Rejoice with Trembling
A Meditation on Psalm 2:11-12
Jan 7, 2006The only place safe from the wrath of God is in God.
A Sign: United and Fearless with the Gift of Suffering
A Meditation on Philippians 1:27-30
Jan 11, 2006Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind…
Is love an act of the will, or an emotion?
Jan 23, 2006We believe that love is indeed an act of the will. But we need to go one step further and affirm that love is also an emotion. Affections are part of the essence of love. These emotions might not always…
What are John Piper's views on God's foreknowledge and openness theology?
Jan 23, 2006John Piper has written a significant number of articles dealing with specific texts and theological problems relating to the foreknowledge of God. For an in-depth look at the issue expounding his position with regard to the Baptist General Conference and…
Why is the doctrine of the imputation of Adam's sin important?
Jan 23, 2006Aren't our own individual sins enough to condemn us? Why, then does it matter whether we believe that Adam's sin is imputed to us as the ultimate basis of our condemnation? John Piper writes: Now someone might say, why does…
What are some journals and magazines DG recommends?
Jan 23, 2006As we mentioned in our list of recommended books, so we must also say here. The following resources are highly recommended and can play an important part in developing a solid and extensive Christian worldview, but the inclusion of a…
Is God concerned more about our holiness than our happiness?
Jan 23, 2006We would say that if God is concerned about our holiness (and Heis), then He must also be concerned about ourhappiness--not the shallow, superficial type of happiness, but thehappiness that consists of a deep-seated satisfaction in Him. Thereason is that…
What are the qualifications for elders and deacons?
Jan 23, 2006The position of Bethlehem Baptist Church is that eldership is open to any man in the church who meets the spiritual qualifications of 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. We believe that the office of deacon is open to any…
What is the biblical evidence for the imputation of Adam's Sin?
Jan 23, 2006The doctrine of the imputation of Adam's sin means that when Adam first sinned, that sin (and its blame) was rightly regarded by God to be our sin as well. John Piper writes The problem with the human race is…
What does John Piper think about the TNIV?
Jan 23, 2006John Piper signed the Statement of Concern about the TNIV Bible. In a recent interview with World magazine, he stated many of his reasons In a nutshell, my view of the English language Bible translation enterprise is that the…
What does John Piper believe about dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology?
Jan 23, 2006There are three main theological camps on the issues of law gospel, and the structuring of God’s redemptive relationship with humankind: dispensationalism, covenant theology, and new covenant theology. Many have written to us asking about the differences between these three…
Does Paul deny the physicality of the resurrection?
Jan 23, 2006Paul says believers will be raised with "spiritual bodies" (1 Cor 15:44). Does this mean "non-physical"?
Where can I learn more about the Bible study method called "arcing"?
Jan 23, 2006Arcing is a tool for following and documenting the flow of thought in the Biblical text. In brief, arcing involves dividing the text into its propositions and then noting the logical relationship between the propositions. A proposition is an assertion…
What are some books that DG recommends?
Jan 23, 2006Suggested reading on many different topics. Everything from Grudem's Systematic Theology to Bronte's Jane Eyre.
What commentaries does DG recommend?
Jan 23, 2006John Piper has often remarked that he finds the most help from old commentaries. It is the Puritans and other Christians from previous generations that usually made a point to wrestle deeply with the questions raised by the text and…
What is the biblical evidence for original sin?
Jan 23, 2006There are several lines of biblical evidence for the historic Christian doctrine that we are all born into the world with sinful natures, due to the sin of Adam Scripture says that we are born sinners and that we are…
What Bible translation does John Piper recommend?
Jan 23, 2006There are two main translations today which John Piper and DG would recommend: the NASB and the ESV. Both of these translations seek to capture as fully as possible the precise wording of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts…
What do you believe about the intermediate state?
Jan 23, 2006The "intermediate state" is the time between the death and the resurrection. Some have held that during this time we are unconscious or possibly even go out of existence. We do not think that this is biblical The biblical evidence…
What does Piper mean when he says he's a seven-point Calvinist?
Jan 23, 2006Historically, there are only five points of Calvinism, so what are the extra two?
What is the role of an elder?
Jan 23, 2006According to the New Testament, elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. The function and role of an elder is well summarized by Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership: “Elders lead the church…
Do we receive our resurrection bodies when we die, or at the end of the age?
Jan 23, 2006The resurrection of the body will occur at the end of the age when Christ returns. There are two main ways the Scriptures indicate this First, many verses teach that our resurrected bodies will be the same bodies that we…
Does the Bible permit birth control?
Jan 23, 2006Desiring God and Bethlehem Baptist Church have no formal position on birth control, but John Piper and most of the pastors on staff believe that non-abortive forms of birth control are permissible. The Bible nowhere forbids birth control, either explicitly…
What is the difference between original sin and imputed sin?
Jan 23, 2006The terms "original sin" and "imputed sin" refer to the two main effects that Adam's sin had on the human race First, as a result of Adam's sin we all enter the world with a fallen nature. This is original…
Is abortion a form of discrimination?
