How Do I Live Like a Son Rather Than a Slave?
Jul 17, 2019
God has called us sons and daughters, but his people sometimes talk as if we were still slaves. What does it mean to talk like children of God?
How to Respond to Tragedy
Jul 16, 2019
We cannot respond however we want when we suffer. Though we can grieve and mourn, if we never get to worship, we’ve stopped short.
How Does ‘Christ Live in Me’ (Galatians 2:20)?
Jul 15, 2019
When we are saved, we’re united to Christ by the Spirit. Our old self — our unbelieving, rebellious, sin-loving self — dies, and we live by the Spirit.
Who Caused Job’s Suffering?
Jul 13, 2019
If God stripped away our gifts — our income, our family, even our own health — would we curse him or bless his name?
Does Jesus Teach Us to Sell All Our Possessions?
Jul 12, 2019
Jesus said, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Are we disobeying Jesus if we don’t literally give away all that we have?
How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?
Jul 10, 2019
How can we forgive others who have hurt us deeply? Pastor John gives three practical suggestions for pursuing forgiveness.
To Heaven and Back with No Fanfare
Why I Love the Apostle Paul
Jul 10, 2019
The apostle Paul went to heaven and back. But he mentions the experience only once, and he never uses it as a reason to believe anything he says. Why?
Can You Trust God in Your Pain?
Jul 9, 2019
Job remained steadfast in his suffering and has left us with a model for how to trust God with our pain.
I’m Terrified of Giving Birth — Should I Still Pursue Marriage?
Jul 8, 2019
The fall has made childbirth painful and dangerous. But in Christ, the deepest dangers of the curse have been removed.
Stages of the Christian Life
Jul 6, 2019
No one starts as a mature Christian. Keep seeking God. Keep laboring to grow. And keep trusting that God will bring about our maturity.
How Do I Survive This Midlife Crisis?
Jul 5, 2019
God keeps his children through midlife crises by empowering them to keep fighting to be kept.
Is God Just as Sovereign over Damnation as Salvation?
Jul 3, 2019
What role does God play in the redemption and damnation of sinners? Is he just as sovereign over both?
How God Changes Our Minds
Jul 2, 2019
God changes minds through ordinary means: Our gaze fixed upon his word, our knees bowed in prayer, and our time spent with our eternal family.
What Is a Father’s Role in Caring for an Infant?
Jul 1, 2019
A godly father will want to show God the Father to his children. He will want to model for them the heart of Jesus.
How to Disagree with a Christian
Jun 29, 2019
We cannot disagree with Christians in any way we want. God has given us boundaries and ways forward.
Would God Be Less Glorious If He Never Created?
Jun 28, 2019
If God created the world to display the fullness of his attributes, would he have been less glorious without creation?
Is God Angry at Me When I Sin?
Jun 26, 2019
We go from a rebel against the King to a child of the King. God’s attitude toward us completely changes. But does he still get angry at us when we sin?
What the Mature Think About
Jun 25, 2019
A heavenly mindset will not be lofty and self-righteous, but humble and God-dependent.
Who Will Give My Head Waters?
Seven Reasons to Pray for Holy Tears
Jun 24, 2019
Tears, crying, and weeping are all a proper response to the God-ordained sorrow and pain we face. Just because God is sovereign doesn’t mean we ignore our pain.
The Heart of the Calvinist-Arminian Divide
Jun 24, 2019
Both Calvinists and Arminians see grace as powerful and necessary, but not in the same way. Pastor John gets at the heart of the theological divide.
Nothing Can Replace Preaching
Our Glorious and Dangerous Calling
Jun 24, 2019
As I look back over four decades of preaching, I bear witness that it has been worth every effort and every cost.
What Does It Mean to Be Mature?
Jun 22, 2019
God wants us to grow up and leave behind childish ways. And he has done everything necessary to ensure it can happen.
What Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Jun 21, 2019
If you are a Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit. But is this the same as being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Pastor John explains the difference.
How Do I Trust God with the Eternal Destiny of My Child?
Jun 19, 2019
We know God will accomplish his purposes for good, but he doesn’t promise our children’s eternal good. How can we be satisfied in God with this unknown?