Christ and Cancer

by John Piper Before I entered college I hardly gave a thought to cancer and terminal illness. But ever since those college days death by disease has walked beside me all the way. Two of my college acquaintances died of leukemia and cancer of the lymph glands before they were 22. At seminary I watched […]

Scum of the Earth, [Our Identity]

“To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, […]

The Lord of My Darkest Fear

“And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.”  Job 11:18 “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”  Prov. 3:24 Bedding down in the ruins of an old adobe church gave me a great deal of apprehension.  […]

Being Sick

“So Miriam was kept outside the camp for seven days, and the people waited until she was brought back before they traveled again.” Numbers 12:15 To be numbered among the chronically ill often can mean a transition into frustration. We can not do what we want, we are ‘trapped’ by a disease we never asked […]

The Praise of Men

“…but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 At a prayer service at a local church an elderly man came forward to the microphone, “I praise God that I don’t […]