What good do missionaries accomplish in the wider culture when their primary focus is on calling people to repentance and faith in Jesus? In a recent blog post over at Desiring God, John Piper connects the dots between spreading the gospel and seeing renewal in societal structures and systems. Piper points out that sociologist Robert Woodbury published his findings about missionary impact around the world after a decade of research. Woodbury found that the greatest change in culture occurred where “conversionary Protestants” had a presence. While Woodbury did not explicitly define “conversionary Protestants,” Piper concluded that they must be “missionaries…who … Continue reading How Can We Best Change Culture?
Over the past several months, I have reflected on my journey toward a gospel centered, Reformed theology. It’s fascinating to me to listen to other people’s conversion-to-Jesus stories. But I also love hearing stories of theological development, particularly, what God used to draw them to one theological persuasion or the other. That’s what this post is about: my theological journey, or conversion, if you will. In the summer of 2006, I went on a mission trip to San Diego (rough place for a mission trip). Before that, I would have never called myself a Calvinist. I grew up in a Christian and … Continue reading My Theological Journey
Watch this 6-minute video from John Piper about John Calvin’s ministry in Geneva, Switzerland. HT: Desiring God Continue reading After Darkness Light: A Video about John Calvin
John Piper explains what preaching is, and, in his explanation, heralds the good news of the King: HT: Desiring God Continue reading Preaching is “Heralding a Message”
Christians have asked this question centuries. Even in today’s globalized, social-media-driven world, Christians are still asking it. In question 60 of the Westminster Larger Catechism, the question is posed: “Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?” Here is its answer: They who, having never heard the gospel, know not Jesus Christ, and believe not in him, cannot be saved, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, or the laws of that … Continue reading What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
This is an 18-minute documentary by Crossway based on John Piper’s new book Bloodlines. This film features Piper as he walks through his personal story of growing up in the segregated town of Greenville, South Carolina. Continue reading “Bloodlines” Documentary