Reflections on Suffering

The great Apostle Peter once wrote, “Therefore, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good” (1 Peter 4:19). Clearly Peter understood two very important things: when we do the will of God suffering may come (contrary to the whole health and wealth narrative), and God is faithful in the midst […]

Some Things Just Have To Be Done

There are those things that just have to be done sometimes. Even if it’s uncomfortable. Even if it provokes some blowback. Even if there are a million other things one would rather do; things more appealing; even more interesting. So it is we at Bethel Church have experienced a brief but important sermon series entitled, “Lies the Church Believes.” Throughout […]

John Piper on Prosperity Preaching

As I prepare for this week’s introductory sermon to our brief series entitled “Lies the Church Believes,” this posting by John Piper (entitled “Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly,” February 14, 2007) caught my attention and, of course, is worth highlighting. Read it carefully, and, if possible, pray for me as I attend to the first of the lies I will address, […]