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Nine reasons why churches should have a weekly newsletter.
Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that God rejoices to do you good?
When it comes to persons, one plus one is more than two!
The great tragedy of sin is the good we miss, not the evil we attain.
When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of helplessness he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.
No one can stop the coming of spring—in nature or in the church—when God has appointed its time.
The Holy Wind of God will not break or quench. He will lift up your head and fan your spark into a flame.
Is it really possible for one's face and heart to be filled with sorrow and joy?
One of the things you do when you are full of the Holy Spirit is spill over with gratitude to God for everything.
An early church service is the mark of a vibrant church.
The possibilities of joyful service are too great to let yourself be paralyzed by the past.
A church's nerve system needs the divine stimuli that comes through its fingers and toes.
How do you satisfy your pastor-congregation communication needs?
Have you ever thought of your prayers as the aroma of heaven?
A pastor expresses his gratitude to those who minister in his church through music.
Can we be a people who embrace with gratitude both the scholarly enterprise and the simple joy of breaking bread together?
The Lord measures the faithfulness of our labor, not our success.
God is a joy and a refuge to those who cling to his neck, but he is a terror to those who flee.
Every time we let fear hinder us we are proudly trusting our emotions more than the promises of God.
John Piper updates, honors, and urges his church in their financial campaign.
John Piper outlines the responsibilities of a worship pastor.
Hindrances to forthright witnessing rise mainly from taking our eyes off God.
Satan often tries to destroy us by affirming and then distorting Scripture.
Freedom is not doing what you please, but knowing the truth, loving the good, and never fearing the future.
John Piper outlines eight goals he has set to fill his vacation with vitality.
Trusting him is the one thing we can do to put God in debt.
All rich and meaningful experiences require preparation and expectancy.
Human hearts are hard to change, but don't forget the Holy Spirit.
Memorize Hezekiah's words to Jerusalem under siege, and you'll know God's power in a new way.
Fasting fosters humility, and humility positions us for the Father's blessing.
Pastors should yearn for their people like Isaiah yearned for Israel.
Nine characteristics of fruitful small groups.
God's mercy and sovereignty are the twin pillars of the Christian life.
Mixing God’s absolute power with his rights as Creator causes combustion in the heart.
John Piper lays out six things that he wants his children to understand about money.
There's no biblical support for excluding people from church membership whose consciences condone occasional drinking.
Precautions have lengthened many lives; anxiety has lengthened none and shortened many.
Winning college students for the Lord and for the local church is crucial.
We want our Christmas decorating and festivities to be as explicitly Christ-centered and Christ-exalting as possible.
Christmas is a call to go on strike at the assembly plant of sin.
Saint Francis left a legacy of delight and gratitude to God.
A poem on the glory of the Incarnate God and the gain of believing in him.
When God aims to do a great work, he starts by planting a spark of desire in a few hearts. Then he fans it into flame through prayer.
Three suggestions for how to persevere and profit in prayer.
To be ruled by the Spirit is to be ruled by the love that the Father has for Jesus.
It is God who works in us to will our prayers, but we always experience it as our own resolve and decision.
Our love for one another should make us eager to help one another get to God.
We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.
If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.
No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.
John Piper narrates his start-of-the-day fight for faith.
We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.
Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.
Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.
Pastor John weighs the impact of the Metrodome opening near the church.
How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"
Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.
One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.
How can we explain the surprising similarity between 2 Peter and Jude?
Don't exclude God from your recreation. God wills it, and it's his will to be in on it.
Pastor John makes known his schedule and availability to the people of Bethlehem.
There are worse things to lose than health, and sickness may help us gain what is best.
Take worship seriously. None of us knows when it will be our last day in the house of the Lord.
A healthy church will be hungry for sound teaching. And a healthy church will feed that hunger.
We don't need to feel lovable, because we aren't. Grace for the unlovable is the gospel.
Five suggestions for what dads can do to prevent more abortions.
There is no reason to think that after 2,500 years Israel now can claim God’s sanction for her unbelief and rebellion. She stands under judgment until she repents and turns to her Savior-Messiah.
John Piper openly contemplates the weightiness of pastoral ministry and is sustained knowing that God is God.
John Piper gives an update on what happened at the annual meeting of the conference of which Bethlehem is a part.
God is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps.
By the time we know a problem exists, God has already been working on it and his solution is on the way.
How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?
How can I admit that I am a worm and yet “love my neighbor as myself”?
There are six admonitions for how a church should treat its pastors.
What fools God makes of men who strive against their Maker!
What does it mean to be written in the Lamb's book of life?
John Piper poetically announces his wife's pregnancy.
Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative, using God’s methods and power, to get them there.
Not all of God’s grace is behind us pushing to obey. There is also grace in front of us beckoning us to follow.
Each day is on sale for anyone who will purchase it. If we do not purchase it, we lose it—forever.
The Lord is never hurried because he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark his people!
Everything we do from the time a child is born should be aimed at leading him to faith.
John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.
How are we morally distinct from ordinary society with its prudence, respectability, and good breeding?
God has always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat.
Christ became a man because the death of a man who was more than man was needed.
John Piper expresses his gratitude to numerous people at Bethlehem.
The grace of God is addicting. The more you experience his power, the more you want.
Consistent Christians never want to exclude Jesus from anything they do.
Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.
Galatians is the preservation of the gospel for Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is for you. Marry it!
A description of the new arrangement of responsibilities among the church staff.
We shouldn't neglect needed improvements. But we should major on exploiting our strengths for God’s glory.
Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.
Become the kind of person who cannot walk by someone in need and do nothing.
Anything that helps you express your heart for God and does not hinder other people is good.
Preaching that doesn't deal with the details of God's Word will only cater to and cultivate stiff-necked listeners.
How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?
Practically speaking, how do I obey God so that it is “not I but Christ in me”?
Has it ever bothered you that sometimes in the Old Testament when one man sins, many get swept away in God's punishment?
Two reasons, among many, to trust the Easter story.
Part of the process for determining God’s will for your life is deciding what you are good at. So with churches.
Part of the charter for a new group at BBC called Frontier Missions Prayer and Study Group.
Why do people want to get rich when they already have things valued in the millions of dollars?
Four reasons why Unification Church theology should be rejected.
The best way to free people from slavish sins and irrational fears is to fill their lives with big and powerful realities.
If meal time prayers are almost always the same, why not craft some which really say something significant?
Gratitude seeks to show the value of God’s good will, which it does best in words of praise, a heart of trust, and a life of love.
If picnics don’t have to do with God, then we may as well close up shop.
Real guilt is radically God-centered. Satan’s substitute is the bad feelings we get from a wounded ego.