Jan 23, 2006John Piper talks about the connection between abortion and racism.
Did Jesus teach pacifism?
Jan 23, 2006The attacks of September 11 and the resulting war against terrorism have brought to the front once again the question of the Christian view of war. The question is particularly complex because it is hard to see how war can…
Do you believe a church should be governed by one elder or several?
Jan 23, 2006We believe the New Testament teaches that there is to be a plurality of elders. This means that a church is not to have unitary leadership where only one man has ultimate authority Instead, a church is to have "shared…
What is the role of a deacon?
Jan 23, 2006The basic meaning of Greek word group behind the English translation "deacon" (diakon-) suggests the notion of service and servanthood (John 2:5; Romans 15:8; Matthew 20:26; Luke 10:40; Acts 11:29; 12:25), especially in regard to providing practical help…
What is the doctrine of the Trinity?
Jan 23, 2006What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? How is it not a contradiction for God to be both three and one?
Will the resurrection of the body be a physical resurrection from the dead?
Jan 23, 2006Yes, our bodies will be raised not spiritually or ethereally but physically and materially. Our souls will be reunited with our transformed physical bodies, brought back to life from the dead. Scripture teaches this in many ways. First, simply to…
What approach should I take when others seem opposed to Christian Hedonism?
Jan 23, 2006With the presentation of almost any doctrine, there will usually be some people in whom the truths do not seem to take root Sometimes it may be because they are closed to learning something new in a particular area. Other…
Does DG recommend any distance education programs?
Jan 23, 2006Moving to another city for seminary and spending several years as a full-time student might not be feasible, or wise, for some. As a result, there are many good distance learning programs that have recently come into existence. We would…
What happens at death?
Jan 23, 2006Death ushers us directly into either heaven or hell, so let us look to Christ for salvation.
What Is Plagiarism?
Jan 23, 2006The definition of plagiarism, why it's a problem, and how to avoid it.
Do we receive the same body we had on earth at the resurrection?
Jan 23, 2006Often when referring to the resurrection, Christians will speak of receiving their "new" body. That way of speaking is not necessarily wrong if the meaning is that our current bodies will be renewed so that they are "as good as…
If our souls are immortal, why do our bodies need to be resurrected?
Jan 23, 2006Why we believe that the main Christian hope is the resurrection of the body, not just the immortality of the soul.
Will all people be resurrected, or just believers?
Jan 23, 2006It is not only those who believe in Christ who will experience the resurrection of their bodies. All people will be raised physically from the dead on the last day. The difference is that Christians will be raised to everlasting…
Being Mocked: The Essence of Christ's Work, Not Muhammad's
Feb 8, 2006What we saw this past week in the Islamic demonstrations over the Danish cartoons of Muhammad was another vivid depiction of the difference between Muhammad and Christ, and what it means to follow each. Not all Muslims approve the violence…
What's It Like To Write Narrative Poems?
Feb 13, 2006People ask me about the advent poems. How long does it take Where do you get the ideas? Is it hard? The first thing I want to say is that the advent poems are NOT Scripture. They are not inspired…
Don't Waste Your Cancer
Feb 15, 2006[Editor's Note: Our friend, David Powlison, of the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation, who also was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, has added some helpful expansions to John Piper’s ten points. Indented paragraphs beginning with "DP:" are…
If God Wills Disease Why Should We Try to Eradicate It?
Mar 8, 2006This question arises from the biblical teaching that all things are ultimately under God’s control. “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isaiah 46:10). “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in…
Life and Work in Cambridge
Letters from Cambridge #3
Jun 2, 2006I write with a full heart. Gratitude for my colleagues and people at Bethlehem overflows. Thank you so much for praying for me. Your prayers are gathered in God’s bottles and poured out on me according to his wisdom. Here…
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
An Open Letter to the Council of Elders and the People of Bethlehem Baptist Church Summing Up Our March - July, 2006 Sabbatical
Aug 2, 2006This is long. You might want to run your eyes down the headings and only read what is interesting to you. No pressure. It’s just good to be back, and I am brimming with thanks for the sabbatical. Where Were…
Talking to People Rather Than About Them
What I Left Out of the Sermon on August 6
Aug 9, 2006Gossip doesn't satisfy in the long run, but loving others does.
Join Me in Saying Thanks to God for David and Sally Michael
Aug 16, 2006Junctures like this don’t happen very often. Thirty years of marriage, twenty years of ministry at Bethlehem for David, ten years of ministry at Bethlehem for Sally. This article is an advance overflow of my heart David is presently the…
Why God Tells Us He Delights in His Children
Aug 23, 2006God praises us when we delight in him because it only confirms and increases our God-centeredness.
Does God choose who will be saved?
Aug 31, 2006John Piper discusses the doctrine of election and the hope that it gives for missions and evangelism.
We Want You to Be a Christian Hedonist!
