Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Your Most Common Prayer for Your Soul?
Do you have a main prayer for yourself that you come back to again and again?
Mine changes only slightly from year to year. Different words come to mind with different meditations on the central truth of the Bible. But…Continue Reading
The Ministry of Reminding—Myself
One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God’s promises. Reminding is a great ministry. Peter and Paul wrote for this reason (2 Peter 1:13; Romans 15:15).
The main reminder is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). But don’t be…Continue Reading
At Least Be as Smart as a Bush
In the debates over evolution, be sure you do not become less intelligent than the beasts, the birds, the bushes, and the fish. They know something the brilliant godless do not know.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach…
God’s Moral Will and Sovereign Will
I would like to help you distinguish between God’s moral will and his sovereign will. This will help you make sense of the apparent contradiction between these two statements:
1. God does all things according to his will (sovereign will).… Continue Reading
Large Sails and Little Ballast
Large spiritual passion with small doctrinal understanding is large sails and tall masts on a tiny boat in high winds. It will dart wildly over the surface for a hundred yards. Then one wave, or one crosswind, will bring it…Continue Reading
Prayer: “Reversed Thunder”
We just finished a conference on prayer. To keep fanning the flames of zeal for a life of prayer, here is the most remarkable poem on prayer I know. It was written by George Herbert.
For me, the phrase “reversed…Continue Reading
One Third of Americans Affiliate with Evangelical Churches
First Published Black Poet in America
Phillis Wheatley was the first black person to publish a book of poetry in English. There is a story behind it.
Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, had to be published in London because the Boston publishers, where…Continue Reading
Can the Unregenerate Heal the Sick?
Have you ever wondered how the unregenerate could say to Jesus on the judgment day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?” (Matthew…Continue Reading
Robert Frost on Fire and Ice
Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Robert Frost died on this day in 1963. The one poem of his that I ever memorized was “Fire and Ice.” This is powerful cadence and rhyme. It gets depravity right.
I think some preachers should ponder what…Continue Reading
The Secret of Invincible Joy
Jesus revealed a secret that protects our happiness from the threat of suffering and the threat of success. That secret is this: Great is your reward in heaven. And the sum of that reward is enjoying the fullness of…Continue Reading
Pray for Jewish People on this Special Day
January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp in 1945. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
May I suggest that we take a few…Continue Reading
What Billy Graham Would Do Differently
It Was Cold at Calvary
One of the things I did on my leave of absence was write poems. Most of these grew out of meditating on God’s word. They are my groping toward affections worthy of Christ. Here’s one that overflowed from John 18:18,…Continue Reading
Groaning over Grieving the Holy Spirit
One of the poems I wrote during my leave of absence grew out of my sorrows over grieving the Holy Spirit. It is bad enough to know that God is dishonored by my sin. But to hear Paul connect my…Continue Reading
Saying What You Believe Is Clearer Than Saying “Calvinist”
We are Christians. Radical, full-blooded, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered, mission-advancing, soul-winning, church-loving, holiness-pursing, sovereignty-savoring, grace-besotted, broken-hearted, happy followers of the omnipotent, crucified Christ. At least that’s our imperfect commitment.
In other words, we are Calvinists. But that label is not nearly…Continue Reading
Don’t Equate Historically Early with Theologically Accurate
Beware of imputing advantage to antiquity. Seventy years after the death of Jesus the churches had neither the collected New Testament nor a living apostle. It was a precarious and embattled time.
Neither the experiences nor the teachers of the…Continue Reading
Slave-Holding as Character Suicide
Ice-Cold at the End of the Age—And White-Hot
I am a historic, premillennial, post-tribulational, evangelical Christian who thinks it is possible that, when Jesus appears visibly and bodily on the clouds to establish his earthly kingdom, the Twin Cities could be 95% born-again, Bible-believing Christians, including the mayors,…Continue Reading
Can We See Jesus Better Than the Saints in the Bible?
Jesus speaks of three ways of seeing himself, each better than the one before.
- There were the people who saw him, the incarnate Son of God, and did not see the self-authenticating reality of his divine glory. They only saw…
How Responsible Are We When the World Rejects Our Message?
It is a humble impulse to feel that our weak effect on people is our own fault. And it may often be true. There are character traits in speakers that God uses to overcome resistance in hearers (Acts 11:24; Matthew…Continue Reading