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The New Bethlehem Star Is Rising

First Bethlehem Star Newsletter

by John Piper

Nine reasons why churches should have a weekly newsletter.

A Promise for You!

by John Piper

Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that God rejoices to do you good?

"For Our People and for the Cities of God"

by John Piper

When it comes to persons, one plus one is more than two!

Two Sundays on Sex

by John Piper

The great tragedy of sin is the good we miss, not the evil we attain.

"Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve"

by John Piper

When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of helplessness he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.

The Spirit of Spring

by John Piper

No one can stop the coming of spring—in nature or in the church—when God has appointed its time.

The Spirit of Encouragement

by John Piper

The Holy Wind of God will not break or quench. He will lift up your head and fan your spark into a flame.

The Spirit of Joy

by John Piper

Is it really possible for one's face and heart to be filled with sorrow and joy?

The Spirit of Thankfulness

by John Piper

One of the things you do when you are full of the Holy Spirit is spill over with gratitude to God for everything.

Early Services in History

by John Piper

An early church service is the mark of a vibrant church.

New Year's Resolutions? Oops.

by John Piper

The possibilities of joyful service are too great to let yourself be paralyzed by the past.

Bethlehem's Nerve System

How it Works

by John Piper

A church's nerve system needs the divine stimuli that comes through its fingers and toes.

Pow-Wow with the Pastor

by John Piper

How do you satisfy your pastor-congregation communication needs?

Our Incense Before the Lamb

by John Piper

Have you ever thought of your prayers as the aroma of heaven?

In Praise of Those Who Help Us Praise

by John Piper

A pastor expresses his gratitude to those who minister in his church through music.

Bethlehem: House of Bread

by John Piper

Can we be a people who embrace with gratitude both the scholarly enterprise and the simple joy of breaking bread together?

On Laboring in Vain

by John Piper

The Lord measures the faithfulness of our labor, not our success.

Project '84 and the Fear of the Lord

by John Piper

God is a joy and a refuge to those who cling to his neck, but he is a terror to those who flee.

The Pride of Being Afraid

by John Piper

Every time we let fear hinder us we are proudly trusting our emotions more than the promises of God.

Update: Project '84

by John Piper

John Piper updates, honors, and urges his church in their financial campaign.

A Word on Bruce Leafblad...

by John Piper

John Piper outlines the responsibilities of a worship pastor.

Heaven-Bent: A Prayer for Evangelism at the House of Bread

by John Piper

Hindrances to forthright witnessing rise mainly from taking our eyes off God.

Satan's Bible Knowledge

by John Piper

Satan often tries to destroy us by affirming and then distorting Scripture.

Sunday School as Liberation

by John Piper

Freedom is not doing what you please, but knowing the truth, loving the good, and never fearing the future.

Planning Life into Our Vacation

by John Piper

John Piper outlines eight goals he has set to fill his vacation with vitality.

On Lending to God

Proverbs 19:17

by John Piper

Trusting him is the one thing we can do to put God in debt.

Saturday Night at the Manse

by John Piper

All rich and meaningful experiences require preparation and expectancy.

You Almost Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

by John Piper

Human hearts are hard to change, but don't forget the Holy Spirit.

He Will Fight Your Battles

by John Piper

Memorize Hezekiah's words to Jerusalem under siege, and you'll know God's power in a new way.

A Call to Fast for Humility and Power

by John Piper

Fasting fosters humility, and humility positions us for the Father's blessing.

Light Beckons

Isaiah 2:5

by John Piper

Pastors should yearn for their people like Isaiah yearned for Israel.

A Call to Small Togetherness

by John Piper

Nine characteristics of fruitful small groups.

A Very Precious and Practical Doctrine

by John Piper

God's mercy and sovereignty are the twin pillars of the Christian life.

When the Potter Is for Us: Boom!

by John Piper

Mixing God’s absolute power with his rights as Creator causes combustion in the heart.

On Thursday with the Pastor

On Children's Finances

by John Piper

John Piper lays out six things that he wants his children to understand about money.

The Issue Is Scripture!

by John Piper

There's no biblical support for excluding people from church membership whose consciences condone occasional drinking.

God's Favorite Color

A Meditation on Crossing Portland Avenue

by John Piper

Precautions have lengthened many lives; anxiety has lengthened none and shortened many.

A New Full-Time Minister?

by John Piper

Winning college students for the Lord and for the local church is crucial.

How We See Christmas Symbols

by Noel Piper and John Piper

We want our Christmas decorating and festivities to be as explicitly Christ-centered and Christ-exalting as possible.

Christmas Solidarity

by John Piper

Christmas is a call to go on strike at the assembly plant of sin.

Lenin, Francis and Paul

by John Piper

Saint Francis left a legacy of delight and gratitude to God.

Meditation on a Manger-Mustard Seed

For the People of Bethlehem on Christmas

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by John Piper

A poem on the glory of the Incarnate God and the gain of believing in him.

"We Have Not Because We Ask Not"

by John Piper

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.

How To Pray For Half-an-Hour

by John Piper

Three suggestions for how to persevere and profit in prayer.

“To You Who Believe He is Precious”

by John Piper

To be ruled by the Spirit is to be ruled by the love that the Father has for Jesus.

Persevere in Prayer!

Colossians 4:2-4

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by John Piper

It is God who works in us to will our prayers, but we always experience it as our own resolve and decision.

The Ministry of Waiting

by John Piper

Our love for one another should make us eager to help one another get to God.

Two Audiences 'Til April

1 Corinthians 14:24-25

by John Piper

We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.

If You Sit On Your Horse It’s Under You

by John Piper

If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.

I Plant, You Water

by John Piper

No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.

Early Morning at the Manse

by John Piper

John Piper narrates his start-of-the-day fight for faith.

In Quest of Rest

by John Piper

We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.

Why I Am Opposed To A State Lottery

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by John Piper

Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.

How to Be Filled With The Spirit

by John Piper

Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.

Here Comes The Dome

by John Piper

Pastor John weighs the impact of the Metrodome opening near the church.

Lord of the Dead

by John Piper

How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"

This Is Dedicated to You

by John Piper

Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.

Building a Common Community Understanding of God

by John Piper

One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.

Who Wrote 2 Peter?

An Article for Eggheads

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by John Piper

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

Softball, Sex and Augustus Strong

by John Piper

Don't exclude God from your recreation. God wills it, and it's his will to be in on it.

Pastor John’s Schedule

by John Piper

Pastor John makes known his schedule and availability to the people of Bethlehem.

Sore Throat, Sympathy, and Sonnet

by John Piper

There are worse things to lose than health, and sickness may help us gain what is best.

On Princeton and Worship

by John Piper

Take worship seriously. None of us knows when it will be our last day in the house of the Lord.

Word of God in Geneva and Bethlehem

by John Piper

A healthy church will be hungry for sound teaching. And a healthy church will feed that hunger.

On Turning the Atonement Inside Out

by John Piper

We don't need to feel lovable, because we aren't. Grace for the unlovable is the gospel.

Abortion, Father’s Day and Infant Doe

by John Piper

Five suggestions for what dads can do to prevent more abortions.

Prophecy and the Invasion of Lebanon

by John Piper

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.

“Be Still and Know That I Am God”

by John Piper

John Piper openly contemplates the weightiness of pastoral ministry and is sustained knowing that God is God.

Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting

by John Piper

John Piper gives an update on what happened at the annual meeting of the conference of which Bethlehem is a part.

A Brief Theology of Sleep

by John Piper

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.

Lessons from a Lost Master Card

by John Piper

By the time we know a problem exists, God has already been working on it and his solution is on the way.

Bethlehem: Seedbed for Missions

by John Piper

How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?

"As Yourself"

by John Piper

How can I admit that I am a worm and yet “love my neighbor as myself”?

Tom Steller’s Ordination

by John Piper

There are six admonitions for how a church should treat its pastors.

God Threw His Shoe on Edom

Or, The Dome is Dead

Psalms 108:9

by John Piper

What fools God makes of men who strive against their Maker!

Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life

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by John Piper

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

Halleluja Piper

A poem for Noël in October

by John Piper

John Piper poetically announces his wife's pregnancy.

Taking Bethlehem to Seattle

by John Piper

Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative, using God’s methods and power, to get them there.

The God in Front and the God Behind

by John Piper

Not all of God’s grace is behind us pushing to obey. There is also grace in front of us beckoning us to follow.

Seneca, C.S. Lewis, and a Sale

by John Piper

Each day is on sale for anyone who will purchase it. If we do not purchase it, we lose it—forever.

The Pace of Faith

by John Piper

The Lord is never hurried because he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark his people!

A Note to Parents of Young Children

by John Piper

Everything we do from the time a child is born should be aimed at leading him to faith.

Update on Bethlehem As Seedbed

by John Piper

John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.

Moses, Rauschenbusch and Moral Distinctiveness

by John Piper

How are we morally distinct from ordinary society with its prudence, respectability, and good breeding?

Joseph and Jesus: God's Successful Setbacks

by John Piper

God has always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat.

Freed By Christmas And Calvary

Hebrews 2:14-15

by John Piper

Christ became a man because the death of a man who was more than man was needed.

Thanks—to God for This List

by John Piper

John Piper expresses his gratitude to numerous people at Bethlehem.

A Week of Concerted Prayer

"That the power of Christ may dwell in us"

by John Piper

The grace of God is addicting. The more you experience his power, the more you want.

Does Prayer Spoil the Party?

by John Piper

Consistent Christians never want to exclude Jesus from anything they do.

The "All or Nothing" Impediment to Prayer

by John Piper

Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.

About My Other Wife

by John Piper

Galatians is the preservation of the gospel for Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is for you. Marry it!

The New Staffing Configuration

by John Piper

A description of the new arrangement of responsibilities among the church staff.

High-Hurdling on Sunday Morning

by John Piper

We shouldn't neglect needed improvements. But we should major on exploiting our strengths for God’s glory.

Wanted: Worm Work

by John Piper

Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.

Do They Really Want Peanut Butter?

Meditation on Metro Food Share

by John Piper

Become the kind of person who cannot walk by someone in need and do nothing.

Is It OK to Say Amen! on Sunday?

by John Piper

Anything that helps you express your heart for God and does not hinder other people is good.

Preaching and Listening at Bethlehem

by John Piper

Preaching that doesn't deal with the details of God's Word will only cater to and cultivate stiff-necked listeners.

Why Was Timothy Circumcised?

by John Piper

How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?

Dana, Doug and an APTAT Recap

by John Piper

Practically speaking, how do I obey God so that it is “not I but Christ in me”?

Holy Week Volcano

The Lava May Reach to You

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by John Piper

Has it ever bothered you that sometimes in the Old Testament when one man sins, many get swept away in God's punishment?

Why I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus

by John Piper

Two reasons, among many, to trust the Easter story.

Shaping the Future of BBC Saturday Morning

by John Piper

Part of the process for determining God’s will for your life is deciding what you are good at. So with churches.

An Invitation to Join a New Venture in Missions

by John Piper

Part of the charter for a new group at BBC called Frontier Missions Prayer and Study Group.

Hmm, I Think That to You I Shall Give Eyes

by John Piper

Why do people want to get rich when they already have things valued in the millions of dollars?

Piper Meets the Moonies

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by John Piper

Four reasons why Unification Church theology should be rejected.

There Is No Razor Blade in Your Banana

by John Piper

The best way to free people from slavish sins and irrational fears is to fill their lives with big and powerful realities.

Meal Time Prayers

by John Piper

If meal time prayers are almost always the same, why not craft some which really say something significant?

How Does Gratitude Motivate?

by John Piper

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.

Toward a Theology of Church Picnics

by John Piper

If picnics don’t have to do with God, then we may as well close up shop.

Real Guilt Is Rare

by John Piper

Real guilt is radically God-centered. Satan’s substitute is the bad feelings we get from a wounded ego.

Past and Future at the Bethlehem Conference Reunion

by John Piper

A brief report of the good things going on at BBC after 3 years as pastor.

What the Pastor Did on Vacation

by John Piper

John Piper recounts the activities and effects of vacation with his family.

Why Have a Statement of Purpose?

