Blog Posts by John Piper
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
The Ethos of Christian Hedonism: Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing
Defending Christian Hedonism exegetically is one thing; helping people feel the ethos of it is something else. The latter is harder. That’s what I want to try to do here.
But first, what is it?
Christian Hedonism is a way…Continue Reading
Piper’s Newest and Most Different Book Ever
Why We Educate Our Girls
On April 14, 2014, the terrorist Islamist group called Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 girls, most between ages 16 and 18, from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful.” Part of…Continue Reading
Our Last Child Leaves Home
Our last child — our only daughter, our only adopted one — just graduated from high school. As you may imagine, this is a time for reflection. We have had children in our home — in our marriage — for…Continue Reading
The Legacy I Want to Leave
For most of my pastoral life, I heralded the wonders of what I saw in the Bible.
I tried to do this in such a way that people could see that the wonders really did come from the Bible, and…Continue Reading