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    Descriptive info: Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved?.. October 2, 2013.. On the extent of who will be saved, the Bible makes two clear points:.. God desires that.. all.. sinners be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Ezekiel 18:23; Matthew 23:37).. God chose.. some.. people from eternity past (the elect), to be saved unconditionally, and only those elect will genuinely respond to the gospel and be saved (Matthew 22:14; John 6:37, 44, 65; 8:47; 10:26–29; Romans 8:29–30; 9:6–23; 11:5–10; 1 Corinthians 1:26–30; Ephesians 1:4–5; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; James 2:5).. But how these two biblical truths (that seem to contradict) actually relate, has perplexed theologians and inquiring Christian minds for many centuries, sparking vigorous debates and (more recently) fiery comment threads on Facebook.. This pair of doctrines force questions like:.. Can God genuinely will that.. be saved (1), and yet only choose to save only.. , the elect (2)?.. Is it even logical to hold that God can at the same time.. will.. salvation for all (1), and.. not will.. salvation for all  ...   Or should modern Christians simply downplay election in order to highlight God’s desire for the salvation of all?.. Because if we equally hold to election, isn’t our general offer of the gospel to all sinners disingenuous?.. And won’t election erode the energy and incentive for global missions and evangelism that we derive from God’s desire for all to be saved?.. And how does the ultimate aim of God’s own glory factor into this discussion?.. These are just a few of the thick questions involved.. Finding the answers is like climbing Mount Everest.. Not everyone is up for the climb, but we believe it can be done, and there are guides to help if you want to make the attempt.. John Piper offers himself as a Sherpa of sorts for the steep climb in his new little book,.. Does God Desire All to Be Saved?.. If you’re asking these types of questions — and if you’re up for the climb — the 50-page book is available as a free download.. here.. , or purchase.. Topic.. Predestination.. Categories:..

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  • Title: Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper) - Desiring God
    Descriptive info: /.. Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper).. September 23, 2013.. Subscribe to.. All Blog Posts.. This extended excerpt is from the introduction to John Piper’s.. Does God Desire All to Be Saved?.. — now available in paperback and as a.. free PDF.. from Crossway and Desiring God.. When climbing from lowlands to mountaintops, one must often pass through clouds.. That’s the way it has been for me all my life as I have tried to get the best views of the glory of God.. When you enter a layer of clouds, it helps to have a guide to keep you away from the precipices and on the path to the other side of the murkiness.. That’s one way to view this book.. I hope it will serve as a guide upward through the haze and confusion about God’s electing and saving will.. Steep Paths and Thick Clouds.. I admit that some of the paths in this book are steep.. And some of the steepest places are through the thickest clouds.. The climb is not for everyone.. We all have different gifts, and not everyone is called to this kind of intellectual climb.. I don’t mean that the non-climbers will see less glory or worship with less passion.. There are glories in the valleys.. And there are paths into beauties of God that are less intellectual.. I would not dare to claim that those who do this sort of climbing always see or savor more glory than those with wider eyes for the glory that is right there in the meadow.. Nevertheless, some of us are wired to make this climb.. There is not much choice in it.. We should no more boast about doing it than one should boast about being a morning person.. Almost every time we open our Bibles, we see challenges.. Puzzles.. Mysteries.. Paradoxes.. Mountain paths beckon us, but seem to lead in opposite directions.. We move toward these paths like bumblebees toward morning glories.. So if you are like me in this way, I would like to invite you to take a climb.. I don’t claim to be superior, but it may be that on this mountain I’ve gone up and down enough times to be of some help.. There are clouds.. It can get really murky on the way to the brightness on the other side.. I would like to help if I can.. Two Paths Beckon.. The paths that beckon us on this mountain are the path of God’s election and the path of God’s will for all people to be saved.. Election seems  ...   