Blog Posts by John Piper
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
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
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
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…
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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…
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
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…
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
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.
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