Blog Posts by John Piper
Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ
Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your…
Infant Baptism and a Puzzling Text
From age 18 to 28, my schooling became increasingly less congenial to believers’ baptism.
I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church. Then Wheaton College broadened my world, and I learned the word “Evangelical.” I discovered…Continue Reading
Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden's Dead?
God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single. There are several, and they intermingle. That is a good thing. You are God-like.
In response to…Continue Reading
Three Cheers for Not Hiding God in Scholarship
David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet just published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011). The series preface (by Francis Beckwith and J. P. Moreland) contains this heartening exhortation to Christian scholars to stop hiding their belief…Continue Reading
Ominous Ravines and Unapproachable Crags
This is a plea that we would open our eyes wide to the not-God for the sake of God.
By the “not-God” I have in mind the skies—day and night—the clouds, the mountains, and the oceans. And a thousand other…Continue Reading
What Happens When You Turn 65
Turning 65 in January has me all fired up to get busy. I am close enough to the finish line that the face of Jesus is coming into sharper focus. This is very exciting and makes me want to pick…Continue Reading
More Divinity in These Ten Days Than 50 Years Before
Andrew Rivet was a devout theologian at the University of Leyden who died in 1651 at the age of 78. The approach of his death became a seminary for his soul. I pray it will be this way for you…Continue Reading
It’s Good to Please People; It’s Bad to Please People.
Life is not simple. So language is not simple. Different situations in life call for different ways of living. The language that describes those differences can be very confusing.
For example Paul says he tries to please people and he…Continue Reading
The Overflow of Easter: A Whole Theology of Resurrection in One Chapter
Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday
On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s the summary of my answer.
My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he…Continue Reading
Salt, Suffering, and Satisfaction
Try this interpretation of what it means for Christians to be salt.
I suggest that being salty as a Christian means at root being so profoundly satisfied by Christ as our eternal reward, we are freed from fear and greed…Continue Reading
Women Increasingly Pursue Porn
I think Jesus would say that internet pornography is one of Satan’s most powerful baits that he puts on the hook of hell. I say that because of how he connects hell and lust.
Everyone who looks at a woman…
Make Holy Week Holy to the Lord
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is not intrinsically holy, except that all time is holy, since it belongs to God. But we can make it holy by setting it apart for sacred focus.
May I encourage you to…Continue Reading
Appreciation for Don Carson
Memorizing Scripture: Why and How
I wish I could persuade everyone to do this.
Here is inspiration and application on why and how to memorize Scripture.
Why Do It?
First, the inspiration.
Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote,
Burning the Qur’an and Crucifying Christ
The burning of the Qur’an and the murder of human beings are not morally equivalent. That’s true. And it is, frankly, outrageous the way some commentators speak with more moral indignation about the burning of holy books than the butchery…Continue Reading
Providence, Proverbs, and the Pastorate
God’s Love: Blocked, Then Accepted
George Herbert was born on this day in 1593. He described his poems as echoes of the conflict between God and his own soul. Yes, but there is also resolution. He had been subdued by love.
Here we see the…Continue Reading
Child-Sacrificing Incas and Us
The Issue Is God, Not Odds
Beware of dreaming too small and asking God for too little. You do not know when he may touch your simple task and turn it into gold.
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote one of his most famous and moving poems when…Continue Reading
Japan: After Empathy and Aid, People Want Answers
First things first.
When Christians see suffering they feel empathy. We too have bodies (Hebrews 13:3). Therefore, love commands, “Weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).
Then comes aid. We want to help relieve human suffering—all of it, especially…Continue Reading
A Prayer for Japan
The scenes of the tsunami in Japan are apocalyptic:
The power of moving water is greater than most of us can imagine. Nothing stands before it. We are driven to our knees:
Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over…
A Five-Pointer Shares the Gospel
Here’s a conversation between an unbeliever and an evangelist who believes in the doctrine of definite atonement (sometimes unhelpfully called “limited atonement”)—the biblical teaching that when Jesus died, God’s unalterable purpose was to cancel the sins and commute the death…Continue Reading
What Bob Dylan Got Right
In 1979 Bob Dylan recorded the song "Gotta Serve Somebody." For those who listen with biblically informed ears the refrain echoes Paul and Jesus:
Paul: "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads…
Israel, Arabs, and the Family of God
Last Sunday I met an Arab Christian who was visiting our church. In a respectful way, he poured out his heart concerning the plight of his people in the Middle East and his sadness at how few American Christian pastors…Continue Reading