and you were not willing!” (Luke 13:34).. And he offers an open and free invitation to everyone who is heavy laden, thirsty, and perishing: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28); “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink” (John 7:37); “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).. It’s an old paradox.. I didn’t climb this mountain by myself.. More seasoned climbers than I helped me along the way.. I’ll introduce them to you as we go.. For the Love of God and People.. The aim of the climb is not intellectual satisfaction.. The aim is worship.. God gets more honor when we worship on the basis of what we know about him than he gets if we worship on the basis of what we don’t know.. If our effort to know God more clearly is not an effort to love him more dearly, it will be fatal.. “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1).. This means that the only knowledge worth having in the end is knowledge that leads to love — love for God and love for people.. Topic:.. The Sovereignty of God.. John Piper (.. @JohnPiper.. ) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.. org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.. He is author of more than 50 books.. Edit.. Best of the Blog.. Questions to Ask When Preparing for Marriage.. 10 Resolutions for Mental Health.. Motherhood Is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank).. John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on Doctrine.. Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager.. How to Glorify God at Work.. Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus.. What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile.. Sexual Sin in the Ministry.. The Mega Millions Lottery Is a Suicidal Craze.. Don’t Give Up.. The Story of Ian & Larissa.. We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know.. Ten Big, Daily Reminders.. Single, Satisfied, and Sent: Mission for the Not-Yet Married.. Seven Things to Pray for Your Children.. From Radical Lesbian to Redeemed Christian.. The Truth (About Abortion) Will Set You Free.. When the Not-Yet Married Meet: Dating to Display Jesus.. 14 Free eBooks for You.. A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper).. Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL.. Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children.. Browse by Year.. 2013.. 2012.. 2011.. 2010.. 2009.. 2008.. 2007.. 2006..

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    Descriptive info: God Will Not Let You Go.. Marshall Segal.. September 19, 2013.. Relentless.. That is pastor Leonce Crump’s one word for the love of God for sinners.. He has met this relentless Savior again and again on his journey from part-time Catholic to gospel-loving pastor.. In this three-minute video, he tells us why God loves his children no matter what.. “I am rescued by God.. Restored by God.. Renewed by God,” Crump says.. “He is absolutely relentless in his pursuit of those who are his.. ”.. Before you read another email  ...   primary identity is saved son or daughter of God.. Because of his grace, you will never have to earn your place at his table.. Resources from John Piper about God's love for you:.. Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ.. How Can God Care for a Sinner Like Me?.. God So Loved the World, Part 1.. God So Loved the World, Part 2.. The Love of God.. Marshall Segal (.. @MarshallSegal.. ) is executive assistant to John Piper, a recent graduate of.. Bethlehem Seminary.. in Minneapolis, and author of..

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    Descriptive info: Desiring God Blog.. : Posts on DG Resources.. This Category.. The Cost of Love and the Power of Pleasure.. September 16, 2013.. LYNCHBURG, VA — Imagine what God may be pleased to do throughout the world over the next 50 years with the lives of 10,000 college students in love with Jesus and aimed at the nations.. John Piper addressed such a hungry crowd this morning at a convocation at Liberty University.. He was asked to speak for their twice-annual missions week, which was established to inspire and mobilize minds and hearts and lives to take the gospel to all people everywhere.. Piper’s question for the students was this: What do we need to believe — really believe — in order to love the nations enough to lay down our lives for the sake of their salvation? What truths give us the freedom to suffer in far away places….. The Soul’s Final Feast.. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.. (Psalm 27:4).. God is not unresponsive to the contrite longing of the soul.. He comes and lifts the load of sin and fills our heart with gladness and gratitude.. