Wrong Question. Why not both? Why not strive for balance between extremes? I am currently taking our church leaders (we call them elders) through a study on the biblical concept of an elder’s roles and duties. This morning we met at 6:15 for prayer and study, working through the last pages of lesson 3 in … More Planned or Spontaneous Prayer?
“This is the great business of life–to ‘put our mouths out of taste for those pleasures with which the tempter baits his hooks.’ I know of no other way to triumph over sin long-term than to gain a distaste for it because of a superior satisfaction in God.” John Piper, Desiring God, p. 12. … More Fighting Sin with a Great Joy
“There is no more dangerous place to raise children in the world than the United States.” —-Marco Silva, paraphrasing John Piper and interpreting Jesus Content Strategist at DesiringGod.com September 3, 2017 I completely agree. But why? Is it because . . . we lead the world in school shootings, or because our health care system is … More Raising Children in Dangerous Places
Here’s a good followup to the message I preached today on learning to treasure the word of God. Enjoy. Here’s the first paragraph but follow the link and read the whole article. When it comes to weighty matters in the Bible, let’s be like Mary. “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her … More Rejoice! You are His!!
This: “. . . in Hebrews 11 we find the saints of the Old Testament commended again and again because their obedience was motivated by faith. ‘By faith’ Abraham ‘obeyed’ (11:8); ‘by faith’ Noah ‘prepared an ark’ (11:7); ‘by faith’ Moses ‘left Egypt’ (11:27); ‘by faith’ others ‘performed; acts of rightousness’ (11:33). But we find … More Gratitude is Great but . . .
My wife, because she loves me, gave me a book. The Pastor as Scholar & The Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry, by John Piper & D.A. Carson (Crossway 2011). It is a short book with a long title and a powerful punch. Early in chapter one, Piper is commenting on the Philippians … More The Traps of the Heart
Some time back, I was involved with in a discussion with an atheist friend who tried to make the point that Christians as a group are some of the most immoral people they knew. Those weren’t the exact words but that’s a good approximation of the gist of what he said. It got me thinking. … More Why Christianity over Atheism?
Rereading Classic Books Last night, while re-reading for the fourth time, John Piper’s Desiring God, I was reminded why I am a “Christian Hedonist.” Buy the book and read it slowly. Back in college when I first came to trust in Christ, when I first starting reading the Bible regularly (hours a day at times), … More Desiring God
I was driving back from Illinois in a rented truck to my new home in South Carolina. Talk radio and country music stations were all I could get and I was tired of both. So I turned the radio off and started praying for my kids and the kids of a former staff member from … More What if Teardrops are Blessings?
Good teaching is not an accident. It is part of a process that begins in a bowed spirit, proceeds through a rigorous process of study, bathed in a spirit of prayer, and anticipating the empowering of God. John Piper’s advice has always been helpful. Pray with me and for all those around the world burdened … More John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)