Tag Archives: John Piper

UK Abortion Advert

21 May

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

The first advertising break during Monday night’s heavily promoted “The Million Pound Drop: Live” will include an advertisement by the abortion provider Marie Stopes International. Although the advert will not mention the word “abortion” it points people towards the organisation’s 24-hour helpline. This advert will run until the end of June is clearly offering abortion advice. SPUC rightly describe it as trivialising the issue of abortion. A procedure which took away the life of 215,975 UK babies in 2008 and harms many women will be promoted like new brand of cheese or a Slimfast diet.

A still from the advert

According to the Newsletter, Channel 4 have chosen not to broadcast the 30-second clip in Northern Ireland because abortion remains effectively illegal on this island. The exclusion of NI should not stop us voicing our opposition to this advertisement. We should respond sensitively to women in difficult situations but abortion is never the answer.

Read more from the Christian Institute.

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Would You Want Heaven Without Jesus?

31 Mar

A provocative question posed by John Piper that reveals where our joy really is and whether we are truly born again.

(HT: Take Your Vitamin Z)

The Task is Not Yet Done

19 Mar

“God alone, who has told us that this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations, will know when that objective has been accomplished. But I do not need to know. I know only one thing; Christ has not yet returned; therefore, the task is not yet done. When it is done, Christ will come. Our responsibility is not to insist on defining the terms of our task; our responsibility is to complete it. So long as Christ does not return, our work is not done. Let us get busy and complete our mission…Do you love the Lord’s appearing? Then you will bend every effort to take the gospel into all the world. It troubles me in the light of the clear teaching of God’s Word, in the light of our Lord’s explicit definition of our task in The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) that we take it so lightly…His is the kingdom; He reigns in heaven and He manifests His reign on earth in and through His church. When we have accomplished our mission, He will return and establish His kingdom in glory. To us it is given not only to wait for but also to hasten the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:12).” George Ladd quoted in A Hunger for God by John Piper

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You Were Made for Global Missions

Mission Video – “Should be watched everyday” Andy Lytle (Video wasn’t working for a while but now it’s fixed)

Go Teams 2010 for Dummies (and Peter)

What made it OK for God to kill women and children in the Old Testament?

10 Mar

Reading passages in the Old Testament we can often be appalled by the large extent of the loss of human life. John Piper offers this helpful answer to a question often raised by these parts of the Bible.

God’s Gifts Can Become Deadly

4 Mar

Apple Pie

“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls are appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his live, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.

Jesus said some people hear the word of God, and a desire for God is awakened in their hearts. But then, “as they go on in their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14). In another place he said, “The desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). “The pleasures of this life” and the “desires for other things” – these are not evil in themselves. They are not vices. They are gifts of God. They are your basic meat and potatoes and coffee and gardening and reading and decorating and travelling and investing and TV-watching and Internet surfing and shopping and exercising and collecting and talking. And all of them can become deadly substitutes for God.”

John Piper, A Hunger for God

Totally Like Whatever, You Know?

20 Feb

Piper described this poem by Taylor Mali as “Serious humour. It’s a God issue.”

Don’t talk as if you’ve got no convictions rather “say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it”.

You Were Made For Global Missions

7 Jan

“Everyone of you who confesses Jesus as Lord of the Universe signs up for a significance beyond what any of you ever dreamed…”