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30:11–12).. But our joy does not just rise from the backward glance in gratitude.. It also rises from the forward glance in hope….. The Joy of Praising Others.. September 7, 2013.. The key to commending others is knowing Jesus.. Not only is he the source of all that is right and good and beautiful, but as the God-man, he is the perfect human embodiment of our standard for praise.. When we spot in others some commendable attitude or action — something that even faintly echoes one of Jesus’s many excellencies — the Christian thing to do is point it out and praise it.. Essential Ingredient in Healthy Relationships.. When it comes to affirming others, Sam Crabtree literally wrote the book on it.. He is author of.. Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God.. , and those who know him can testify to how refreshingly he lives out the message in everyday life….. Why I Said No to the NFL.. Chris Norman.. September 5, 2013.. If a picture is worth a thousand words, an.. 11-minute video.. could be worth a million.. Still, more can always be said, and probably should be.. Desiring God gave me the opportunity here to clarify God’s calling on my life and share from my heart to those who may have questions after watching.. Drafted.. Did I Have to Quit Football?.. Some might ask if I think football is evil.. When I decided to follow Christ, did I have to quit playing football? Absolutely not.. As a matter of fact, I think football is a beautiful thing, and I  ...   a Christian camp for athletes.. He saw something different: People.. enjoying.. Jesus.. I didn’t know….. Tapestry: A Vision for Trans-Cultural Church.. August 29, 2013.. Leonce Crump describes the vision as “trans-cultural.. ” Not multi-cultural, but trans-cultural.. Crump pastors Renovation Church in Atlanta and has found the image of a tapestry to be helpful.. The individual pieces are essential, but the whole is more beautiful than the parts.. Says Crump, more important than being African-American is being a child of God.. In.. this five-minute video.. , Crump wonderfully articulates his trans-cultural vision, walking us through the biblical storyline and sharing his church’s experience of unity in diversity.. Three sermons from John Piper on racial harmony:.. The Reformed Faith and Racial Harmony.. God’s Pursuit of Racial Harmony at Infinite Cost.. Racial Dive.. Fresh Advice for the New Semester.. August 26, 2013.. It’s that time of year.. School is back in session, new relationships are burgeoning, and fresh patterns of life are forming.. Back to school is a major season of transition in Western society and beyond.. To help you navigate these days, and make the most of the new semester, we went behind the blog for a deeper dive on two recent posts:.. Marshall Segal’s “.. Five Back-to-School Basics.. ”.. Tony Reinke’s “.. Why We Really Sleep In.. We also brought in a real-live, college-ministry professional to keep us on course.. Matt Reagan is an elder at Bethlehem, director for Campus Outreach….. A Song to Help Us Long for Jesus.. Jonathan Parnell.. August 19, 2013.. Music has a unique ability to affect the human soul.. The synergy of words and tunes helps us express reality, and feel reality, especially when it resonates with our deepest desires.. “Lord, I want to yearn for you” is a simple line.. But for the heart whose passionate pursuit is to know Jesus, this line is an earnest prayer.. It is a soundtrack for the life that longs to treasure him more.. Shane Shane will be leading a “Night of Worship” at our upcoming.. National Conference September 27–29 in Minneapolis.. More Desiring God videos with Shane Shane:.. The Story Behind “Yearn”.. “Though You Slay Me” (with John Piper).. The Story Behind “Though You Slay Me”.. “Without Jesus”.. The Sto.. Do You Want Your Faith to Grow?.. August 12, 2013.. If you want your faith to grow, read the Bible.. Earlier this Spring, in a.. discussion on sanctification.. , John Piper explains, “The only way faith grows is by God speaking to you.. ‘.. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.. ’ [Romans 10:17] — and not just when you got saved, but everyday of your life.. God speaks to us when we read his word.. There is where we encounter his truth — his promises, his warnings, his commands — of which we are called to trust and obey.. And his truth is where the Spirit builds our faith.. In fact, as John Calvin teaches us, this is the great work of the word and Spirit.. Faith is the singular gift of God, both in that the mind of man is purged so as to be….. Newest.. Newer.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. Older.. Oldest..

