CategoryPractical Theology

What Is Owed Us?

Like everything else in Christianity, communion is never owed to the Christian. There is a large temptation when seeking after God, to think, “If I do this particular thing, then God will owe me his presence.” The older, wiser Christian learns that this is wrong fairly quickly, but then often gets stuck in a more mature version of the same thought: “If I do this particular...

If God Loves Me, Why Don’t I Suffer

During a pastor’s conference in 1999, in response to a question regarding the lack of persecution in America, John Piper said the following: Avoidance ethics, avoidance ethics, is probably not what Paul meant by; “Those who desire to be Godly will be persecuted (2Tim. 3:12).” I think Godliness is such a radical God-orientation that you are freed from the things of this world for...

Self-Discipline

When you think of self-discipline, what type of person comes to mind? I think of a career marine officer. The type that gets up before dawn, even if there is no particular need to, and goes for a run. His bed is made, his pantry is organized, his diet is fixed. His whole life is regimented. Perhaps you think of someone else. Perhaps an Olympic athlete or a self-help guru. Don’t we know that...

Three Dollars Worth of God

I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to...

A Seeker’s Prayer

I was ministering to someone and wrote this prayer for her. I had hoped to write it as a prayer that someone who was seeking God could pray as a non-Christian (what her state seemed to be) but would also be appropriate for her if she already knew God. Oh God most high and holy, I understand that you are worthy to be praised with my every breath, and loved with all the love that I am able to offer...

Piper Biographies

I’ve been extolling the worth of John Piper’s biographies to several friends and family members.  However, some of you have had a hard time finding them.  Here is a link to make it easier: There you can find text, audio, and sometimes video versions of these biographies.  I recommend starting with the audio. And to make it even easier, here are a few of my favorites: John...

Combating a New Arminianism

Worship should never be passive, but it is the passive part of worship that is pleasing to God. Love should never be without work, but it is the non-working part of love that fulfills the command. We are saved by faith alone, but faith that saves is never alone.

What Can We Expect From God?

If we were acting by His power, we would expect our lives to be transformed into holy, righteous living sacrafices.

Suffer for God Not for Vanity

Do you not know that the suffering of the saints is good tender towards the redemption of souls?

Church Revival, Then and Now

I would speculate that a church that doesn’t yearn for its revival, for its salvation, for its sanctification, has no business existing in the first place.
We who plead for revival, are we willing to accept the cost that revival will come by?

Random Quote

It is by the mixture of counterfeit religion with true, not discerned and distinguished, that the devil has had his greatest advantage against the cause and kingdom of Christ … I have seen the devil prevail the same way, against two great revivings of religion in this country. Satan goes on with mankind, as he began with them.

— Jonathan Edwards

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