Articles on Life of the Mind

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?

My 2010 Writing Leave: What? and Why?

by John Piper

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

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 Great "Therefore" of the Resurrection

by John Piper

Ideas have consequences.

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.

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.

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.

7 Potential Writing Projects

by John Piper

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

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.

Biblical Foundations for Bethlehem College and Seminary

An Invitation

by John Piper

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

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.

"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.

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.

The Intentional Fallacy and the Meaning of Textual Meaning

by John Piper

The goal of interpreting a text should be to discover what the author willed to convey.

Book Review: A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis

The Opinion, v9 n5, pp. 7-9

by John Piper

John Piper recommends a book "so good that you won't be able to finish it without putting it down."

The Poverty of Theological Vocabulary

by John Piper

Without a language of the sense, theology can become lifeless and ineffective.

What is plagiarism?

by Matt Perman

The definition of plagiarism, why it's a problem, and how to avoid it.

What are some books that DG recommends?

by Matt Perman

Suggested reading on many different topics. Everything from Grudem's Systematic Theology to Bronte's Jane Eyre.

Books That Have Influenced Me Most

by John Piper

What kind of reading has made the biggest difference for John Piper?

Guidelines for Writing a Research Paper in New Testament Exegesis

by John Piper

What's the point in research papers and how can you write one well?