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    Descriptive info: Giving the Gospel Graciously.. August 10, 2013.. I’m terribly sorry I just evangelized all over you.. That’s how we can feel after spewing a full stomach of precious information on an unsuspecting stranger or friend.. It can seem like sharing our faith requires shoveling coal into the engine, getting the big gears going, and building up a serious head of steam to push us over the hump.. No wonder evangelism is a sensitive subject.. Sex and Evangelism.. Mack Stiles.. is happy to try coming to the rescue — not that he’s any kind of superman at sharing his faith.. He’s plenty ordinary, without any special “gift of evangelism,” but he’s learned over the years how to communicate the world’s most important truths in regular dialogue, with a listening ….. Untamable Truth Changes Lives.. August 7, 2013.. This book is not a memoir.. The truths here, as John Piper describes them, are “wildly untamable, explosively uncontainable, and electrically future-creating.. ” They represent the.. proclaimed.. statement of faith from one pastor of one local church over the course of 33 years.. That is.. Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching.. Last fall John Piper preached a series of ten sermons devoted to the main theological emphases of Bethlehem Baptist Church.. We edited those messages into one volume, which released as a free ebook this past spring.. Now that volume is.. available in paperback.. through Amazon, thanks to a print-on-demand provider we’ve partnered with.. This boo….. Tim Keller on the Writing Brilliance of C.. S.. Lewis.. August 6, 2013.. C.. Lewis was an exemplary communicator of Christian truth.. So was the 18th-century theologian Jonathan Edwards.. The use of images was Edwards’s forte, while Lewis excelled in illustrations.. Both men understood that abstract, propositional truth touches the heart when it’s taken into the realm of the concrete.. And it’s precisely this practice that Tim Keller and John Piper commend to the writers and thinkers within the New Calvinism movement.. , the final segment of a four-part conversation, Keller explains the difference between illustrations and images and recommends four books to start with if you’re new to C.. More from Keller and Piper on Lewi….. Would We Have Been Friends? Keller and Piper on Lewis.. July 30, 2013.. Lewis tended to be generous, maybe even too generous.. Lewis’s influence is profound in the lives of Tim Keller and John Piper, but they both wonder whether they would be friends with him if he were still alive.. Would Lewis’s imposing logic have made it difficult? Perhaps Lewis was too welcoming to figures outside the bounds of orthodoxy?.. In the latest five-minute video, Keller and Piper ponder these points together.. More on C.. Lewis from Desiring God:.. When (Seemingly) Opposites Meet: Keller and Piper on Lewis.. Keller and Piper Talk C.. (ten-minute video).. No Christian Suffering Is Meaningless.. July 29,  ...   the ground is the growing number of gospel-faithful pastors and planters investing in the region.. But by no means does that make the s….. July 23, 2013.. Lewis has been called the “Romantic Rationalist” because he brings together two seemingly opposite things.. He is both rationally sharp and imaginatively brilliant, which is a rare combination.. In this five-minute video, Tim Keller and John Piper talk about some remarkable juxtapositions in Lewis and his influence on their lives.. A special.. early-bird rate.. for the Desiring God 2013 National Conference on C.. Lewis is available if you register by July 26.. Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C.. (ebook).. Announcing Our 2013 National Conference.. (conference information).. How God Makes Our Nothing into Everything.. July 22, 2013.. The best place to be with empty hands is at the foot of the God who loves to make much of the least.. He is powerful enough to take the weak, and their nothing, and make it into everything for his glory and their everlasting joy.. He is the God whose relentless pursuit of his own glory is not to our detriment but to our deepest satisfaction, both in enjoying him ourselves and in bringing others into such life-changing enjoyment.. Last week, John Piper was in Orlando to address the first Campus Outreach Global Staff Conference.. In three fresh messages, he directs our attention to God’s pursuit of his own glory, the stunning ways in which God makes much of us, and the signal joy of being drawn ….. John Piper Explains the 10 Most Popular Bible Verses.. July 18, 2013.. What are the ten most popular Bible verses in the world? And what do they mean?.. YouVersion tallied the list.. Now John Piper has expounded the texts.. Since.. YouVersion.. was created in 2008, it has become the most widely used Bible app, recently reaching over.. 100 million downloads.. worldwide.. It is available on nearly every mobile device manufactured today.. Last year they identified the most bookmarked verses within the app.. These are the verses that have been highlighted most often by their users.. One could say that this list represents the most popular Bible verses in the world.. In partnership with YouVersion, we have launched a new video devotional plan from John Piper featuring his explan….. July 16, 2013.. Lewis claimed he was no theologian.. At least that wasn’t his day job.. But it didn’t stop him from seriously shaping some of today’s most influential theologians.. Lewis was a world-class scholar of English literature, and a Christian layman and apologist, and one of the main formative heroes for both Tim Keller and John Piper.. In this new 10-minute video, Piper interviews Keller about Lewis’s ongoing impact on him and Lewis’s model of cultural engagement which has marked Keller and continues to be relevant in the twenty-first century.. Lew….. 2.. 3.. 7..

