There is a great danger this Christmas season of missing the point. And I'm not referring simply to idolatrous consumption and materialism. I'm talking about Christmas religiosity. It is very easy around this time to set up our Nativity scenes, host our Christmas pageants and cantatas, read the Christmas story with our families, attend church every time the door is open, and insist to ourselves and others that Jesus is…
We must not become earth-rich and God-poor.
So this is the story of how J.I. Packer made me cry.
"When I was a young man, I heard D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comment that he would not go across the street to hear himself preach. Now that I am close to the age he was when I heard him, I am beginning to understand. It is rare for me to finish a sermon without feeling somewhere between slightly discouraged and moderately depressed that I have not preached with more unction, that…
Jesus Christ makes all the difference in the world.
It isn't those who believe the Bible when it says sin is sin that are being divisive; it is those who are introducing the idea that some sins aren't.
What do you think of when you hear the word "discipleship?"
A few years ago I had a book published called Gospel Wakefulness. It is a very important book to me, as it came out of the second most important event of my life, second only to my conversion—the moment when the gospel became realer than real. And this happened out of a great personal disaster. I won't rehash my testimony here; many of my readers are familiar with it. But…
It is Jesus who is available to you 24/7, and I'm not him.
What's the difference between the moralist and the Christian?
A message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them.
Crucifying the defensive impulse is so difficult because it essentially means choosing to allow others to misunderstand you, misjudge you, and even malign you.
The Lord loves a straight shooter
So the great irony of prosperity gospelism is that it actually cultivates its own need for itself. It is built on discontentment and greed and desire and accumulating (whether stuff or "spirituality"), and therefore it turns in on itself, self perpetuating, continuing to create the needs it promises to fill.
Ultimately we want to honor God with the resources we've been given. These premises are God's before they are ours.
To whom is the ransom paid?
Christians stand on this confession not because it is a sweet sentimentality at holiday time, but because we know that it is integral to Christ’s gospel.
All men face similar sexual temptations, but the Christian man is to think actual thoughts—clear, articulate, intentional thoughts. The Christian man doesn't just feel things in his mind; he says things to his mind.
Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?
Here is a series of tweets about my very best friend.
We need all that Christ is, and in becoming his disciples, we actually receive all that Christ is!
Has Jesus become our mascot, our projection? When you look at him, what do you see?
"Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war?" Yes. We do.
The idea that a book could impact a soul, that it could awaken something fresh in a weary spirit, give a reader a new sense of Christ's grace that changes everything -- that's worth writing for.
The gospel explodes niceness.
Maybe Jesus is sifting out his churches that his Church might rise up.
Jesus is supremely radiant.
When we lose the centrality of the gospel, we lose the ability to think straight.
Cheer up. The worst thing they can do is kill us
Boaz is one of those strange guys who does certain things because God exists.
How would you know if your Christian life has become hijacked by confirmation bias? Here are some possible diagnostic signs . . .
Revival given of the Spirit of the living God, places Christ always and ever at the center.
“Oh good! It’s always great to meet a fellow Christian," said the young man on my doorstep when he discovered I was a pastor.
If you preach the gospel, you wield the most powerful word in the universe. It's not the gnosis of the apostles. It's the resurrecting word entrusted to us all.
That we don’t open this divine revelation with eyes wide, mouths gaping, hearts leaping out of our chest is an astonishment of its own.
Rev. Jared C. Wilson speaks on the security of the believer and assurance of salvation at the 2018 Ready Conference for students.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.—John 1:16
Not a bit of Christ is held back from those who trust him. He does not mete himself out according to measures of faith but according to the veracity of it. And for those with a weak faith, if it be true, he gives enough himself for all eternity. A weak faith may hinder us…
I would say that the chief thing I learned during my relatively short ministry time in Vermont was how to pastor a suffering church. But we learned that God is sweet and gracious and what it actually means for the death of his saints to be precious to him.
When his dog was suffering a particularly noisome barking fit, Martin supposedly preached this gospel implication to him, exhorting the pooch this way: “Never mind, little Hans . . . Thou too, in the Resurrection, shalt have a little golden tail.”
The LORD our God is Lord of Hosts.
He holds all time within his hand.
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
From all eternity will stand.
From deepest deep, before the start
God has declared the sweetest end
He's loved and purposed in his heart
The brokenness of man to mend.
Brother Jesus his siblings saves
And conquers sin…
You cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time.
If you’re interested in hosting a conference or otherwise hosting a speaking engagement, or if your ministry platform is allowing you to begin pursuing God’s call into that option, I hope this advice will serve you well.
Let them come with their words, then. Let the devil come with his barrage of lies, even his truths-turned-lies.
God cannot not be omnipresent. So for Jesus Christ to be God incarnate must not mean he was not also God omnipresent.
Every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why . . .
There are lots of distractions from and temptations to discard a commitment to gospel-centeredness. Here are just eight . . .
What are the signs of an insecure leader? And how do we normalize our leadership away from extremes?
If you really want to kill thanksgiving, act like God owes you.
It is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.