Blog Posts by John Piper
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Pray and Ponder Yourself into Sync with Paul’s Sense of Wealth
When the apostle Paul thinks about “wealth” or “riches” what springs to his mind? What should spring to ours? Where should our efforts at enrichment be invested?
Here are all the uses of Paul’s favorite word for “riches”…Continue Reading
Read Your Bible More and More
Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.
Three reasons this is not legalism:
Desiring God's Younger Cousin
I am overjoyed that The Pleasures of God is here in a new edition. You can order the book, DVD and study guide, all for $10 total. [Note: This special is no longer available.]
Here’s how I would describe…Continue Reading
The Stupendous Reality of Being “in Christ Jesus”
Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is breathtaking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” listen to what it means for you:
- In Christ Jesus you…
Five Ways to Fight Abortion and Serve the Unborn and Their Moms
Because of the amazing mercy of God described in Psalm 106 we can cry out with hope, “O Lord, help me when you save your people” (verse 4). And what does he help us do? Obtain the fullest blessing of…Continue Reading
J. C. Ryle, Temperance, and Abortion
J. C. Ryle’s strategy to reverse the destructive effects of drunkenness point to possibilities in our battle against abortion.
Ryle was the first Bishop of Liverpool, England, starting in 1880 and ending with his death in 1900. He found that…Continue Reading
A Short, Free eBook on Abortion
We are children of the light. Abortion is a work of darkness. The apostle Paul said, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
Our aim, by the power of the Holy Spirit,…Continue Reading
Psalm 135 and the Pleasure of God in All He Does
Psalm 135:1–6 —
Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, 2 who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our…
Download Bloodlines for Free
Bloodlines is one of the most autobiographical books I have written. It tells my story from racism to the path of redemption. I preached on the theme of Bloodlines yesterday to mark Martin Luther King weekend. The title of the…Continue Reading
Specifically, Who Were the Puritans? What Were Their Names?
You may have heard people vilify or extol the Puritans. J. I. Packer is among those who extol. Indeed, he thinks that this century of pastors was the greatest the church has ever known.
Some of us have found our…Continue Reading
Inspired to Pray in 2012
If you want to be inspired to pray in 2012 and don’t have time for a long book, Here is a short one.
Probably no book has had a greater effect on my prayer life in proportion to its size…Continue Reading
Know a Christian Who Seems to Love Movies More Than Jesus?
What should you do if you know someone who seems to be more excited about movies than Jesus?
Many professing Christians give little evidence of valuing Jesus more than the latest movie they have seen. Or the latest clothing they…Continue Reading
What Is Freedom? — Filling Out the Passion 2012 Message
Christian Hedonist Calvinism
What would the doctrines of grace sound like if every limb in that tree were coursing with the sap of Augustinian delight. (that is, Christian Hedonism)?
- Total depravity is not just badness, but blindness to God’s beauty and deadness to…
The Sovereign God of “Elfland” (Why Chesterton’s Anti-Calvinism Doesn’t Put Me Off)
A Word for Those Who Have Forsaken Jesus
How eager Jesus was to restore broken fellowship with his apostles after the resurrection! Surely this is a sign of how eager he is to restore us when we have drifted (or bolted) away.
All the apostles had forsaken him.…Continue Reading
Not by Bread Alone: Let’s Live on God’s Word in 2012
At Bethlehem we close prayer week with a focus on the value of reading and memorizing Scripture in the new year. I preach on the value of God’s word and the importance of reading and memorizing the Scripture every day.
How Desiring God Works
Dear Friends of Desiring God,
Desiring God exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, especially by focusing on the truth, and its implications, that God…Continue Reading
What to Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile
There are mornings when I wake up feeling fragile. Vulnerable. It’s often vague. No single threat. No one weakness. Just an amorphous sense that something is going to go wrong and I will be responsible. It’s usually after a lot…Continue Reading
A Poem on Our 43rd Wedding Anniversary
Sometimes I write poems for our anniversary. Sometimes on our anniversary. This one I wrote on our anniversary, December 21st. It addresses the question of where in this baffling, unknown, fragile world certainty and security can be found.
The Bridge…Continue Reading
Outwitted and Victorious
This is not a plea to be thoughtless. It’s not an argument for ignoring strategy. God uses strategy (Joshua 8:4).
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31). Yes.…Continue Reading
Should We Be Tenderhearted?
The longer I live the more complexities I see in living. They’re not as paralyzing as they used to be. I pray more for a spiritual nose to sniff out the path between precipices.
Take tender-heartedness, for example. I think…Continue Reading
Christopher Hitchens, the Mission of Desiring God, and God's Word About Death
Three things came together in the last thirty-six hours to create this post. The death of Christopher Hitchens, the Desiring God Board meeting Thursday, and the word of God.
- Christopher Hitchens died Thursday night. He was, perhaps, the most aggressive…
Can Authentic Faith Be Awakened by a Physical Miracle?
Did Jesus teach that miracles are useless for those who reject the word? Here’s the story he told:
From hades the rich man implored Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers not to come to that place of…