An Invitation to Three Special Sunday School Classes

by John Piper

If every member could express why we exist as a church, there would be a new intensity about all we do.

The Overarching Mission of Bethlehem Baptist Church

by John Piper

We cannot define our mission in terms of deeds alone because any deed can be done with an attitude that does not glorify God.

An Invitation to QuILT

by John Piper

One way to raise up church leaders is to provide in-house training opportunities.

Recovering from the Disease of Sin

by John Piper

Jesus is not partial to the healthy. He prefers the homeliest, weakest patients whose eyes sparkle when he enters the room.

Clarifying Christian Hedonism

by John Piper

The announcement of the then forthcoming sermon series, "Desiring God."

"Before the Time"

A Fifth Column of Faith Behind Enemy Lines

by John Piper

Christ has plotted many tactical advances before the time of the final victory.

Every Hero Gets Hiccups

by John Piper

One reason we settle for such ordinary “soap opera” lives is because we have no heroes.

A Letter Found to the West of the Sanctuary on the Stairs Leading up to the Senior High Room

by John Piper

Screwtape scolds Wormword for not doing more to undermine prayer at Bethlehem.

Sabbath Hedonism

Isaiah 58:13-14

by John Piper

Sunday should be a day for delighting ourselves in the Lord in ways we can’t on other busy days.

Revolt Against the Sovereignty of God

Exploiting Heartache to Push Heresy

by John Piper

Denying God's control over evil does not bring the healing it purports to.

David Gink Meets the Snake

by John Piper

His work was successful, his marriage okay, his kids out of trouble—why get fanatical about Bible reading and prayer?

Then the End Will Come

by John Piper

The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail.

A Passion for Missions in the Men Who Stay

by John Piper

Laymen must be challenged to live for a cause greater than their present jobs.

He Knows My Name! He Knows My Name!

John 10:3

by John Piper

Knowing someone's name opens up the miracle of fellowship.

Noahic Covenant and Nuclear War

by John Piper

The Noahic covenant seems to rule out the idea that there will be universal devastation before Christ returns.

Dangerous Mission

John 20:21

by John Piper

Christmas is a model for missions. As I so you. And that mission means danger.

Warrior Mystic

by John Piper

Where are the Joshuas? Where are those whose knees are as calloused as their hands?

A Week of Prayer

Going Hard after the Holy God

by John Piper

The measure of our present experience with Christ is the intensity of our longing for its increase.

Fasting in 1984?

by John Piper

Four reasons why Christians want to fast.

Tips for Praying the Word

by John Piper

Observations and advice to help you pray biblical prayers.

Preaching a Plan for Ministry

by John Piper

A church's priorities should be based on the relationships each Christian should develop with God, fellow believers, and unbelievers.

Missions at the Manse

by John Piper

How a pastor and his wife help keep the mission fires burning at church.

Love Seeking Understanding

A Meditation on the Trinity

by John Piper

A nutshell explanation of the doctrine of the Trinity, with a little help from Jonathan Edwards.

“Safe for Democracy” or “Sent for the Gospel”

When a Cause Matters

by John Piper

Can the church have any integrity unless the summons of Christ moves us to stratgize and sacrifice with dedication and joy?

Worship in War-time

by John Piper

If worship were optional Paul and Silas would not have been singing with bloody backs in the Philippian dungeon at midnight.

Where Can You Find Something That Is…

by John Piper

Eleven virtues of the Word of God, and seven ways to respond to it.

Testing Bethlehem’s Charismatic Quotient

by John Piper

Results from a congregational survey concerning spiritual gifts.

Signs of the Coming Revival

by John Piper

The inspiration, preservation and preparation of people for missionary service requires a great movement of prayer.

“That I May Share His Sufferings”

A Lenten Meditation on the Christian Life

by John Piper

Paul was willing to suffer in his service of the gospel. So should we.

No Evil Shall Befall You

Psalms 91:7-12

by John Piper

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

Operation: Ten Talents

New Strategies for New Ventures in Missions

by John Piper

There are quality things around your house that can be converted into capital for the cause of Christ.

Zwingli and You Next Week

by John Piper

Baptists owe a lot to Zwingli when it comes to our doctrine of the Lord’s Supper.

How Can We Pay Up All Missions Commitments in April?

by John Piper

We can go above and beyond in giving to missions because we know Christ will take care of us.

Until the Kingdom Comes

by John Piper

Until Christ returns, worship, education, counseling, fellowship, money, marriage, leisure, family, and vocation all have a war-time emphasis.

On Feeling Secure in God

by John Piper

If we are confident of greater and better things, we will have the freedom to live radically for Jesus.

“BBC Sevens”

90 by 90

by John Piper

A mind is not wasted when it is fully applied to the greatest challenge in the world.

Project ’84 Ends and the Pre-’90 Era Begins

by John Piper

The six remaining years of the 1980's are filled with exciting new potential for Bethlehem.

Praying till Pentecost Comes

by John Piper

The rising tide of prayer precedes the flood of God’s Spirit.

Pizza with Noël by Lake of the Isles

by John Piper

Small groups are essential to evangelism and nurture and leadership-building. You should consider leading one.

Alone on Sunday Night

by John Piper

If your life is not deep in Christ alone, death will be a terrible thing.

Sneer Psalms and Covetous Capitalists

by John Piper

Two summer seminars for adults to grow in their understanding of Scripture and American society.

Hospitality, Handicapped and the Open Heart

by John Piper

Too many people in the world steer clear of wheelchairs. Let it not be so with Christ's people.

Not If, But How Shall We Grow?

by John Piper

How should a church handle its growth? Build? Plant? Multiply services?

Behind the Heroic Image

by John Piper

Choose your heroes with extraordinary care, for greatness in the eyes of God is very different than greatness in the eyes of men.

A Parting Word

by John Piper

Pastor John shares some thoughts about his first five years at Bethlehem before he goes on summer vacation.

An “Uncommon Union”

by John Piper

Pastor John explains why he senses an unusual affection for the staff of Bethlehem.

Two Ways to Be Silent Before Majesty

by John Piper

We can be silent before majesty either because of its beauty or because of our blindness.

Missions and Masturbation

by John Piper

A frank warning that lust has the power to ruin your ability to obey God.

Two Ministries in Search of Two Ministers

by John Piper

When you come to the cross you are given a glorious and satisfying quest: the quest for good deeds.

The Most Controversial Star Article Yet

by John Piper

We need to know each other's battles so that we can fight for each other.

A Future and a Hope

by John Piper

A summary of the perceived future of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

A Summary of the Gospel to Help You Enjoy It and Share It

by John Piper

Six essential truths about the gospel and the Scriptures that teach them.

Star Survey

by John Piper

Pastor John seeks feeback about the church newsletter and prayer for his upcoming trip to Cameroon.

“The Dawning of the Final Era”

Introducing Ralph Winter

by John Piper

A brief sketch on the life of Ralph Winter and his work with world missions.

A Birthday Poem for Missions Week

For Karsten

by John Piper

Pastor John meditates and prays about his oldest son and their future.

In Need of Alien Minds

by John Piper

If we cherish our citizenship in heaven above all earthly allegiances, we may be able to invite non-Americans to join us there.

From a Pastor’s Journal

Sunday morning, November 18, 1984

by John Piper

In that terrible moment when we see ourselves standing guilty before the Almighty, nothing shines forth but the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Advent Began Early

by John Piper

You help your church grow when you enjoy the Lord on Sunday.

Your Place in the Strategy

by John Piper

If any good discovery is made in ministry we should consider how to multiply its effects in other churches.

“Nectar in a Sieve”

by John Piper

Emergency food aid is a stop-gap measure, not a solution to world hunger. But we should give it anyway.

The Hour That Changes The World

by John Piper

Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscle of Omnipotence.

Three Cases of Presumption

by John Piper

Moral and spiritual vigilance is God's appointed way to glory. Self satisfied presumption will fall.

Five Year Statistical Report

by John Piper

John Piper presents the fifth annual report since he came to Bethlehem.

A New Preaching Series

by John Piper

Five reasons for choosing to preach through 1 John.

The Ministry of Rising and Walking

A Pastoral Admonition

by John Piper

Four reasons for attending the early service on Sunday morning.

"Code Name Sycamore"

by John Piper

Every army needs a small, swift squadron full of surprises for the enemy.

Ponder This with Tillapaugh

by John Piper

John Piper invites church members to consider with him how Bethlehem ought to handle future growth.

Who Am I Talking About?

by John Piper

Is there a necessary relationship between salvation and good works?

Who's Coming to Bethlehem?

by John Piper

What would happen if Bethlehem could uphold a 24 hour prayer chain without interruption until 1990?

Ministry Ferment on the Homefront

by John Piper

No ministry is too small. Someone needs your encouragement that their life can count.

The Young, The Old, and The Hungry

by John Piper

Ministering to the hungry and homeless is a team effort.

Wartime Empathy

by John Piper

Is there any point to exercising self-denial for the sake of distant soldiers?

The Need for Something New in Missions

by John Piper

Is the allocation of our missionaries and mission funds in accord with the biblical priorities?

Tillapaugh Reverberations

by John Piper

Six possible responses after reading The Church Unleashed.

How to Confirm Your Call and Election

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by John Piper

If we believe and love then we can have assurance that God abides in us.

Remember, We Are a Small Part of Something Very Great

How to Prepare for Next Sunday's Discussion

by John Piper

God is stirring all over the world in governments and churches to do a new thing in our generation.

A Weapon Against Satan's Summer Siege

by John Piper

Arm yourself with the thought that when Jesus died to free you from sin, you died to sin.

Why an All-Church Survey?

by John Piper

A survey can inform you about your congregation and illumine more of God's will for how to grow.

Praying and Witnessing for Regeneration

by John Piper

How should we pray for and witness to the lost if salvation is the sovereign work of God?

Here It Is, Emily—Just Like I Said

by John Piper

Many of our church's shut-ins are brimming with stories of the goodness of God.

Saturday Evening Worship Service Announced

by John Piper

Two goals behind starting a Saturday evening worship service.

On Protecting the Church Staff

by John Piper

Why does John Piper pray by name for every church staff member every day?

For Your Labor Day Weekend Meditation

by John Piper

Six quotes that speak to the value of labor.

Three Important Things for Members

by John Piper

The life of a growing church calls for prayer, planning, and praise.

The Power of Knowledge

by John Piper

Knowledge doesn't guarantee godliness. But ignorance seems to guarantees ungodliness.

It Will Happen by Prayer

by John Piper

The Lord grows his church by prayer, not by advertising alone.

God Has a Wife

Toward a Theology of Marriage Enrichment

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by John Piper

God is wholly committed to saving and enriching his marriage. Are you?

Where Are We in Long Range Planning?

by John Piper

John Piper unfolds a motion regarding the long range plans of Bethlehem Baptist.

How Spurgeon Got Saved

by John Piper

John Piper quotes Spurgeon on how he came to believe in God's sovereign grace.

A Deep and Peaceful Hour

by John Piper

Scripture has the power to put your fretting soul to rest.

Kitchen Calvinism

by John Piper

John Piper shares the surprising source of Spurgeon's first lessons in theology.

From Bedford to Bethlehem via China

by John Piper

Introducing the China Awareness Seminar and its speaker, David Adeney.

Reading for Your Own Soul and Others'

by John Piper

How can Christians use the incredible power of literature to spread the gospel?

Testing Your Attendance Strategy Quotient

by John Piper

A test to see how mindful you are to others in your church attendance.

Prepare the Way of the Lord!

by John Piper

Five ways to get spiritually prepared for Christmas.

A True Story to Encourage You to Really Give

by John Piper

The generosity of God's people does not go unnoticed.

I'm at the Doctor's Office with a Broken Leg

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by John Piper

John Piper expresses his gratitude for three fellow staffers at Bethlehem.

Allein's Alarm

by John Piper

Joseph Alleine's life and writing was a true model of Puritan evangelism.

Heart's Desire . . . Prayer to God

A Week of Concerted Prayer at Bethlehem

by John Piper

Are you satisfied with the fervor of your desire for the conversion of sinners and the holiness of saints?

