Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Honoring Another Christian Death in Pakistan
I Act the Miracle
All Creation Betrothed to God
The Gift of Victor Hugo
No, No, Augustine!
God’s Love Is the Cause and Result of Ours
Do you believe both of these statements?
1. God loved us before we loved him, and not because we loved him.
2. God loves us in response to our love for him—because we love him.
They are both true.
Marriage and the Unthinkable
A 1951 laughable thought: In 60 years the President of the United States will refuse to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
A 2011 laughable thought: In 60 years the President of the United States…Continue Reading
What Is Present When Kneeling to Pray in Jesus’ Name
Here’s what is present when we kneel to pray in Jesus’ name:
1. God the Father on his throne sovereign over the universe, with a welcoming, countenance focused on us.
2. God the Son in his high priestly role, standing…
Piper's Foreword to Crabtree's Practicing Affirmation
The point of being created in the image of God is that human beings are destined to display God. That’s what images do. And the point of being redeemed…Continue Reading