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Articles by John Piper

How Do We Rest in the Face of Horrible Calamity?

John Piper

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…

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The Jagged Void (A Poem for Grieving Mothers)

John Piper

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…

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When Two So-Called “Married” Women (or Men) Repent

John Piper
When Two So-Called “Married” Women (or Men) Repent

One of the sweet advantages of insisting that there is no such thing as same-sex “marriage” is that there is therefore also no such thing as same-sex “divorce.” In the days ahead, this will be very good news for many…

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Prayer: We Get the Help, He Gets the Glory

John Piper

One of the unique things about God is that he displays his glory by helping rather than demanding help. “No eye has seen a God besides you, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). “He is not…

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The Power for Our Patience

John Piper

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)

Strength is the right word. The apostle Paul prayed for the church at Colossae, that they would be…

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The Fight for Life: Why We Keep Standing

John Piper

At Desiring God, we are happy and unapologetic advocates of the sanctity of human life, beginning at conception. We love waving the banner for life, not just around the Roe anniversary in January, but throughout the year. Earlier this year,

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Introducing Jon Bloom and His New Book

John Piper

There are books you should read at your desk hunched over and ready to wrestle with rarified ideas. Then there are books that you should read the way you stop by a shaded stream. The trust level is high. The…

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30 Reasons Why It Is a Great Thing to Be a Pastor

John Piper
  1. God is the greatest Reality in the universe.
    And pastors swim in that sea with ever-replenished joy.

    I am the Lᴏʀᴅ, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)

    Oh, the depth of the riches…

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Letter to a Parent Grieving the Loss of a Child

John Piper

Earlier this year, a grieving mother, who recently had given birth to a stillborn son, wrote to me asking for counsel and comfort. The team at Desiring God thought this letter might be helpful to some others, whether other mothers

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Leap and Weep: Pondering Again That It’s Over

John Piper

People continue to ask me how it feels. “You were a pastor non-stop for 33 years. Now you’re not. How does it feel?”

I have been tongue-tied too many times. So I have tried to come up with the shortest…

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Recommissioned and Ready to Launch

John Piper

For 33 years Bethlehem put bread on our table. They paid our salary. They didn’t muzzle this ox while he was treading out the grain (1 Timothy 5:18). They were the hands of God in meeting our needs. I am…

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No Blessing Like Health — With the Exception of Sickness

John Piper

One moving testimony to me as I ended my ministry at Bethlehem on March 31 was that of a young woman who has battled cancer. She thanked God for my cancer. She had listened to the messages leading up to…

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First-Day Thoughts on Not Being a Pastor Anymore

John Piper

I’ve been thinking about how much I love finishing things. I get great pleasure in finishing — a poem, a sermon, a book, or cutting the grass, or fixing the dripping faucet, or selling our car. It’s hard for me…

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What Does It Mean for Jesus to Despise Shame?

John Piper

In running the race of life we are to look to the exaltation of Jesus at the end of his race. But Hebrews 12:2 tells us to look not only to his exaltation, but to his motivation.

Jesus was carried…

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Running the Race, Looking to the Finisher

John Piper

Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus,

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A Vision for Holy Week

John Piper

Word pictures have power to put familiar wonders back where they belong — in the heart of worship. Isaiah pictured the Messiah as so tender he would not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3). Yet…

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Why a New Student Missions Conference?

John Piper

Cross is a new student missions conference. I serve on the leadership team — along with Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, David Platt, Zane Pratt, David Sitton, and Mack Stiles — and want to invite you to come.

Why a new…

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A New Poem: If You’re Alive, It’s Not Too Late

John Piper

Too Late

At concourse G, gate seventeen,
     My sweat and panting pleas
That obstacles were unforeseen 
     May have been fantasies 
For all they cared of where I’d been.
    The door was locked within.
“I waited at another gate,”
 …

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A Sweet Legacy I Savor—Bible Memory

John Piper

As I look back over 32 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem one of the sweet legacies I savor is the solid place Bible memorization has in the church. I am not the only, or even the main reason for…

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The Feast Day for George Herbert

John Piper

The Anglican Church designates February 27 as the Feast Day in commemoration of the pastor and poet George Herbert. So I am glad to wave again my little flag of love for Herbert’s poetry.

For depth of biblical insight, penetration…

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The Antichrist Is Here, and Not Yet Here

John Piper

Perhaps most of you are accustomed to saying that the kingdom of God is “not yet” here and is “already” here. Not yet here in its consummation, but already here in significant fulfillments.

In fact, “fulfillment without consummation” was the…

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Two Reasons Why Love Protects Us from Deception

John Piper

In my sermon last Sunday I argued from 2 John 1:5–7 that love among Christians is a great protection against deception. John wrote, “Love one another. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world.” So I…

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