Blog Posts by John Piper
Legislating Morality for Women in the Seventh Century
As Dana Robert tells the story of the conversion of the Irish, lessons abound for our day. For example, here is a paragraph about the effect of Christianity on the condition of women in the seventh century.
Although little is…
A Poem on Hebrews 3:13
"Lest You Be Hardened"
Your thoughts, your words, your ways
So far above my place
Sometimes perceive your broad
Your brilliant blue, your sun—
You love…Continue Reading
The Great Story and the Single Verse
In my neck of the Christian woods, words like narrative, meta-narrative, story, storyline, biblical theology, and big picture abound. I would like to sound a note that may encourage some who, like me, may wonder how this language works to…Continue Reading
I Am Going to Vote
Having read several articles by people who don’t plan to vote in the presidential election, my conclusion is: I’m going to vote.
It seems to me that the good that can be done, presumably by the protest of not voting,…Continue Reading
Writing Like Cicero for the Sake of the Soul
New Publications Relating to C. S. Lewis
"All Men Desire Happiness" Can Be Confusing
The hill of dying, not of death,
And all the climbers gashed.
On hands and knees, I take a breath,
Barely moving, slashed.
And though the door of death is shut,
Is there a word to help us feel
the weight of Adam's fall?
How heavy will this burden weigh,
(Spare not!) on those who fell?
Spiritual Awakening and the Knowledge of God
I have never understood or empathized with the view that knowing more about God gets in the way of loving God. And yet there are people who, it seems, build their lives and ministries inside the fog of doctrinal ambiguity.
Shall I now live for him,
for you, for me?
And do you see:
If not for him,
what good for you or me?
If not for me,
Same-Sex Attraction and the Inevitability of Change
Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. When Paul says, "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify…Continue Reading
Sometimes the Lord Slays His Loved Ones
Some people are by nature tough, blunt, matter-of-fact, unsentimental. Others are tender, warm, soft-spoken, emotionally sensitive. Some, amazingly, are a mixture. In general, what makes these different folks feel loved is very different.
Being assessed by these different people can…Continue Reading
What Did Jesus Come to Save Us From?
Let’s do this inductively. I ask. You answer.
John 3:17, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
- Why did God send his Son?…
Learning from the Logic of Fear
God says to Ezekiel, “Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:9).
The logic strikes me, at first, as odd. Don’t be afraid of the people of Israel. Why? Because they…Continue Reading
A Possible Marriage Saver in Nine Steps
The grace of God is patient and works both instantaneously and over time. A mistake we sometimes make is thinking too idealistically, as though if we blow our first apology, there is no chance for a second.
The way to…Continue Reading
More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You
Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik
Anders Breivik’s sentence for killing 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 is outrageous. He was deemed sane and sentenced to serve 21 years in prison “in a three-cell suite of rooms equipped with exercise equipment, a television and…Continue Reading
When a Sermon Becomes a Poem
Beware of Elevated Vagueness
Praying for Your Straying Soul
Do you pray for your straying soul?
I do. Daily.
The soul is always in motion. If you think yours is motionless, you are probably floating downstream.
Daily the soul is lured to other treasures, other satisfactions, other rewards besides…Continue Reading
Your Executioner May Laugh You to Scorn for Quoting Psalm 91
If You Are Old, Don’t Hold Back
I write this to encourage old people to come boldly to Christ. Come and offer him what remains of your life. Come with grateful confidence that he will receive you and gladly help you use the rest of your life…Continue Reading
Why Was Jesus Unintimidated by Pilate?
Ponder with me the lesson of Pilate’s authority over Jesus.
Pilate said to Jesus, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You…
Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness
When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the…Continue Reading