A brief report of the good things going on at BBC after 3 years as pastor.
John Piper recounts the activities and effects of vacation with his family.
If every member could express why we exist as a church, there would be a new intensity about all we do.
We cannot define our mission in terms of deeds alone because any deed can be done with an attitude that does not glorify God.
One way to raise up church leaders is to provide in-house training opportunities.
Jesus is not partial to the healthy. He prefers the homeliest, weakest patients whose eyes sparkle when he enters the room.
The announcement of the then forthcoming sermon series, "Desiring God."
Christ has plotted many tactical advances before the time of the final victory.
One reason we settle for such ordinary “soap opera” lives is because we have no heroes.
Screwtape scolds Wormword for not doing more to undermine prayer at Bethlehem.
Sunday should be a day for delighting ourselves in the Lord in ways we can’t on other busy days.
Denying God's control over evil does not bring the healing it purports to.
His work was successful, his marriage okay, his kids out of trouble—why get fanatical about Bible reading and prayer?
The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail.
Laymen must be challenged to live for a cause greater than their present jobs.
Knowing someone's name opens up the miracle of fellowship.
The Noahic covenant seems to rule out the idea that there will be universal devastation before Christ returns.
Christmas is a model for missions. As I so you. And that mission means danger.
Where are the Joshuas? Where are those whose knees are as calloused as their hands?
The measure of our present experience with Christ is the intensity of our longing for its increase.
Four reasons why Christians want to fast.
Observations and advice to help you pray biblical prayers.
A church's priorities should be based on the relationships each Christian should develop with God, fellow believers, and unbelievers.
How a pastor and his wife help keep the mission fires burning at church.
A nutshell explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity, with a little help from Jonathan Edwards.
Can the church have any integrity unless the summons of Christ moves us to stratgize and sacrifice with dedication and joy?
If worship were optional Paul and Silas would not have been singing with bloody backs in the Philippian dungeon at midnight.
Eleven virtues of the Word of God, and seven ways to respond to it.
Results from a congregational survey concerning spiritual gifts.
The inspiration, preservation and preparation of people for missionary service requires a great movement of prayer.
Paul was willing to suffer in his service of the gospel. So should we.
No ill befalls the saints except what God’s love permits, and even those "ills" won't conquer them.
There are quality things around your house that can be converted into capital for the cause of Christ.
Baptists owe a lot to Zwingli when it comes to our doctrine of the Lord’s Supper.
We can go above and beyond in giving to missions because we know Christ will take care of us.
Until Christ returns, worship, education, counseling, fellowship, money, marriage, leisure, family, and vocation all have a war-time emphasis.
If we are confident of greater and better things, we will have the freedom to live radically for Jesus.
A mind is not wasted when it is fully applied to the greatest challenge in the world.
The six remaining years of the 1980's are filled with exciting new potential for Bethlehem.
The rising tide of prayer precedes the flood of God’s Spirit.
Small groups are essential to evangelism and nurture and leadership-building. You should consider leading one.
If your life is not deep in Christ alone, death will be a terrible thing.
Two summer seminars for adults to grow in their understanding of Scripture and American society.
Too many people in the world steer clear of wheelchairs. Let it not be so with Christ's people.
How should a church handle its growth? Build? Plant? Multiply services?
Choose your heroes with extraordinary care, for greatness in the eyes of God is very different than greatness in the eyes of men.
Pastor John shares some thoughts about his first five years at Bethlehem before he goes on summer vacation.
Pastor John explains why he senses an unusual affection for the staff of Bethlehem.
We can be silent before majesty either because of its beauty or because of our blindness.
A frank warning that lust has the power to ruin your ability to obey God.
When you come to the cross you are given a glorious and satisfying quest: the quest for good deeds.
We need to know each other's battles so that we can fight for each other.
A summary of the perceived future of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Six essential truths about the gospel and the Scriptures that teach them.
Pastor John seeks feeback about the church newsletter and prayer for his upcoming trip to Cameroon.
A brief sketch on the life of Ralph Winter and his work with world missions.
Pastor John meditates and prays about his oldest son and their future.
If we cherish our citizenship in heaven above all earthly allegiances, we may be able to invite non-Americans to join us there.
In that terrible moment when we see ourselves standing guilty before the Almighty, nothing shines forth but the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You help your church grow when you enjoy the Lord on Sunday.
If any good discovery is made in ministry we should consider how to multiply its effects in other churches.
Emergency food aid is a stop-gap measure, not a solution to world hunger. But we should give it anyway.
Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of Omnipotence.
Moral and spiritual vigilance is God's appointed way to glory. Self satisfied presumption will fall.
John Piper presents the fifth annual report since he came to Bethlehem.
Five reasons for choosing to preach through 1 John.
Four reasons for attending the early service on Sunday morning.
Every army needs a small, swift squadron full of surprises for the enemy.
John Piper invites church members to consider with him how Bethlehem ought to handle future growth.
Is there a necessary relationship between salvation and good works?
What would happen if Bethlehem could uphold a 24 hour prayer chain without interruption until 1990?
No ministry is too small. Someone needs your encouragement that their life can count.
Ministering to the hungry and homeless is a team effort.
Is there any point to exercising self-denial for the sake of distant soldiers?
Is the allocation of our missionaries and mission funds in accord with the biblical priorities?
Six possible responses after reading The Church Unleashed.
If we believe and love then we can have assurance that God abides in us.
God is stirring all over the world in governments and churches to do a new thing in our generation.
Arm yourself with the thought that when Jesus died to free you from sin, you died to sin.
A survey can inform you about your congregation and illumine more of God's will for how to grow.
How should we pray for and witness to the lost if salvation is the sovereign work of God?
Many of our church's shut-ins are brimming with stories of the goodness of God.
Two goals behind starting a Saturday evening worship service.
Why does John Piper pray by name for every church staff member every day?
Six quotes that speak to the value of labor.
The life of a growing church calls for prayer, planning, and praise.
Knowledge doesn't guarantee godliness. But ignorance seems to guarantees ungodliness.
The Lord grows his church by prayer, not by advertising alone.
God is wholly committed to saving and enriching his marriage. Are you?
John Piper unfolds a motion regarding the long range plans of Bethlehem Baptist.
John Piper quotes Spurgeon on how he came to believe in God's sovereign grace.
Scripture has the power to put your fretting soul to rest.
John Piper shares the surprising source of Spurgeon's first lessons in theology.
Introducing the China Awareness Seminar and its speaker, David Adeney.
How can Christians use the incredible power of literature to spread the gospel?
A test to see how mindful you are to others in your church attendance.
