The Calvinist by John Piper

A great poem written by John Piper and read by numerous pastors. I have included the words below.

The Calvinist

See him on his knees,
Hear his constant pleas:
Heart of ev’ry aim:
“Hallowed be Your name.”

See him in the Word,
Helpless, cool, unstirred,
Heaping on the pyre
Heed until the fire.

See him with his books:
Tree beside the brooks,
Drinking at the root
Till the branch bear fruit.

See him with his pen:
Written line, and then,
Better thought preferred,
Deep from in the Word.

See him in the square,
Kept from subtle snare:
Unrelenting sleuth
On the scent of truth.

See him on the street,
Seeking to entreat,
Meek and treasuring:
“Do you know my King?”

See him in dispute,
Firm and resolute,
Driven by the fame
Of his Father’s name.

See him at his trade.
Done. The plan is made.
Men will have his skills,
If the Father wills.

See him at his meal,
Praying now to feel
Thanks and, be it graced,
God in ev’ry taste.

See him with his child:
Has he ever smiled
Such a smile before,
Playing on the floor?

See him with his wife,
Parable for life:
In this sacred scene
She is heaven’s queen.

See him stray. He groans.
“One is true,” he owns.
“What is left to me?
Fallibility.”

See him in lament
“Should I now repent?”
“Yes. And then proclaim:
All is for my fame.”

See him worshipping.
Watch the sinner sing,
Spared the burning flood
Only by the blood.

See him on the shore:
“Whence this ocean store?”
“From your God above,
Thimbleful of love.”

See him now asleep.
Watch the helpless reap,
But no credit take,
Just as when awake.

See him nearing death.
Listen to his breath,
Through the ebbing pain:
Final whisper: “Gain!”

Resource

DesiringGod http://www.desiringgod.org/calvinist

Leaders Articulate Your Vision (Again)

This morning one of my friends sent me a link to the video below in which John Piper exhorts leaders to articulate their vision for their church, small group, missions agency, etc on a regular basis and in fresh new ways. The encouragement and reminder from Piper is well worth watching this two minute clip.

The Work of a Christian Leader from Desiring God on Vimeo.

Interestingness

It is time for another dose of Interestingness. What follows are a few articles and videos from around the web I found interesting this week. Check them out.

Is Jesus the Only Way?

Jonathan Dodson from The Resurgence answers the question: Is Jesus the Only Way? You can read it by clicking here.

Reparative Therapy

Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy. Al Mohler weighs in. Here is a snippet from the article:

Known as reparative therapy or sexual orientation conversion therapy, these approaches seek to assist individuals in changing their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. The cultural and political debate over reparative therapy emerged when a clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, was accused of offering treatment and counseling intended to change sexual orientation.

You can read the rest of what he has to say by clicking here.

Adoption

Russell Moore recently wrote: An Open Letter to an Unborn Baby, by doing so he is advocating adoption. It is a good read. You can check it out by clicking here.

Biblical Authority and Interpretation

John Piper, Don Carson, and Tim Keller had a round table discussion this last week, which the guys over at The Gospel Coalition filmed and made available on their website. The discussion centers on biblical authority and interpretation. It is a great video series. You can watch it by clicking here.

Impressionist Jim Meskimen

This is a must watch video. Very impressive!!!