Articles on Tough Texts

How to Respond to the Horrifying Sayings of Jesus

Letters from Cambridge #1

by John Piper

What should our hearts and minds do when we hear Jesus speak so horrifically about the slaughter of the wicked?

Who Was Jesus' Grandfather?

Luke 1

by John Piper

Apparent contradictions in the Bible—such as the genealogies of Jesus—have possible and plausible solutions.

Be Careful Lest the Light in You Be Darkness

Pondering a Puzzling Text

Luke 11:33-36

by John Piper

If what you regard as bright and compelling isn't Christ, you will be filled with darkness.

Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life

by John Piper

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

Who Wrote 2 Peter?

An Article for Eggheads

by John Piper

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

No Evil Shall Befall You

Psalm 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.

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.

When the Bible Blows Your Mind

by John Piper

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

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

The Verses We Skipped

Psalm 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?

How to Query God

by John Piper

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

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.