The Ripples of Desiring God
Dec 14, 1987
Whatever you try to share with others returns, and whatever you try to keep for yourself rots. “He who loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s, will save it” (Mark 8:35). That’s a commendation of Christmas—and Calvary. “What…
A Public Thanksgiving for Gordon Cunningham and Erv Mickelberg
Nov 17, 2004
I love the quiet, dogged, humble faithfulness of old men. Men like Gordon Cunningham and Erv Mickelberg. I pray that when I am their age I will have the push to do as they have done. Praises and thanks ascend…
Getting Ready for Three Services
Feb 10, 1986
I thank God for you So many of you have responded with optimism and with the grace of flexibility to the challenges of three services. The three services will begin meeting Sunday morning, March 2, at: 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15. …
Pray, Park, Premier Praise, Jesus Parade
Jun 17, 1991
Pray All night. Friday, June 21, 10 PM till Saturday at 6 AM. This will be the power booster behind all our efforts as we enter the new sanctuary. We want to enter with the power of God’s Spirit, not…
Pastors, Bring Your Fathers and Sons
Dec 30, 2007
Listen It seemed to us that if the focus of the pastors conference is going to be on the pastor as father—both of a church and a family—then having the sons along could enable them to catch a vision of…
Then the Five Said Yes
Nov 16, 1987
On October 25 the church said yes to the Long Range Planning Committee proposals. Purchase the “Hacking” property, build a sanctuary, etc. The following Sunday, November 1 at 4:30, the Deacons met to discuss possible chairmen for the necessary committees…
Take Part in the Dream
Feb 3, 1986
Important Congregational Meeting Sunday evening, February 9, at 7:30, there will be an all—church discussion of a long range master plan developed by the Long Range Planning Committee of the Council of Deacons. No action has been taken on this…
It Will Happen by Prayer
Sep 23, 1985
The Lord grows his church by prayer, not by advertising alone.
Can You Tell Us About Your New Book, What Jesus Demands From the World?
Sep 15, 2006
John Piper talks about where this book came from and what it's for.
Melvin Brown, Community Ambassador for Bethlehem
Nov 8, 2006
One small step our church is taking toward diversity and unity in the body of Christ.
The Black Poet as Prophet
Feb 1, 2009
Today is Langston Hughes's Birthday (1902-1967). He was one of the 20th century’s most notable African-American poets These two poems seem to catch the pilgrimage that has led to the White House. If he could have lived to see what…
A Letter to the Bethlehem of 2006
Sep 29, 1986
Will someone dig out this copy of the STAR from the Bethlehem archives in 2006 on the 20th anniversary of the Apprenticeship Program (renamed in 1990, Bethlehem Ministerial Academy)? If so I would like to write them a letter just…
Thoughts on Lausanne II in Manila
Aug 28, 1989
A taste test of John Piper's observations and reflections from Manila.
How Living and Working in Minneapolis Relate to the Sending Goals of “2000 by 2000”
Dec 5, 1990
Background On December 4, 1990, the Council of Deacons voted to recommend to the church that we endorse the vision of 2000 by 2000 and that we adopt the Maninka People as a special object of focused love and mission…
Pastor John's Plans for the Summer
A Plea for Prayer
Jun 29, 1994
John Piper shares his plans for the summer and some requests for prayer.
The Deepest Sting
Feb 28, 2013
They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. (2 Thessalonians 1:9) Two of the passages of Scripture that express the unending nature of hell most clearly…
Whatever Happened to That "Free" Book You Promised?
Apr 1, 1991
It’s here. And I am excited about it. It’s called Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. The book has 22 authors, 26 chapters and 566 pages. Wayne Grudem and I edited the book, and I…
Join the Life Chain Again This Year
Sep 22, 1993
Do you have a plan to do something for the children who cannot speak for themselves?
Testing Your Attendance Strategy Quotient
Nov 18, 1985
A test to see how mindful you are to others in your church attendance.
Where Are We in Long Range Planning?
Oct 7, 1985
John Piper unfolds a motion regarding the long range plans of Bethlehem Baptist.
Noll Wisely Risks the Un-sensible
Jan 17, 2009
In his new book, Mark Noll says that “a sensible historian would now end with a summary as follows...” (176). Then he coolly summarizes, in a single paragraph, the historical observations I am thankful that Noll was “promoted to…
How Can We Pay Up All Missions Commitments in April?
Apr 16, 1984
We can go above and beyond in giving to missions because we know Christ will take care of us.