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Randy Alcorn's Blog: gospel

A Discussion with Lecrae and John Piper on Hip Hop, Abortion, and Race

John Piper, Lecrae, and John EnsorJohn Ensor, president of Passion Life Ministries, recently sat down with Christian Hip Hop artist Lecrae and John Piper to discuss abortion and racism, as we mark Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (January 18) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 19).

From Brokenness and Hate to Redemption and Forgiveness: Louis Zamperini’s Whole Story

Unbroken bookOne of the most compelling stories told in the past decades, in the book and movie Unbroken, is that of Louis Zamperini, Olympic athlete and airman who survived for 47 days on the open ocean, and 26 months, much of it enduring torture, in Japanese POW camps. I listened to the audio book Unbroken, the story of Louie Zamperini, written Laura Hildebrand. It was a powerful and remarkable book, as all who’ve read it know.

We Need a Fresh Appreciation of the Gospel’s Magnificence

Child watching the JESUS FilmI have seen firsthand people watching the JESUS Film for the first time, in their own languages, viewing Jesus with awe and wonder and affection, then crying out in agony when He is tortured and crucified, and weeping uncontrollably at the gospel story. Why do most of us no longer respond that way? 

The Greatest Redemptive Story Ever Told

Stack of books / Redemptive storiesWhy do we love great stories? Because they are pictures of the greatest story. There hasn’t ever been a story yet with people living happily ever after, since people die. But one story will come out that way. It’s a true story, and you and I are part of it.

The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children

The Story of Jesus for ChildrenGod has a special love for children and desires for children of all cultures and nationalities to come into a relationship with Him through Christ. What a privilege to share this Good News with them! That’s why I’m excited about “The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children” DVD from my friends at the JESUS Film Project.

Don’t Raise Good Kids: Thoughts from Jon Bloom

Don't Raise Good Kids / Mother and Daughter walkingMy friend Jon Bloom, author of Not By Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith, wrote a great blog for Christian parents and for all those raised in Christian homes. I remember when our daughters were small, the importance of trying to convey even to really good kids that they are sinners, lost without Christ. It’s a delicate balance.

How do you help non-believers see their need for Jesus?

Cappuccino and conversationThat’s a great question. I think there’s a couple of different strategies. Everything that we do must, at some point, reach the point of dealing with the sin issue—the separation from God. However, I think there’s a way to get to it through the perception that each person has intuitively: there is something more to life that they’re missing out on.

The Old Gospel vs. the New

J.I. Packer on the Old Gospel vs. the New: " The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference."

I love this passage from J.I. Packer, one of my favorite writers, about the true gospel and its purpose. This is from A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life.

My Eternity Graphic Novel and the Unreached People Group in Our Midst

Eternity graphic novelI really have a missional perspective on this book. In a way, though it’s in English, because of its visual nature it’s like a translation into another language, a language that some people speak and some don’t. I’ve been realizing more and more that there are not only young people but many adults, especially men—and increasing numbers of YOUNG men—who just aren’t good readers. Many young people are becoming like an unreached people group that needs to hear the gospel in a form that is familiar and compelling enough to reach them.

Popularity vs. Pleasing God

Pleasing ChristIn Galatians 1:10 Paul says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Paul makes it clear that God is the One we’re supposed to please.

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