Blog Posts by John Piper
Specifically, Who Were the Puritans? What Were Their Names?
You may have heard people vilify or extol the Puritans. J. I. Packer is among those who extol. Indeed, he thinks that this century of pastors was the greatest the church has ever known.
Some of us have found our…Continue Reading
Inspired to Pray in 2012
If you want to be inspired to pray in 2012 and don’t have time for a long book, Here is a short one.
Probably no book has had a greater effect on my prayer life in proportion to its size…Continue Reading
Know a Christian Who Seems to Love Movies More Than Jesus?
What should you do if you know someone who seems to be more excited about movies than Jesus?
Many professing Christians give little evidence of valuing Jesus more than the latest movie they have seen. Or the latest clothing they…Continue Reading
What Is Freedom? — Filling Out the Passion 2012 Message
Christian Hedonist Calvinism
What would the doctrines of grace sound like if every limb in that tree were coursing with the sap of Augustinian delight. (that is, Christian Hedonism)?
- Total depravity is not just badness, but blindness to God’s beauty and deadness to…
The Sovereign God of “Elfland” (Why Chesterton’s Anti-Calvinism Doesn’t Put Me Off)
A Word for Those Who Have Forsaken Jesus
How eager Jesus was to restore broken fellowship with his apostles after the resurrection! Surely this is a sign of how eager he is to restore us when we have drifted (or bolted) away.
All the apostles had forsaken him.…Continue Reading
Not by Bread Alone: Let’s Live on God’s Word in 2012
At Bethlehem we close prayer week with a focus on the value of reading and memorizing Scripture in the new year. I preach on the value of God’s word and the importance of reading and memorizing the Scripture every day.
How Desiring God Works
Dear Friends of Desiring God,
Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God…Continue Reading
What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile
There are mornings when I wake up feeling fragile. Vulnerable. It’s often vague. No single threat. No one weakness. Just an amorphous sense that something is going to go wrong and I will be responsible. It’s usually after a lot…Continue Reading
A Poem on Our 43rd Wedding Anniversary
Sometimes I write poems for our anniversary. Sometimes on our anniversary. This one I wrote on our anniversary, December 21st. It addresses the question of where in this baffling, unknown, fragile world certainty and security can be found.
The Bridge…Continue Reading
Outwitted and Victorious
This is not a plea to be thoughtless. It’s not an argument for ignoring strategy. God uses strategy (Joshua 8:4).
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31). Yes.…Continue Reading
Should We Be Tenderhearted?
The longer I live the more complexities I see in living. They’re not as paralyzing as they used to be. I pray more for a spiritual nose to sniff out the path between precipices.
Take tender-heartedness, for example. I think…Continue Reading
Christopher Hitchens, the Mission of Desiring God, and God's Word About Death
Three things came together in the last thirty-six hours to create this post. The death of Christopher Hitchens, the Desiring God Board meeting Thursday, and the word of God.
- Christopher Hitchens died Thursday night. He was, perhaps, the most aggressive…
Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?
Did Jesus teach that miracles are useless for those who reject the word? Here’s the story he told:
From hades the rich man implored Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers not to come to that place of…
To See His Supernova God, Put Your Eye to Edwards' Telescope
The Great Ministry Killer
Money is a great ministry killer. Look at what happened to Israel’s spiritual leaders from top to bottom.
The heads of Jacob give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
How a Book Is Born
Thank you, Father
Thank you, Father, for my life.
Thank you for my precious wife.
Thank you, Father, for my girl.
Thank you for this deep-sea pearl.
Thank you, Father, for my sons,
Fathers, wives, the little ones.
Thank you for the church…Continue Reading
Rob Not Your Heart of the Deep Sea Joys
In the history of the Christian Church there have been few people more eloquent than Charles Spurgeon. That makes his words about silence all the more striking.
Priceless as the gift of utterance may be, the practice of silence in…
Helping You Sing “Hallelujah” with True Exuberance
The English word “hallelujah” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words, "hallelu" and "jah". The first word, "hallelu", is the second person imperative of “praise.” The second word, "jah," is the short form of "Jahweh" (or "Yahweh").
So when we…Continue Reading
Steve Jobs: “He Knew the Couple of Things He Wanted to Do”
Jesus Died to End Abortion and Racism
Seventeen years ago I linked Martin Luther King Day with Sanctity of Life Sunday for the first time. Since then I have tried to preach a pair of sermons back to back in January — one for the glory of…Continue Reading
One of My Teachers Has Died
My Experience with Racism and Reformed Theology
The Bible and the Reformed faith have been used to defend racism and slavery. But, if you take the long view, in every case, the day came when the very Bible, and the very faith, that had once condoned racism…Continue Reading