The Voice of the Snow God

by John Piper

The Lord gets himself glory by providing just enough for his people, and just in time.

What Can I Say -Ay -Ay?

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by John Piper

Pastor John expresses gratitude for his fortieth birthday suprise party.

Why We Are Going to Three Sunday Morning Services

by John Piper

How should a church handle current growth and prepare for the future?

Blessed Brooding About Bethlehem

by John Piper

What might a church's ministry become if its members served for years on end?

Possible Steps for '86

by John Piper

Eight reasons for why Bethlehem members voted to postpone a capital campaign.

Pointers from a Westminster Pastor

by John Piper

What sort of man was Martin Lloyd-Jones?

Let Us Taste the Sweetness of Sovereignty

by John Piper

What kept William Carey going in the midst of great trial and loss?

Alluring Joy

by John Piper

Christianity is a religion of joy. Are people drawn to yours?

A Case for Seriousness

by John Piper

Will there ever be revival in a place where everything is aimed at cultivating a light and pleasant spirit?

Grounds for Assurance that God Will “Keep us Trusting”

Articles

by John Piper

Does the perseverance of our faith rest on the reliability of our own resolve?

The Other Four Illustrations

How Hope Compels Love

by John Piper

Four illustrations from Scripture of how hope moves and sustains love.

A Feast from God for Your Hope and Boldness

by John Piper

Ten texts to stoke your confidence in and courage for Christ.

Backfire Casualties

by John Piper

The danger of prayer is that you may become the answer to your own request.

How To Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God

by John Piper

How can we do everything, whether we eat or drink, to the glory of God?

Trouble: Faith's Best Friend

by John Piper

Suffering would seem to threaten endurance, not promote it. But that's not what James says.

Load Your Guns With Some of These Anti-Satan Shells

by John Piper

Fourteen passages of spiritual firepower for overcoming the devil.

A Catechism Question for Missions Week!

Articles

by John Piper

Did God leave all mankind to perish in the condemnation of sin and misery?

"Are You Becoming a Post-Millennialist?"

by John Piper

When will Christ come back, and what does this have to do with missions?

The Power of Books and How to Use Them

by John Piper

Make all your reading purposeful. Great books have changed the world by changing people's lives.

The Anatomy of Legalism and the Discipline of Prayer

Articles

by John Piper

Discipline is not necessarily legalism. It may be, or it may be faith moving in the power of the Spirit.

Devil Prayers and Divine Pleasures

by John Piper

So many so-called saints submit to God out of constraint and not love!

Breakfast, Benjamin and Baby-Work

by John Piper

The nursery may be the most God-filled room in your church.

The Book Is Here!

by John Piper

John Piper announces the arrival of his book Desiring God.

The Place of the Holy Spirit in the Trinity

by John Piper

The Holy Spirit is the love that flows between the Father and the Son.

Two Books on Revival—In One Day!

by John Piper

It is worth noting that men of Edwards’ and Lloyd-Jones’ stature wrote and spoke so extensively about revival.

Our Concern with Biblical Church Governance

by John Piper

Five reasons to reexamine church government offices and structure.

Lenten Preparations for Good Friday and Easter

by John Piper

Seven ways to prepare yourself and others for commemorating the death of Christ.

An Exchange of Letters

Articles

by John Piper

John Piper dialogues with an unbeliever about human sexuality.

Calling for a Ministry to the Deaf

by John Piper

How can the church reach out to the millions of people in this world who are deaf?

The Repentance of God

by John Piper

What does it mean when the Bible says that God repents?

What Is Bethlehem?

by John Piper

Bethlehem is most essentially a vision of God.

Meeting God at the Minneapolis Auditorium

by John Piper

Our city has thousands of unbelievers in it who are perishing. What can we do?

An Example of Deception

Articles

by John Piper

Every mature believer should be able to say with the apostle Paul, “We are not ignorant of Satan’s designs.”

A Spot on KTIS

by John Piper

Expecting and Attempting

Reflections on Prayer '87

by John Piper

It is the attempting of something great for God that gives edge and point to prayer.

After 102 Years Is It Time for a New Sanctuary?

Articles

by John Piper

A brief history of where Bethlehem has been and a consideration for the future.

Irving Hetherington, Self-Pity and Service

by John Piper

Put the pressures of your life into missionary perspective and lose the self-pity.

Now Where with the Word of God?

by John Piper

John Piper introduces his preaching series on 1 Corinthians 1-3.

Rethinking the "Carnal Christian"

by John Piper

The difference between the spiritual Christian and the carnal Christian is one of degree.

What Is Success on Commitment Sunday?

by John Piper

We should give as radical as we can in pursuit of our best biblical judgment.

Why Do You Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead?

by John Piper

Why is “because the Bible tells me so” less acceptable these days than “because the scientists tell me so”?

Monday Morning Meditation on Thirst

by John Piper

A spring satisfies thirst not by removing the need you have for water, but by being there to drink from when you get thirsty.

O Cross of Christ, My Liberty and Power!

by John Piper

The cross remains precious to us because we continually find new reasons why we need its power.

An Open Letter to the Lady of My Life

by John Piper

Fifteen things Pastor John appreciates about Noël.

The Necessity of Perseverance in Faith and the Assurance of Salvation

Articles

by Tom Steller and John Piper

Perseverance and assurance are maintained by taking both the promises and threats of Scripture seriously.

Seeking People on the Stretch for God

by John Piper

We are partners with the Holy Spirit and should be alert to those who are beginning to be awakened by his grace.

Are Christians Satisfied?

by John Piper

Christ is the source of all satisfaction and total satisfaction. But the depth of this satisfaction is not drunk all at once.

What Can Keep a Missionary Going?

by John Piper

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.

From Misplaced Shame to Mission Flame

by John Piper

Bible promises remove the mountains of shame that can hinder your missions involvement.

Saving Babies and Saving Sinners

by John Piper

The diversity of Christ's church is what allows for the diversity of ministries that the world so desperately needs.

An Outpouring of Extraordinary Power

by John Piper

What are revivals and why should we want them?

Save Friday Evening, November 18

by John Piper

The evidence of extraordinary longing is extraordinary praying.

We Are Not Content Just to Sow

by John Piper

Love for people doesn’t just say, “Here’s the seed, take it or leave it.”

Enjoying God’s Being God

by John Piper

God loves to be God for the childlike, who look to him for all they need.

One Way to Wield the Weapon of the Word

by John Piper

John Piper shares a method for remembering all day what you read in the morning.

"Quest for Joy: Six Biblical Truths"

A New Series of Five Sermons on Evangelism and One on Abortion

by John Piper

John Piper introduces a simple, attractive pamphlet that tries to capture the essence of the gospel in six truths.

Why Would Three Pastors from Bethlehem Get Arrested?

by John Piper

Modern technology has opened a window on the womb that will be Exhibit A at the judgment seat of God.

Action Is Not the Essence

by John Piper

Action is crucial, but it must come from faith, ride on faith, and aim at faith.

The What and Why of Pastor John’s 1989 Study Leave

by John Piper

John Piper shares his heart, mind, and plans with the congregation.

Please Pray for the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors

by John Piper

Announcing the approaching pastors conference on "The Achievement of the Cross" and the items needing prayer.

Final Judgment According to Works

by John Piper

We must learn to make the biblical distinction between earning eternal life on the basis of works and receiving eternal life according to works.

No Prayer, No Power

Articles

by John Piper

Our defense and our offense as a church is an active, persistent, believing prayer force.

Why I Have Decided Not to Take a Study Leave This Summer

by John Piper

We don't want to hire church staff for maintenance or comfort. We want staff who will mobilize the people for war.

The Bethlehem Conference for Pastors and You

by John Piper

The long term effects of any conference depends on whether the truth and power of the messages and conversations abide.

"Again You Shall Take Up Your Tambourines"

What’s the Whole Counsel of God?

Jeremiah 31:3-4

by John Piper

Doctrine is the new (and better) foundation of exuberance when the naiveté of childhood won’t work anymore.

Is Zeal for Good Praised or Persecuted?

Meditation on 1 Peter 3:13-16

1 Peter 3:13-16

by John Piper

Is your routine so harmless in this evil world that it fits nicely with the way things are going?

A Crucial Time to Focus Prayer on Pastoral Leadership

by John Piper

What does it mean in our culture to "take heed to all the flock"?

Divorce and Remarriage at Bethlehem

Articles

by John Piper

Pastor John introduces a paper about covenant commitments both in marriage and in church membership.

Meditation on a Mother’s Day Without Noël

by John Piper

Public praise from a pastor to his wife on Mother's Day.

Urgent Call for Teachers in Cameroon

And BBC Laotian Summer Sunday School

by John Piper

John Piper spreads the word to his congregation about an immediate and crucial missions need.

SPAN the Nineties II

by John Piper

An extensive redesign of the equipping process at Bethlehem that seeks to better prepare every saint for the work of ministry.

When Does God Answer Prayer?

1 John 3:22-23

Articles

by John Piper

Prayer is not designed to compound hoarded pleasures. If we do not aim to love, we pray in vain.

SPAN the Nineties II: The Issue of Wine Skins

Mark 2:22

by John Piper

What do you want from your church? Would you be satisfied if it fit you like a glove and saved few sinners?

Worldwide Reasons for Hope in the Triumph of the Gospel

by John Piper

Eight evidences that God is mightily at work in the world to accomplish his redeeming purposes.

Vote on SPAN the Nineties Part II

by John Piper

Five changes that will occur if you vote for the church restructuring plan.

Thoughts on Lausanne II in Manila

by John Piper

A taste test of John Piper's observations and reflections from Manila.

Search for the Minister for Children’s Discipleship

by John Piper

John Piper announces and explains the search process for a new pastor, and then calls for prayer for the Lord to provide.

How to Be Strong in the Lord

Articles

by John Piper

Finishing the race means you must recover the joy of the Lord again and again.

How I Spent My First Sunday Without an Evening Service

by John Piper

John Piper shares in detail his new Sunday routine.

Making a Difference by Fire

by John Piper

The heart of any saint can be passionate for God. It happens through prayerful immersion in Scripture.

How You Can Change a City and a World

by John Piper

Nine reasons from the Bible for believing that God wills to do great things with the gospel through prayer.

Something Radical Is Required

by John Piper

Sixty-six thousand people a day die without Christ among the unreached peoples. Knowing this, what should you do?

Confidence Kindles Commitment to the Cause!

by John Piper

Confidence in missions comes mainly from the unshakable promises of God. But historical trends can help too.

What Would Power Look Like?

by John Piper

What might it look like if God clothed us with the fullness of power that many of his servants have known?

Prison Profanity and the Meaning of Advent

by John Piper

Foul language is a pitiful attempt to fill a void which God meant to be filled with gratitude to him and love to others.

The Power of God and “Pro-Choice” Reasoning

by John Piper

Divine power is necessary to counter the irrationality of evil.

All the Promises of God Are Yes in Christ

Prayer Week 1990

by John Piper

Don’t let turning points pass with no special devotion to the Lord. Set apart some time for special fasting and prayer.

Eighteen Aspects of Holy Dissatisfaction

A New Year’s Agenda for Growth

by John Piper

A collection of verses that identify how God would have us grow.

Would you Pray About our Conference for Pastors?

by John Piper

A request for prayer for the 1990 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors on Universalism and the Reality of Eternal Punishment.

Why the Simple Right to Abortion is Unjust

by John Piper

There are at least three generally-accepted principles of justice that stand in the way of justifying abortion.

Think Deeply and Clearly

A Meditation on 2 Timothy 2:7

2 Timothy 2:7

by John Piper

The human mind may be fallen, but it's not useless.

Thank God for Diaries, Journals and Biography!

by John Piper

The life of David Brainerd is a bright testimony to the long-suffering, severe mercy of God.

Matthew’s Amazing Warnings Not to Be a False Disciple

by John Piper

Matthew seems unusually burdened to alert us about the danger of thinking we are saved when we are not.

The California Conference on Holiness: Kudos and Cautions

by John Piper

Ten things to be thankful for and three things to be concerned about at a Vineyard conference.

Were Apostles Unique and Unrepeatable Messengers of Christ?

by John Piper

Jesus chose Twelve Apostles for a unique, unrepeatable role in the history of redemption.