Five ways to get spiritually prepared for Christmas.
The generosity of God's people does not go unnoticed.
John Piper expresses his gratitude for three fellow staffers at Bethlehem.
Joseph Alleine's life and writing was a true model of Puritan evangelism.
Are you satisfied with the fervor of your desire for the conversion of sinners and the holiness of saints?
The Lord gets himself glory by providing just enough for his people, and just in time.
Pastor John expresses gratitude for his fortieth birthday suprise party.
How should a church handle current growth and prepare for the future?
What might a church's ministry become if its members served for years on end?
Eight reasons for why Bethlehem members voted to postpone a capital campaign.
What sort of man was Martin Lloyd-Jones?
What kept William Carey going in the midst of great trial and loss?
Christianity is a religion of joy. Are people drawn to yours?
Will there ever be revival in a place where everything is aimed at cultivating a light and pleasant spirit?
Does the perseverance of our faith rest on the reliability of our own resolve?
Four illustrations from Scripture of how hope moves and sustains love.
Ten texts to stoke your confidence in and courage for Christ.
The danger of prayer is that you may become the answer to your own request.
How can we do everything, whether we eat or drink, to the glory of God?
Suffering would seem to threaten endurance, not promote it. But that's not what James says.
Fourteen passages of spiritual firepower for overcoming the devil.
Did God leave all mankind to perish in the condemnation of sin and misery?
When will Christ come back, and what does this have to do with missions?
Make all your reading purposeful. Great books have changed the world by changing people's lives.
Discipline is not necessarily legalism. It may be, or it may be faith moving in the power of the Spirit.
So many so-called saints submit to God out of constraint and not love!
The nursery may be the most God-filled room in your church.
John Piper announces the arrival of his book Desiring God.
The Holy Spirit is the love that flows between the Father and the Son.
It is worth noting that men of Edwards’ and Lloyd-Jones’ stature wrote and spoke so extensively about revival.
Five reasons to reexamine church government offices and structure.
Seven ways to prepare yourself and others for commemorating the death of Christ.
John Piper dialogues with an unbeliever about human sexuality.
How can the church reach out to the millions of people in this world who are deaf?
What does it mean when the Bible says that God repents?
Bethlehem is most essentially a vision of God.
Our city has thousands of unbelievers in it who are perishing. What can we do?
Every mature believer should be able to say with the apostle Paul, “We are not ignorant of Satan’s designs.”
It is the attempting of something great for God that gives edge and point to prayer.
A brief history of where Bethlehem has been and a consideration for the future.
Put the pressures of your life into missionary perspective and lose the self-pity.
John Piper introduces his preaching series on 1 Corinthians 1-3.
The difference between the spiritual Christian and the carnal Christian is one of degree.
We should give as radical as we can in pursuit of our best biblical judgment.
Why is “because the Bible tells me so” less acceptable these days than “because the scientists tell me so”?
A spring satisfies thirst not by removing the need you have for water, but by being there to drink from when you get thirsty.
The cross remains precious to us because we continually find new reasons why we need its power.
Fifteen things Pastor John appreciates about Noël.
Perseverance and assurance are maintained by taking both the promises and threats of Scripture seriously.
We are partners with the Holy Spirit and should be alert to those who are beginning to be awakened by his grace.
Christ is the source of all satisfaction and total satisfaction. But the depth of this satisfaction is not drunk all at once.
Here are some of the stupendous promises to sustain us in a work that may be long and may be hard, but will triumph in the end.
Bible promises remove the mountains of shame that can hinder your missions involvement.
The diversity of Christ's church is what allows for the diversity of ministries that the world so desperately needs.
What are revivals and why should we want them?
The evidence of extraordinary longing is extraordinary praying.
Love for people doesn’t just say, “Here’s the seed, take it or leave it.”
God loves to be God for the childlike, who look to him for all they need.
John Piper shares a method for remembering all day what you read in the morning.
John Piper introduces a simple, attractive pamphlet that tries to capture the essence of the gospel in six truths.
Modern technology has opened a window on the womb that will be Exhibit A at the judgment seat of God.
Action is crucial, but it must come from faith, ride on faith, and aim at faith.
John Piper shares his heart, mind, and plans with the congregation.
Announcing the approaching pastors conference on "The Achievement of the Cross" and the items needing prayer.
We must learn to make the biblical distinction between earning eternal life on the basis of works and receiving eternal life according to works.
Our defense and our offense as a church is an active, persistent, believing prayer force.
We don't want to hire church staff for maintenance or comfort. We want staff who will mobilize the people for war.
The long term effects of any conference depends on whether the truth and power of the messages and conversations abide.
Doctrine is the new (and better) foundation of exuberance when the naiveté of childhood won’t work anymore.
Is your routine so harmless in this evil world that it fits nicely with the way things are going?
What does it mean in our culture to "take heed to all the flock"?
Pastor John introduces a paper about covenant commitments both in marriage and in church membership.
Public praise from a pastor to his wife on Mother's Day.
John Piper spreads the word to his congregation about an immediate and crucial missions need.
An extensive redesign of the equipping process at Bethlehem that seeks to better prepare every saint for the work of ministry.
Prayer is not designed to compound hoarded pleasures. If we do not aim to love, we pray in vain.
What do you want from your church? Would you be satisfied if it fit you like a glove and saved few sinners?
Eight evidences that God is mightily at work in the world to accomplish his redeeming purposes.
Five changes that will occur if you vote for the church restructuring plan.
A taste test of John Piper's observations and reflections from Manila.
John Piper announces and explains the search process for a new pastor, and then calls for prayer for the Lord to provide.
Finishing the race means you must recover the joy of the Lord again and again.
John Piper shares in detail his new Sunday routine.
The heart of any saint can be passionate for God. It happens through prayerful immersion in Scripture.
Nine reasons from the Bible for believing that God wills to do great things with the gospel through prayer.
Biblical truth is utterly essential to spiritual life.
Sixty-six thousand people a day die without Christ among the unreached peoples. Knowing this, what should you do?
Confidence in missions comes mainly from the unshakable promises of God. But historical trends can help too.
What might it look like if God clothed us with the fullness of power that many of his servants have known?
Foul language is a pitiful attempt to fill a void which God meant to be filled with gratitude to him and love to others.
Divine power is necessary to counter the irrationality of evil.
Don’t let turning points pass with no special devotion to the Lord. Set apart some time for special fasting and prayer.
A collection of verses that identify how God would have us grow.
A request for prayer for the 1990 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors on Universalism and the Reality of Eternal Punishment.
There are at least three generally-accepted principles of justice that stand in the way of justifying abortion.