Aug 31, 2006If you abandon the pursuit of your own joy you can't love man or please God.
How can God be for us if he pursues his glory above all things?
Aug 31, 2006The ultimate ground of our joy is the fact that God's chief goal is to glorify himself forever John Piper writes in Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (p. 31): God's saving designs are penultimate, not ultimate. Redemption, salvation…
Thoughts at Sixty on Third Campus Thrills and 1 Corinthians 15:58
Sep 13, 2006What does it mean to be be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord"?
How Christians Should Respond to Muslim Outrage at the Pope's Regensburg Message About Violence and Reason
Sep 20, 2006Ten biblical responses.
Serious Sound Bites from Strong Men: Thoughts from Our Conference Speakers
Sep 28, 2006Excerpts to pique your interest and give you a flavor of what was preached at the Desiring God National Conference.
How Can Jesus Be God and Man?
Oct 5, 2006Jesus Christ is both fully divine and fully human, yet one person.
What Is That to You? You Follow Me!
Freed from Comparing by Blunt Words
Oct 6, 2006We're wired to compare ourselves to others, so it's freeing to hear Jesus say, "Mind your own business and the work I have for you."
Meditations After a Monday at Barnes & Noble
On the Sadness of Sam Harris and Diane Setterfield
Oct 11, 2006Thoughts on Christians in culture, postmodernism, truth, and story.
All Flesh Will Come and Worship
Except Those "Outside"
Oct 18, 2006How can eternal punishment fit with the breadth of God's redemption?
Foreword to “Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen”
Oct 23, 2006Read or Purchase this book at Crossway Books I rejoice at this publication of John Owen’s works on the nature of our battle with sin. It is the kind of thinking we need. Therefore, I thank God for Kelly Kapic…
How to Be Spiritually Minded
Nov 1, 2006What does Mac vs. PC have to do with spiritual-mindedness? Seventeen practical ways to align your attitude with God's.
Are You Willing to Stand in God's Place or Go at His Pace?
Battling the Unbelief of Impatience
Nov 1, 2006November 2006 Are you waiting for something? I mean really waiting with deep longing in your soul for something beyond your control? You might be waiting to conceive a child, receive financial provision, see a loved one come to…
Melvin Brown, Community Ambassador for Bethlehem
Nov 8, 2006One small step our church is taking toward diversity and unity in the body of Christ.
What to Pray For
Nov 10, 2006Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling in a rut.
Unexpected Blows to Fatalistic Thinking
Nov 15, 2006What does it mean for the global cause of Christ that all things are possible with God?
Nudity in Drama and the Clothing of Christ
Nov 20, 2006John Piper responds to a newspaper article about the increase of nudity on the stages of Minneapolis theaters.
10 Reasons Why I Am Thankful for the God-Breathed Bible
Nov 20, 2006What's so amazing about the Bible, and why should we be grateful for it?
John Piper Is Bad
Nov 21, 2006John Piper responds to "John Piper Is Bad" in the Passion07 podcast.
Giglio Interviews Piper
Nov 22, 2006More highlights from Louie Giglio's phone interview with John Piper in the latest Passion07 podcast: 3-minute refresher on Christian Hedonism The importance of Christ's supremacy How to fight sin Looking back on the Passion movement
The Sweet Providence of God in the Life of Our Four Sons
Nov 27, 2006Noel Piper wonders what her sons' favorite childhood books have to do with their personalities.
The Severed Toe, the Goodness of Flesh, the Gain of Death, and the Resurrection of the Body
A Response to Kevin Corcoran
Nov 29, 2006John Piper responds to a Christian materialist's denial of the human soul.
Email Interchange Between John Piper and Kevin Corcoran
November 29-30, 2006
Nov 30, 2006John Piper and Kevin Corcoran exchanged the following emails regarding Piper's response to Corcoran’s article in Books and Culture, “A New Way to Be Human: A Christian materialist alternative to the soul.” * * * 11-29-06, Wednesday, 10:40 AM Dear…
Learn to Fly By the Instruments
Your Perceptions May Be Unreliable in a Spiritual Storm
Dec 1, 2006“Spatial disorientation” is something that happens to an aircraft pilot when his plane enters dark storm clouds and he can no longer see the horizon or the ground. Points of reference that guide his senses disappear and he can no…
Jesus, Islam, Pharisees, and the New Perspective on Paul
Dec 6, 2006If Jesus and the Pharisees didn't worship the same God, then surely Muslims and Christians don't either.
Christmas, Truth, Christ and the Mile-Long Buffet of Worldviews
Dec 13, 2006We know no truth aright if we do not know and love Christ himself as the ground and the goal of it.
Can the Regenerate Be Erased from the Book of Life?
Meditation on Revelation 3:5
Dec 22, 2006Perseverance isn't ours without a struggle, but we struggle as victors.
Letter for Noël on Her Birthday
Dec 27, 2006John Piper celebrates the gift Noel has been in this birthday letter.