The doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to the Christian faith. It is crucial for properly understanding what God is like, how he relates to us, and how we should relate to him. But it also raises many difficult questions. How can God be both one and three? Is the Trinity a contradiction? If Jesus […]
I am sorry I haven’t been able to post much on preparing for the new year (definitely a very important productivity topic). Perhaps the best inspiration for the new year, and best way to be equipped to navigate life well and handle whatever comes your way, is to have a good sense of Providence. For […]
When I was first learning about God’s sovereignty 15 or so years ago, every book I read made sure to emphasize the point that God’s control over all things is not an excuse for inaction. When we see someone in need, for example, we are to not EVER to say “that’s God’s will, so I’m […]
It can sometimes be hard to see how God’s war against evil and Satan is a “real war,” given that evil is clearly outmatched (since God is omnipotent). It’s like when I wrestle with my two-year-old: there’s no way he can win. And, of course, there is indeed no way evil can win. But it’s […]
Just a good reminder: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NASB) In other words: All things work together for good for those who follow Christ, but this does not happen automatically. God […]
John Piper wrote a really helpful article a few years ago on why satan is left on earth. Here’s the first paragraph: Part of the problem of evil is the problem of why Satan is given so much freedom to harm the world, when God has the right and power to throw him in the […]
This is the first Piper message I ever listened to. It was 1996, and he had given the message just a week or two before. It’s called “Sustained by Sovereign Grace — Forever” and it is still my favorite (well, top 5). You can read it or listen to it at that link.