The human mind may be fallen, but it's not useless.
The life of David Brainerd is a bright testimony to the long-suffering, severe mercy of God.
Matthew seems unusually burdened to alert us about the danger of thinking we are saved when we are not.
Ten things to be thankful for and three things to be concerned about at a Vineyard conference.
Jesus chose Twelve Apostles for a unique, unrepeatable role in the history of redemption.
It is wrong to view spiritual gifts as unpredictable, unconnected to reasoning processes, and free from the demands of objective observation.
A brief theology of the gift of prophecy and its implications for you.
It does not dishonor Christ to say that he is the only one who can service us with what we need most.
Announcement concerning the start of construction for a new sanctuary.
John Piper expresses thanks to all who helped make the Easter service a success.
Three reasons why you should resist playing the lottery.
John Piper thanks the church for the honor shown him on his 10th anniversary at Bethlehem.
Ten resolutions by Pastor John's beloved English Literature professor.
This constitutional revision would replace the Council of Deacons at Bethlehem with a Council of Elders.
To grow up into the fullness of the stature of Christ includes emotional transformation.
Bethlehem pursues new ways of filling Minneapolis with their teaching.
Why doesn't God, instead of saving us out of trouble, just keep it away entirely?
Concerted, united prayer has been God's pattern in the past for initiating spiritual awakening and world evangelization.
A men's retreat is an opportunity to learn from each other and step closer toward the maturity and wholeness that God is calling us to.
How can you experience more of the fullness of God? Consider taking a personal prayer retreat.
God goes the second (and third and fourth) mile for us to feel encouraged.
It's the seasons of affliction that yield the most spiritual fruit.
Where people do not pray, churches either die or become human management “successes”. Three suggestions for staying inspired.
You never know when the open statement of your conviction will strike a deep chord of rightness in some secular group.
A life of suffering and a ministry of signs and wonders are not inconsistent with one another.
When it looks like he is buried for good, Jesus is doing something awesome in the dark.
Can you honestly say with the psalmist, “the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life”?
The absence of fasting probably means the absence of deep longings for God’s power. And the absence of deep longing is one reason he waits to bless us.
What unique things would your city contribute to the cause of Christ if his Lordship were established more fully there?
The church gets its greatest spiritual advantage when its elders are leading with joy.
John Piper commemorates the life of an elder at Bethlehem who went to be with Jesus.
What does it mean to let our words be "seasoned with salt"?
When there is work to be done and you are sad, do it with tears, trusting that there will yet be a harvest of joy.
A story of taking risks for Jesus, then seeing the remarkable results.
We must not equate forgiveness with absence of painful impact.
John Piper's life as a pastor hangs on his people's firm and growing stand in the Lord.
Bethlehem exists to reassert God’s rightful place in all of life.
It is not a crime or sin to trespass in order to save a human life.
Broken societies are the kind that Jesus came to claim and heal.
Satan loves it when men drift and coast and let their lives be molded by the whimsical pressures of every day.
Why pray? Because God aims to make us co-victors with him.
Sin has a very high price tag. And it isn’t worth it.
If we do not believe we are deeply indebted to God for all we have or hope to have, then the very spring of gratitude has gone dry.
Sixteen quotes to motivate and make ready your heart for missions.
Twelve arguments from the New Testament for why God became flesh.
Prayer is like marriage. It should be a mix of both discipline and spontaneity.
Is trembling joy a fitting way to end the year?
How do we not resist imperfections when the Bible says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”?
If the answer to our prayer doesn't come as we want, let us not assume that the Lord has no affection for us nor any tugs to do what we want.
John Piper challenges the inconsistent reasoning of a pro-choice editorial.
The whole concept of slavery as we know it is blown out of the water when God becomes the “Slavemaster.”
How does the gospel avoid contradicting God's righteous standards?
No tree was ever meant to be / A never-ending shade for me / Or you. Save one: where Jesus died / With bleeding branches spread as wide / And far as faith for sinful men.
Until God is given his rights, no human rights will have significance beyond convenience.
The Bible teaches that hell is everlasting torment, not the loss of existence.
One test of our love is the way we support the ministry financially during the summer.
Christianity is not merely believing a set of ideas about Christ’s love. It is an experience of being constrained by that love.
It is possible for the sick and aged to win the fight of faith because it is a fight against lost hope, not against lost health.
What does it mean to be the “church of God”?
The business of education is God’s business. To ignore him in it is to be profoundly uneducated.
We must seek to experience supernatural power daily in order to be the church.
Indoctrination is not the only alternative to faith-weakening education.
Being a “one issue voter” does not mean that only one issue matters. It means that some issues matter enough to disqualify a person from public office.
Beware of rendering too much to Caesar the way Pilate did (John 19:12). And when you render to Caesar do it only “for the Lord’s sake.”
17 verses about fearing the Lord.
Three guidelines for considering the relationship between wealth and happiness.
Has the church come to depend on the world for too much of our education, leisure, entertainment and interpretation of current events?
5 ways for focus on God during prayer week.
John Piper introduces the subject and speakers for the sixth annual pastors conference.
Neither resignation nor triumphalism is a safe place to live and minister.
16 resolutions for maintaining a healthy relationship between child and parent.
There is a precious experience of peace and assurance in the Christian life that is not unconditional.
The person who pleases God makes a covenant, knowing that it may hurt to keep it, but does not change.
If unstable people are often drawn to religion as a way of expressing their moral delusions, it may not mean that true religion is the problem.
Protecting persons with “preferences” should not automatically mean protecting them when they perpetrate their preferences.
Eight resolutions for an aging saint.
7 reasons why sexually stimulating advertisements are destructive to society.
What might God do when the whole congregation says, “Seeking the Lord in prayer is so important that we will give it prime time on Sunday morning, and not just a little sandwich slot on Wednesday evening”?
What kind of event could we invite people to that would not be too “churchy,” but would be a gateway into all the good things that “church” really means?
We do well not to kill unborn human beings created in the image of God when they only lack time or air.
The William Carey Wild Card is a challenge to think in a radically heaven-focused way about your treasure.
God means for the beauty of every individual plant to be an occasion for our worshipping his specific creativity.
Jesus did not say, “True religion is converting orphans," but “True religion is visiting orphans.” Results are God’s business. Obedience is ours.
Christianity means that deep, fundamental change is possible, no matter your background.
Should we wonder at all that humans are oblivious to the glory of God when there are such clear parables of our blindness built into everyday experience?
It is remarkable that again and again the apostle Paul confronts failure to do what’s right with failure to know what’s right.
What about the New Covenant promise that God will not remember the sins of his people? Will they be remembered at the judgment day?
