Monergism, Missions, and Moderation
Whaddyathink of the new blog subtitle?
One of the reasons I have loved John Piper is that he was the first guy I read who brought together in my mind two passions that God had placed in my heart: monergism and missions. Before reading Let the Nations Be Glad, every call to missions I had heard focused too much on the need of man and too little on the glory of God. But Piper’s statement that “missions exists because worship doesn’t” ensloganed wonderfully what God had impressed on me through this verse:
Isaiah 61:11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Now by moderation, I of course mean the Biblical discipline of drinking beer (Deut. 14:26). But today I want to give it a different spin and mean by moderation the biblical discipline of frugality for the sake of generosity. Good Measure is a ministry begun by Bernard Borah to help support gospel preaching ministries that help the poor in Africa and Asia. I like Bernard. I really enjoyed painting bunkbeds with him in Ensenada, Mexico in 1989. He was a campus minister with the Navigators when I was a student at the U of I. He says that feeding every starving person in the world would cost a staggering 13 billion dollars a year. But Christians in America spend 20 billion dollars a year on soft drinks. Click on the link above and check out how he’s laboring to change that.