Why Some Spiritual Gifts Attract Unstable People

by John Piper

It is wrong to view spiritual gifts as unpredictable, unconnected to reasoning processes, and free from the demands of objective observation.

The New Testament Gift of Prophecy

Definition, Theses and Suggestions

by John Piper

A brief theology of the gift of prophecy and its implications for you.

Jesus Christ Is Alive to Serve!

How to Multiply Your Joy at the Easter Celebration

by John Piper

It does not dishonor Christ to say that he is the only one who can service us with what we need most.

Breaking Ground

by John Piper

Announcement concerning the start of construction for a new sanctuary.

What God Did in and Through You

Grateful Reflections on the Easter Celebrations

by John Piper

John Piper expresses thanks to all who helped make the Easter service a success.

Picture Jesus Playing the Lottery

Articles

by John Piper

Three reasons why you should resist playing the lottery.

What Your Love Means to Me

by John Piper

John Piper thanks the church for the honor shown him on his 10th anniversary at Bethlehem.

Clyde Kilby’s Resolutions for Mental Health and for Staying Alive to God in Nature

by John Piper

Ten resolutions by Pastor John's beloved English Literature professor.

The Aims of the Constitutional Revision

by John Piper

This constitutional revision would replace the Council of Deacons at Bethlehem with a Council of Elders.

O, Spare Us This Rebuke at Bethlehem!

Matthew 15:8-9

by John Piper

To grow up into the fullness of the stature of Christ includes emotional transformation.

Another Desiring God

Bethlehem on the Radio

by John Piper

Bethlehem pursues new ways of filling Minneapolis with their teaching.

Answers to Prayer in the Midst of Non-Answers

by John Piper

Why doesn't God, instead of saving us out of trouble, just keep it away entirely?

Prayer ‘90

by John Piper

Concerted, united prayer has been God's pattern in the past for initiating spiritual awakening and world evangelization.

The Moves of Manhood

Resisting Lust, Serving as Leaders, Showing Love

Articles

by John Piper

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.

If You’re Hungry, Here’s a Next Step

by John Piper

How can you experience more of the fullness of God? Consider taking a personal prayer retreat.

Does God Really Want You to Be Encouraged?

Hebrews 6:17-18

by John Piper

God goes the second (and third and fourth) mile for us to feel encouraged.

Where the Great King Keeps His Wine

by John Piper

It's the seasons of affliction that yield the most spiritual fruit.

How Do You Stay Inspired to Pray?

by John Piper

Where people do not pray, churches either die or become human management “successes”. Three suggestions for staying inspired.

Very Calmly Say, "Your Outrageous Opinions Are Not Based on Truth"

by John Piper

You never know when the open statement of your conviction will strike a deep chord of rightness in some secular group.

Signs and Wonders and Suffering

by John Piper

A life of suffering and a ministry of signs and wonders are not inconsistent with one another.

They Gave It Their Best Shot—In Vain

by John Piper

When it looks like he is buried for good, Jesus is doing something awesome in the dark.

Would You Accept Execution for Being a Christian?

by John Piper

Can you honestly say with the psalmist, “the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life”?

Do You Ever Fast for More of God’s Power?

by John Piper

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.

Dream with Us About Taking Our City for God

by John Piper

What unique things would your city contribute to the cause of Christ if his Lordship were established more fully there?

Happiness In Being Loved, and Loving In Being Happy

Articles

by John Piper

The church gets its greatest spiritual advantage when its elders are leading with joy.

An Open Letter to a Friend in Heaven

by John Piper

John Piper commemorates the life of an elder at Bethlehem who went to be with Jesus.

Be Wise, Buy the Summer Moment, Season with Salt

Colossians 4:5-6

by John Piper

What does it mean to let our words be "seasoned with salt"?

Talking to Your Tears

Psalms 126:5-6

by John Piper

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.

Charles Wesley’s Radical, Fruitful Risk

Articles

by John Piper

A story of taking risks for Jesus, then seeing the remarkable results.

Consequences of Forgiven Sin

by John Piper

We must not equate forgiveness with absence of painful impact.

What Keeps Me Going

by John Piper

John Piper's life as a pastor hangs on his people's firm and growing stand in the Lord.

Why Does Bethlehem Exist?

What I Said at the Leadership Retreat

by John Piper

Bethlehem exists to reassert God’s rightful place in all of life.

Abortion, Rescuing, and Your Action

by John Piper

It is not a crime or sin to trespass in order to save a human life.

Urban Dreams and Bondage Breaking

by John Piper

Broken societies are the kind that Jesus came to claim and heal.

For Men Only

Playing, Planning and Paradise

Articles

by John Piper

Satan loves it when men drift and coast and let their lives be molded by the whimsical pressures of every day.

Not Just a Successful Church

An Invitation to More

by John Piper

Why pray? Because God aims to make us co-victors with him.

"Safe Sex" Is the Slam-Dunk of the Devil

Articles

by John Piper

Sin has a very high price tag. And it isn’t worth it.

Violence, Ugliness, and Thanksgiving

Articles

by John Piper

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.

Soundbites from the Battlefield

by John Piper

Sixteen quotes to motivate and make ready your heart for missions.

12 Reasons for Christmas

by John Piper

Twelve arguments from the New Testament for why God became flesh.

Remarkable Answers to Prayer

Getting Ready for Prayer Week

by John Piper

Prayer is like marriage. It should be a mix of both discipline and spontaneity.

Trembling With Joy Over My Escape

Articles

by John Piper

Is trembling joy a fitting way to end the year?

The Imperfections of Good People

by John Piper

How do we not resist imperfections when the Bible says, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”?

A Prayer Jesus Would Not Answer

by John Piper

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.

Open Letter to the Star Tribune

by John Piper

John Piper challenges the inconsistent reasoning of a pro-choice editorial.

Magnificent Manumission

by John Piper

The whole concept of slavery as we know it is blown out of the water when God becomes the “Slavemaster.”

Why God Is Not an Abomination to Himself

Meditation on Proverbs 17:15

Proverbs 17:15

by John Piper

How does the gospel avoid contradicting God's righteous standards?

The Fruitful Tree

In Memory of Dr. George Henry (Noël's Father)

(Reflections on Psalm 1 and Joshua 24:15)

by John Piper

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.

Does God Have Civil Rights?

Los Angeles, the 14th Amendment and God

Articles

by John Piper

Until God is given his rights, no human rights will have significance beyond convenience.

When a Friend Takes a Wrong Turn

by John Piper

The Bible teaches that hell is everlasting torment, not the loss of existence.

A Million-Dollar Love Affair

by John Piper

One test of our love is the way we support the ministry financially during the summer.

What Is a Christian?

by John Piper

Christianity is not merely believing a set of ideas about Christ’s love. It is an experience of being constrained by that love.

How Can Elsie Run?

by John Piper

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.

Changes Are in the Wind

A New Fall Focus on Being the Church

by John Piper

What does it mean to be the “church of God”?

Back to School: A Biblical Perspective

by John Piper

The business of education is God’s business. To ignore him in it is to be profoundly uneducated.

Living Supernaturally As the Church of Christ

by John Piper

We must seek to experience supernatural power daily in order to be the church.

Should Colleges Indoctrinate?

by John Piper

Indoctrination is not the only alternative to faith-weakening education.

One Issue Politics, One Issue Marriage and the Humane Society

by John Piper

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.

"Render to Caesar the Things That Are Caesar’s"

by John Piper

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.”

Some Wonderful Words of Fear

by John Piper

17 verses about fearing the Lord.

A Guide for Gift Buying (and Happiness) at Christmas

by John Piper

Three guidelines for considering the relationship between wealth and happiness.

Has the Church Been Disarmed by the World?

by John Piper

Has the church come to depend on the world for too much of our education, leisure, entertainment and interpretation of current events?

Pray for the Pastor's Conference

by John Piper

John Piper introduces the subject and speakers for the sixth annual pastors conference.

Between Resignation and Triumphalism

by John Piper

Neither resignation nor triumphalism is a safe place to live and minister.

Teenage Resolutions: For Mom and Dad

by John Piper

16 resolutions for maintaining a healthy relationship between child and parent.

Does Unconditionality Conceal the Remedy?

by John Piper

There is a precious experience of peace and assurance in the Christian life that is not unconditional.

Contracts, Covenants, and Self-Deification

by John Piper

The person who pleases God makes a covenant, knowing that it may hurt to keep it, but does not change.

How Dangerous Is Our Faith?

by John Piper

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.

On the Way to Criminalizing Christian Truth-Telling

Articles

by John Piper

Protecting persons with “preferences” should not automatically mean protecting them when they perpetrate their preferences.

Resolutions on Growing Old with God

Psalms 71

by John Piper

Eight resolutions for an aging saint.

Sky Rider, Eternal Home, and Everlasting Arms

Deuteronomy 33:26-27

by John Piper

An Open Letter to Naegle Signs

by John Piper

7 reasons why sexually stimulating advertisements are destructive to society.

"Praying the Vision"

Two Summer Dreams Take Shape, Part 1

by John Piper

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”?

"The Gate Is Open"

Two Summer Dreams Take Shape, Part 2

by John Piper

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?

Legal Killing, Illegal Maiming

by John Piper

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

by John Piper

The William Carey Wild Card is a challenge to think in a radically heaven-focused way about your treasure.

The Iris by My Walk

Thoughts on God’s Direct Involvement in Creation

by John Piper

God means for the beauty of every individual plant to be an occasion for our worshipping his specific creativity.

Does It Pay to Visit Vermin?

James 1:27

by John Piper

Jesus did not say, “True religion is converting orphans," but “True religion is visiting orphans.” Results are God’s business. Obedience is ours.

All God's Commands Are Possible with God

by John Piper

Christianity means that deep, fundamental change is possible, no matter your background.

Fireworks and Full Moon: A Parable

Meditations from the Curb

by John Piper

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?

Where Does Christian Living Come From?

by John Piper

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 Will It Be Like at the Judgment?

Supplement to August 1 Sermon

by John Piper

What about the New Covenant promise that God will not remember the sins of his people? Will they be remembered at the judgment day?

What to Do When You Have Made an Expensive Mistake

On Swearing to Your Own Hurt

Articles

by John Piper

Where do we get the strength to follow through on commitments that cost us?

Do You Want to Make This Statement?

by John Piper

God loves it when his people praise his Son in public.

A New Sermon Series Begins

by John Piper

John Piper announces a sermon series on 1 Peter.

Join the Life Chain Again This Year

by John Piper

Do you have a plan to do something for the children who cannot speak for themselves?

Why Being Truth-Driven Is So Crucial

by John Piper

Our concern with truth is simply an echo of our concern with God.

Praying for What Cannot Fail

by John Piper

We pray, not because the outcome is uncertain, but because it is certain.

How Do You Obey the Command to Be Born?

by John Piper

The call of God creates what it commands.

A Gift to You from CHEF

What’s that? And who’s Jon Bloom?

by John Piper

John Piper introduces the Christian Hedonism Expansion Fund (CHEF) and its mission.

An Amazing (Unused?) Means of Change

by John Piper

The ability to think is a gift from God and an immensely powerful means of our becoming what we ought to be.

When Words Are Wind

Job 6:26

by John Piper

In grief and pain and despair people often say things they otherwise would not say, and we should not reprove them.

Let's Find "Grace for a Well-Timed Help" Together

Hebrews 4:16

by John Piper

Hebrews 4:6 reminds us to seek God not only for the kind of grace we need but also for the timing of it.

Can We Give $300,000 in Six Sundays?

by John Piper

From a human perspective 5000 people could not be fed from five loaves and two fish. But that was not Jesus’ perspective.

How I Was Moved to Tears

by John Piper

What prayer commitments might God be nudging you to make?

Born to Die for Freedom

Hebrews 2:14-15

by John Piper

Hebrews 2:14-15 is a great passage for preparing for Christmas.

Reflections on 25 Years of Marriage and the Wonders of Pastoral "Polygamy"

by John Piper

If Jesus comes first in relationships, then there is peace.