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    Descriptive info: Capturing the Heart of a Child.. July 15, 2013.. What was so wonderful about C.. Lewis, says.. Sally Lloyd-Jones.. , author of.. The Jesus Storybook Bible.. , is that such an incredible mind wrote children’s stories.. She continues,.. He didn’t think children’s stories were beneath him.. In fact, a mind like that is what it took to write those children’s stories.. And of course, as Lewis said, a children’s story that’s only good for children isn’t a good children’s story in the least.. He dignified children, and he knew the power of story.. The story is how you capture the child’s heart.. In this short clip, she celebrates Lewis’s brilliance as a children’s writer.. In this second clip, Sally Lloyd-Jones talks about learning narration and t….. Lewis: Christian, Writer, Scholar, Prophet.. July 13, 2013.. It’s hard to be a casual fan of C.. Many despise him for his Christianity and convictions.. Many love him dearly for his brilliant mind and writing and prophetic insight.. If you’ve read enough Lewis to track with his vision and life’s project, you’ll either love him or hate him.. Let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about being only a casual fan.. He has not left that open to us.. He did not intend to.. With the.. Desiring God 2013 National Conference.. just around the corner — and the July 26.. early-bird deadline for registration.. approaching even faster — we sat down for a quick conservation about Lewis with Bethlehem College Seminary professor, and unapologetic Lewis-lover, Joe ….. New Course on Calvinism from John Piper.. July 8, 2013.. The Bible gives us a glorious vision of God’s sovereignty in saving sinners.. “Calvinism” is a kind of nickname for this Christian body of doctrine on salvation that so appropriately humbles humanity and so magnificently exalts divine grace.. In a new eight-hour course on Calvinism, or “the doctrines of grace,” John Piper walks through the historical “five points,” digging into text after text of Scripture and responding to many of the most common questions.. “The doctrines of grace,” Piper explains, “give the lowest view of the saved person as utterly depraved and hopeless in himself, and the highest view of the saved person as individually chosen and loved and purchased at infinite cost.. Simple Church Planting.. July 6, 2013.. It’s low-bar.. It’s no frills.. It’s a very simple model of planting, and challenges many of the prevailing notions about starting a new church.. You’d never have guessed that an academic dean and professor of Hebrew from a major seminary was behind it.. Miles Van Pelt has been in Jackson, Mississippi, for a decade.. He teaches full-time at Reformed Theological Seminary.. Over time, he and his family saw a need around them — people they knew who seemed interested in Jesus but were misfits with the local churches around them.. From this need, a call emerged.. While Miles still teaches full-time, he and his family now help  ...   Life, Imagination in the Work of C.. More videos from Max McLean:.. Seeing Pleasure Through a Demon’s Eyes.. Our Choices Matter.. The Genius of C.. Thanking God with Piper, Chandler, and Storms.. June 28, 2013.. It’s now been three months since John Piper transitioned from the local-church pastorate to full-time “wider” ministry through Desiring God.. The church gathered on April 14 for an appreciation and recommissioning service for her beloved Pastor John.. There Piper gave a few formal words of farewell, and he and the church heard charges from ministry friends Sam Storms and Matt Chandler.. A written summary of the evening.. has been available.. , but we wanted to note that video of the brief Piper, Storms, and Chandler messages is at.. Desiring God’s Vimeo channel.. , and embedded below.. John Piper, "Farewell Words to Bethlehem Baptist Church".. Matt Chandler, "Marveling at the Majesty of God".. June 24, 2013.. Max McLean, director and lead actor in the theatrical adaptation of.. The Screwtape Letters.. , goes in character to describe the demonic perspective on pleasure.. From the book, page 44:.. Never forgot that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground.. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure.. All the same, it is His invention, not ours.. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one.. All we can do is to encourage the human to take the pleasure which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.. Hence we always try to work away f….. A Voyage into Narnia.. June 22, 2013.. It’s often very handy to have a professor as a friend.. “The Professor,” Digory Kirke, proved to be a well-travelled and advantageous ally for the children in C.. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and our own professor-friend Joe Rigney is a well-travelled guide to show us (and our children) through the wardrobe and into Lewis’s fantasy world.. Joe teaches Christian worldview at Bethlehem College Seminary.. We both have a pair of young sons we’re eager to soon introduce to Narnia.. Before diving in, I thought it would be good to glean what I could from Joe, and hit record for your sake.. In this new episode of Theology Refresh, Joe gives all Lewis readers — but especially parents of young c….. June 18, 2013.. Max McLean, the lead actor and director of the theatrical adaptation of.. , has performed the role of Screwtape hundreds of times since the play debuted in 2010.. This means that beyond reading C.. Lewis, McLean has absorbed his thought.. We recently had the chance to ask him about any enduring lessons he’s learned from so much attention to Lewis’s work.. He explains in this three-minute video:.. ,” and download our ebook from John Piper on C.. Lewis,.. 4.. 8..

