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Where you end up is actually through Christ Himself through His trauma and His overcoming the grave itself and every violation that He, knowing and meeting and living with us, has this way of drawing us close and we end up in a place more profoundly deeply good than even where we were. That doesn't make the trauma good, it doesn't mean, "Oh, I'm glad I went through trauma," it just simply means there is this inescapable reality to the depth of hope that a connection to Christ in the midst of trauma offers.

Life and Books and Everything
Life and Books and Everything
Kevin DeYoung, Collin Hansen, Justin Taylor
John Piper Talks Books
John Piper sits down with Kevin DeYoung to discuss human purpose, pastoral leadership, the advantages of reading slowly. And of course they discuss books, too. So many books. Reading them; writing them; loving them; but most of all desiring God through them. (See the full list below.) And in this conversation you will get a picture of what will perhaps be John Piper’s magnum opus.   Life and Books and Everything is sponsored by Crossway, publisher of New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp. New Morning Mercies is great for people looking for a devotional in the new year—featuring 365 gospel-centered devotions. Each reading leads with a compelling, gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. It equips you with the good news that you need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.  For 30% off this book and all other books and Bibles at Crossway, sign up for a free Crossway+ account at Timestamps:  An Excellent Book for 2021 [1:11 – 2:37]  What did John Piper do for Christmas during coronavirus? [2:37 – 4:58]  Why Piper doesn’t like the word ‘retirement’ [4:58 – 12:45]  Especially Formative Books for John Piper [12:45 – 19:57]  On the Pros and Cons of Reading Slowly [19:57 – 34:48]  Books to Kickstart Pastoral Ministry [34:48 – 43:54]  Favorite Biographies [43:54 – 46:32]  Books to Return To [46:32 – 51:59]  The Hardest Book John Piper Had to Write and His Favorite [51:59 – 57:38]  Providence: John Piper’s Latest Book [57:38 – 1:03:15]  Enjoying the Process of Writing; Praise for Pastors Who Don’t Write Books [1:03:15 – 1:09:33]  More Questions on Providence and Providence [1:09:33 – 1:20:40]  The Most Important Verse in the Bible [1:20:40 – 1:25:08]  Books and More Books:  New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional, by Paul David Tripp (get 30% off)  Thinking God’s Thoughts: The Hermeneutics of Humility, by Daniel P. Fuller  The Unity of the Bible: Unfolding God's Plan for Humanity, by Daniel P. Fuller  Freedom of the Will, by Jonathan Edwards  The End for Which God Created the World, by Jonathan Edwards  The Religious Affections, by Jonathan Edwards  Validity in Interpretation, by E.D. Hirsch  Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer, by C.S. Lewis  A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C.S. Lewis The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen, introduction by J.I. Packer Communion with the Triune God, by John Owen   The Glory of Christ, by John Owen  How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler  Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper  The Religious Life of Theological Students, by Benjamin B. Warfield  The Christian Ministry, by Charles Bridges  The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel, by Jonathan Edwards  Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon, especially “The Minister’s Fainting Fits” and “The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear”  Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones  Walking with the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe  Listening to the Giants, by Warren Wiersbe  Giant Steps, by Warren Wiersbe  Tony Reinke on modern technology  Reformed Dogmatics by Hermann Bavinck   Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem  21 Servants of Sovereign Joy: Faithful, Flawed, and Fruitful, by John Piper  Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, by Peter Brown  William Tyndale: A Biography, by David Danielle  Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George Marsden  Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, by Iain Murray  To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, by Courtney Anderson  Portrait of Calvin, by T.H.L. Parker  Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, Roland Bainton  A Sacrifice of Praise: An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century The poetry of George Herbert  What Jesus Demands from the World, by John Piper  Desiring God, by John Piper  Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ, by John Piper  Providence, by John Piper (Pre-Order at Westminster Books)
1 hr 25 min
The Gospel Coalition, Collin Hansen
Russell Moore: How to Stand When the World Is Falling
If I want to read anyone’s reflections on recent years, it’s Russell Moore. The president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC hasn’t been as visible or vocal as he was before 2017, at least until the last week following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. But his newest book, _The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul_, published by B&H, is even better than a tell-all memoir. It’s a grace-infused reflection on where and how to stand tall when it feels like the world is going to crush you. Moore says, “The courage to stand is the courage to be crucified.” Indeed, Jesus sets the tone for this book. And if you’re going to worship and follow a Savior who submitted to the cross, you’re not going to follow the world’s typical mode of courage. I see this book as seeking to reclaim Jesus, or at least his reputation and authority, among evangelicals. Moore observes, “An entire generation is watching what goes on under the name of American religion, wondering if there is something real to it, or if it is just another useful tool to herd people, to elect allies, to make money.” Elsewhere he writes, “I’m not surprised now when I see Jesus used as a mascot to prop up some identity politics or power agenda, or even to cover up private immorality or public injustice.” We’ve seen that recently with the Jericho March, and then the protests-turned-attack at the Capitol. Moore joins me on Gospelbound to tell us what scares him, how to lead when no one seems to be following, ambition masquerading as conviction, and much more. This episode of Gospelbound is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publisher of _Meals with Jesus _by Ed Drew. These simple 10-minute family devotions in Luke’s Gospel explore Jesus’ character through nine meals that he shared with people. More information at
50 min
As In Heaven
As In Heaven
The Gospel Coalition
What’s at Stake?: Gospel Opportunities and Implications
In this episode of As In Heaven, hosts Jim Davis and Mike Aitcheson welcome Soong Chan-Rah to discuss reclaiming the church from cultural captivity and the specific ways that Western attitudes of individualism have crept into our modern ministry philosophies. Rah shares insights regarding the ethics of the kingdom and paints a picture of hopes and dreams for the future. Rah focuses on the positive gospel opportunities in addressing race and justice with kingdom ethics. * An introduction to Soong Chan-Rah (:58) * Cultural shifts in objections to the gospel (2:54) * The significance of minority leadership in this shift (9:43) * The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church From Western Cultural Captivity (13:27) * “Captivity” in the conversation (17:11) * Advice for church leadership in these conversations (21:14) * “Aren’t we pas this now?” (28:10) * How important it is for the church to get this cultural moment right (33:55) * What happens when churches dismiss these cultural conversations (37:59) * The church’s two minute drill (42:44) * Hopeful realism (49:21) Explore more from TGC on the topic of race.DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: * What are some biblical truths that the church stands by that you see the church as failing to live into? * What does it mean that we should embrace “the full biblical narrative”? In the arc of that narrative, which parts of the narrative do you see yourself latching on to more easily? * What are ways that the church has gone into “captivity” to western values? What are ways you have seen this in our bible reading? In our community life? In Christian engagements with social issues? * What are ways that we can remember the sins of our past corporately in regard to how the church has engaged with minority racial groups? What gospel hope does Jesus offer in our remembering? * What are your hopes for the future of the Western Church? How do you hope to see the church embrace values that are biblical, rather than cultural? What would that look like for your local church?
53 min
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