Is Spiritual Insight a Product of Thinking or Praying?
2 Timothy 2:1–7, Part 1
Nov 9, 2019
Those who expect to have spiritual insight without thinking hard do not know how God gives understanding.
Why Does the Bible Stress the Power of Jesus’s Name?
Nov 8, 2019
The Bible stresses repeatedly the power and greatness of Jesus’s name. But why does it emphasize his name, and not just his person?
Love Is the Overflow of Joy in God
Why I Love the Apostle Paul
Nov 8, 2019
The deepest love is never merely an act of the will. It is the overflowing impulse of a heart that is happy in God.
‘I Don’t Believe in Christ — Why Is Faith So Hard?’
Nov 6, 2019
If Jesus promises that his yoke is easy and his burden light, then why do some people struggle so much to put their faith in him?
God Glorified, Man Satisfied
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 11
Nov 5, 2019
If you desire God to get glory from your life, take your joy in him very seriously.
When Has My Career Become My Idol?
Nov 4, 2019
If God created us for good works and wants us to labor diligently, then how do we determine when our career has become an idol?
A Peculiar Act of Worship
Preaching as Expository Exultation
Nov 3, 2019
The preacher’s task is not merely to teach or inform, but to rejoice with his people over the wonders of Scripture.
Love for People as the Overflow of Joy
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 10
Nov 2, 2019
Pursuing greater, deeper joy in God increases, not diminishes or hinders, our love for other people.
Advice for Christians Who Work Sundays
Nov 1, 2019
If your job requires you to work on Sundays, how do you honor the Lord’s Day? Pastor John offers three pieces of counsel.
He Dared to Defy the Pope
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
Oct 31, 2019
The Reformation began when Martin Luther, a scrupulous but tortured monk, rediscovered the surpassing grace of God in the infallible word of God.
What Did the Reformation Give Us?
Oct 30, 2019
Every Protestant owes a debt of gratitude to the Reformers, especially for one of their most precious gifts to us: expository exultation.
Joy in Suffering Shows the Worth of God
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 9
Oct 29, 2019
Suffering with joy in this world is one of the greatest advertisements for the reality of the next.
Should We Stop Reading Dead White Guys?
Oct 28, 2019
Christians should judge a book not by the color of its author or the number of its century, but by the God-exalting or God-ignoring content of its pages.
Self-Denial and the Pursuit of Joy
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 8
Oct 26, 2019
Our duty as Christians is to show the joy-hungry world that their desires are not strong enough for happiness.
Should Anyone Say, ‘I Am of Calvin’?
Oct 25, 2019
As we sit under preaching in our churches, what matters most is not how eloquent the teacher is, but how much truth shines forth in his content.
What Makes a Sermon Good?
Oct 23, 2019
Sermons are more than a transfer of facts and stories. They are a part of worship that God uses to work miracles in both the preacher and the people.
‘The Expulsive Power of a New Affection’
The Life-Changing Insight of Thomas Chalmers
Oct 23, 2019
The root power of sin is severed by the power of a superior pleasure. The bondage to sin is broken by a stronger attraction — a more compelling joy.
The Severing of Boasting and Self-Pity
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 7
Oct 22, 2019
Joy in Christ is not passive or timid. It severs, with holy aggression, all boasting and self-pity still within us.
Should Stay-at-Home Moms Take a Day Off?
Oct 21, 2019
With all the demands on our time, how can young families pace themselves to run the marathon of life without burning out halfway through?
Is Joy Essential to Saving Faith?
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 6
Oct 19, 2019
If our faith in Jesus does not involve an enjoying of Jesus, it is not saving faith.
Are God’s Providence and God’s Sovereignty the Same?
Oct 18, 2019
God’s sovereignty is his right and power to do whatever he pleases. God’s providence is his wise and purposeful sovereignty.
When to Stop Listening to This Podcast
Oct 16, 2019
If God has given you elders in your local church and brothers and sisters in Christ, then why should you bother seeking wisdom from this podcast?
Conversion to Christ — and Joy
Foundations of Christian Hedonism, Part 5
Oct 15, 2019
The essence of genuine conversion to Christ is awakening to Christ as supremely valuable.
How Do I Follow God’s Will in the Face of Two Good Options?
Oct 14, 2019
God may not reveal every detail we want to know about our future, but he does promise to walk with us and direct our steps.