Author Sin? Part 2, Does God Cause Sin? Part 3, Does God Permit Sin? * * * The following…
The Jonah Principle
Sep 18, 2007
This week I’ve been indexing the forthcoming book, The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World, and have been significantly blessed. What an especially excellent book! Piper on joy. Carson on love. Driscoll on the church. Now I’m to…
A Call to Christology
Sep 27, 2007
Jesus’ person and his gospel-work for sinners have been joined together by God himself. And what God has joined together, let no man separate Assault on Christ’s person is an assault on the gospel. A compromised Christology inevitably will wreck…
The Future of Justification for the Rest of Us
Nov 7, 2007
Not everyone should read John Piper’s new book on justification. Some readers—perhaps those already aware of N. T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul (NPP)—will want to read The Future of Justification from cover to cover. But not everyone …
Is Tithing Christian?
Nov 14, 2007
Should Christians tithe? The New Testament’s answer may surprise you. I’ve found the following reflections from Don Carson to be clarifying and challenging The only passage in the New Testament that explicitly authorizes the tithe does so in a rather…
What Is the Incarnation?
Dec 7, 2007
The incarnation refers literally to the in-fleshing of the eternal Son of God — Jesus “putting on our flesh and blood” and becoming fully human. The doctrine of the incarnation claims that the eternal second person of the Trinity took…
Written with Us in Mind
Dec 12, 2007
How awful and awesome to live in the last days—the days between Jesus’ first and second coming. The New Testament speaks surprisingly about the priority of our season of history and the Book written especially for these last days…
What Is the Hypostatic Union?
Dec 19, 2007
The simple truth of the hypostatic union is that the eternal God became fully human in one man, Jesus Christ.
The Virgin Birth
Dec 24, 2007
This is part 4 of 4 on the Incarnation. Advent and the Incarnation Jesus Is Fully Human What Is the Hypostatic Union? Jesus was born of a virgin. This is a unique glory. Of the billions of humans who have…
A Common Word Between Us?
Jan 23, 2008
John Piper discusses "A Common Word Between Us and You" and the response to it from 300 Christian leaders. Update: For those unfamiliar with "A Common Word," it's a letter written to Christians by 138 Muslim scholars last…
Rick Love Responds to Piper's Thoughts on "A Common Word"
Jan 28, 2008
Last week, we posted a video of John Piper discussing "A Common Word," a letter to Christians from Muslim scholars, and expressing his disappointment with the response to it that over 300 Christian leaders signed In the video, John mentions…
Strong Rebuke & Affirming Challenges
Aug 28, 2008
Sometimes a strong rebuke is in order. The sin we see in the lives of those we love and lead is so serious that we must respond with intensity. This is the loving way to handle egregious departures from the…
Practicing Politics as Former Fools
Aug 29, 2008
God doesn’t send his church into the public square with a strut and an open mouth, but with gentleness and courtesy — with a readiness to do good, avoid quarrels, and speak evil of no one.
Ordinary Life with Gospel Intentionality
Sep 24, 2008
A pair of Brits have a provocative book appearing in the States this month. Tim Chester and Steve Timmis published Total Church in the UK last year, and enough readers here have found it helpful to prompt Crossway Books and…
Luther's First Thesis and Last Words
Oct 31, 2008
491 years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg.He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. So he wrote in Latin.But a nameless visionary translated the…
Thank God for Martin Luther
Nov 9, 2008
It was a backwater German town called Eisleben on November 10, 1483—today marks 525 years There Martin Luther had his inauspicious beginning. He was born a poor boy, son of a coal miner. And by a strange providence, Luther died…
From Protest to Praise
Dec 18, 2008
An amazing progression occurs in the 3 short chapters of Habakkuk The book begins with the prophet protesting that God seems to be standing idly by while his people in Judah plummet into rampant evil and injustice (1:2–5). God responds…
Jesus Is Still Human
Dec 22, 2008
The Permanence of Christmas, Part 1: Biblical Foundations Advent is a chance not only to celebrate Jesus’ taking of human flesh but also his keeping of it. It wasn’t a mere 33-year stint—impressive as that would have been. Jesus is…
Jesus’s Humanity Throughout History
Dec 23, 2008
The Permanence of Christmas, Part 2: Church History Throughout church history, the best of Christian theology has recognized and affirmed the truth of Jesus’ continuing incarnation—the idea that Jesus didn’t simply make a 33-year cameo in the created world…
Jesus’s Humanity Now
Dec 24, 2008
The Permanence of Christmas, Part 3: Contemporary ArticulationsFrom the New Testament to the present, Christian theology has celebrated that Jesus is forever the God-man. In this series, we saw first what the apostles had to say in the…