Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Brad Pitt: Why Emphasize God’s God-Centeredness
Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus
Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.
If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news…Continue Reading
What If Your Reputation Is Unjustly Bad?
[Jesus] told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of…
How Shall We Pray About the Upheavals in the Middle East?
In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul connects prayer for “all who are in high positions” with a peaceful life for the followers of Jesus, and with his desire for all people to be saved.
First of all, then, I urge that…
What We Learn from God Killing the Sons of Judah
The sons of Judah, Er and Onan, were wicked men, and the Bible says, the Lord killed them.
“Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death.” (Genesis 38:7)
Womanizing vs. the “N” Word
Chronological smugness is the feeling that we have advanced to a moral condition higher than the generations before us. Shelby Steele has a good warning for us. We may not be advancing, but only reshuffling the vices about which we…Continue Reading
What About Reformed Racists?
All Christians sin. All churches are blind to some of their sins. None of us is in a position to claim our theology is true because of the quality of our lives. Truth is grounded in God’s word, not…Continue Reading
John Piper's Poem for His Wife on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day, 2011