Blog Posts by John Piper
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…
To See His Supernova God, Put Your Eye to Edwards' Telescope
The Great Ministry Killer
Money is a great ministry killer. Look at what happened to Israel’s spiritual leaders from top to bottom.
The heads of Jacob give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money;
How a Book Is Born
Thank you, Father
Thank you, Father, for my life.
Thank you for my precious wife.
Thank you, Father, for my girl.
Thank you for this deep-sea pearl.
Thank you, Father, for my sons,
Fathers, wives, the little ones.
Thank you for the church…Continue Reading
Rob Not Your Heart of the Deep Sea Joys
In the history of the Christian Church there have been few people more eloquent than Charles Spurgeon. That makes his words about silence all the more striking.
Priceless as the gift of utterance may be, the practice of silence in…
Helping You Sing “Hallelujah” with True Exuberance
The English word “hallelujah” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words, "hallelu" and "jah". The first word, "hallelu", is the second person imperative of “praise.” The second word, "jah," is the short form of "Jahweh" (or "Yahweh").
So when we…Continue Reading
Steve Jobs: “He Knew the Couple of Things He Wanted to Do”
Jesus Died to End Abortion and Racism
Seventeen years ago I linked Martin Luther King Day with Sanctity of Life Sunday for the first time. Since then I have tried to preach a pair of sermons back to back in January — one for the glory of…Continue Reading
One of My Teachers Has Died
My Experience with Racism and Reformed Theology
The Bible and the Reformed faith have been used to defend racism and slavery. But, if you take the long view, in every case, the day came when the very Bible, and the very faith, that had once condoned racism…Continue Reading
The Laugh of Faith and the Power of Prayer
What Would John Stott Say to Us After Our Conference on Missions?
Something like this I think:
The highest of missionary motive is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the…
Keeping the Missions Flame Alive
It’s Monday the day after our National Conference on the theme, Finish the Mission. I slept till 9, got up, went to the gym with Noël, came home, opened my Bible, read two chapters and fell asleep till 12:30.…Continue Reading
Victor Converses with Death
It was one of the great privileges of my life to speak the word of God at the memorial service for 14-year-old Victor Manuel Watters on September 11, 2011. Sober, painful, and joyful — that’s how I would describe this…Continue Reading
Nigeria: Corruption, Church Growth and Discipleship
How Do I Love Reformed Theology?
I am a lover of the Reformed faith — the legacy of the protestant Reformation expressed broadly in the writings of John Calvin and John Owen and Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards, and contemporaries like R. C. Sproul and J.…Continue Reading
Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 2)
Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why (Part 1)
One Thing the 9/11 Terrorists Got Right
The 9/11 terrorists were governed by what they believed about their future. That’s the way it should be. But if the future you envision is wrong, you will be shocked when you die.
The terrorists believed that the instant they…Continue Reading
Why Are You Thrilled to Be Loved by Jesus?
Believers in Jesus are precious to God (we're his bride!). And he loves us so much that he will not allow our preciousness to become our god.
God does indeed make much of us (adoption!), but he does so in…Continue Reading
How to Glorify God at Work
Just home from two weeks in Australia, I am brimming with thankfulness to God for his people there, and for the pleasures of working with them in Brisbane and Sydney and in the mountains of Katoomba.
One of the conferences…Continue Reading