Lord-Focused Living at Work

Meditation on Ephesians 6:7-8

Ephesians 6:7-8

by John Piper

Five applications from Scripture on how you carry out your vocation.

The Unmerited, Conditional Grace of God

Reflections on Psalm 25

Psalms 25

by John Piper

There is a profound difference between sinners who keep God’s covenant and those who don’t.

A Passion for Holiness

Reflections on the Life of John Owen

by John Piper

Not many leaders today state the goals of their lives in terms of holiness.

Today's Mercies for Today's Troubles

Tomorrow's Mercies for Tomorrow's Troubles

by John Piper

Trusting Christ today includes trusting him to give you tomorrow’s trust when tomorrow comes.

The Lord's Touch

by John Piper

The touch of God in the heart is an awesome thing.

Future Grace

by John Piper

Obedience shouldn't flow from gratitude but from faith in future grace.

Inspired by the Incredible Early Church

by John Piper

Six reasons for why the Christian movement spread so fast in its early years.

Putting the Gods in Their Place

Psalms 82

Articles

by John Piper

The truth we must hold to through all the cosmic conflict of this age is: All the nations belong to God.

The Present Power of Heaven and Hell

by John Piper

10 examples of how, for Jesus, desire for heaven and fear of hell were practical daily parts of living a glad and holy life.

How Exiles Serve the City

by John Piper

Christians should seek the good of the cities in which they live.

"Do All Things without Grumbling"

Meditation on Philippians 2:14

Philippians 2:14

by John Piper

Grumbling is self-feeding because it obscures the light of God’s gracious, all-controlling providence.

Institutions: Hazardous and Helpful

by John Piper

Is it God’s will revealed in Scripture to advance the influence of biblical truth through human institutions?

Pastor John's Plans for the Summer

A Plea for Prayer

by John Piper

John Piper shares his plans for the summer and some requests for prayer.

The Love of God: Past and Present

Romans 5:8

by John Piper

Spirit-given assurance and enjoyment of the love of God is the secret to growing in hope through tribulation.

Joining Jesus in Song

Mark 14:26

by John Piper

We are a singing people because we are the children of a singing God.

Where Does Joy Come From?

by John Piper

Seven sources of the kind of joy that Paul had.

Life and Death at Christmas

by John Piper

Let every loss and every delight send your hearts homing after heaven.

O Lord, Give Us Children of Promise, Not Children of the Flesh!

Romans 9:8

by John Piper

The story of Ishmael is a warning not to build your ministry according to the flesh.

The Place of Writing

A Plea for Prayer

by John Piper

Fresh statements of old truth are always needed. Without them people will read error.

"The Greatest of These Is Love"

Thoughts on the New Sermon Series

by John Piper

Something tremendous is at stake in the practical unity of love in the body of Christ.

Transcendent Springs of Tenderness

Meditation on Deuteronomy 10:17-19

Deuteronomy 10:17-19

by John Piper

God’s tenderness towards the lowly is rooted in his transcendent self-sufficiency.

The Great "Therefore" of the Resurrection

by John Piper

Ideas have consequences.

Doing Well and Doing Better

by John Piper

Even inside perfection, there is good, better, and best. And understanding this will help us love as we ought.

Summer Mindset

Thoughts on Colossians 3:2

Colossians 3:2

Articles

by John Piper

If the mailman brings you a love letter from your fiancé, don’t fall in love with the mailman.

The Providence of God

Seeing to the Universe

by John Piper

God is not a passive participant in a world that exists without his sustaining it. Wherever he is looking, he is acting.

"The Slow Fires of Misery"

Enduring the Pain of Flawed Marriage

by John Piper

Abraham Lincoln’s marriage was a mess, but accepting the pain brought deep strength in the long run.

William Wilberforce and the Launchers of Love

by John Piper

If we love people, we will be like William Wilberforce and spend time thinking about how to point them to Jesus.

Is It a Detour If You Find Gold?

Her First Words Were A Song—At Twenty

by John Piper

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.

How Jesus Did Fresh Initiative #5

by John Piper

10 ways Jesus related to the poor.

Talitha Ruth Piper

by John Piper

Announcing the adoption of John and Noël's fifth child and first daughter.

O That You Might Be Strong Like a Tree!

by John Piper

It is impossible to meditate on God’s word as continually as we should if portions of it are not in our mind.

Foundations for Thinking About Race

Echoes of Sunday, January 14

by John Piper

7 reasons racial harmony is worth pursuing, and 1 resolve for doing it.

Luther's Rules for How to Become a Theologian

Articles

by John Piper

Martin Luther's 3 rules for how to read the Bible.

A Joyful Meeting with Joseph Tson

by John Piper

John Piper recounts a conversation with Joseph Tson.

"It Is Appointed for Men to Die Once and After This Comes Judgment"

Hebrews 9:27

Articles

by John Piper

9 key texts about the wrath of God.

"Go, Sell Your Oil and Pay Your Debt"

Preparing for Commitment Sunday, March 17

2 Kings 4:1-7

by John Piper

What counts is not the amount you have but if it is utterly devoted to the purposes of God.

Is the Holy Spirit Phase Three of God’s Word?

by John Piper

The work of the Holy Spirit is a clarification and application and certification of the incarnation of the Son of God.

125 Years of Bygone Grace for the Sake of Faith in Future Grace

by John Piper

By looking to God's faithfulness in the past we can have hope for the future.

Discernment by Desire

How to Choose a Lead Worshipper

Articles

by John Piper

The faculty of delight is crucial in helping us make right decisions.

The Painful Lesson of Learning Joy

by John Piper

Serving God means we get from him more than we give to him.

Begin by Blowing Out All His Lamps

The Light in Rutherford's Prison

by John Piper

Samuel Rutherford's great discovery about the source of enduring happiness.

Bethlehem, the Word of God, and Your Family

Articles

by John Piper

Three recommended routines for keeping God's word central in your life.

Precious and Powerful Rebukes

by John Piper

Matter is utterly dependent for its origin, existence and stability on the thought of Christ.

This Is Why We Are Here!

Articles

by John Piper

The spread of pluralism does not prevent the spread of the gospel.

Four Ways God Leads His People

Articles

by John Piper

Four "D's" that describe how God leads us, and three implications.

Precious Sovereignty—Priceless Assurance

Articles

by John Piper

We know we will not fall away because this is a promise of the new covenant sealed by the blood of Jesus.

How Does the Spirit Produce Love?

And Why He Does It This Way

by John Piper

Why does the Spirit limit himself to bring about love only through conscious faith in the word of Jesus?

Bethlehem Is Debt-Free and God Is Not Perspiring

by John Piper

God wants more work because more work means more demonstrations of power and wisdom and love.

Six Shadows Flee at Christmas

by John Piper

The meaning of Christmas is that the substance of true religion belongs to Christ.

"Please Feed Me More!"

The Cry of Dying Faith

by John Piper

If you are dissatisfied with your Christian courage, joy, and purity of heart then you should check the way you are feeding your faith.

Some Questions to Ask When Considering a Job

by John Piper

Twelve questions and the Scripture passages that prompt them.

The Origin of Calvinism

by John Piper

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.

Loving the Second Coming and the Assurance of Salvation

Hebrews 9:28

by John Piper

Do we long for Christ's return or are we anxious that it might interrupt our worldly plans? Eternity hangs on this question.

Please Pray for Me as I Write

by John Piper

A glimpse into what books John Piper aimed to complete, with God's help, on his 1997 writing leave.

All the Angels Are Coming with Him

by John Piper

Have you ever wondered what joy and hope sustained Jesus in his horrific hours of suffering?

Executive Pastor: What and Why?

by John Piper

Having an Executive Pastor seems like an ideal way of unleashing the ministries of the church and maximizing the contributions of each pastor.

What is a “Root of Bitterness”?

by John Piper

A "root of bitterness" is a person who has a wrong view of eternal security.

What Does the Slaughter of the Amorites Mean?

by John Piper

God’s dealing with Israel was unique in redemptive history. The church cannot presume to imitate everything they did.

“There Was Much Water There” (in Minneapolis)

Why a Series on Baptism?

Articles

by John Piper

Five reasons why Pastor John is going to preach a sermon series on baptism.

How Old Is Infant Baptism?

Articles

by John Piper

What do the biblical references to "households" being baptized mean?

Lutheran, Episcopal and Catholic Views of Infant Baptism

Articles

by John Piper

Summaries of how three major traditions view and practice infant baptism.

Problems with Inclusive Language Translations of the Bible

Articles

by John Piper

Certain editions of the Bible risk letting contemporary cultural pressures distort the original meaning of Scripture.

When God’s Will Is That His Will Not Be Done

Meditations on 1 Samuel 2:22-25

1 Samuel 2:22-25

by John Piper

Sometimes God ordains that sin continue for holy and just reasons, which is not sin on his part.

Is It Right to Say, “If I’d Prayed, He Might Have Been Saved?”

by John Piper

When God predestines someone's salvation, he usually predestines a human agent too.

How Dispensable is Gender?

Articles

by John Piper

Twenty five questions about the significance of gender in the Bible.

The Unashamed God

Meditation on Hebrews 11:16

Hebrews 11:16

by John Piper

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.

Cherishing Truth for the Sake of Love

by John Piper

There is a biblical order to truth and love: truth first.

What? Me Hostile to God?

Meditation on Colossians 1:21-22

Colossians 1:21-22

by John Piper

Most people imagine God to be the way they want him to be, which seldom includes the possibility that they might be his enemy.

News! News! News!

by John Piper

We need joyful, breathless news-bringers, not just intelligent news commentators.

Why Worship and Ministry Fridays?

by John Piper

Ten reasons to set aside a Friday night each month for corporate worship.

Celebrating Two Concurrent Decades of Faithfulness to Youth and Adults

by John Piper

A celebration of the ministries of David and Karin Livingston and Brad and Cindy Nelson at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

What If Our Dying Is Discipline?

Meditation on 1 Corinthians 11:29-32

1 Corinthians 11:29-32

by John Piper

Sometimes God takes a sinning saint because he loves him too much to let him go on in sin.

The Pistol Star and the Power of God

Meditations on Science, Sight and Divine Splendor

by John Piper

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.

Find a New Way to Love

by John Piper

God is wakening people to the astonishing reality that they can be different and better in the way they love others.

World Missions: The Purpose, the Promise, and the Price

by John Piper

"All the nations" is an essential component to the purpose, the promise and the price of world missions.

Her Body, Her Self, and Her God

by John Piper

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.

Don't Go to Church!

by John Piper

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.

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.

Bodies, Breakfast and the Marriage Bed

Meditation on Daily Worship

by John Piper

You are always in a temple—your body. Therefore, always worship.

Darwinism and Christmas

by John Piper

When humans celebrate Christmas, is it essentially the same as ants doing some instinctual dance?

Desire Starters and the Night of Prayer

by John Piper

If your desires are weak, here are thirty four desire starters.

Take Heed How You Hear!

Ten Practical Preparations for Hearing the Word of God on Sunday Morning

by John Piper

10 practical preparations for hearing the word of God on Sunday morning.

Facts: Seen and Unseen

by John Piper

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.

Suppose You Are a Liberal Critic of the Bible

by John Piper

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

The Agonizing Problem of the Assurance of Salvation

by John Piper

Often the biggest question isn't "What is true," but "Can the truth save me?"

Can Joy Increase Forever?

by John Piper

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.

Why President Clinton Should Resign

Articles

by John Piper

The stakes of a president's moral life are high for the whole nation.

The Sluggard Says, There Is a Lion Outside! I Shall Be Slain

A Meditation

Proverbs 22:13

by John Piper

Laziness makes us resistant against any truth that exposes our laziness.

God Has Allotted to Each a Measure of Faith

Romans 12:3

by John Piper

If God grants faith, why wouldn't he give every believer the same amount?

How to Pray for the Soul—Yours or Another's

by John Piper

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'.

Being Loved and Being Hated

What I Pray for in Missions Week

by John Piper

If your driving motive in life is to be liked and loved you will find it almost impossible to be a Christian.

When the "Want To" and the "Ought To" Don't Match

by John Piper

What can you do if what you feel like doing isn't what you should do.

