During Kevin DeYoung‘s pastorate at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, the Magnify Conference was established. In 2015, the speaker was Dr. Ligon Duncan and the theme was sanctification. In this session, Dr. Duncan speaks on how reformed theology has wrestled with sanctification in the past. Ligon Duncan is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological … Read More
In these two videos, John Piper and Tim Keller discuss the meaning of sanctification, its biblical roots, and its relevance for the Christian life today. Piper and Keller Wrestle with Sanctification from Desiring God on Vimeo. More on Sanctification from Piper and Keller from Desiring God on Vimeo.
How often is heaven on your mind? If we are honest this may not necessarily be a frequent thought for us, as we are often consumed with the cares of this life. Following up on the quote from John Owen last week, he again shows us how a heavenly mind allows us to repent well … Read More
Justin Taylor recently cited John Piper here on why Christians should read and engage with the Puritan theologian John Owen. This comes from the foreword an updated edition of John Owen’s work Overcoming Sin and Temptation, edited by Taylor and Kelly Kapic. Owen certainly said a great deal that was worthwhile and beneficial in regards to … Read More
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is always a helpful companion when thinking through various aspects of the Christian life (an excellent biography of Lloyd-Jones can be found here). He often highlights our desperate state in the clutches of sin, and the need we have of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here Lloyd-Jones is dealing with the issue of … Read More
[Photo: Getty Images/Jon Schulte] In these past weeks the emphasis in our seminary chapel has been on sexual purity. In particular, the focus has been on overcoming pornography. We all know now that the internet has moved porn to the number one counseling issue in churches today, and we would be very naive to think … Read More
Call it “melancholy”, call it spiritual depression, call it excessively introspective, Bible-believing Christians have always recognized the category of the tenderhearted soul. This is the true believer who is nonetheless overly anxious, almost obsessive, about his spiritual state. Everybody around him will quickly identify him as a godly Christian, but for whatever reason, he can’t … Read More
By Fred Zaspel– Try to imagine it. You are playing a game of Monopoly, and your opponent throws a ten with the dice. Then he picks up his player marker and begins counting his steps. Immediately you realize he will land on the corner — “Go to Jail!” Well, he doesn’t want to land there, … Read More
Desiring God has now made available their video and audio from their National Conference on sanctification. Here are some of the plenary and breakout sessions (and you can find all of them here).
By Fred Zaspel– In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 the Lord gives us a command through his inspired apostle that I have often found fascinating. In most translations the verse reads, “Do not quench the Spirit.” In our NIV it reads more colorfully, “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” I find this verse fascinating not simply … Read More