John Piper

eBook Deal: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

The Kindle version of The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, the Advent devotional my family will be reading through this year, is on sale for $0.99 today.

You can also pick up the PDF for free over at the Desiring God website.



Looks like you can pick up the audiobook version of The Dawning of Indestructible Joy for free this month, too.


Humility and the Holy Spirit

As I was doing some Advent reading this morning, I came across the following in a piece contributed by John Piper:

The Spirit is shy; he is self-effacing. When we look toward him, he steps back and pushes forward Jesus Christ.

Therefore, in seeking to be filled and empowered by the Spirit we must pursue him indirectly—we must look to the wonder of Christ. If we look away from Jesus and seek the Spirit and his power directly, we will end up in the mire of our own subjective emotions. The Spirit does not reveal himself. The Spirit reveals Christ. The fullness of the Spirit is the fullness that he gives as we gaze on Christ. The power of the Spirit is the power we feel in the presence of Christ. The joy of the Spirit is the joy we feel from the promises of Christ. Many of us know what it is to crouch on the floor and cry out to the Holy Spirit for joy and power, and experience nothing; but the next day devote ourselves to earnest meditation on the glory of Jesus Christ and be filled with the Spirit.

What an incredible picture of Christ-exalting humility we have in the Trinity!

For further reading on this topic I highly recommend Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance by Bruce Ware. It's an approachable and highly practical work on the doctrine of the Trinity.

Race & the Christian

Last night I had a chance to watch this video from a March 2012 event at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. From the Redeemer website:

John Piper and Tim Keller, two white pastor-scholars who think we should be talking about race, will discuss ‘Race and the Christian’ at the Ethical Culture Society on Wednesday, March 28, at 7:00 p.m. Speaking from their experiences ministering in multi-ethnic urban contexts for a combined 60 years, they will examine the individual and structural roots of racism and make a case for the pursuit of ethnic harmony from a gospel perspective. Their conversation will be moderated by Anthony Bradley, Professor at King’s College and author of Black and Tired.

Watch this—all of it. It's well worth your time.



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