Where do we get the strength to follow through on commitments that cost us?
God loves it when his people praise his Son in public.
John Piper announces a sermon series on 1 Peter.
Do you have a plan to do something for the children who cannot speak for themselves?
Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.
We pray, not because the outcome is uncertain, but because it is certain.
The call of God creates what it commands.
John Piper introduces the Christian Hedonism Expansion Fund (CHEF) and its mission.
The ability to think is a gift from God and an immensely powerful means of our becoming what we ought to be.
In grief and pain and despair people often say things they otherwise would not say, and we should not reprove them.
Hebrews 4:6 reminds us to seek God not only for the kind of grace we need but also for the timing of it.
From a human perspective 5000 people could not be fed from five loaves and two fish. But that was not Jesus’ perspective.
What prayer commitments might God be nudging you to make?
Hebrews 2:14-15 is a great passage for preparing for Christmas.
If Jesus comes first in relationships, then there is peace.
Five applications from Scripture on how you carry out your vocation.
There is a profound difference between sinners who keep God’s covenant and those who don’t.
Not many leaders today state the goals of their lives in terms of holiness.
Trusting Christ today includes trusting him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes.
The touch of God in the heart is an awesome thing.
Obedience shouldn't flow from gratitude but from faith in future grace.
Six reasons for why the Christian movement spread so fast in its early years.
The truth we must hold to through all the cosmic conflict of this age is: All the nations belong to God.
10 examples of how, for Jesus, desire for heaven and fear of hell were practical daily parts of living a glad and holy life.
Christians should seek the good of the cities in which they live.
Grumbling is self-feeding because it obscures the light of God’s gracious, all-controlling providence.
Is it God’s will revealed in Scripture to advance the influence of biblical truth through human institutions?
John Piper shares his plans for the summer and some requests for prayer.
Spirit-given assurance and enjoyment of the love of God is the secret to growing in hope through tribulation.
We are a singing people because we are the children of a singing God.
Seven sources of the kind of joy that Paul had.
Let every loss and every delight send your hearts homing after heaven.
The story of Ishmael is a warning not to build your ministry according to the flesh.
Fresh statements of old truth are always needed. Without them people will read error.
Something tremendous is at stake in the practical unity of love in the body of Christ.
God’s tenderness towards the lowly is rooted in his transcendent self-sufficiency.
Ideas have consequences.
Even inside perfection, there is good, better, and best. And understanding this will help us love as we ought.
If the mailman brings you a love letter from your fiancé, don’t fall in love with the mailman.
God is not a passive participant in a world that exists without his sustaining it. Wherever he is looking, he is acting.
Abraham Lincoln’s marriage was a mess, but accepting the pain brought deep strength in the long run.
If we love people, we will be like William Wilberforce and spend time thinking about how to point them to Jesus.
Your agonizing, unplanned detour is not a waste—not if you look to the Lord for his unexpected work, and do what you must do in his name.
10 ways Jesus related to the poor.
Announcing the adoption of John and Noël's fifth child and first daughter.
It is impossible to meditate on God’s word as continually as we should if portions of it are not in our mind.
7 reasons racial harmony is worth pursuing, and 1 resolve for doing it.
Martin Luther's 3 rules for how to read the Bible.
John Piper recounts a conversation with Joseph Tson.
9 key texts about the wrath of God.
What counts is not the amount you have but if it is utterly devoted to the purposes of God.
The work of the Holy Spirit is a clarification and application and certification of the incarnation of the Son of God.
By looking to God's faithfulness in the past we can have hope for the future.
The faculty of delight is crucial in helping us make right decisions.
Serving God means we get from him more than we give to him.
Samuel Rutherford's great discovery about the source of enduring happiness.
Three recommended routines for keeping God's word central in your life.
Matter is utterly dependent for its origin, existence and stability on the thought of Christ.
The spread of pluralism does not prevent the spread of the gospel.
Four "D's" that describe how God leads us, and three implications.
We know we will not fall away because this is a promise of the new covenant sealed by the blood of Jesus.
Why does the Spirit limit himself to bring about love only through conscious faith in the word of Jesus?
God wants more work because more work means more demonstrations of power and wisdom and love.
The meaning of Christmas is that the substance of true religion belongs to Christ.
If you are dissatisfied with your Christian courage, joy, and purity of heart then you should check the way you are feeding your faith.
Twelve questions and the Scripture passages that prompt them.
The Bible, for Calvin, was above all a witness of God to the majesty of God. This led inevitably to what is the heart of Calvinism.
Do we long for Christ's return or are we anxious that it might interrupt our worldly plans? Eternity hangs on this question.
A glimpse into what books John Piper aimed to complete, with God's help, on his 1997 writing leave.
Have you ever wondered what joy and hope sustained Jesus in his horrific hours of suffering?
Having an Executive Pastor seems like an ideal way of unleashing the ministries of the church and maximizing the contributions of each pastor.
A "root of bitterness" is a person who has a wrong view of eternal security.
God’s dealing with Israel was unique in redemptive history. The church cannot presume to imitate everything they did.
Five reasons why Pastor John is going to preach a sermon series on baptism.
What do the biblical references to "households" being baptized mean?
Summaries of how three major traditions view and practice infant baptism.
Certain editions of the Bible risk letting contemporary cultural pressures distort the original meaning of Scripture.
Sometimes God ordains that sin continue for holy and just reasons, which is not sin on his part.
When God predestines someone's salvation, he usually predestines a human agent too.
Twenty five questions about the significance of gender in the Bible.
Two things make God unashamed to be called our God: that he has prepared something great for us, and that we desire it above everything else.
There is a biblical order to truth and love: truth first.
Most people imagine God to be the way they want him to be, which seldom includes the possibility that they might be his enemy.
We need joyful, breathless news-bringers, not just intelligent news commentators.
Ten reasons to set aside a Friday night each month for corporate worship.
A celebration of the ministries of David and Karin Livingston and Brad and Cindy Nelson at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Sometimes God takes a sinning saint because he loves him too much to let him go on in sin.
The cosmos exists to help you know God, the Maker. And the main message is that he is very great and that we are very small.
God is wakening people to the astonishing reality that they can be different and better in the way they love others.
"All the nations" is an essential component to the purpose, the promise and the price of world missions.
The biblical goal of a woman’s life is not to find the ultimate expression of self—whether in body or character—but to express the greatness of God.
Corporate worship will be at Bethel on Sunday so that all of Bethlehem can gather in one place to give thanks to God for the past year.
Apparent contradictions in the Bible—such as the genealogies of Jesus—have possible and plausible solutions.
You are always in a temple—your body. Therefore, always worship.
