Tag Archives: John Piper

Filling Up What is Lacking in the Afflictions of Christ

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Posted by on 02/12/2011 in discipleship, Jesus


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Where are the men and women?

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Posted by on 01/12/2011 in discipleship, leadership


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Cannibals or Worms

One of my favourite missionaries is John Paton. When Paton wanted to be a missionary to New Hebrides, one of the men in his home Church famously criticised his desire saying, “You will be eaten by cannibals!” In reply John said:

Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.

John Piper has an excellent summary of the biography of John Paton.

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Posted by on 03/08/2011 in General


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What to do when I do not desire God

How do you fight for joy in your Christian Life? Unless you approach it from a correct understanding of the victory achieved by Christ, you are lost.

Download (& Read!) the full book by John Piper, “When I Don’t Desire God” in PDF.

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Posted by on 24/06/2011 in discipleship, Gospel


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What’s the difference?

In the process of being crucified, Jesus rebuked the use of the sword (Matthew 26:52) healed his enemy’s amputated ear (Luke 22:51), prayed for the forgiveness of his murderers (Luke 23:34), and sent his followers out to love their enemies and do good to those who hate them (Luke 6:27).

~ John Piper on the recent Qur’an burning in Florida.


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Posted by on 02/05/2011 in discipleship, Gospel, history, Jesus


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The Demoniac from Gadara

The lengthy account in Mark chapter 5 of the young man in Gadara who was tormented and oppressed by demonisation has an incredible depth in connecting with any who have experienced emotional, mental and spiritual anguish; that state of hopelessness where rage seems to be the only means to express or experience feelings. John Piper’s extended poetic re-telling of the story has recently been portrayed in a graphic novel by Desiring God. An amazing insight into the episode and an excellent means to connect with teenagers who might also be suffering from abuse, neglect, abandonment or torment.

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Posted by on 07/12/2010 in Gospel


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God’s Providence Prevails

Reformers opted for “The Glory of God“. John Piper has “God is most glorified by us when we are most pleased in Him“, Graham Scroggie had ‘The Unfolding Drama of Redemption‘, for Erickson it is the ‘Magnificence of God‘, my theology professor had ‘God’s redemptive story‘ as his unifying theme.

I chose, “God’s Providence Prevails“.

Recently my wife also asked what our family motto might be if we had one. I suggested – “God’s Providence Prevails” as a foundation upon which to secure hope, faith and direction as a family. She also asked me to list the reasons why and I came up with the following:

1. It attributes the source of success and happiness to God not ourselves
2. It recognises the hand of God at work in our lives
3. It avoids a fatalistic worldview
4. It avoids a humanistic worldview
5. It surrenders the ultimate control and outcome to God
6. It is grounded in Scripture
7. It is not being naively optimistic – i.e. things always work out for the best – rather things always work out for God’s best/glory.
8. It re-enforces a life of faith
9. It does not avoid individual responsibility – rather enables or encourages us to pursue life with our best efforts, knowing that God is guiding and protecting us to ensure He is the one who is glorified at the end.
10. It encourages a pursuit of education and increase in skills that can be used by God in the lives of others
11. It promotes a positive (& confident) view of missionary enterprise and Church planting
12. It endorses a love of travel – to view the outworking of God’s Providence throughout history
13. It encourages a study of history and culture – past, present & future – again to view God’s providence at work in society on both a cultural and individual level.

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Posted by on 06/12/2010 in Family


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