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    Descriptive info: June 17, 2013.. Twenty percent of all the books sold last year were electronic, says the latest report from Bookstats.. This simply means that ebooks are still on the rise.. More and more users like to carry their libraries in their hands.. And this matters for the mission of Desiring God.. Though it won’t replace good old-fashioned books, the upward trend of ebooks has created a new platform for us to spread our message — that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.. Over the past year we’ve created 14 new titles exclusively released as ebooks, all free, available in three different file formats to fit whichever mobile device you use.. They have included specially curated content from Jo….. New Piper eBook for Father’s Day.. June 12, 2013.. Father’s Day is this weekend, and John Piper and the team at Desiring God would like to help you get ready and make the most of it.. This new ebook from John Piper,.. A Tribute to My Father.. , brings together in one place his most significant writings that honor the indelible influence of his father, Bill Piper (1919–2007).. Included here are the eleven “precious truths” John shared for Father’s Day 2005, as well as his journal entry from the night his father died, the funeral message from just days later, and the extended biographical address tracking his life and ministry as an evangelist and father.. For Father’s Day 2013.. John writes in the new introduction written specially for the ebook,.. M….. Behind the Blog: Christian Dating.. June 11, 2013.. Four years ago, the small-budget, independent production.. 500 Days of Summer.. premiered at the Sundance Film Festival with decent accolades.. Since then the movie has surprisingly gone on to earn over $60 million.. Why? Because it’s a realistic story of an all-too-common dating relationship — one that ends up lopsided and empty because of a plastic vision of romance.. Its popularity seems to tell us something about Western culture and relationships:.. the system is broken.. Expectations are inflated.. People are confused.. But a similar report fits for many Christians.. How should we think about dating? What’s the best way to journey toward marriage?.. In this new episode of Behind the Blog, we talk d….. Loving Muslims, While Rejecting Islam.. June 8, 2013.. Only one major world religion has a built-in apologetic against Christianity: Islam.. “While I profoundly disagree with Islam,” says Zane Pratt, dean of missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, “I love Muslims.. For 20 years, Pratt lived and ministered the Christian gospel among Muslims in Central Asia.. He knows the religion well and is one of the foremost evangelical teachers on Islam.. And perhaps the first thing he’d say to Christians about Muslims is, “Don’t be afraid.. “We Fundamentally Disagree on Essentially Everything”.. In our post-9/11 milieu, Pratt finds  ...   commendation in the foreword, here’s a short video commendation.. For this week only, Westminster Bookstore is offering.. Not by Sight.. for only $6.. 50.. — and.. just.. When the Christian Life Becomes Impossible.. June 5, 2013.. “Christian Hedonism is a liberating and devastating doctrine,” John Piper writes.. It teaches that the value of God shines more brightly in the soul that finds deepest satisfaction in him.. Therefore it is liberating because it endorses our inborn desire for joy.. And it is devastating because it reveals that no one desires God with the passion he demands.. Paradoxically, many people experience both of these truths.. That certainly is my own experience.. So begins his book.. When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy.. I’ve hardly read anything that resonates with my soul the way this book does.. The command to enjoy God — as right and central as it is biblically — is beyond our ability to perfor….. Ask Pastor John — Now for Android.. Tyler Kenney.. June 3, 2013.. Update:.. Ask Pastor John.. is now available for Kindle Fire (and other Android devices) in the.. Amazon Appstore.. What’s the Christian way to think about marijuana, cussing, interracial marriage, the historical Adam, and homosexuality?.. Listen to John Piper answer these and other tough pastoral and theological questions using the new.. Ask Pastor John app for Android.. Similar to the iPhone app we.. released.. in March, this new app streams the latest episodes of the.. Ask Pastor John.. podcast straight to your Android mobile device.. It even has the option for you to submit your own questions for Pastor John to answer.. A new episode of.. is released each weekday at 10AM Central and is typica….. Entertaining Pulpits and the Legacy of “Tethered Preaching”.. May 31, 2013.. Initially, it may be tough to tell the difference.. A gifted Bible-expositor and an entertainment-oriented preacher, with a penchant for garnishing his ideas with some Bible, may not demonstrate much disparity at first.. But give it some time.. And check the congregation over the long haul.. It will make a world of difference.. Tethered to the Bible.. John Piper coins a term in his short article “.. In Honor of Tethered Preaching: John Calvin and the Entertaining Pastor.. ” “Tethered preaching,” he says, is cut from a different cloth altogether.. It is Bible-oriented, rather than entertainment-oriented, even as it often proves captivating to the born-again palette.. The Bible tethers us to reality.. We….. How Are Women Fulfilled?.. Andrea Froehlich.. May 30, 2013.. Do we really need to “have it all” to be fulfilled?.. In this short video, Mary Kassian reminds us that we were created to be in relationship with God and it’s that relationship which affects everything else.. Our ultimate fulfillment cannot be found “out there” in what we do, but in who we are in Christ.. 5.. 9..

