Bloodlines with John Piper
Over the last three days, I was privileged to lead a group of ten through serving projects all around Chicago. I watched them share deeply, encourage one another, and worship in a breath-taking unity as they gathered to seek a God who is rebuilding His kingdom among the unseen, unheard, and unwanted people of the world. Each location and every person was entirely unique, yet guided by a single purpose: Grace. Throughout our time that was filled with an immeasurable amount of life-giving interactions; we saw a God who meets our needs, hears our deepest cries, and desires us completely.
The book of James guided the mission of our group each night as we reoriented our hearts:
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
If Malala Yousafzai loses the Nobel Peace Prize to Vladimir Putin, will there be any hope of anyone taking the Nobel Peace Prize seriously anymore?
One of these things is not like the other: Aung San Suu Kyi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Vladimir Putin.
Many times I’ll talk with Christians who are burdened by the programmatic weight of their religious activity. They’re shackled by the inadequacy of their spiritual progress.
I meet Christians who say, “I just don’t feel like I’m doing enough. I only went to church twice this week, I…