All Resources on Tough Texts

The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8:30-59

Sermons

by John Piper

How to Respond to the Horrifying Sayings of Jesus

Letters from Cambridge #1

Articles

by John Piper

What should our hearts and minds do when we hear Jesus speak so horrifically about the slaughter of the wicked?

Who Was Jesus' Grandfather?

Luke 1

Articles

by John Piper

Apparent contradictions in the Bible—such as the genealogies of Jesus—have possible and plausible solutions.

Be Careful Lest the Light in You Be Darkness

Pondering a Puzzling Text

Luke 11:33-36

Articles

by John Piper

If what you regard as bright and compelling isn't Christ, you will be filled with darkness.

What Is God's Purpose In Preventing Believers From Understanding Certain Truths In His Word?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that God has good reasons for sometimes keeping us in the dark.

Why Can't We Get Any Straight Answers From Christianity?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that the complexities of Christian faith shouldn't make us forget or reject the many clear and glorious truths.

What Does the Seeming Lack of Clarity In the Book of James Say About God?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that God has made some parts of Scripture difficult to understand in order to protect them.

Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life

Articles

by John Piper

What does it mean to be written in the Lamb's book of life?

Who Wrote 2 Peter?

An Article for Eggheads

Articles

by John Piper

How can we explain the surprising similarity between 2 Peter and Jude?

What Does Paul Mean When He Says He Is "Filling Up What Is Lacking In Christ's Afflictions"?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says that Paul was willing to suffer in order to display the gospel, and that we should be willing too.

What Does Paul Mean When He Says That Eternal Life Is for Those Who Seek Glory and Honor?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper says there is a good way to seek glory and honor.

No Evil Shall Befall You

Psalm 91:7-12

Articles

by John Piper

No ill befalls the saints except what God’s love permits, and even those "ills" won't conquer them.

How Should I Read the Book of Job?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to discern between good and bad theology in the book of Job.

Why Did God Permit Slavery?

Interviews

by John Piper

John Piper explains why slavery, even though it was justifiable under the old covenant, should be abolished.

Does God "Visit the Sins of the Fathers on the Children"?

Getting Serious about Education for Exultation

Articles

by John Piper

Great and lasting things are at stake for future generations not only because of what we teach, but also because of what we are.

Why God Inspired Hard Texts

Romans 3:1-8

Sermons

by John Piper

What are some implications of the fact that God has founded Christianity on a book that has difficult passages?

When the Bible Blows Your Mind

Articles

by John Piper

What should we do when it seems like one Biblical truth cancels out another?

How to Query God

Articles

by John Piper

It is okay to question God if you do it humbly and teachably.

Suppose You Are a Liberal Critic of the Bible

Articles

by John Piper

When you find two parts of Scripture that seem to contradict, don't assume the Bible is inconsistent.

Do I Not Hate Those Who Hate You, O Lord?

The Verses We Skipped

Psalm 139:19-22

Articles

by John Piper

How are we to understand those psalms that express hatred and call down curses upon the enemies of God?