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    Descriptive info: America's Ugly Exported "Gospel".. Desiring God Staff.. June 7, 2007.. Watch an excerpt of Piper protesting the prosperity gospel and exulting in God, whose glory shines in suffering.. The audio in this clip is from the message ".. Where Is God? (UCF).. ".. (HT:.. Videos About Money.. ).. Don't Sell the Gospel.. May 30, 2007.. Two things show if someone is selling the Gospel, and two things should be preached in order to avoid it: Only in Christ is there satisfaction and only in Christ is there justification.. Listen.. to Piper's message to this year's graduating class at.. The Bethlehem Institute.. (20 min).. What Are the Signs of a Gospel-Peddler?.. Craves earthly pleasure.. Dreads earthly pain.. What Does a Gospel-Peddler Preach?.. Human prosperity is the gift of salvation.. This appeals to the desire for earthly pleasure and replaces God’s worth with money.. Human obedience is the price of justification.. This appeals to the desire for earthly achievement and replaces God’s ….. Why Even Deal with Racial Issues?.. May 25, 2007.. A few years ago Piper preached 7 Wednesday night messages on racial harmony.. We are going to offer them here as a blog series.. You can.. subscribe to the RSS feed.. if you would like to see when a new installment is posted.. Or you can just check back—I will try to post a new one each week.. His first message answers the question, "Why even deal with racial issues?".. (The intro is good, but long.. If you are pressed  ...   and flowers and the rolling hills.. But before long, you begin to step in cow pies.. Some seasons of your marriage they may seem to be everywhere.. Late at night they are especially prevalent.. These are the sins and flaws and idiosyncrasies and weaknesses and annoying habits in you and your spouse.. You try to forgive them an….. How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity.. January 23, 2007.. The aim of this article is information and solicitation.. First, I want to.. inform.. the people of Bethlehem (and anyone else who cares to listen) how the staff and elders think about ethnic diversity in hiring pastoral staff and choosing elders.. Second, I want to solicit the help of any friend of Bethlehem or Desiring God in helping us know about African-American, Asian, Latino, Native, or any other ethnic persons who might be a part of the pastoral staff at Bethlehem.. We realize that this kind of intentionality in seeking staff is controversial.. Some would say, “Never consider ethnicity in hiring.. Always be color blind and focus only on competencies, doctrine, and faith.. ” Here is the problem we….. Giglio Interviews Piper.. November 21, 2006.. More highlights from Louie Giglio's phone interview with John Piper in the latest.. Passion07 podcast.. :.. 3-minute refresher on Christian Hedonism.. The importance of Christ's supremacy.. How to fight sin.. Looking back on the Passion movement.. John Piper Is Bad.. John Piper responds.. to "John Piper Is Bad" in the Passion07 podcast.. 31.. 32.. 33.. 34.. 35..

