Thank You, Mr. Piper…

Came across this on a blog aptly named “Tastefully Offensive” thanks to Abraham Piper’s reference. 

Utensile humor.  Edgy.  Brilliant. 



The comments on this are hilarious.  One person asked, “What a great shot!Wat is your trik?”  To which they respond, “Jesus.”

Money. (As Usual.)

From Desiring God:

How Did You Do in 2010?

December 27, 2010 | by: Tyler Kenney | Category: Recommendations

The last week of the year is a good time—with God’s help—to reflect on the past 12 months, do a little self-assessment, and decide what things to repent of and reach for in the next lap around the sun.

At the end of his first year as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church, John Piper led his people in doing this through his sermon “I Have Kept the Faith.”

Below is the conclusion of that sermon. Just plug in “2010” and “2011” where you read “1980” and “1981,” and the content is still relevant 30 years later.

So, how did we do in 1980? If 1980 were the whole of our life, could we say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness”? My guess is that there are people here who can give three different answers to that question.

  • One will say, “I fought no fight because I felt no great desire to follow Christ’s counsel and trust his promises. Satan and my own flesh got no resistance from me.”
  • Another will say, “I felt some desire to trust Christ and go his way, but whenever a conflict arose, I was defeated every time. I really didn’t fight a very good fight.”
  • And a third will say, “Praise God, it was a hard but glorious year. The Word of God came alive for me and helped time and time again to overcome temptation and hold to Christ. It wasn’t always easy, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Whichever one of those groups you are in now, remember this: by the grace of God, this day is only a rehearsal of the end. His mercy is opening before you a new life in 1981, and you can enter it and finish as a victorious fighter if you will declare yourself from your heart as one who now renounces Satan’s power and self-reliance and who trusts Jesus Christ for all his word.

What If It Was All Stripped Away?

That’s a good question.  Now, I’m not one to quickly run to poetry and the like – it all seems a bit too dramatic for my tastes.  However, I came across this piece that Thabiti Anyabwile shared.  This Blaire Linne is pretty sweet and has a very powerful and very clear message to share.

One of the best lines, “I majored in religion, had eyes but no vision.”

Quite The Difference.

A little bit ago, I received some pictures of the basketball court at the school I’ll be coaching/teaching at in N’Djamena, Chad (Lord willing).  It’s in need of some work:

You can probably imagine my surprise when I came across this picture of a basketball tournament in N’Djamena at a different school:

Quite the difference.  Lord help us.