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Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook)

John Piper

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to tell you about a new free eBook for Advent from Desiring God. It’s called Good News of Great Joy, organized specifically for this Advent, 2012.

Advent is just around the corner. It starts the…

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A Hungry People Make a Happy Pastor

John Piper

Dear Bethlehem,

This is my 33rd Advent season with you. That’s half the Christmas seasons of my life.

Twenty-two years of that first half I was in school—from age 6 to 28. It is as though my life has had…

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Free Calvin eBooks

John Piper

Why was John Calvin so mastered by the majesty of God? What kind of ministry did this produce?

In addition to the short Reformation Day video we made available today, we're offering three free ebooks to help you dig deeper…

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After Darkness... Light (Video from Geneva)

John Piper

Dear Friends,

Today is Reformation Day. Martin Luther posted his explosive 95 theses October 31, 1517. In the wake of Luther’s life, an army of Reformers soon emerged. Foremost among them was John Calvin. Together they recovered for the church…

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Legislating Morality for Women in the Seventh Century

John Piper

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…

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A Poem on Hebrews 3:13

John Piper

"Lest You Be Hardened"
Hebrews 3:13

Your thoughts, your words, your ways
     Are high,
So far above my place
     That I 
Sometimes perceive your broad
     Daylight—
Your brilliant blue, your sun—
    As night.

You love…

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The Great Story and the Single Verse

John Piper

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…

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I Am Going to Vote

John Piper

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…

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"All Men Desire Happiness" Can Be Confusing

John Piper

When Blaise Pascal1 and Jonathan Edwards2  (and I3) say that all human beings desire happiness we say something true and, for some, misleading.

Here’s the problem. Happiness (I’m not distinguishing it from joy) is an…

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Slow Dying

John Piper

The hill of dying, not of death,
     Is steeper,
And all the climbers gashed.

On hands and knees, I take a breath,
     A creeper,
Barely moving, slashed.

And though the door of death is shut,
      The keeper…

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God Answers

John Piper

Is there a word to help us feel 
     the weight of Adam's fall?
          All.

How heavy will this burden weigh,
     (Spare not!) on those who fell?
         …

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Spiritual Awakening and the Knowledge of God

John Piper

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.

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My Life

John Piper

Shall I now live for him, 
     for you, for me?
I shall. 
     And do you see:

If not for him, 
      what good for you or me?
If not for me, 
     …

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Same-Sex Attraction and the Inevitability of Change

John Piper

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…

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Sometimes the Lord Slays His Loved Ones

John Piper

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…

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What Did Jesus Come to Save Us From?

John Piper

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…
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