God Does Not Repent Like a Man

by John Piper

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.

The Great Work of God: Rain

A Thanksgiving Meditation

Job 5:8-10

by John Piper

If you told someone: "My God does great and unsearchable things," and they responded, "Like what?" would you say, "Rain"?

Righteous Job and the Rock Star

by John Piper

What is the Almighty that we should serve him? Good question, depending on the tone of voice.

The Lord Alone Will Be Exalted

Making War on Pride

by John Piper

What is God's attitude toward pride? What is the remedy for pride?

Luther, Bunyan, Bible and Pain

Psalms 119:71

by John Piper

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.

Brothers, Pray for Us

For 700 Pastors

2 Corinthians 11:26-27

by John Piper

Walk Worthy of God?

by John Piper

Can we deserve or earn anything good from God? If not, then what does it mean to be worthy of him?

Did the Old Testament Teach You Could Be a True Jew?

by John Piper

Paul did not reinterpret the Scriptures. He only drew out what was taught in the Law and the Prophets.

Can Christians Be Held Hostage by the Sins of the Beloved?

by John Piper

Should the sins of others keep us captive in a prison of sorrow?

The Greatest Thing in the World Is to Be Saved

by John Piper

The reason being saved is the greatest experience in the world is because God is the greatest Person in the world.

Redeeming Time By Writing Truth

by John Piper

Surely God means for our minutes on earth to count for something.

Christian Courage

by John Piper

Are you willing to say and do the right thing regardless of the earthly cost?

Get Ready, O Please, Get Ready

by John Piper

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."

In Him Are Hid All the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge

Colossians 2:3

by John Piper

One reason to admire and trust Jesus above all other persons is that he knows more than anyone else.

Embracing the Pain of Shame

by John Piper

There is a kind of shame that you should not be ashamed of.

Helping People Have the Assurance of Salvation

by John Piper

Consider 12 facts about assurance and the verses that teach them.

Wilderness, Worship, Treason and God

Psalms 63

by John Piper

Learn from David what to do in a brokenhearted, terrifying moment: Worship.

Whence and Why the Earthquake in Turkey?

by John Piper

When love has wept and worked, it must have some answers. Not all the answers, but some.

By What Death Will You Glorify God?

John 21:18-19

by John Piper

Will the pain of losing all that you have on earth fade at the prospect of seeing and being with Christ?

Big, Sweeping–But Not Insipid–Prayers

by John Piper

How to pray huge, general prayers without them sounding vague or stale.

O Be Not Mere Shadows, Echoes, and Residue

by John Piper

Break free from the epidemic of the manward spirit of our age, and set yourself to live in the light of the Lord.

What Is Humility?

by John Piper

Is it arrogant to believe that treasuring Jesus is the only way to be saved?

A Passion for Purity vs. Passive Prayers

Matthew 5:28-29

by John Piper

The fight against lust is image against image. Don't just pray and wait and try to avoid. Actively put effort into seeing Jesus.

Thanksgiving for the Lives of Flawed Saints

by John Piper

Find hope in the history of God's grace to help you live your life for his glory.

Nine Ways to Know That the Gospel of Christ Is True

by John Piper

The claims of the New Testament have more support than you might think.

How Is God's Love Experienced in the Heart?

by John Piper

The experience of God's love is the Spirit giving unspeakable joy in response to the mind's perception of Jesus Christ.

Endings Are for Gratitude, Beginnings Are for Faith

by John Piper

Every moment is an opportunity for gratitude toward the past and faith toward the future.

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

Getting Serious about Education for Exultation

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.

John G Paton's Father

A Key to His Courage

by John Piper

The impact of a father's faith, love, and discipline can be immeasurable.

Truth and Love

by John Piper

Truth aims at love; love aims at truth. Love shapes how to speak the truth; truth shapes how to show love.

The Overflow of Easter

A Whole Theology of Resurrection in One Chapter

1 Corinthians 15

by John Piper

In just one chapter Paul outlines a whole theology of the resurrection.

Dorothy Sayers on Why Hell Is a Non-Negotiable

by John Piper

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.

How to Be a Refuge for Your Children

Proverbs 14:26

by John Piper

Dads, fear God and put your confidence in him so your children will have a refuge in you.

The Church Was Spoken Against Everywhere

by John Piper

Sometimes Christians have no favor in society. Even so, God can, and often does, pour out his power for effective witness.

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

The Verses We Skipped

Psalms 139:19-22

by John Piper

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

It Is Sown in Dishonor, It Is Raised in Glory

by John Piper

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."

Going Deep with God by Having Him Carry Our Loads

by John Piper

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 Is Never Right to Be Angry with God

Articles

by John Piper

It's never right to be angry with God. And it's never right to hide your anger from him, if you feel it.

The Value of Learning History

A Lesson From Jude

by John Piper

God ordains history partly so that we will learn it and be wiser about the present.

Hope-Giving Promises for Triumph over Sin

by John Piper

If God works to bring about obedience in our heart, then sin will not be lord over us, God will.

The Solution Is Closer Than You Think

Three Ways of Seeing

by John Piper

Sometimes we are prepared to see what we see and sometimes our minds have to be changed before we can accept reality.

Storms Are the Triumph of His Art

Away, Despair!

by John Piper

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.

The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control

by John Piper

When we really see and believe what God is for us by grace through Jesus Christ, the power of wrong desires is broken.

Does It Matter What Others Think?

by John Piper

The answer is not simple. Some Biblical texts seem to say no. Others, yes.

God Can Turn This Around

God's Will for Our Money

by John Piper

Seven things about your money to think and pray over.

If You Want to Love, You Must Die to the Law

by John Piper

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.

How Jesus Helped His Disciples Increase Their Faith

Luke 17:5-10

by John Piper

We never move beyond the need for grace, so let us trust God to do great things with our little faith.

How Strange and Wonderful Is the Love of Christ!

by John Piper

Let's not doubt Jesus' love—let's watch and learn what love really is.

Terrorism, Justice, and Loving Our Enemies

by John Piper

Is 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"

by John Piper

We surrender our hope if we sacrifice our belief in the sovereignty of God over evil.

Obstacles to the Eternal Life of Muslims

Hate and Tolerance

by John Piper

Paradoxically, hatred and tolerance are teaming up to take eternal life from Muslim people.

Pierced By the Word of God

Hebrews 4:12

by John Piper

Use the Bible to know yourself and confirm your own spiritual life.

Treating Delight As Duty Is Controversial

by John Piper

Joy is not just the spin-off of obedience to God, but part of obedience.

ANTHEM: Strategies for Fighting Lust

Articles

by John Piper

One set of strategies in the war against wrong desires.

How to Pray If You Are Dead to the Law and Love to Bear Fruit

by John Piper

What would a Pharisee pray at his conversion?

Reasons Believers in Christ Need Not to Be Afraid

by John Piper

How can I have peace or joy while living in a dangerous world?

What Does Jesus Want for Christmas?

by John Piper

What Jesus wants most is that his elect get what they want most: eyes to see and savor the Son of God.

Is It Conceit or Compassion?

by John Piper

Christ is the Messiah. So is it arrogant or loving to proclaim him to Jews?

The Ripple Effect of the Word

More Thoughts on Reading and Writing

by John Piper

Fresh statements of old truth are always needed, because without them people will read error.

Teaching Doctrine to a Six-Year-Old

by John Piper

How and why to teach kids the complex and essential doctrines of the Bible.

How Open Theism Helps Us Conceal Our Hidden Idolatries

by John Piper

If we deny God's power over evil and suffering, do we deny his wisdom?

Do Jews Have a Divine Right in the Promised Land?

by John Piper

Those who break covenant with God forfeit any claim on his promises.

What Wonderful and Wild Thing Might God Be Up To?

by John Piper

How do you lead your church through financial and logistical surprises?

A Prayer for Bethlehem One Hundred Years From Now

To Be Put in the Time Capsule in the New Building

by John Piper

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.

A Call for Christian Risk

Articles

by John Piper

After removing eternal risk, Christ calls his people to temporal risk.

What Is the Christian Gospel?

by John Piper

There is nothing in itself that makes "forgiveness of sins" or justification good news. The gospel is more than that.

Piper's Mealtime Prayers

by John Piper

Some memorable and meaningful ways to talk to God at the kitchen table.

The Sweet Commands of God

by John Piper

If God is sovereign, we are secure no matter how perilous it is to obey him.

A Summary Theology of Prayer

by John Piper

Knowing God's purpose for prayer deepens our commitment to pray and helps us glorify God for why he does what he does.

Justification by Faith

The Remedy for Paralyzed Sinners, Fallen Saints, and Provincial Christians

by John Piper

The doctrine of justification is immeasurably precious to every area of life.

The Greatest Event in History

Two Paradoxes in the Death of Christ

Articles

by John Piper

Christ's death on the cross was emotionally and theologically complex, to the greater glory of God.

That Great Steel Cross

More Reflections on the Calamity of September 11

by John Piper

It was a gift to the world that God ordained a rugged cross to stand in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers.

Lessons from Lisa

A 9/11 Widow Trusts in the Sovereign Goodness of God

by John Piper

September 11, 2001 has served to prove at least these ten truths about the sovereign love of God.

If Christ Predicted War, May Christians Pray for Peace?

by John Piper

God ordains that some wars happen. Ours is to pray that justice, peace, and the proclamation of the gospel prevail.

A Letter to the Sniper

by John Piper

Christ Jesus is a great hope, even for the worst of sinners.

God Is the Gospel

by John Piper

The Transforming Power of Feeling Mercy

by John Piper

Let the horror you've been rescued from and the mercy you live in make you humble, thankful, patient, kind, and forgiving.

Guilt, Grace, and the Global AIDS Crisis

by John Piper

The fact that any sinner is healthy is Christ’s mercy. Therefore, the fact that some are sick should bring out Christian mercy.

When the Bible Blows Your Mind

by John Piper

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

God's Purpose Stands

by John Piper

All the elect in Christ prevail: God's purpose stands and cannot fail.

Don't Play the Lottery for Me!

by John Piper

Why Christians should never knowingly take money won by gambling.

Fifteen Pro-Life Truths to Speak

by John Piper

A list of things to consider when thinking about whether abortion is ethical.

The Eye Is the Lamp of the Body

A Meditation on Matthew 6:19-24

Matthew 6:19-24

Articles

by John Piper

A bad eye is one that can't see that mercy is more precious than money.

How to Query God

by John Piper

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

God Is Not Boring

by John Piper

God is worthy enough to inspire an infinite number of new and imaginative expressions of his beauty.

Boasting in Man Is Doubly Excluded

by John Piper

There are two reasons (at least) why God hates for man to boast in man.

The Uncertainties of War and the Hope of History

by John Piper

Though so many have given their lives at war, history holds out hope that few can imagine.

Kill Anger Before It Kills You or Your Marriage

by John Piper

Anger is often a worse enemy than lust in marriage. What can you do to keep it from ruining yours?

Suffering, Mercy, and Heavenly Regret

by John Piper

Will regret ruin our joy in heaven, or will it add to it?

Why Satan Is Left on Earth

Incentives in the Battle for Joy in Jesus

by John Piper

God's plan to glorify himself involves defeating Satan in stages.

Bethlehem's Position on Homosexuality

Articles

by John Piper

Submission to God's authority implies these six beliefs about sexuality.

When to Be Merciful and When to Demand Justice

by John Piper

Consider three criteria for deciding when to love others with mercy and when to love them with justice.

Taking the Swagger Out of Christian Cultural Influence

by John Piper

Being exiles does not mean being cynical. Christians should be concerned about culture and involved in it.

What Unites Us in Worship at Bethlehem?

by John Piper

What are the essentials of worship that go deeper than style and form?

Jonathan Edwards on the Pilgrim Mindset

by John Piper

What characteristics ought to mark the life of a Christian sojourner?

An Open Letter to Michael Prowse

by John Piper

God loves us by commanding us to praise him, because we won't be happy until we give it.

Christ Suffered and Died to Deliver Us from the Present Evil

Galatians 1:4

by John Piper

Don't follow a defeated foe; follow Christ. You will be an exile in this age, but you will be free.

