Below is a short excerpt from a sermon by John Piper on the transformation of St. Augustine: This ancient story of a sort of Bible-roulette is humorous but nonetheless powerful. Augustine wrote this of his youth: “But I wretched, most wretched, in the very commencement of my early youth, had begged chastity of Thee, and said, ‘Give me chastity and continence, only not yet.’” (Confessions, 8.7.17). How many times have I prayed this way, wanting to dwell in the pleasure of sin, if only for a little bit, before I gave it up to follow Jesus? And yet Augustine was … Continue reading →
A year ago today I published what has since become our most popular post, viewed more than any other we’ve written. I’ve republished the entire post in full below. I hope it continues to bring hope and healing to wives. . . . . “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin – My wife is pregnant, about 8 week along now, and I’m getting a front row seat on the adventures of morning sickness. Recently, my wife was perusing the website called iVillage, a woman-oriented online community, … Continue reading →
“Let us beware of saying that death is the opposite of life. The living being is only a species of the dead, and a very rare species.” (Friedrich Nietzsche) What makes a person a slave of sin? What is the root of our drive to go back to the same sin over and over? Moreover, how deep is that root? How deep do we need to dig to get to the base of that root? There is a thought-provoking passage in the book of Hebrews that speaks about fear of death and ties it to our slavery to sin: “Since … Continue reading →
In a recent broadcast posted on K-LOVE Online, Ed Lenane discusses the subject of pornography addiction and temptation in the church. He interviews the following people: Doug Weiss, former sex addict and founder of Heart to Heart Counseling Center, Pastor David Erik Jones, recovering porn addict and author of My Struggle, Your Struggle, Steve Siler, creator of the cutting edge documentary Somebody’s Daughter.