How Do I Wage War on My Self-Pity?
Jul 20, 2020
At the cross, Christ canceled all our sins through his blood. Now, by the Spirit, we work to conquer every canceled sin.
Every Letter Kills, Including Shakespeare
Pressing Through Texts in the Power of the Spirit
Jul 19, 2020
To exposit a text is only one part of preaching and teaching. We must drill down into the words and unearth the reality that holds the text together.
A Seriously Happy Puritan: Praising God for J.I. Packer
Jul 19, 2020
On the morning of July 17, J.I. Packer passed into glory. Pastor John shares a tribute to the man he looked up to as a father in the faith.
How Do Predestination and Election Relate?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 12
Jul 18, 2020
What is the distinction between election and predestination? Are they the same thing?
Reformation Theology in the Hands of a Servant
My Tribute to J.I. Packer (1926–2020)
Jul 18, 2020
J.I. Packer had the supernatural ability to lead a movement, but he had the spiritual disposition to get behind other people’s dreams instead. He was a servant.
Seven Lessons for Productivity
Jul 17, 2020
After fifteen hundred episodes of the Ask Pastor John podcast, Pastor John shares seven lessons that have inspired him to labor faithfully over decades.
What Does Freedom from the Love of Money Look Like?
Jul 15, 2020
Our hearts were never meant to find their meaning in money. God made us for something far more valuable.
Holy in Love or Adopted in Love?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 11
Jul 14, 2020
Some of the shiniest gold lies ready to be discovered in the mines of Scripture. Will we take the time to dig for and uncover them?
How Can I Disagree with My Husband and Still Submit?
Jul 13, 2020
How can a wife disagree with her husband about a decision while still submitting to his leadership in the home?
God Is Preparing His Holy Bride
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 10
Jul 11, 2020
Before the stars lit up the night sky. Before the sun blazed in the heavens. God planned for his people to be radiantly holy forever before him.
How Do I Know If I’m Doing Enough for God?
Jul 10, 2020
Before you get overwhelmed by all of the Bible’s commands, remember your right standing with God and focus first on the anchors of faithful obedience.
Why Do I Need to Be Saved?
Jul 8, 2020
At the cross, God not only clears a path for sinners to himself. He also vindicates his righteousness after passing over centuries of sin.
Election Silences Pride and Awakens Praise
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 9
Jul 7, 2020
God chose his people in his Son, before the foundation of the world, to put an end to all boasting and to secure eternal praise of the glory of his grace.
Why Does ‘Atonement’ Disappear in the New Testament?
Jul 6, 2020
The word “atonement” appears all over the ESV’s translation of the Old Testament, but never in the New. Didn’t Jesus make atonement for our sins?
Why Did God Choose Whom He Chose?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 8
Jul 4, 2020
Why did God choose anybody for eternal life? And as he did choose some for eternal life, how did he choose those he chose?
How Much Patriotism Is Too Much Patriotism?
Jul 3, 2020
If Christians are first and foremost citizens of heaven, then is it ever appropriate to show patriotism for a homeland?
How Can I Be Free from Materialism?
Jul 1, 2020
For many Western Christians, materialism has transformed our wants into needs and distorted our view of biblical Christianity. How can we be free?
Were We Chosen as Sinful or Innocent?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 7
Jun 30, 2020
When God chose us before the foundation of the world, did he consider us blameless or sinful?
Did Moses Think Sinners Could Keep the Law?
Jun 29, 2020
The Mosaic law requires obedience over and over again. Does that mean old-covenant believers earned their way to a right standing with God?
Exposition or Imposition?
How Gospel-Centered Preaching Can Go Wrong
Jun 28, 2020
Preachers, instead of taking your text and making a beeline to the cross, take the cross and make a beeline to your text.
Was Election Based on Foreknown Faith?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 6
Jun 27, 2020
Did God choose his people because he saw their faith ahead of time?
Do I Need to Understand the Trinity to Be Saved?
Jun 26, 2020
What does someone need to know about the Trinity in order to have saving faith in Jesus?
How Do I Find Freedom from Worry?
Jun 24, 2020
In the moment when troubles come or worries rise, we need the precious truth of specific promises from God’s word.
Did God Really Choose Individuals to Be Saved?
Ephesians 1:3–6, Part 5
Jun 23, 2020
Did God really choose individuals to be saved before the foundation of the world?