Blog Posts by John Piper
J. C. Ryle, Holiness, and Bible Density
I am immersed in J. C. Ryle because I plan to give a biographical study of his life and thought at the Desiring God pastors’ conference next January. He was a 19th century, evangelical, Anglican bishop of Liverpool. One thing…Continue Reading
The Bible Is Infinitely Valuable
It was a high privilege to speak at a banquet last July celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version and the 10th anniversary of the English Standard Version. I called the talk “The Infinite Worth of the Word…Continue Reading
The Logic of Fearlessness
Paul told the Philippians that living worthy of the gospel of Christ meant fearlessness before enemies.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ . . . not frightened in anything by your opponents (Philippians…
Ramadan: Praying for a Precious Sense of Emptiness
How do the words of Jesus guide us in praying for Muslims during Ramadan (August 1–29)? One of the aims of fasting during Ramadan is that Muslims aim to bring greater focus to their worship of Allah.
A Question With… Continue Reading
Don’t Provoke Your Teenage Children to Anger
Children, including teenagers, should treat their parents with respect (Ephesians 6:2). But it cuts both ways. “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger” (Ephesians 6:4). Of course children can get angry for no good reason. But the point is:…Continue Reading
There is a Global Gladness to Be Had
I assume you are like me. I know (in my head) that my joy enlarges with significant engagement in world missions. But I drift away from this engagement and this joy. It takes a biography or a message or a…Continue Reading
The Nightmare of Communism in North Korea
For those of you too young to remember building bomb shelters in the ’50s, and for whom the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags and the “iron curtain” have little impact, I would encourage you to look today at what Communism has…Continue Reading
Should You Support Campus Crusade Staff Now That the Name Is Changing?
Why Does the Truth of Hell Rise to Watershed Significance?
“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
“Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!” (Revelation 15:3).
Let Jesus Argue With Your Soul About Being Anxious
We should be slow to treat Jesus as if he doesn’t know what he is doing. He is not naïve in the way he deals with our anxiety. In Matthew 6:25-34 he tells us three times not to be anxious…Continue Reading
John Stott, The Expositor, Sent at a Crucial Point in My Life
How Do the Nations Rage in Vain?
Quoting Psalm 2, the early church in Acts 4 prays in a way that shows how the rage and plotting of God’s enemies are in vain.
Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of…
How Do I Think About Tweeting? — A Response to John Mayer
The Inevitability of “Gendercide” and Its Other Deadly Effects
163,000,000 unborn baby girls have been killed in Asia over the last three decades. That’s more than the entire female population of the United States.
Aside from the mounting up of blood-guilt, and the treasonous shredding of God’s image, the…Continue Reading
What Does It Mean to Serve God?
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). What does that mean?
- It means to do what he says in a way that makes him look supremely valuable in himself.
- It means to submit to…
Christ Died to Sin and Lives to God
“The death he died he died to sin, once for all,
but the life he lives he lives to God” (Romans 6:10).
How are sin and God coordinate in this text? Died to sin. Lives to God.
Sin causes death; …
Letter to an Incomplete, Insecure Teenager
A few years ago a teenager in our church wrote to me for advice about life in general, and identity in particular. Here is what I wrote, with a big dose of autobiography for illustration.
My experience of…Continue Reading
Indulge My Effusive Overflow for a Dead Friend
11 Ways God Works for Us
Only a few things have gripped me with greater joy than the truth that God loves to show his God-ness by working for me, and that his working for me is always before and under and in any working I…Continue Reading
Four Waves of Change in Missions
If God would be pleased to breathe on the ripples from the pebbles these speakers drop at our conference this year, they might become waves that break over thousands of lives and churches. The waves I am praying for are:
The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers
The authority of preaching is rooted finally in the absolute authority of God. That root passes through the infallible Word of God, the Bible. This book is the only access we have today to an infallible message from God.
Be Encouraged to Pray This Summer
Where to pray is not the issue. But whether.
Let J. C. Ryle stir you up as he has me.
I dare not lay down too strict rules on such points as these. I leave them to your own conscience.…
Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride
“My Eyes Shed Streams of Tears”—
Thoughts on the New Calamity
Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy.
His will is that a man might leave his father…Continue Reading