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Learning from the Logic of Fear

John Piper

God says to Ezekiel, “Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:9).

The logic strikes me, at first, as odd. Don’t be afraid of the people of Israel. Why? Because they…

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A Possible Marriage Saver in Nine Steps

John Piper

The grace of God is patient and works both instantaneously and over time. A mistake we sometimes make is thinking too idealistically, as though if we blow our first apology, there is no chance for a second.

The way to…

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The Surpassing Goal: Marriage Lived for the Glory of God

John Piper

My topic for this chapter is "Marriage lived for the glory of God." The decisive word in that topic is the word "for." "Marriage lived for the glory of God." The topic is not: "The glory of God for the…

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More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You

John Piper

Last Sunday’s message struck a chord with many when I spoke of Christian friends letting you down. I argued that sometimes they forsake you never to return — like Demas. He loved “the present world,” and so abandoned the great…

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Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik

John Piper

Anders Breivik’s sentence for killing 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 is outrageous. He was deemed sane and sentenced to serve 21 years in prison “in a three-cell suite of rooms equipped with exercise equipment, a television and…

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When a Sermon Becomes a Poem

John Piper

After preaching on the inestimable value of God’s inspired word on August 11th, I was so moved that the desire to say it again another way kept urging me on. So I wrote this.

The Truth
A Meditation on 2…

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Beware of Elevated Vagueness

John Piper

The term “elevated vagueness” caught my eye.

It was in a tweet by Fred Sanders linking to his article about F. W. Robertson, a 19th century British preacher. Even before I read the article I could smell the rot…

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Praying for Your Straying Soul

John Piper
Praying for Your Straying Soul

Do you pray for your straying soul?

I do. Daily.

The soul is always in motion. If you think yours is motionless, you are probably floating downstream.

Daily the soul is lured to other treasures, other satisfactions, other rewards besides…

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If You Are Old, Don’t Hold Back

John Piper

I write this to encourage old people to come boldly to Christ. Come and offer him what remains of your life. Come with grateful confidence that he will receive you and gladly help you use the rest of your life…

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Why Was Jesus Unintimidated by Pilate?

John Piper

Ponder with me the lesson of Pilate’s authority over Jesus.

Pilate said to Jesus, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You…

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A Baptist Catechism

John Piper

This document is also available in PDF.

A Catechism?

I. What is a catechism?

In 1 Corinthians 14:19 Paul says, "In the church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others, than ten…

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Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness

John Piper

When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the…

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Some Foreseen Effects of Legalizing So-Called Same Sex Marriage

John Piper

When I preached on the implications of the legalizing of so-called same sex marriage I said, “Pretending that [marriage] can exist between people of the same sex will send ripple effects of dysfunction and destruction in every direction, most of…

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The Presence of the Lamb and the Sufferings of Hell

John Piper

Two of the passages of Scripture that express the unending nature of hell most clearly point to seemingly opposite reasons it will be terrible. One speaks of being “away from the presence of the Lord.” The other speaks of suffering…

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How Would You Like to Wear Your Joy?

John Piper

Isaiah prophesies:

The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

“Everlasting joy shall be

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Meditate with Me on Isaiah 42:21

John Piper

The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.” (Isaiah 42:21).

  1. God’s righteousness inclines him to make his own instruction great and glorious. “For his righteousness’ sake he magnifies and glorifies…
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“There Is No Demilitarized Zone in the Issue of Homosexuality”

John Piper
“There Is No Demilitarized Zone in the Issue of Homosexuality”

All the participants of the panel on homosexuality at The Gospel Coalition Council meetings agreed that we have entered one of the most difficult challenges to a gospel-centered approach to evangelism. The reason is not that the center of the…

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How Do You Relate to a Gay Family Member?

John Piper

Is there hope for a relationship with a family member who is not a believer and is in a same-sex relationship, and who knows your Christian position?

Yes. One story went like this. An adult sister-in-law was in a lesbian…

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Beware of Naïve Assumptions and False Stereotypes

John Piper

We should beware of overly-simple generalizations in dealing with people with same-sex attraction, and we should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul.

For example, a woman may be a predatory lesbian and a…

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Christ Swallows Up Eroticism in Something Much Bigger

John Piper

One panelist at The Gospel Coalition discussions of homosexuality said he knew a dozen joyfully married Christian couples with children, in which one of each couple was formerly gay or lesbian. He said that this does not mean there are…

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Homosexuality, Human Relations, and the Challenges to Evangelism

John Piper

Several weeks ago the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition met for its annual discussions of current issues and the state of gospel-centered ministry among evangelicals. Of the many panel discussions, the most illuminating to me was the one on…

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A Tribute to My Father, on My Last Father’s Day at Bethlehem

John Piper

Today is Father’s Day. I was thinking about my father as I walked to morning prayer on Friday. I remembered one scene most vividly and joyfully. The moment of his death. I was alone with him in his hospital room…

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