5 Minutes in Church History: What Is Reformation Day?

What is Reformation Day? To answer that question, let’s ask another question. When is Reformation Day? It’s October 31; it commemorates the events of October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk, nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Now, why would Luther do that? To answer this question, we need to introduce a few more characters.One of those characters was Albert of Brandenburg. Albert was not old enough to be a bishop, yet in 1517, he … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life?

If you are a disciple of Jesus, then God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life, just like he did for the first disciples! What kind of wonderful plan?Well, Peter was crucified upside-down. Andrew, his brother was also crucified. James was executed by the sword. John, his brother was exiled and died of old age. Philip was tortured and then crucified upside-down. Bartholomew was skinned alive and he, too crucified upside down. Thomas was speared to death while praying. Matthew was … [Read more...]

WWUTT: Sin Means to Miss the Mark?

The word “sin”, as it appears in the Bible, comes from the Greek word Hamartia or the Hebrew word Hata, which both mean “to miss the mark” or “flawed”.   The word was used in archery and spear throwing.  When a person missed the center of the target, they erred, or “hamartia-ed”. So, as this applies to sin, we should ask, “What is the mark that we are missing?” And the answer is: The holy righteous perfection of God. When it comes to missing that mark, we’re not just veering off a little and ba … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Did My Lust Cause Our Miscarriage?

Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast with longtime author and pastor, John Piper. Pastor John, here’s the next question on the list, and it’s a heavy one, an email from an anonymous man: “Pastor John, did God cause, or would God cause, my wife to miscarry our child because I have a struggle with lust and pornography? I have a lot of guilt right now, and I don’t know how to think about God’s discipline and punishment for my sin. I’m very confused, please help.” Wow. I see four issues at le … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: A Way Out

“I just remember loading my syringe stronger and stronger each time, just wanting a way out of this, and the only way for me was to kill myself.” For Anthony, the abandonment of his earthly father led him to seek comfort in the atmosphere of gay bars and the rollercoaster high of designer drugs. After hearing the gospel, the darkness that shrouded Anthony’s life was overtaken by the true hope and new life found in Jesus.“I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. And, my mom and dad divorced whe … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 181: Judas the Betrayer

[display_podcast]It’s getting real. Real fast.As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, something in the last few days of Jesus’ final week triggered Judas to do the unthinkable.You talk about someone selling their soul to the devil, literally or figuratively? Well, Judas did both. Judas sold his soul to the devil, literally and figuratively.“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.” (Luke 22:3) Why here? Why now? Why this?In order to answer these and addi … [Read more...]