Bethlehem: A Culture of Peace

by John Piper

The next best thing to having a church without conflict is having one that knows how to resolve it in a Christ-exalting way.

The Passion of Jesus Christ and the Passion of Auschwitz

by John Piper

Is there a way that Jewish suffering may find, not its cause, but its final meaning in the suffering of Jesus Christ?

Should Only Unanimous Decisions Guide the Church?

by John Piper

There will always be a range of maturity and wisdom in the church, but that shouldn't paralyze it from moving forward.

A Taste of Mueller and His God

by John Piper

George Mueller's life is a testimony to the surpassing power that belongs to God and not to us.

Use Means, but Don’t Trust in Means; Trust in God

by John Piper

God wants us to use means to get his work done, but he wants us to trust in him, not in these means.

Surrendering and Demanding Rights: Two Kinds of Love

Thoughts on Mercy and Justice in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

2 Thessalonians 3:6-15

by John Piper

Thoughts on mercy and justice in 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15.

What Did Christ Purchase for Your Children With His Blood?

by John Piper

Christ purchased privileges for the children of believers. But he did not guarantee their salvation.

Treasuring Christ Together: The North Campus Vision

by John Piper

How does a church address earthly needs but not neglect its spiritual task?

Sin, Civil Rights, and Missions

by John Piper

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.

God's Word in Battle with Homosexual Temptation

Articles

by John Piper

The almighty mercy of God is able to break into any life and immediately change the desires of their heart.

How the Archbishop Got It Wrong: Humane Confidence vs. Destructive Doubt

by John Piper

We must respond to suffering with both compassion and confidence in God.

What Is Good and Acceptable and Perfect

Thoughts on Romans 12:2

Articles

by John Piper

No one can receive mercy at the cross and still be casual about the will of God.

Lilias Trotter and the Language Nobody Knows

by John Piper

We shouldn't be afraid to use the spiritual vocabulary of the Bible even where it is foreign.

Why Vote If You Are Disillusioned?

Articles

by John Piper

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.

Dying for the Glory of Christ

by John Piper

Death is our last opportunity on earth to make much of the supreme value of knowing Jesus Christ.

How To Fight the Sin of Pride, Especially When You Are Praised

Ten Things I Do

by John Piper

What strategies can help me forget myself and enjoy more of Christ?

Tsunami, Sovereignty, and Mercy

by John Piper

Natural disasters bring both judgment and mercy, punishment and purification.

Tsunami and Repentance

by John Piper

Every deadly calamity is a merciful call from God for the living to repent.

Interracial Marriage: Celebrating and Serving Diversity in Christ

by John Piper

In Christ ethnic differences are not barriers. Rather, they are blessings that visibly express the glory of the gospel.

Thoughts on the Sufficiency of Scripture

What It Does and Doesn't Mean

by John Piper

To affirm truth with extra-biblical language is more biblical than using biblical language to defend falsehood.

A Surprise Endorsement for Doctrine

by John Piper

If we are not willing to get a high estimation of doctrine from Scripture, perhaps we can get it from George Barna.

How Christ Fulfilled and Ended the Old Testament Regime

by John Piper

Five statements that summarize the magnificent relationship of Jesus Christ to every part of the Scriptures.

When Gratitude Gets Complicated

Thoughts on Saying Thank You at Bethlehem and Desiring God

by John Piper

When you are in a position of receiving blessing from many people, knowing how to express gratitude can be challenging.

An Open Letter To Governor Tim Pawlenty Concerning the Expansion of State-Supported Casino Gambling in Minnesota

by John Piper

The desire to be rich is suicidal. Endorsing it by encouraging gambling is cruel.

How to Pray for the Pastoral Staff

by John Piper

Eight gifts to ask God to give to your church's leadership.

There Is a Way to Be Happy, Even in Sadness

Godly Sorrow: Jesus' and Ours

by John Piper

No sorrow in the Christian's life will end ultimately in grief. Jesus' blood will have the final say.

The Good, Insane Concordance Maker

by John Piper

Don't belittle God’s crooked sticks. With them he may write the message that makes a thousand people glad.

Jesus and the Children

Pondering Children as Pride Detectors

by John Piper

Something is deeply amiss in the soul that does not descend to love a child.

The Treasure That Turns Treasures to Garbage

The Text I Didn't Preach On

Philippians 3:7-15

by John Piper

What is superior to moral and religious achievements is knowing, gaining, and being found in Christ.

When Unclothed Is Unfitting

Thoughts on Selling with Sex

by John Piper

There are at least nine reasons--even from a secular perspective--for why sexually-explicit advertising is socially irresponsible.

A Compelling Reason for Rigorous Training of the Mind

Thoughts on the Significance of Reading

by John Piper

The Bible often requires us to read thoroughly, not skim lightly. How should this affect the way we train our minds?

The City of God and the City of Man: Recommended Reading on Christian Engagement in Culture

by Justin Taylor

Suggested books and articles on Christians and civic life.

Making Room for Atheism

Thoughts on the Supremacy of God in a Pluralistic World

by John Piper

How do we express a passion for the supremacy of God in a pluralistic world?

What Is the "Bad Eye" in Matthew 6:23?

Matthew 6:23

by John Piper

If your emotions are drawn more by material things than by Christ then you probably aren't seeing the beauty of grace.

Was Katrina Intelligent Design?

by John Piper

God will always be guilty of high crimes for those who think they’ve never committed any.

If the Lord’s Day Is Sunday, Why Do We Have a Saturday Evening Service?

by John Piper

It is acceptable to conduct your worship service on a day other than the Lord's Day?

Ten Reasons to Listen to Questions Before You Answer

Meditation on Proverbs 18:13

Proverbs 18:13

by John Piper

Why is it a bad idea to give an answer too soon?

Answers to Objections to Going into Missions

What I Said at Missions in the Main Hall

by John Piper

Consider these 8 potential excuses for why a person can't do missions and what the Bible has to say about them.

Enemies of the Cross and How to Respond to Them

by John Piper

Christians should never take up arms to proclaim or defend Christ. We must die to make him known.

What Happens at a Bed and Breakfast

More than You Think--A New Year’s Exhortation

by John Piper

How do John and Noel make Jesus a part of their marriage?

Rejoice with Trembling

A Meditation on Psalm 2:11-12

Psalms 2:11-12

by John Piper

The only place safe from the wrath of God is in God.

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?

Thoughts on Jesus' Demand to Repent

Letters from Cambridge #2

by John Piper

Repentance is more than a change in outward behavior. It is the inner change that gives rise to genuinely God-centered, Christ-exalting behavior.

Defending My Father's Wrath

Articles

by John Piper

Before God adopted me through Jesus Christ his terrible wrath was upon me.

Talking to People Rather Than About Them

What I Left Out of the Sermon on August 6

by John Piper

Gossip doesn't satisfy in the long run, but loving others does.

Why God Tells Us He Delights in His Children

by John Piper

God praises us when we delight in him because it only confirms and increases our God-centeredness.

Why Memorize Scripture?

by John Piper

Six reasons to learn Bible verses by heart.

Thoughts at Sixty on Third Campus Thrills and 1 Corinthians 15:58

by John Piper

What does it mean to be be "steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord"?

Serious Sound Bites from Strong Men: Thoughts from Our Conference Speakers

by John Piper

Excerpts to pique your interest and give you a flavor of what was preached at the Desiring God National Conference.

Thank You Letter to J. I. Packer, Celebrating 80 Years

by John Piper

John Piper expresses his gratitude for God's work in the life of Dr. Packer.

What Is That to You? You Follow Me!

Freed from Comparing by Blunt Words

John 21:18-22

by John Piper

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."

Meditations After a Monday at Barnes & Noble

On the Sadness of Sam Harris and Diane Setterfield

by John Piper

Thoughts on Christians in culture, postmodernism, truth, and story.

All Flesh Will Come and Worship

Except Those "Outside"

(A Meditation on Isaiah 66:22-24)

by John Piper

How can eternal punishment fit with the breadth of God's redemption?

God's Undeserved Gift to the World: Christian Sufferers

Thoughts on Hebrews 11:37-39

Hebrews 11:37-39

by John Piper

A Christian's suffering shows the world that Jesus is more valuable than whatever life can give and death can take.

How to Be Spiritually Minded

by John Piper

What does Mac vs. PC have to do with spiritual-mindedness? Seventeen practical ways to align your attitude with God's.

Melvin Brown, Community Ambassador for Bethlehem

by John Piper

One small step our church is taking toward diversity and unity in the body of Christ.

What to Pray For

Articles

by John Piper

Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling in a rut.

Unexpected Blows to Fatalistic Thinking

by John Piper

What does it mean for the global cause of Christ that all things are possible with God?

Nudity in Drama and the Clothing of Christ

by John Piper

John 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

by John Piper

What's so amazing about the Bible, and why should we be grateful for it?

The Severed Toe, the Goodness of Flesh, the Gain of Death, and the Resurrection of the Body

A Response to Kevin Corcoran

by John Piper

John Piper responds to a Christian materialist's denial of the human soul.

Jesus, Islam, Pharisees, and the New Perspective on Paul

Articles

by John Piper

If 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

by John Piper

We 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

Revelation 3:5

by John Piper

Perseverance isn't ours without a struggle, but we struggle as victors.

Letter for Noël on Her Birthday

by John Piper

John Piper celebrates the gift Noel has been in this birthday letter.

What Love Does and Does Not Do

Anniversary Thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

by John Piper

Paul isn't abstractly defining love 1 Corinthians 13. He is showing how it applies to the church.

God’s Deliverance from God Is the Foundation of God’s Deliverance from Satan

How the Cross of Christ Corresponds to and Conquers Satan’s Work

by John Piper

Satan’s accusations have no condemning power--nor his temptations any corrupting power--against those delivered through the death of Christ.

Stereotypes, Generalizations, and Racism

by John Piper

What is the difference between a stereotype and a generalization? Is either racist?

How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity

by John Piper

Is it okay for a church to prefer minorities when looking for pastors and elders?

Is Pastor John in Love with His Wife?

by John Piper

He says marriage is not about staying in love, so is he in love with his wife?

Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly

by John Piper

Consider these seven concerns about the danger of prosperity preaching.

Marriage: Is It Only Forgive and Forbear, or Also Confront?

by John Piper

If a man and woman are totally commited to each other—even if neither changes—the call for change is grace, not an ultimatum.

Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead

by John Piper

For Christianity to stand, Christ must have been resurrected. How can we be confident that he was?

Hello, My Father Just Died

by John Piper

John Piper’s journal entry narrating his father’s death on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.

How Do You Press On to Make It Your Own?

Further Reflections from the Funeral Sermon for My Father

by John Piper

Further reflections from the sermon John Piper preached at his father's funeral.

The Morning I Heard the Voice of God

by John Piper

How does God still speak today?

Things I Have Learned

by John Piper

John Piper shares some insights he found while he was going through his father's papers.

Radical Effects of the Resurrection

by John Piper

How can our hope of future resurrection kill our current materialism and consumerism?

Submission and Headship in the Home Where I Grew Up

by John Piper

John Piper tells how his parents exemplified Christian marriage.

Let the Python Eat Its Tail. Amen.

by John Piper

John Piper reflects on the Supreme Court's decision to ban partial birth abortion.

Married or Single: For Better or Worse

by John Piper

If what Piper says about the blessing of singleness is true, then why would one even want to be married?

12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child

Articles

by DG Staff

Suggestions on how to parent rebellious sons and daughters.

The Sufficiency of Christ's Obedience in His Life and Death

by John Piper

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?

More Thoughts for Fathers on Ephesians 6:4

The Part of the Sermon that Didn’t Get Preached

Ephesians 6:4

by John Piper

John Piper looks at what it means for fathers to nourish, admonish, and instruct their children so that they will love Christ.

Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints

John Piper's Letter of Invitation to the 2007 National Conference

by John Piper

John Piper invites you to our national conference this September.

Response to Grudem on Baptism and Church Membership

by John Piper

Thoughts on whether a different opinion on baptism should be reason to exclude you from a church's membership.

