Blog Posts by John Piper
I Don’t Think So, Doug
C. S. Lewis on the Temporary Importance of Fear
I think that when we are sinless we will still fear God in the sense of reverential, trembling awe — as when we stand on a peak before vast stretches of unscalable cliffs. And we will also fear, I suppose,…Continue Reading
Old Shocks in Getting Ready for Romania, Switzerland, and Germany
I have been preparing for ministry in Romania, Switzerland and Germany. One of the messages I am to give is “What is Gospel-Centered Ministry?” I have let my mind run back over the decades of preaching about this. One message…Continue Reading
Learning from John Stott’s Godly Ambition
Today is John Stott’s first birthday in heaven.
Coming toward the end of my (32-year) ministry as Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I read Alister Chapman’s new biography of John Stott with special interest. I wanted…Continue Reading
My Future at Desiring God
This has been a season of transition at both Bethlehem and Desiring God. In both cases I feel more carried along than pushing or pulling. God is manifestly moving. May the Lord give me grace to stay in…Continue Reading
Earnestness in Preaching (and Life)
Earnestness is the demeanor that corresponds to the weight of the subject matter of preaching — and life. The opposite of earnest is not joyful, but trivial, flippant, frivolous, chipper.
It is possible to be earnest and have elements of…Continue Reading
Ajith Fernando – Through the Eyes of His Son
What Does Paul Mean: “Christ Will Reconcile to Himself All Things”?
Some have used Colossians 1:20 to argue for universalism — that all rebel creatures, including the devil will be reconciled to God in the end and there will be no eternal hell.
In him all the fullness of…
Did Jesus Spend Saturday in Hell?
Why I Love Bethlehem College
After doing serious church-based higher education for decades, we made it official in 2009 and started Bethlehem College and Seminary (BCS). I love what God has put together.
As many of you know, I began my ministry back in 1974…Continue Reading
Race and the Horrific Frequency of Abortion
Tucked away near the bottom, and easily out of sight, is one of the compounded tragedies of abortion. The profoundly disproportionate number of black babies being aborted.
Every child is created in God's image and is knit together by him…Continue Reading
The Mega Millions Lottery Is a Suicidal Craze
Tonight a ticket will be chosen worth over half a billion dollars. Lottery agents in New York were selling 1.3 million Mega Millions tickets per hour Thursday.
Officials were expecting to sell about 1.2 billion tickets total before the drawing.
Bonhoeffer on Abortion
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is claimed as a patron saint by theological schools, ranging from God is Dead to evangelical conservatives. Eric Metaxas sees his biography as one step in the rescue of Bonhoeffer from the most bizarre misuses of his thinking.
Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel
I Was Warned by Job This Morning
I take this as a serious and sober warning to people with significant influence and respected standing in the church and community. Job was a good man. “Blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job…Continue Reading
What’s the Difference Between Jesus and the Lawyers?
Jesus said, “Woe to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers” (Luke 11:46).
How is Jesus different from that? (Be careful.)
Does he…Continue Reading
Will We Arrive Blameless on the Day of Christ?
There is a faith-sustained holiness that Paul wants his converts to have on the day of Christ — the day of his return, when the dead in Christ will be raised (1 Corinthians 15:23). This holiness (which he also calls…Continue Reading
Don’t Give Up in the Lean Seasons
I want to encourage you who are younger in ministry that lean seasons will come, and by grace you can make it through.
A Billy Graham illustration and a personal one.
Sometimes It Rains
We always think of Billy Graham’s…Continue Reading
How Is Future Grace Being Revised?
Fierce Tornadoes and the Fingers of God
Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states, and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?
If God…Continue Reading
Tell Your Children What Hitler Did
How Do We Hear the Voice of Jesus?
Do you want to hear the voice of Jesus? So do I. The Father certainly wants us to. “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35).
To which we cry, “Yes, Lord. Yes! We want…Continue Reading
Speaking of Apps: The Voice of God in Our Hands
Forty-Year-Old Light on How to Translate “Son of God” for Muslims
Writing in 1972, J. I. Packer sheds light on the contemporary debate over how to translate the term “Son of God” in Muslim contexts. A common Muslim misconception is that Christians believe Jesus was God’s Son by procreation with Mary,…Continue Reading
When Is Indecision Loveless and Sinful? (A Lesson from Bonhoeffer)
Have you ever been paralyzed with indecision? I have. It is not a good trait of leadership.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer breathed the air of crisis most of his adult life. This would eventually make the issue of decisiveness a matter of…Continue Reading