Articles by John Piper
Your wall, O wicked Jericho, your ancient, mighty wall,
Your shame, where you have made your infants’ blood renowned,
Your boast, your monument, your Babel, tall
And endless on its side, bent ’round
Into a ring, a thrust,
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25
O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from…
If individualism is a bad thing, corporatism is also a bad thing, and probably a worse thing. If I had to choose, I would prefer to fight for biblical truth in the chaos of American individualism than in the iron-clad…Continue Reading
People from the time of John Chrysostom (347–407) have tried to limit the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans 14:23, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Chrysostom cautions, “Now all these things have been spoken by Paul of…Continue Reading
The grotesque is part of what this fallen age is. Seeing it and seeing God with clear, uncompromising eyes of faith keeps us from making gulags or gas chambers.
When sentimentalism separates the grotesque from the sovereign goodness of God…Continue Reading
I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters…Continue Reading
Some people feel less loved when they hear God loves them for his own sake. But in fact his love is greater for us when he loves us that way.
I want to help you feel more loved because God…Continue Reading
Before the night he was betrayed,
The Lord of glory died;
Indeed before the world was made,
The Lamb was crucified.
Before the sin, the spear, the lash
You are not wrong to sing, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know,” even though Yahweh is.
God gave himself the name Yahweh. No man gave him this name. It is God’s chosen personal name. He loves to…Continue Reading
We all feel small.
That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.
But we are attached to the…Continue Reading
I have often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”
This may not be fair to books, since paragraphs find their way to us through books, and they often gain their peculiar power because of the context…Continue Reading
The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.S. Lewis. If your time is short, just go straight to the video. But if you wonder why we should even care about Lewis’s influence, you might want to read these few paragraphs.
I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:
Nothing ugly is ever called glorious in the Bible. There is “great sin” (Genesis 20:9), but never “glorious sin.” The evil one has “cosmic power” (Ephesians 6:12), but not cosmic “glory.” The reason for this is that sin and evil…Continue Reading
Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:
Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to…
Now Is An Age
On Reading John Donne’s Death, Be Not Proud
One night, as I sat reading
Before the fire, and casting
Calm shadows on the door behind my chair,
This is a lesson in self-knowledge for the sake of worship and righteousness.
Something terrible and profound happened to all humans when Adam sinned. All except Jesus, that is, “who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Something came into the…Continue Reading
Four thousand times an hour, or more,
Each day and night, since I was six
Weeks old inside my mother's womb,
My trusty heart (a metaphor
Of what?) with ceaseless double…
I wish we could write about the sovereignty of God in a lull between calamities. But there is none.
If I were to say we are between tsunamis or tornadoes, someone would say, “That tree just fell on my house,”…Continue Reading
Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For…Continue Reading
This is a gentle pushback on a popular slogan.
There is truth in saying, “love is a choice” or “love is a decision.” It is true that if you don’t feel like doing good to your neighbor love will incline…Continue Reading
Whether you are in your twenties or sixties, you probably have some long-standing heart-responses you don’t like. These are like reflexes. You don’t choose them. They spring up unintentionally from your heart, usually in response to the people around you.
What happens to our emotions if we really believe in the sovereign wisdom and goodness of God in horrible persecution?
This question rises for me for two reasons.
One is because of God’s will for our emotions revealed in the…Continue Reading
When the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, nine children died in the Plaza Towers Elementary School. I’ve been thinking about their parents, especially the mothers who bore them — and trying to imagine the void. And the more…Continue Reading