Keller, Piper and Carson on aging graciously and transition

I know many of my readers are pastors. So this video will be especially relevant to them as three great men of God talk about the losses that aging brings, and wise transition. But it is also of relevance to all of us as we remember our human frailty, and strive not to allow ourselves to be defined by what we do for God. … [Read more...]

Working hard into your later years

Don Carson and John Piper turn 65 this year. One could forgive either of them for feeling they had pulled their weight and it was time to ease up. Neither of them seem to be minded to do so. And in their renewed determination to serve the body of Christ they have been goaded on by this email from one of their friends that I thought was worth sharing. There are a number of godly men today who are setting a similar example to youngsters like me in their mature years. (OK, so I know that to … [Read more...]

Entrusted with the Gospel

Appropriately enough given what we were speaking about yesterday, this month an important new book was released by Crossway. Entrusted with the Gospel is based on expositions of 2 Timothy and has a broad range of contributors. Here is what I said about it, I encourage you to go buy a copy and read it! Here is what I said about it: “Piper, Ryken, Driscoll, Copeland, Chapell, and Duncan are very different people, but they are all proven champions of the unchanging gospel of Jesus. This book w … [Read more...]

Scandalous by Don Carson

There was a time when the definition of an “evangelical” was someone who liked John Stott and Billy Graham. Today, perhaps one could suggest that Don Carson has a similarly defining role, alongside people like John Piper. Certainly Carson's books are well known and sell widely. He is recognized as a gifted expositor of God's word and a sought-after conference speaker.Scandalous is a short book closely based on a series of sermons Carson preached at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. It reads very m … [Read more...]

A very brief book by Don Carson on 2 Timothy 3

There are short books, and there are really short books. From the Resurrection to His Return is a really really short book!  This book is, however, a very engaging, but brief, exposition of some very important verses about how we should live in what the Bible calls "the last days," i.e. the time before Jesus' return.  Jesus is coming and we must be Bible-focused people who pass on the unadulterated message of God to those who come after us. This book is definitely worth the very short time it w … [Read more...]

FREE The Gospel Coalition Network from The City NOW OPEN

I can exclusively announce that the all-new and FREE Gospel Coalition Network website opened just a few minutes ago. The kind people running it have offered blog readers like you the chance to be first in line to join.If you already know what this is all about, then feel free to just follow one of the links below depending on which continent you're on, since this genuinely is a global offer. Don't worry, you will have access to the whole community no matter where you live. Then, do feel free to … [Read more...]

Don Carson on the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

Don began by explaining the importance of considering context of bible verses by using the phrase “there is no God.” Which of course is not an advocacy of atheism when seen with the preceding phrase “The fool says in his heart”The Good Samaritan is not merely saying that we should be kind to neighbours. We need to consider this in its immediate context and in its broader context. The teacher is trying to test Jesus and asks Jesus what he need to do to inherit. Yet an inheritance is a gift. The q … [Read more...]

Don Carson on The Rich Man and Lazarus – Luke16

Is Jesus just saying that there will be a reversal of what happens on earth? Is it "Live well, end up in hell?" There are some contextual clues that suggest this is not the case eg. "Whoever can be trusted with little, can be trusted with much." "No one can serve two masters" Money easily becomes a master. We become what we worship. What we pursue, we covert. Luke 16:14-15 Pharisees were sneering at him - they tilted up their noses. God knows the heart. What people highly value is … [Read more...]

Eight Reasons To Use Facebook

Okay . . . I know how it is. Some of you are still resisting Facebook's steady march towards assimilating the world's entire population. I want to try to convince you otherwise!Recently someone I don't know all that well asked me a question on Facebook about the gospel. Perhaps this means I should list "evangelism" as the ninth reason to use Facebook, which should actually rate it of greater importance than any of those I have given below.So here goes . . . six out of the eight reasons why you … [Read more...]

Pick Your Christian Conferences Now

UPDATE You can watch the Newday promo video right here:The summer is officially here, or at least it is in England, although with our odd weather, we can't guarantee what we will experience over the next few weeks! But it is a good time to think ahead to next year and think about what events you are planning to attend. I will share a few of my personal picks. There are also a number of other Newfrontiers conferences in different countries—why not explore their website and look for the c … [Read more...]


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