Blog Posts by John Piper
Ministry Update: John Piper and Scott Anderson in Switzerland
We have received $329,258 of the $300,000 that we needed in order for us to close-out our fiscal year in the black and balance the budget. Thank you for your generous support! The Lord is good, and all…
God Desires All to Be Saved, and Grants Repentance to Some
Put two texts together, and see what you see.
“God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (eis epignōsin alētheias)” (1 Timothy 2:4).
“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading…
Letter to a 13-Year Old Asking How to Go Deeper in Bible Study
I got your note about going deeper with your Bible reading. Thanks for asking.
First, let me say that I am really encouraged that you take the Bible so seriously. Sometimes I hold it in my hand and…Continue Reading
Hope for More Than Unconditional Love
If you only hope for unconditional love from God, your hope is great, but too small.
Unconditional love from God is not the sweetest experience of his love. The sweetest experience is when his love says: “I have made you…Continue Reading
My Response to the Vote on Jason Meyer
Last night, in a special All-Church-Strategy Meeting, 792 of Bethlehem’s members gathered at 7 PM and voted 784 to 8 to confirm God’s call on Jason Meyer to take hold of the baton that I have carried for the last…Continue Reading
Letter to a 12-Year-Old Girl About the Eternal Destiny of Those Who Have Not Heard the Gospel
You asked what happens to people who live far away from the gospel and have never heard about Jesus and die without faith in him.
Here is what I think the Bible teaches.
God always punishes people because of what they know and fail to believe. In…Continue Reading
La historia de Ian y Larissa
Deseando a Dios existe para ayudar a gente de todas partes a comprender y aceptar la verdad de que Dios es más glorificado en nosotros cuando estamos más satisfechos en él. Y yo agregaría, sobre todo en el…Continue Reading
The Story of Ian & Larissa
Desiring God exists to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. And I would add, especially in suffering.
Being satisfied in God (or…Continue Reading
I Don’t Think So, Doug
C. S. Lewis on the Temporary Importance of Fear
I think that when we are sinless we will still fear God in the sense of reverential, trembling awe — as when we stand on a peak before vast stretches of unscalable cliffs. And we will also fear, I suppose,…Continue Reading
Old Shocks in Getting Ready for Romania, Switzerland, and Germany
I have been preparing for ministry in Romania, Switzerland and Germany. One of the messages I am to give is “What is Gospel-Centered Ministry?” I have let my mind run back over the decades of preaching about this. One message…Continue Reading
Learning from John Stott’s Godly Ambition
Today is John Stott’s first birthday in heaven.
Coming toward the end of my (32-year) ministry as Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I read Alister Chapman’s new biography of John Stott with special interest. I wanted…Continue Reading
My Future at Desiring God
This has been a season of transition at both Bethlehem and Desiring God. In both cases I feel more carried along than pushing or pulling. God is manifestly moving. May the Lord give me grace to stay in…Continue Reading
Earnestness in Preaching (and Life)
Earnestness is the demeanor that corresponds to the weight of the subject matter of preaching — and life. The opposite of earnest is not joyful, but trivial, flippant, frivolous, chipper.
It is possible to be earnest and have elements of…Continue Reading
Ajith Fernando – Through the Eyes of His Son
What Does Paul Mean: “Christ Will Reconcile to Himself All Things”?
Some have used Colossians 1:20 to argue for universalism — that all rebel creatures, including the devil will be reconciled to God in the end and there will be no eternal hell.
In him all the fullness of…
Did Jesus Spend Saturday in Hell?
Why I Love Bethlehem College
After doing serious church-based higher education for decades, we made it official in 2009 and started Bethlehem College and Seminary (BCS). I love what God has put together.
As many of you know, I began my ministry back in 1974…Continue Reading
Race and the Horrific Frequency of Abortion
Tucked away near the bottom, and easily out of sight, is one of the compounded tragedies of abortion. The profoundly disproportionate number of black babies being aborted.
Every child is created in God's image and is knit together by him…Continue Reading
The Mega Millions Lottery Is a Suicidal Craze
Tonight a ticket will be chosen worth over half a billion dollars. Lottery agents in New York were selling 1.3 million Mega Millions tickets per hour Thursday.
Officials were expecting to sell about 1.2 billion tickets total before the drawing.
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