Blog Posts by John Piper
Bonhoeffer on Abortion
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is claimed as a patron saint by theological schools, ranging from God is Dead to evangelical conservatives. Eric Metaxas sees his biography as one step in the rescue of Bonhoeffer from the most bizarre misuses of his thinking.
Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel
I Was Warned by Job This Morning
I take this as a serious and sober warning to people with significant influence and respected standing in the church and community. Job was a good man. “Blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job…Continue Reading
What’s the Difference Between Jesus and the Lawyers?
Jesus said, “Woe to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers” (Luke 11:46).
How is Jesus different from that? (Be careful.)
Does he…Continue Reading
Will We Arrive Blameless on the Day of Christ?
There is a faith-sustained holiness that Paul wants his converts to have on the day of Christ — the day of his return, when the dead in Christ will be raised (1 Corinthians 15:23). This holiness (which he also calls…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up in the Lean Seasons
I want to encourage you who are younger in ministry that lean seasons will come, and by grace you can make it through.
A Billy Graham illustration and a personal one.
Sometimes It Rains
We always think of Billy Graham’s…Continue Reading
How Is Future Grace Being Revised?
Fierce Tornadoes and the Fingers of God
Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?
If God…Continue Reading
Tell Your Children What Hitler Did
How Do We Hear the Voice of Jesus?
Do you want to hear the voice of Jesus? So do I. The Father certainly wants us to. “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35).
To which we cry, “Yes, Lord. Yes! We want…Continue Reading
Speaking of Apps: The Voice of God in Our Hands
Forty-Year-Old Light on How to Translate “Son of God” for Muslims
Writing in 1972, J. I. Packer sheds light on the contemporary debate over how to translate the term “Son of God” in Muslim contexts. A common Muslim misconception is that Christians believe Jesus was God’s Son by procreation with Mary,…Continue Reading
When Is Indecision Loveless and Sinful? (A Lesson from Bonhoeffer)
Have you ever been paralyzed with indecision? I have. It is not a good trait of leadership.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer breathed the air of crisis most of his adult life. This would eventually make the issue of decisiveness a matter of…Continue Reading
Lent or No Lent, Life Is War
Lent or no Lent, not doing some things you feel like doing is the daily pattern for the disciples of Jesus. Yes, daily. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and…Continue Reading
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Wolfhart Pannenberg on Schism
Of course, the courage of Bonhoeffer to defy the compromising state church of Germany in the early days of Nazism is inspiring. A church that did not stand with the Jews, he said, was not the church of Jesus Christ.…Continue Reading
A. I. M. S. — A New Acronym for Living My Life
Why Did God Let Paul Become a Murderer?
We know that before Paul was born God had set him apart for his apostleship.
He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me,…
Encouragement for Old Sinners to Come to Christ
Kids Feel What Parents Expressively Feel
In this two-minute video that Talitha and I made at home, I give a snapshot of how the Lord teaches me deep things through my little grandchildren. The lesson is simple. But the summons is for a miracle to happen…Continue Reading
Five Reasons I Believe Romans 11:26 Means a Future Conversion for Israel
Romans 11:26 says, “And in this way all Israel will be saved.” I take this to mean that someday the nation as a whole (not necessarily every individual; see 1 Kings 12:1; 2 Chronicles 12:1) will be converted to Christ…Continue Reading
An Update from John Piper
Pray and Ponder Yourself into Sync with Paul’s Sense of Wealth
When the apostle Paul thinks about “wealth” or “riches” what springs to his mind? What should spring to ours? Where should our efforts at enrichment be invested?
Here are all the uses of Paul’s favorite word for “riches”…Continue Reading
Read Your Bible More and More
Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Three reasons this is not legalism:
Desiring God's Younger Cousin
I am overjoyed that The Pleasures of God is here in a new edition. You can order the book, DVD and study guide, all for $10 total. [Note: This special is no longer available.]
Here’s how I would describe…Continue Reading
The Stupendous Reality of Being “in Christ Jesus”
Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is breathtaking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” listen to what it means for you:
- In Christ Jesus you…