Tag Archives: Desiring God

Adoption = A Constant Reminder of the Gospel

“Adoption mean God is not my Father
I got the hottest Poppa and by the Spirit holla Abba!”
Shai Linne, Song: Atonement Q & A, Album: The Atonement

My wife and I are considering adoption once our son gets a little bit older. In an effort to bless our city (Denver), we are thinking of going with either a local adoption agency or being a part of the local foster care system with the hopes of one day adopting a child of any ethnicity.

It would be a beautiful thing to bring a small child home with us and call him/her our child – and for him/her to call me, father, and Rebecca, mother.

Similarly, God looked at us before the beginning of time and called us our son & daughter.  The “earthly” view of adoption is a great reminder of what God has done for us – and – the price Jesus paid for adoption to be accomplished.

John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, along with Desiring God talk about this idea more in full. Enjoy!

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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Articles


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Contemporary Art + The Bible

Since my wife and I have moved to Denver to begin Park Church Denver, our elders have always had a desire to be a church where the arts can fully flourish. I share with this desire, although I do not possess the artistic gift that can accurately evoke thought.

Especially when it come to Jesus or the Scriptures.

Contemporary art meets the Bible.

My eyes were satisfied when viewing the works of Makoto Fujimura.

“We, today, have a language to celebrate waywardness, but we do not have a cultural language to bring people back home.”
-Makoto Fujimura

Mr. Fujimura has brought one of the most treasured manuscripts in the world, the Bible, and illuminated the words with his modern approach.

What was created was The Four Holy Gospels. Here is the copy from the press release by Crossway Publishing:

Renowned artist and writer Makoto Fujimura is not shy about the importance of his latest project. “Whether I like it or not, this is what I will be remembered by,” Fujimura asserts. “I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that it is a commission of the decade, if not more,” says Valerie Dillon, whose Dillon Gallery is Fujimura’s main exhibitor.

The commission is an illuminated manuscript published by Crossway, to commemorate the four hundred year anniversary of The King James Bible, set to be released January 2011. The leather-bound English Standard Version of the Bible, printed with a six-color metallic process, will comprise the four Gospels as designed and illustrated by Fujimura. Five major new works, painted in the artist’s Manhattan studio, will be the volume’s main images, making this the first such manuscript to feature abstract contemporary art in lieu of traditional representational illustrations. It is this unprecedented marriage of a modern, usually secular art form with ancient scripture that most interests Fujimura, who aims to depict “the greater reality that the Bible speaks of… for the pure sake of integrating faith and art in our current pluralistic, multicultural world.”

Desiring God has made these collections available as a  discounted price here.

You can also download an excerpt of The Four Gospels.

I am encouraged to see churches throughout the country welcome this form of expression. So long have churches shunned artists and their ability to communicate. Thanks be to God for artists that communicate Christ well.

Follow Makoto Fujimura on Twitter @iamfujimura

–Follow me on Twitter @Armando923

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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Articles


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$20,000 Raised for Haiti

Video made by deejay essense (@lampmode).

$20,000 raised for Churches Helping Churches in Haiti! Praise God that gifts were used to benefit Christ and His church!

A benefit concert featuring Json, Lecrae, Flame, DJ Official and deejay essence. In collaboration with:

Reach Life Ministries
Lamp Mode Recordings
Reach Records
Desiring God
Club 3 Degrees

All proceeds were donated to Churches Helping Churches. For more info:

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Posted by on February 16, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Devastation: Churches Helping Churches | HipHop for Haiti

These Images were taken by Churches Helping Churches on a relief effort and fact-finding mission to Port-Au-Prince Haiti less than a week after a devastating earthquake. We want to thank Amway, and International Aid for making this possible. Please use this video and our media content to help raise awareness and resources for those who are suffering.

–Download the high resolution version here–


There is an interesting article at the Chicago Tribune called “Should churches rebuild churches in Haiti?” Click on the logo below to go to the article.


Also, the brand new video for Lecrae’s (@Lecrae) track “Far Away”! Written specifically to raise awareness and money for relief work in the earthquake shattered region, the video features footage from the ground in Haiti and of the recent concert in Minneapolis where $20,000 was raised. Help us give more!

Buy the song here on iTunes or other online outlets.

Buy the high quality video here and also get the song mp3 with it.

Produced by Desiring God (@DesiringGod) in partnership with ReachLife  (@ReachLife), Lampmode (@Lampmode), and Reach Records (@ReachRecords).

All the proceeds from the sale of the track will go to Haiti relief, specifically Churches helping Churches which aims to empower the local churches in Haiti to be centers of relief and hope in Jesus for their community.

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Posted by on February 13, 2010 in Articles


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