Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Can You Please Explain Philippians 1:15-18?
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but… Continue Reading
Where the Old Testament Demands the Deity of Christ
Hebrews 1:8-9 quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to the effect that the “Son”, the King of Israel is God.
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your…
Infant Baptism and a Puzzling Text
From age 18 to 28, my schooling became increasingly less congenial to believers’ baptism.
I grew up in a Southern Baptist home and church. Then Wheaton College broadened my world, and I learned the word “Evangelical.” I discovered…Continue Reading
Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden's Dead?
God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single. There are several, and they intermingle. That is a good thing. You are God-like.
In response to…Continue Reading
Three Cheers for Not Hiding God in Scholarship
David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet just published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011). The series preface (by Francis Beckwith and J. P. Moreland) contains this heartening exhortation to Christian scholars to stop hiding their belief…Continue Reading
Ominous Ravines and Unapproachable Crags
This is a plea that we would open our eyes wide to the not-God for the sake of God.
By the “not-God” I have in mind the skies—day and night—the clouds, the mountains, and the oceans. And a thousand other…Continue Reading
What Happens When You Turn 65
Turning 65 in January has me all fired up to get busy. I am close enough to the finish line that the face of Jesus is coming into sharper focus. This is very exciting and makes me want to pick…Continue Reading
More Divinity in These Ten Days Than 50 Years Before
Andrew Rivet was a devout theologian at the University of Leyden who died in 1651 at the age of 78. The approach of his death became a seminary for his soul. I pray it will be this way for you…Continue Reading
It’s Good to Please People; It’s Bad to Please People.
Life is not simple. So language is not simple. Different situations in life call for different ways of living. The language that describes those differences can be very confusing.
For example Paul says he tries to please people and he…Continue Reading
The Overflow of Easter: A Whole Theology of Resurrection in One Chapter
Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday
On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s the summary of my answer.
My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he…Continue Reading
Salt, Suffering, and Satisfaction
Try this interpretation of what it means for Christians to be salt.
I suggest that being salty as a Christian means at root being so profoundly satisfied by Christ as our eternal reward, we are freed from fear and greed…Continue Reading
Women Increasingly Pursue Porn
I think Jesus would say that internet pornography is one of Satan’s most powerful baits that he puts on the hook of hell. I say that because of how he connects hell and lust.
Everyone who looks at a woman…
Make Holy Week Holy to the Lord
The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is not intrinsically holy, except that all time is holy, since it belongs to God. But we can make it holy by setting it apart for sacred focus.
May I encourage you to…Continue Reading
Appreciation for Don Carson
Memorizing Scripture: Why and How
I wish I could persuade everyone to do this.
Here is inspiration and application on why and how to memorize Scripture.
Why Do It?
First, the inspiration.
Dallas Willard, professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, wrote,
Burning the Qur’an and Crucifying Christ
The burning of the Qur’an and the murder of human beings are not morally equivalent. That’s true. And it is, frankly, outrageous the way some commentators speak with more moral indignation about the burning of holy books than the butchery…Continue Reading