Blog Posts by John Piper
John Stott, The Expositor, Sent at a Crucial Point in My Life
How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?
Quoting Psalm 2, the early church in Acts 4 prays in a way that shows how the rage and plotting of God’s enemies are in vain.
Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of…
How Do I Think About Tweeting? — A Response to John Mayer
The Inevitability of “Gendercide” and Its Other Deadly Effects
163,000,000 unborn baby girls have been killed in Asia over the last three decades. That’s more than the entire female population of the United States.
Aside from the mounting up of blood-guilt, and the treasonous shredding of God’s image, the…Continue Reading
What Does It Mean to Serve God?
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). What does that mean?
- It means to do what he says in a way that makes him look supremely valuable in himself.
- It means to submit to…
Christ Died to Sin and Lives to God
“The death he died he died to sin, once for all,
but the life he lives he lives to God” (Romans 6:10).
How are sin and God coordinate in this text? Died to sin. Lives to God.
Sin causes death; …
Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager
A few years ago a teenager in our church wrote to me for advice about life in general, and identity in particular. Here is what I wrote, with a big dose of autobiography for illustration.
My experience of…Continue Reading
Indulge My Effusive Overflow for a Dead Friend
11 Ways God Works for Us
Only a few things have gripped me with greater joy than the truth that God loves to show his God-ness by working for me, and that his working for me is always before and under and in any working I…Continue Reading
Four Waves of Change in Missions
If God would be pleased to breathe on the ripples from the pebbles these speakers drop at our conference this year, they might become waves that break over thousands of lives and churches. The waves I am praying for are:
The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers
The authority of preaching is rooted finally in the absolute authority of God. That root passes through the infallible Word of God, the Bible. This book is the only access we have today to an infallible message from God.
Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer
Where to pray is not the issue. But whether.
Let J. C. Ryle stir you up as he has me.
I dare not lay down too strict rules on such points as these. I leave them to your own conscience.…
Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride
“My Eyes Shed Streams of Tears”—
Thoughts on the New Calamity
Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy.
His will is that a man might leave his father…Continue Reading
Eternal and Temporal Goals of the Gospel
It’s Now or Never: Love Your Enemies
I have heard preachers say, the only thing we do on this earth that we won’t do in the age to come, is witness to unbelievers. So be about it. This is your only chance. It’s now or never.
Why This Year's Conference May Be the Most Strategic
Why Read About the Beheading of Christians?
Thank you, Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematical genius who was born June 19, 1623. After running from God until he was 31 years old, on November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, Pascal met God and was profoundly and unshakably converted to…Continue Reading
Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God
I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then the kindness and the…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, John Wesley. Two Silver Spoons.
And Thousands of Souls.
Thank you, John Wesley, for your practicing what you preached about money. John Wesley was born on this day 1703 (same year as Jonathan Edwards). He was one of the great evangelists of the 18th century. Today I want to…Continue Reading
The Price of Freedom in Egypt
Ramez Atallah is the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. This update from Cairo is a reminder that there are not unambiguous events in this fallen world. Things cut both ways. Reading this careful assessment from the inside,…Continue Reading
Should I Want to Be "Such a Worm?"
I tweeted this morning that I would like to be "such a worm". I said: "William Carey died today 1834. Epitaph: 'A wretched poor and helpless worm, on thy kind arms I fall.' O to be such a worm!"
What Tone Should Preachers Aim At?
Phillips Brooks who died in 1893—and who along with Jesus, Paul, John Stott, Dick Lucas, and other preachers never married—most famously said that preaching is “truth through personality.”
This personality factor raises the question of preaching tone. What should a…Continue Reading