Good Doctrine Makes Better (Teenage) Saints

by John Piper

Growing a church by serious biblical teaching is difficult, but it bears more radical fruit than less doctrinally serious strategies.

Pastors, Pragmatism, Pleasure, and Pride

by John Piper

Three warnings to church leaders.

Christ: The Ground and Goal of the Old Testament

by John Piper

What did everything that happened before Jesus have to do with him?

Mark This Day and Marvel at the Work of God

by John Piper

September 7 marks the 200th anniversary of Protestant missions in China.

Three 9/11's We Need to Know

How to Mark and Honor This Day

by John Piper

The greatest tribute we can pay those who have died is to live for Christ, who is in control.

Thanking God for Ten Years of Partnership in the Gospel

Appreciation for Chuck & Carol Steddom and Sam & Vicki Crabtree

by John Piper

John Piper expresses his happiness at the 10-year anniversaries of Bethlehem's executive pastor and worship pastor.

What I Said at My Granddaughter’s Funeral

A Granddaddy’s Thoughts

by John Piper

John Piper shares seven ways that he has felt the loss of his granddaughter, Felicity Margaret Piper.

When Does God Become 100% For Us?

Answering a Good Question

by John Piper

John Piper explains how God’s disposition towards us changes at the moment of our justification.

Atlas Shrugged Fifty Years Later

Appreciation and Criticism

by John Piper

John Piper reflects on the insights and errors of Ayn Rand's writings on the 50th anniversary of her best-selling novel.

Tragically Widening the Grounds of Legitimate Divorce

A Response to Instone-Brewer's Article in Christianity Today

Articles

by John Piper

John Piper responds to David Instone-Brewer's article on divorce from Christianity Today.

Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves

Thoughts on Matthew 10:16

Matthew 10:16

by John Piper

How can we know whether to persevere through persecution or run away from it?

Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice

by John Piper

Men are not wired to follow women, let alone follow them into danger.

A Church-Based Hope for “Adultolescents”

Articles

by John Piper

How should the church respond to the postponement of adulthood in our culture?

Ganging Up on Gratitude

The Bishop and the Atheist Warn of Too Much Thanks

(A Thanksgiving Meditation)

by John Piper

A response to both a bishop and an atheist who warn against thankfulness.

Desiring God Going Global

by John Piper

John Piper introduces Desiring God's International Outreach.

When Satan Hurts Christ’s People

Reflections on Why Christians Suffer Losses

Revelation 2:10

by John Piper

Reflections on why Christians suffer losses.

How the Lord of Life Gives Life

A Meditation on Acts 16:14

Acts 16:14

by John Piper

Why do some who are “dead in trespasses and sins” come to believe and some do not?

What Will the Final Judgment Mean for You?

Revelation 20

by John Piper

If we could see the final judgment, we would be the happiest and bravest people in 2008.

A Birthday Gift to My Father on His 89th Birthday

by John Piper

Through his writings, Bill Piper holds out a timely word to us saints who are still in the world.

How Shall We Love Our Muslim Neighbor?

by John Piper

9 answers that need to be emphasized.

Abraham Lincoln's Path to Divine Providence

by John Piper

The hardships in Lincoln's life drove him toward God, not away from him.

The Tragedy of Langston Hughes and a Warning I Will Heed

by John Piper

In his spite for Christ, Hughes issues a caution it is important to hear.

Why Desiring God Exists

by John Piper

Some of the passions we as a ministry want to pursue and spread.

The Unbelieving Poet Catches a Glimpse of Truth

by John Piper

Jesus' beauty is irresistable once it is seen.

The Intensity of Christ’s Love and the Intentionality of His Death

by John Piper

5 ways of seeing Christ’s intentionality in dying for us.

Signs and Wonders, Heresy, and Love for God

Deuteronomy 13:1-3

Articles

by John Piper

Does God have designs for deceptive signs and wonders? Does he have purposes for heresies?

“Behold, It Was Very Good.” But Now?

by Noel Piper

Noel Piper writes about how her trip to Kenya changed the way she thinks about caring for creation.

Preaching As Concept Creation, Not Just Contextualization

by John Piper

We need to both contextualize and teach gospel ideas that no one can grasp without new categories.

The Rebellion of Nudity and the Meaning of Clothing

by John Piper

Our clothes are a witness both to our past and present failure and to our future glory.

Acclaim for Christ vs. Craving Praise

Articles

by John Piper

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 You “Give” God Strength?

by John Piper

How do we give the Lord what we don't have and he does?

How A Roman Catholic Anti-Calvinist Can Serve Today’s Poet-Calvinists

by John Piper

Thoughts on G.K. Chesterton and Orthodoxy.

How God Teaches the Deep Things of His Word

A Meditation on Psalm 119:65–72

Psalms 119:65-72

by John Piper

A meditation on goodness in Psalm 119:65–72.

2 Birthdays and Biblical Inerrancy

by John Piper

Two birthdays give reason to be thankful because of what they signify about the truth of God’s word.

Fighting Covetousness by Looking at Others

by John Piper

Keep God first in your life by finding others who love God well and imitating them.

If You Can Be Godly and Wrong, Does Truth Matter?

by John Piper

Truth is important, but there is more to godliness than knowing about God.

Morning Meditations on 4 Parts of the Bible

by John Piper

Stay in the Word so that you can see more of the God you love.

Does God Lie?

by John Piper

Is God completely truthful if he ordains lies?

An Invitation to an Unusual Conference

by John Piper

The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, September 26-28

Thoughts On Why Everything Exists

by John Piper

Consider the mystery that the entire universe and all the events in it serve to glorify Jesus Christ.

Why a New Sermon Series on the Gospel of John?

by John Piper

John Piper introduces the extended sermon series he'll begin this Fall.

In Honor of Tethered Preaching

John Calvin and the Entertaining Pastor

by John Piper

Differences between entertainment-oriented preachers and bible-oriented preachers.

The Precious Gift of Baby Talk

by John Piper

The Bible is infinitely precious, true, glorious baby talk.

Kathy and Kenny Stokes

Celebrating 10 Years of Ministry at Bethlehem

by John Piper

John Piper celebrates the Stokes's 10 years of ministry at Bethlehem.

What to Say to the Depressed, Doubting, Skeptical, Confused, Angry

Colossians 2:13-15

by John Piper

How to interact with those who are struggling in their faith.

The Strange Task of Witnessing About Light

John 1:7

Articles

by John Piper

What can we learn about our calling as Christians when it's described as witnessing about light?

Let Christians Vote As Though They Were Not Voting

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

by John Piper

How should our thoughts on voting be affected by the age to come?

Biblical Foundations for Bethlehem College and Seminary

An Invitation

by John Piper

An invitation to a lecture on the importance of higher education.

Listen to the Story of Jesus and See the Glory of God

Articles

by John Piper

Jesus wants to give assurance to those who read the Gospel of John in the 21st century.

Happy 100th Birthday, Irene Peterson!

by John Piper

Memories of Bethlehem's oldest member.

Pursue Mature Manhood and Womanhood

Ruth

by John Piper

Some thoughts from the conclusion of John Piper's upcoming book on Ruth.

The Shy Virtue of Christmas

Philippians 2:6-8

by John Piper

Jesus' humility is at the heart of Christmas.

I Love Jesus Christ

An Unforgettable Moment in Seminary

by John Piper

John Piper shares an unforgettable moment from seminary.

Joyful, Serious Church Life Together

by John Piper

Thoughts on Bethlehem Baptist's new relational commitments.

The President, the Passengers, and the Patience of God

by John Piper

What does the USAir crash have to do with the inauguration?

7 Potential Writing Projects

by John Piper

John Piper talks about what he might work on during his current writing leave.

How God Visits Sins on the Third and Fourth Generation

by John Piper

How do we understand God's punishing children for their parents' sins?

"All Truth Is God's Truth," Admits the Devil

Meditations on an Academic Slogan

by John Piper

All truth should lead us to love God more.

Pregnancy, Labor, and Birth—of Books

An Open Letter of Thanks

by John Piper

An letter of gratitude to the staff, elders, and people of Bethlehem Baptist Church at the end of John Piper's writing leave.

What I Said to the Pastoral Staff About Unity Amid Differences

by John Piper

Six biblical guidelines for loving each other.

Sexual Intimacy and the Rights Over a Spouse's Body in Marriage

Thoughts on the Application of 1 Corinthians 7:3–5

1 Corinthians 7:3-5

Articles

by John Piper

How can married couples break the sexual stalemate that Paul puts them in?

John's Crazy Joy: More on Bridegrooms and Purification

John 3:22-30

by John Piper

Husbands, don't contradict the gospel by how you treat your wives.

Why and How I Am Tweeting

by John Piper

Thoughts on using Twitter for God's glory.

Hero Worship and Holy Emulation

by John Piper

Thoughts on the dangers and value of "celebrity" status.

Discerning Idolatry in Desire

12 Ways to Recognize the Rise of Covetousness

by John Piper

12 ways to recognize the rise of covetousness

Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies

by John Piper

John Piper gives a different answer than the one he gave at Advance09.

Galatians 4:18 and “Being Made Much Of”

Galatians 4:17-18

by John Piper

John Piper looks at a passage that seems like it could cause problems for Christian Hedonism.

The Sorrows of Fathers and Sons

Thoughts from the Lives of C. S. Lewis and Robert Louis Stevenson

by John Piper

Some thoughts from John Piper on the lives of C. S. Lewis, Robert Louis Stevenson, and their fathers.

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.

Let’s Make Some Autumn Resolutions

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

by John Piper

It's always good to resolve to do good if we're resolving through faith.

What Does It Mean to Seek the Lord?

Meditation on Psalm 105:4

Psalms 105:4

by John Piper

A meditation on Psalm 105:4

An Invitation from John Piper

With Calvin in the Theater of God

by John Piper

Five reasons why ordinary Christians should consider coming to the Desiring God Conference next month.

How Paul Worked to Overcome Slavery

Philemon

by John Piper

11 ways that Paul undermines slavery in his letter to Philemon.

Rebuilding Some Basics of Bethlehem: Christian Hedonism

by John Piper

Eight biblical reasons to pursue your greatest and longest satisfaction in God.

Rebuilding Some Basics of Bethlehem: 10 Reasons Why Believing in the Sovereignty of God Matters

by John Piper

God's sovereignty is a rock of confidence and comfort for those who are in Christ.

Rebuilding Some Basics of Bethlehem: The Purifying Power of Living by Faith in Future Grace

by John Piper

We conquer sin when we are satisfied in what God promises to do for us.

Should Christians Say That Their Aim Is to Convert Others to Faith in Christ?

by John Piper

God causes conversion, but he calls us to be agents of it.

How Willingly Do People Go to Hell?

Does Anyone Standing by the Lake of Fire Jump In?

by John Piper

Does anyone stand by the Lake of Fire and jump in?

Rebuilding Some Basics of Bethlehem: The Centrality of the Glory of God

by John Piper

Seeing and sharing in God’s glory is our ultimate hope through the gospel of Christ.

Satan, World, Providence, Christ

by John Piper

Resist the devil in faith that the one in you is greater than he is. Risk your life to spread this liberating news.

A Chapter Closes in Advent at Bethlehem

by John Piper

John Piper announces the end of Advent poems.

Bless the Mother of Jesus, but Mainly Be the Mother of Jesus

by John Piper

Be inspired by Mary, but don't venerate her more than the New Testament does.

Why Require Unregenerate Children to Act Like They’re Good?

by John Piper

Does expecting unbelieving kids to obey outwardly create legalism?

My 2010 Writing Leave: What? and Why?

by John Piper

John Piper prepares for 5 writing projects, for 6 reasons.

John Piper's Upcoming Leave

by John Piper

John Piper announces an 8 month leave of absence and explains why he's taking it.

Spiritual Gifts: An Implication for Unanswered Prayer

by John Piper

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.

One Dream for Bethlehem in My 8-Month Absence

by John Piper

John Piper's dream is that Bethlehem experience in his absence what Robert Murray M'Cheyne's church did when he was away.

Elders Name Kenny Stokes As Interim Pastor for Preaching

by John Piper

John Piper announces the plan for Bethlehem's pulpit while he is away.