When humans celebrate Christmas, is it essentially the same as ants doing some instinctual dance?
If your desires are weak, here are thirty four desire starters.
10 practical preparations for hearing the word of God on Sunday morning.
When the Bible says, "We walk by faith, not by sight," it doesn't mean there wasn't any visible evidence or that there isn't any today.
When you find two parts of Scripture that seem to contradict, don't assume the Bible is inconsistent.
Often the biggest question isn’t “What is true,” but “Can the truth save me?”
It will take an infinite number of ages for God to be done glorifying the wealth of his grace to us. He will never be done.
The stakes of a president's moral life are high for the whole nation.
Laziness makes us resistant against any truth that exposes our laziness.
If God grants faith, why wouldn't he give every believer the same amount?
How you pray is based on what you believe God can do.
Here are 7 things to ask God to do for your soul and others'.
If your driving motive in life is to be liked and loved you will find it almost impossible to be a Christian.
What can you do if what you feel like doing isn't what you should do.
God is able to feel sorrow for something he has predestined, in view of foreknown evil and pain, and yet still will to do it for wise reasons.
If you told someone: "My God does great and unsearchable things," and they responded, "Like what?" would you say, "Rain"?
What is the Almighty that we should serve him? Good question, depending on the tone of voice.
What is God's attitude toward pride? What is the remedy for pride?
One of God's gifts to us in suffering is that we see and experience depths of his Word that a life of ease would never yield.
Can we deserve or earn anything good from God? If not, then what does it mean to be worthy of him?
Paul did not reinterpret the Scriptures. He only drew out what was taught in the Law and the Prophets.
Should the sins of others keep us captive in a prison of sorrow?
The reason being saved is the greatest experience in the world is because God is the greatest Person in the world.
Surely God means for our minutes on earth to count for something.
Are you willing to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost?
John Piper thanks God for the lives of two saints and asks how it is that their deaths are "precious in the sight of the Lord."
One reason to admire and trust Jesus above all other persons is that he knows more than anyone else.
There is a kind of shame that you should not be ashamed of.
Consider 12 facts about assurance and the verses that teach them.
Learn from David what to do in a brokenhearted, terrifying moment: Worship.
When love has wept and worked, it must have some answers. Not all the answers, but some.
Will the pain of losing all that you have on earth fade at the prospect of seeing and being with Christ?
How to pray huge, general prayers without them sounding vague or stale.
Break free from the epidemic of the manward spirit of our age, and set yourself to live in the light of the Lord.
Is it arrogant to believe that treasuring Jesus is the only way to be saved?
The fight against lust is image against image. Don't just pray and wait and try to avoid. Actively put effort into seeing Jesus.
Find hope in the history of God's grace to help you live your life for his glory.
The claims of the New Testament have more support than you might think.
The experience of God's love is the Spirit giving unspeakable joy in response to the mind's perception of Jesus Christ.
Every moment is an opportunity for gratitude toward the past and faith toward the future.
Great and lasting things are at stake for future generations not only because of what we teach, but also because of what we are.
The impact of a father's faith, love, and discipline can be immeasurable.
Truth aims at love; love aims at truth. Love shapes how to speak the truth; truth shapes how to show love.
In just one chapter Paul outlines a whole theology of the resurrection.
It is not out of antiquarian allegiance that we love the truth—even the hard ones. It is out of love to Christ and to the people who need his truth.
Dads, fear God and put your confidence in him so your children will have a refuge in you.
Sometimes Christians have no favor in society. Even so, God can, and often does, pour out his power for effective witness.
How are we to understand those psalms that express hatred and call down curses upon the enemies of God?
Let us learn how to help each other die. It will not be easy, but, by grace, we will help each other say in our final pain, "To die is gain."
One of the reasons we don't know God deeply is that we don't venture much on his pledge to carry things for us.
It's never right to be angry with God. And it's never right to hide your anger from him, if you feel it.
God ordains history partly so that we will learn it and be wiser about the present.
If God works to bring about obedience in our heart, then sin will not be lord over us, God will.
Sometimes we are prepared to see what we see and sometimes our minds have to be changed before we can accept reality.
There is no place for despair in the Christian life. To be out of the pit of hell is to be on the ground of mercy.
When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.
The answer is not simple. Some Biblical texts seem to say no. Others, yes.
Seven things about your money to think and pray over.
The 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.
We never move beyond the need for grace, so let us trust God to do great things with our little faith.
Let's not doubt Jesus' love—let's watch and learn what love really is.
Is it possible to pray for justice and yet love our enemy at the same time?
We surrender our hope if we sacrifice our belief in the sovereignty of God over evil.
Paradoxically, hatred and tolerance are teaming up to take eternal life from Muslim people.
Use the Bible to know yourself and confirm your own spiritual life.
Joy is not just the spin-off of obedience to God, but part of obedience.
One set of strategies in the war against wrong desires.
What would a Pharisee pray at his conversion?
How can I have peace or joy while living in a dangerous world?
What Jesus wants most is that his elect get what they want most: eyes to see and savor the Son of God.
Are there enough churches in America? The answer is no.
Christ is the Messiah. So is it arrogant or loving to proclaim him to Jews?
Fresh statements of old truth are always needed, because without them people will read error.
How and why to teach kids the complex and essential doctrines of the Bible.
If we deny God's power over evil and suffering, do we deny his wisdom?
Those who break covenant with God forfeit any claim on his promises.
How do you lead your church through financial and logistical surprises?
Because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever, we are bold to pray for you who will live and minister decades from now.
After removing eternal risk, Christ calls his people to temporal risk.
There is nothing in itself that makes "forgiveness of sins" or justification good news. The gospel is more than that.
Some memorable and meaningful ways to talk to God at the kitchen table.
If God is sovereign, we are secure no matter how perilous it is to obey him.
Knowing God's purpose for prayer deepens our commitment to pray and helps us glorify God for why he does what he does.
The doctrine of justification is immeasurably precious to every area of life.
Christ's death on the cross was emotionally and theologically complex, to the greater glory of God.
It was a gift to the world that God ordained a rugged cross to stand in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers.
September 11, 2001 has served to prove at least these ten truths about the sovereign love of God.
God ordains that some wars happen. Ours is to pray that justice, peace, and the proclamation of the gospel prevail.
Christ Jesus is a great hope, even for the worst of sinners.
Let the horror you've been rescued from and the mercy you live in make you humble, thankful, patient, kind, and forgiving.
The fact that any sinner is healthy is Christ’s mercy. Therefore, the fact that some are sick should bring out Christian mercy.
What should we do when it seems like one Biblical truth cancels out another?