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    Descriptive info: : Posts on Recommendations.. Jesus and Cerebal Palsy.. November 7, 2013.. Jesus means everything to me.. My life is worship.. Often we Christians throw around phrases like these, once full of meaning, but now uttered with too much flippancy and routine.. But Rodger Frournoy, Jr.. talks like this because he means it with all of his body and soul.. When I hear Rodger talk about what it’s like to live with cerebral palsy, and what Jesus means to him in the midst of his disability, I am brought to worship.. It’s a wonderful thing for the church to tell stories like these.. May God strengthen your faith as you.. meet Rodger.. Rodger’s story is produced by the.. Austin Stone Story Team.. and featured at the Storyframes Collective — a collaborative effort between The Gospel Coal.. 20 Quotes from Walking with God through Pain and Suffering.. September 30, 2013.. Tim Keller has written one of the year’s most important books (a line I seem to recite annually).. His newest —.. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering.. — is a wise, Christ-centered, comforting book for readers who hurt, and offers counsel to readers who anticipate future suffering.. It’s a book for everyone, and it releases tomorrow from Dutton.. To mark its arrival, I pulled my favorite quotes from the book and narrowed the list down to my top 20.. “No matter what precautions we take, no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career — something will inevitably ….. A Sweet Legacy I Savor—Bible Memory.. March 9, 2013.. As I look back over 32 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem one of the sweet legacies I savor is the solid place Bible memorization has in the church.. I am not the only, or even the main reason for this.. David and Sally Michael hold that place under God’s good providence.. But I have loved it, nurtured it, and tried to model it.. Because I believe in it with all my heart.. At the core of this commitment is what we call the Fighter Verse program.. This is a church-wide encouragement for young and old to memorize together each week a portion of Scripture.. The verses are planned out for five years.. Then we start over.. They’re called “fighter verses” because the one offensive weapon in our spi….. The Splendor of Holiness: Upcoming Children’s Conference.. February 22, 2013.. We know from Romans 6 that from the early days of the church there has existed a temptation to distort this gospel of God’s grace by deemphasizing God’s holiness.. Which is tragic.. It’s precisely God’s holiness that makes his grace toward us sinners so amazing! Understanding the doctrine of God’s holiness is absolutely essential if we are to rightly understand the doctrine of God’s grace and.. the miracle of sanctification.. This is what the..  ...   to give myself for a season to the intense, disciplined, and uninterrupted study of God in his word.. I graduated this May from.. , and I can honestly say I would do it all over again, if given the chance.. I simply wouldn’t trade the lessons learned, friendships forged, or skills acquired for anything.. Seminary was a sweet and special season.. But was it really special?.. In a.. fresh article for.. Tabletalk.. , summarizing the blog series “How to Stay Christian in Seminary,” David Mathis says no.. I wish I could have read this in August of 2008 before diving into my seminary season.. While it can be….. Don’t Hide God’s Word from the Little Ones.. October 19, 2012.. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.. –Luke 17:2.. It may long be remembered as the night Sinclair Ferguson went rogue.. The date was June 28, 2009.. During the congregational singing, he felt an unusually strong impression to preach something altogether different — both text and topic — from the manuscript he was holding in his hand for the exposition he had prepared on Romans 6:6–14.. Here’s how he explained himself on the fly in abandoning the announced topic:.. There are rare occasions when during the course of a service there is such an impression made upon one’s spiri.. The New City Catechism: A Remarkable Coming Together.. October 15, 2012.. Today is the official launch of the.. New City Catechism.. , which is marked by an extraordinary combination of fortes.. Produced by The Gospel Coalition and Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York, this new catechism has a lot to be excited about in the various strengths coming together in this project.. The New City Catechism.. both draws from the riches of history (being adapted from three outstanding Reformation-era catechisms —.. Calvin's Geneva Catechism.. , the.. Westminster Shorter.. and.. Larger Catechisms.. , and in particular the.. Heidelberg Catechism.. ) and takes care to address the kind of questions people are asking today.. is both substantive and conveniently sized — with 52 questions, one for each….. Announcing RefNet for Your iDevice.. August 5, 2012.. Ever tire of scrolling through long lists of sermon titles when picking a podcast? Are you the kind who would be relieved to have someone help you with the picking?.. Our friends at Ligonier want to help.. They are providing a new web app called RefNet: 24-Hour Christian Internet Radio.. Available free for.. iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.. , RefNet includes broadcasts from R.. C.. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Al Mohler, and John Piper.. Just tap the RefNet icon, and listen in, any time of day or night.. And the picking's been done for you.. If you don't have a mobile device, you can stream it through your computer on the.. RefNet website.. Check out.. the video.. 1..

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