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The Poison of Prosperity Gospel

Poison BottleThe popular “name it and claim it” teaching—also called the health and wealth gospel—is not limited to certain congregations, but has worked its way into mainstream evangelical churches where it gets subtly woven into many Christians’ worldviews.

Thinking of Retirement as the Next Opportunity to Serve Christ

If we are going to make Christ look glorious in the last years of our lives, we must be satisfied in him. - John PiperWhen it comes to the “retirement dream,” we must ask, “Whose dream is it?” It may be the American dream—but is it God’s?

God Rejoices to Do Us Good

God rejoices to do us good / earth and skyIn researching and writing on the topic of happiness, one of the verses I've enjoyed mediating on is Jeremiah 32:40, 41, where God says, "I will make with them an everlasting covenant that I will not turn away from doing good to them ... I will rejoice in doing good to them.”

The Addictive Poison of Pornography

The Addictive Poison of Pornography / Hands at keyboardWhen speaking about sexual purity at my church, I told parents that if they are going to let their children have internet access in the privacy of their own rooms, they may as well buy thousands of pornographic magazines and stack them in their children’s closets and then say, “Don’t ever look at those.” It amounts to the same thing. 

After my message a sincere Christian mother came up to me. She was offended by my warning to parents to not allow their children to have unmonitored, unrestricted internet access.

The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis

The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis

No writer has had greater impact on me than C. S. Lewis. I find both his fiction and nonfiction to be penetrating and life-shaping. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited to be speaking at this year’s Desiring God National Conference, “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life, and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis,” in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 27-29.

John Piper Speaks about God’s Goodness in 2012

When it is so common to ask “Where is God When Evil Happens?” I can’t think of a better way to end 2012 than to post this from John Piper, who asks “Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?”

Discovering The Hole in Our Holiness

The Hole in Our HolinessHoliness was once a central component of following Christ. But for many today, the Christian life is little more than a celebration of cheap grace and pseudo-liberty, with a high tolerance for sin. In this well-written and much-needed book, Kevin DeYoung thoughtfully points us to an unpopular yet strangely liberating truth—that God is holy and expects us to be holy.

Election 2012 Part 3: Which Candidate Has More Christian Beliefs? (And Should I Vote for a Mormon?)

Election 2012So how do I choose between two candidates who in my opinion fall far short? I must consider not simply the candidates’ professed religious beliefs, but their past positions on moral issues, their promises and statements of intentions of what they will do in office.

Get Ready for Christians Going to Jail

PrisonTwenty-three years ago when I was going to jail for civil disobedience, a pastor told me he believed Christians shouldn’t go to jail. I told him I thought the day would come when he would go to jail, not for refusing to go along with abortion, but for refusing to go along with homosexuality.

Homosexuality and Happiness

Tony ReinkeTony Reinke, a young evangelical thinker who I know and deeply appreciate, has written what I think is an excellent piece on homosexuality, idolatry and happiness.

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