All the elect in Christ prevail: God's purpose stands and cannot fail.
Why Christians should never knowingly take money won by gambling.
A list of things to consider when thinking about whether abortion is ethical.
A bad eye is one that can't see that mercy is more precious than money.
It is okay to question God if you do it humbly and teachably.
God is worthy enough to inspire an infinite number of new and imaginative expressions of his beauty.
There are two reasons (at least) why God hates for man to boast in man.
Though so many have given their lives at war, history holds out hope that few can imagine.
Anger is often a worse enemy than lust in marriage. What can you do to keep it from ruining yours?
Will regret ruin our joy in heaven, or will it add to it?
God's plan to glorify himself involves defeating Satan in stages.
Submission to God's authority implies these six beliefs about sexuality.
Consider three criteria for deciding when to love others with mercy and when to love them with justice.
Being exiles does not mean being cynical. Christians should be concerned, and humbly engage.
What are the essentials of worship that go deeper than style and form?
What characteristics ought to mark the life of a Christian sojourner?
God loves us by commanding us to praise him, because we won't be happy until we give it.
Don't follow a defeated foe; follow Christ. You will be an exile in this age, but you will be free.
The next best thing to having a church without conflict is having one that knows how to resolve it in a Christ-exalting way.
Is there a way that Jewish suffering may find, not its cause, but its final meaning in the suffering of Jesus Christ?
There will always be a range of maturity and wisdom in the church, but that shouldn't paralyze it from moving forward.
George Mueller's life is a testimony to the surpassing power that belongs to God and not to us.
God wants us to use means to get his work done, but he wants us to trust in him, not in these means.
Thoughts on mercy and justice in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15.
Christ purchased privileges for the children of believers. But he did not guarantee their salvation.
How does a church address earthly needs but not neglect its spiritual task?
It is impossible to mistreat someone because of their race if you are as broken before God and dependent on his mercy as you should be.
The almighty mercy of God is able to break into any life and immediately change the desires of their heart.
We must respond to suffering with both compassion and confidence in God.
No one can receive mercy at the cross and still be casual about the will of God.
We shouldn't be afraid to use the spiritual vocabulary of the Bible even where it is foreign.
Our calling in this world is not to wait for the arrival of the perfect, but to pick our way through the thicket of flaws.
Death is our last opportunity on earth to make much of the supreme value of knowing Jesus Christ.
What strategies can help me forget myself and enjoy more of Christ?
Natural disasters bring both judgment and mercy, punishment and purification.
Every deadly calamity is a merciful call from God for the living to repent.
In Christ ethnic differences are not barriers. Rather, they are blessings that visibly express the glory of the gospel.
To affirm truth with extra-biblical language is more biblical than using biblical language to defend falsehood.
If we are not willing to get a high estimation of doctrine from Scripture, perhaps we can get it from George Barna.
Five statements that summarize the magnificent relationship of Jesus Christ to every part of the Scriptures.
When you are in a position of receiving blessing from many people, knowing how to express gratitude can be challenging.
The desire to be rich is suicidal. Endorsing it by encouraging gambling is cruel.
Eight gifts to ask God to give to your church's leadership.
No sorrow in the Christian's life will end ultimately in grief. Jesus' blood will have the final say.
Don't belittle God’s crooked sticks. With them he may write the message that makes a thousand people glad.
Something is deeply amiss in the soul that does not descend to love a child.
What is superior to moral and religious achievements is knowing, gaining, and being found in Christ.
There are at least nine reasons--even from a secular perspective--for why sexually-explicit advertising is socially irresponsible.
The Bible often requires us to read thoroughly, not skim lightly. How should this affect the way we train our minds?
Suggested books and articles on Christians and civic life.
How do we express a passion for the supremacy of God in a pluralistic world?
If your emotions are drawn more by material things than by Christ then you probably aren't seeing the beauty of grace.
God will always be guilty of high crimes for those who think they’ve never committed any.
It is acceptable to conduct your worship service on a day other than the Lord's Day?
Why is it a bad idea to give an answer too soon?
Consider these 8 potential excuses for why a person can't do missions and what the Bible has to say about them.
Christians should never take up arms to proclaim or defend Christ. We must die to make him known.
How do John and Noel make Jesus a part of their marriage?
The only place safe from the wrath of God is in God.
What should our hearts and minds do when we hear Jesus speak so horrifically about the slaughter of the wicked?
Repentance is more than a change in outward behavior. It is the inner change that gives rise to genuinely God-centered, Christ-exalting behavior.
Before God adopted me through Jesus Christ his terrible wrath was upon me.
Gossip doesn't satisfy in the long run, but loving others does.
God praises us when we delight in him because it only confirms and increases our God-centeredness.
Six reasons to learn Bible verses by heart.
What does it mean to be be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord"?
Ten biblical responses.
Excerpts to pique your interest and give you a flavor of what was preached at the Desiring God National Conference.
John Piper expresses his gratitude for God's work in the life of Dr. Packer.
We'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."
Thoughts on Christians in culture, postmodernism, truth, and story.
How can eternal punishment fit with the breadth of God's redemption?
A Christian's suffering shows the world that Jesus is more valuable than whatever life can give and death can take.
What does Mac vs. PC have to do with spiritual-mindedness? Seventeen practical ways to align your attitude with God's.
One small step our church is taking toward diversity and unity in the body of Christ.
Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling in a rut.
What does it mean for the global cause of Christ that all things are possible with God?
John Piper responds to a newspaper article about the increase of nudity on the stages of Minneapolis theaters.
What's so amazing about the Bible, and why should we be grateful for it?
John Piper responds to a Christian materialist's denial of the human soul.
If Jesus and the Pharisees didn't worship the same God, then surely Muslims and Christians don't either.
We know no truth aright if we do not know and love Christ himself as the ground and the goal of it.
Perseverance isn't ours without a struggle, but we struggle as victors.
John Piper celebrates the gift Noel has been in this birthday letter.
Paul isn't abstractly defining love 1 Corinthians 13. He is showing how it applies to the church.
Satan’s accusations have no condemning power--nor his temptations any corrupting power--against those delivered through the death of Christ.
What is the difference between a stereotype and a generalization? Is either racist?
Is it okay for a church to prefer minorities when looking for pastors and elders?
He says marriage is not about staying in love, so is he in love with his wife?
Consider these seven concerns about the danger of prosperity preaching.
If a man and woman are totally commited to each other—even if neither changes—the call for change is grace, not an ultimatum.
For Christianity to stand, Christ must have been resurrected. How can we be confident that he was?
John Piper’s journal entry narrating his father’s death on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.
