Year End Thanks and New Year Hope
Jan 9, 2001I wrote the first draft of this article on the last day of 2000 with a few hours left in the century and the millennium. Then I went to celebrate my 21st New Year's Eve communion service with the people…
The Meaning of Membership and Church Accountability
Feb 1, 2001Why does Bethlehem have a church membership covenant? And how do they understand and practice church discipline?
Build Now, with What Is Pledged!
May 8, 2001On behalf of all the elders, thank you for praying and fasting for us on Monday, May 7 Every elder was present, as was the building committee. At midnight we voted unanimously and enthusiastically to recommend to the congregation that…
The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control
May 15, 2001When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.
If You Want to Love, You Must Die to the Law
Aug 14, 2001The law is not our primary means for bearing fruit. It serves mostly to teach us that we don't bear fruit apart from the gospel.
How Jesus Helped His Disciples Increase Their Faith
Aug 21, 2001Faith does not come from getting our act together. It comes from recognizing God’s freedom to bless us even while we’re still a mess.
Already: Decisively and Irrevocably Free, Not Yet: Finally and Perfectly Free
Aug 28, 2001What we have learned from Romans 6 and 7 is that when we trusted in Christ as our Savior and Lord (as our Treasure!), we were united to Christ (Romans 6:5; 7:4). In this union with Christ we died (Romans…
How Strange and Wonderful Is the Love of Christ!
Sep 3, 2001Let's not doubt Jesus' love—let's watch and learn what love really is.
How Shall We Minister to People After the World Trade Tower Terrorism of September 11, 2001?
21 Ways to Comfort Those Who Are Suffering
Sep 12, 2001Twenty one ways to love people and honor Christ in any tragedy.
Terrorism, Justice, and Loving Our Enemies
Sep 12, 2001Is it possible to pray for justice and yet love our enemy at the same time?
Why I Do Not Say, "God Did Not Cause the Calamity, but He Can Use It for Good"
Sep 17, 2001We surrender our hope if we sacrifice our belief in the sovereignty of God over evil.
Pierced By the Word of God
Oct 3, 2001Use the Bible to know yourself and confirm your own spiritual life.
Preview to “The Dangerous Duty of Delight”
Oct 17, 2001A Personal Letter from John Piper to All Our Web Visitors Dear Friends of Desiring God, May I encourage you to dream with me of what our kind and merciful God might do for unbelievers through Seeing and Savoring Jesus…
Treating Delight As Duty Is Controversial
Oct 24, 2001Joy is not just the spin-off of obedience to God, but part of obedience.
The Strange Ways of Our Wonderful Builder
Oct 31, 2001Was Christ building his church on September 11? The reason this question rises is the absolute, universal authority behind Jesus' promise in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church." Who said this The one who spoke and fevers departed (Luke…
ANTHEM: Strategies for Fighting Lust
Nov 5, 2001One set of strategies in the war against wrong desires.
How to Pray If You Are Dead to the Law and Love to Bear Fruit
Nov 12, 2001What would a Pharisee pray at his conversion?
The Sadness of Our City Fathers At the Star Tribune
Dec 4, 2001This morning's paper (12-4-01) carries an unsigned editorial on "Condoms: A Secret Weapon in Short Supply." It addresses the issue of AIDS prevention in sub-Saharan Africa. The issue is worthy. The crisis is huge. The pain is unfathomable. And the…
What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?
Dec 11, 2001What Jesus wants most is that his elect get what they want most: eyes to see and savor the Son of God.