Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Minimizing Views of God Don't Advance the Mission
The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?
One of the great benefits of vacation is that there are no deadlines for being done with devotions. I can start and go as long as I want. If the Bible plan says four chapters (which it does), I can…Continue Reading
Put Strong Pillars Under Your Case for the Unbelieving Poor
I only bring this up because I want the church to care more not less about the suffering that comes from poverty. Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering. And “all suffering” includes the miseries of unbelievers who live…Continue Reading
A 30-Year-Old Dream I Have Outlived By One Year
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