Further reflections from the sermon John Piper preached at his father's funeral.
How does God still speak today?
John Piper shares some insights he found while he was going through his father's papers.
How can our hope of future resurrection kill our current materialism and consumerism?
John Piper tells how his parents exemplified Christian marriage.
John Piper reflects on the Supreme Court's decision to ban partial birth abortion.
If what Piper says about the blessing of singleness is true, then why would one even want to be married?
Suggestions on how to parent rebellious sons and daughters.
If we are made right with God because of Christ’s obedient life, does this mean that the cross itself is not enough to justify us?
An excerpt from the conclusion to the upcoming book, The Future of Justification.
John Piper looks at what it means for fathers to nourish, admonish, and instruct their children so that they will love Christ.
John Piper invites you to our national conference this September.
Thoughts after the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis.
Thoughts on whether a different opinion on baptism should be reason to exclude you from a church's membership.
Growing a church by serious biblical teaching is difficult, but it bears more radical fruit than less doctrinally serious strategies.
Three warnings to church leaders.
What did everything that happened before Jesus have to do with him?
September 7 marks the 200th anniversary of Protestant missions in China.
The greatest tribute we can pay those who have died is to live for Christ, who is in control.
John Piper expresses his happiness at the 10-year anniversaries of Bethlehem's executive pastor and worship pastor.
John Piper shares seven ways that he has felt the loss of his granddaughter, Felicity Margaret Piper.
John Piper explains how God’s disposition towards us changes at the moment of our justification.
John Piper reflects on the insights and errors of Ayn Rand's writings on the 50th anniversary of her best-selling novel.
John Piper responds to David Instone-Brewer's article on divorce from Christianity Today.
How can we know whether to persevere through persecution or run away from it?
Men are not wired to follow women, let alone follow them into danger.
How should the church respond to the postponement of adulthood in our culture?
A response to both a bishop and an atheist who warn against thankfulness.
John Piper introduces Desiring God's International Outreach.
Reflections on why Christians suffer losses.
Why do some who are “dead in trespasses and sins” come to believe and some do not?
A Christmas Meditation on John 1:14-16
If we could see the final judgment, we would be the happiest and bravest people in 2008.
Through his writings, Bill Piper holds out a timely word to us saints who are still in the world.
9 answers that need to be emphasized.
The hardships in Lincoln's life drove him toward God, not away from him.
In his spite for Christ, Hughes issues a caution it is important to hear.
Some of the passions we as a ministry want to pursue and spread.
Jesus' beauty is irresistable once it is seen.
Reminders of what the resurrection is for.
5 ways of seeing Christ’s intentionality in dying for us.
Does God have designs for deceptive signs and wonders? Does he have purposes for heresies?
Noel Piper writes about how her trip to Kenya changed the way she thinks about caring for creation.
We need to both contextualize and teach gospel ideas that no one can grasp without new categories.
Our clothes are a witness both to our past and present failure and to our future glory.
How do we reconcile "do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing" with "let your light shine before others"?
How do we give the Lord what we don't have and he does?
Thoughts on G.K. Chesterton and Orthodoxy.
A meditation on goodness in Psalm 119:65–72.
Two birthdays give reason to be thankful because of what they signify about the truth of God’s word.
Keep God first in your life by finding others who love God well and imitating them.
Truth is important, but there is more to godliness than knowing about God.
Stay in the Word so that you can see more of the God you love.
Is God completely truthful if he ordains lies?
The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, September 26-28
Consider the mystery that the entire universe and all the events in it serve to glorify Jesus Christ.
John Piper introduces the extended sermon series he'll begin this Fall.
Differences between entertainment-oriented preachers and bible-oriented preachers.
The Bible is infinitely precious, true, glorious baby talk.
John Piper celebrates the Stokes's 10 years of ministry at Bethlehem.
How to interact with those who are struggling in their faith.
What can we learn about our calling as Christians when it's described as witnessing about light?
How should our thoughts on voting be affected by the age to come?
An invitation to a lecture on the importance of higher education.
Jesus wants to give assurance to those who read the Gospel of John in the 21st century.
Memories of Bethlehem's oldest member.
Some thoughts from the conclusion of John Piper's upcoming book on Ruth.
Jesus' humility is at the heart of Christmas.
John Piper shares an unforgettable moment from seminary.
Thoughts on Bethlehem Baptist's new relational commitments.
What does the USAir crash have to do with the inauguration?
John Piper talks about what he might work on during his current writing leave.
How do we understand God's punishing children for their parents' sins?
All truth should lead us to love God more.
An letter of gratitude to the staff, elders, and people of Bethlehem Baptist Church at the end of John Piper's writing leave.
Six biblical guidelines for loving each other.
How can married couples break the sexual stalemate that Paul puts them in?
Husbands, don't contradict the gospel by how you treat your wives.
Thoughts on using Twitter for God's glory.
Thoughts on the dangers and value of "celebrity" status.
12 ways to recognize the rise of covetousness
John Piper gives a different answer than the one he gave at Advance09.
John Piper looks at a passage that seems like it could cause problems for Christian Hedonism.
Some thoughts from John Piper on the lives of C. S. Lewis, Robert Louis Stevenson, and their fathers.
If what you regard as bright and compelling isn't Christ, you will be filled with darkness.
It's always good to resolve to do good if we're resolving through faith.
A meditation on Psalm 105:4
Five reasons why ordinary Christians should consider coming to the Desiring God Conference next month.
11 ways that Paul undermines slavery in his letter to Philemon.
Eight biblical reasons to pursue your greatest and longest satisfaction in God.
God's sovereignty is a rock of confidence and comfort for those who are in Christ.
Some brief thoughts on the 5 points of Calvinism.
We conquer sin when we are satisfied in what God promises to do for us.
God causes conversion, but he calls us to be agents of it.
Does anyone stand by the Lake of Fire and jump in?
Seeing and sharing in God’s glory is our ultimate hope through the gospel of Christ.
Resist the devil in faith that the one in you is greater than he is. Risk your life to spread this liberating news.
John Piper announces the end of Advent poems.
Be inspired by Mary, but don't venerate her more than the New Testament does.
Does expecting unbelieving kids to obey outwardly create legalism?
John Piper prepares for 5 writing projects, for 6 reasons.
John Piper announces an 8 month leave of absence and explains why he's taking it.
If we pray for something but never consider seeking the ministry of a fellow believer, we are like the eye that says it doesn't need the hand.
John Piper's dream is that Bethlehem experience in his absence what Robert Murray M'Cheyne's church did when he was away.
John Piper announces the plan for Bethlehem's pulpit while he is away.