Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Eternal and Temporal Goals of the Gospel
It’s Now or Never: Love Your Enemies
I have heard preachers say, the only thing we do on this earth that we won’t do in the age to come, is witness to unbelievers. So be about it. This is your only chance. It’s now or never.
Why This Year's Conference May Be the Most Strategic
Why Read About the Beheading of Christians?
Thank you, Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematical genius who was born June 19, 1623. After running from God until he was 31 years old, on November 23, 1654 at 10:30 pm, Pascal met God and was profoundly and unshakably converted to…Continue Reading
Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God
I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then the kindness and the…Continue Reading
Happy Birthday, John Wesley. Two Silver Spoons.
And Thousands of Souls.
Thank you, John Wesley, for your practicing what you preached about money. John Wesley was born on this day 1703 (same year as Jonathan Edwards). He was one of the great evangelists of the 18th century. Today I want to…Continue Reading
The Price of Freedom in Egypt
Ramez Atallah is the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. This update from Cairo is a reminder that there are not unambiguous events in this fallen world. Things cut both ways. Reading this careful assessment from the inside,…Continue Reading
Should I Want to Be "Such a Worm?"
I tweeted this morning that I would like to be "such a worm". I said: "William Carey died today 1834. Epitaph: 'A wretched poor and helpless worm, on thy kind arms I fall.' O to be such a worm!"
What Tone Should Preachers Aim At?
Phillips Brooks who died in 1893—and who along with Jesus, Paul, John Stott, Dick Lucas, and other preachers never married—most famously said that preaching is “truth through personality.”
This personality factor raises the question of preaching tone. What should a…Continue Reading
John Piper Interviews John Knight on Disability
Another Incentive to Read Christian Biography
Perhaps, Hebrews 11 is still the most compelling biblical mandate for reading Christian biography. Together with Hebrews 13:7 all those biographical lessons in faith seem like an overwhelming summons to keep finding such stories and “considering” them.
John Piper Interviews Rick Warren on Doctrine
This 98 minute interview that I did with Rick Warren was recorded on May 1, 2011, during the Desiring God Regional Conference at Saddleback Church. It's the fulfillment of a commitment we made when Rick was not able to come…Continue Reading
Bob Dylan Turns Seventy Today
Yes, I still pray that he will find that the encounter with Jesus in 1978 was real, and that he will come to the end singing and believing his song, “Saved.”
I was blinded by the devil
Thoughts on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment
On May 21, 2011, the proposed Minnesota Marriage Amendment passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 70 to 62. This means that the question will be put on the ballot in the 2012 election.
If the amendment passes in…Continue Reading
Not Smoking Could Even Give Us an Edge on Schlatter!
Piper’s First Published Poem for Money ($5)
Since I preached on this text last Sunday (John 8:57), I decided to dig into my files to find the first poem I ever published for money. Five dollars. It was in the September, 1969 issue of Christian Life (p.…Continue Reading
Has the Gospel Been Preached to the Whole Creation Already?
From Rob Bell to Peter O’Brien, Colossians 1:23 proves a challenge. Paul refers to the gospel of his day as “the gospel . . . which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven” (ESV). Commentators multiply explanations of how…Continue Reading