Blog Posts by John Piper
Biblical Counseling for the Great Commission
This is a simple plea that those of you whom God is calling to be biblical counselors consider your counseling as a way of reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ.Continue Reading
The Redwoods and the Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
“How can a Christian enjoy deep contentment while having little in this life?” That is, little by way of material possessions and other advantages of the world.Continue Reading
Clarifying Romans 7:14–25 As “Christian Experience”
Biblical faithfulness and clarity is always good for us. So it might be helpful to make a few clarifying comments on Romans 7:14–25.Continue Reading
Boomers’ Bodies — And Yours
All of the 10,000 people in America who turn 65 each day have wrinkles. Our skin is more flaccid. Our complexion is more mottled. Our equilibrium is more tenuous. And our hair is more scarce. The effect of aging on our appearance and our bearing is universal.Continue Reading
Why Are You on the Earth?
Images are images of something. We are images of God. He is the original. And our imaging is to be true and clear. That is, every person is meant to image the praiseworthiness of God. We are to be the secretaries of his praise.Continue Reading
The Books Boomers Will Never Read
And as we move into our sixties and seventies and eighties, it becomes clearer and clearer that we are traveling in the endless reaches of our ignorance, and that all the books we haven’t read, and never will, are rolling at us like a hail of asteroids.Continue Reading
How to Decide About Your Next Job
My prayer is that these 12 questions will help saturate your mind with the centrality of Christ in all of life. He made you to work. And he cares about what you do with the half of your waking life called “vocation.”Continue Reading
How to Find Strength in the Strength of God
How do you do a task in the strength of another? How do you exert your will to do something in such a way that you are relying on the will of another to make it happen?Continue Reading
Sometimes a story, a poem — a poem-story — can capture some of what social and political analyses can’t. How might you say in a story — flowing in the banks meter and rhyme — that life is never simple? Human experience is always deep, always ambiguous, always multilayered.Continue Reading
Are You Worthy of Jesus?
In what sense are Christians worthy of God or of Christ or of their calling? And in what sense are we unworthy?Continue Reading
Power, Police, and Another Shooting
This new video from St. Louis forces the issue front and center: Are we putting appropriate restraints on the possible misuses of power? And are we pursuing every means available for subduing threatening people without killing them?Continue Reading
Teach Believers What Happened to Them in Conversion
It is the task of parents and Sunday school teachers and small group leaders and pastors to teach people what happened to them. Never assume that people understand how God saved them. All of us have only partial knowledge of this.Continue Reading
The Deepest Desire of the Christian Heart
Passions like this are awakened by hearing the voice of God — God himself, not a mere man — declare pervasively in his speech that the hallowing of his name is his main goal in history.Continue Reading
Swimming in Winter
Poetry is an effort to awaken or intensify, and usually to share, a moving experience by using language that is chosen and structured differently from ordinary prose. This short poem captures the Christian dynamic of “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”Continue Reading
The Incalculable Wonder of Being a Christian
Being a Christian means experiencing the supernatural every day. Living as new creatures in Christ is amazing beyond calculation (Galatians 6:15).Continue Reading
The Majesty of the Teacher in the Sermon on the Mount
I was struck again recently by the outrageous claims Jesus makes about himself in the Sermon on the Mount, which is most famous collection of Jesus’s ethical teachings.Continue Reading
Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation
I invite you to ponder the following three ways to speak of our works in relationship to our salvation. And, if you agree that these are biblical, let’s strive to speak with the kind of care that does not nullify one when affirming another.Continue Reading
J.I. Packer on Living to the End “Flat Out”
If we are to live “flat out” and full of zeal to the end, the key is hope. “Zeal should be unflagging every day, all day, and all the way. But if this is to happen, zeal must be fed by hope.”Continue Reading
A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’
Satan Disarmed, Sin Forgiven, Soul Alive
Since Satan still “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), in what sense is he disarmed (Colossians 2:15) or nullified (Hebrews 2:14) or bound (Mark 3:27)?
One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible about the astonishing…Continue Reading
I Do Not Aspire to Be a “Regular Guy”
When my soul is hungry for deep help from God; when I am blank before the word of God, and ache for someone to show me the greatness and glory of Christ; when I feel a longing for heaven, and…Continue Reading
The Tender Rain of Christian Teaching
The latest poem from John Piper — a meditation on the nature of Christian teaching.Continue Reading
The Greatest Challenge in the World
Never, never, never forget that Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all the peoples on this planet — the whole planet (Matthew 28:19–20). This is the greatest challenge in the world.
Let the emphasis fall on “all the peoples”…Continue Reading
How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing?
What did Paul mean when he said in 1 Timothy 2:15, “Yet she [the woman] will be saved through childbearing — if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control”?
Henry Alford’s interpretation of this verse is not…Continue Reading
“Genitalia Are Not Destiny” — But Are They Design?
Riding in the wake of the cultural speedboat of the destigmatization of same-sex intercourse is the mainstreaming of “gender non-conformists.” Witness the June 9 issue of Time. Laverne Cox, born a boy, is on the front page, in his…Continue Reading