Blog Posts by John Piper
The New Calvinism and the New Community
Last week I gave the “Gaffin Lecture on Theology, Culture, and Mission” at Westminster Seminary. This was a high honor because of the esteem I have both for Richard Gaffin and the school. Gaffin’s book, By Faith, Not By Sight…Continue Reading
Lesbian Sex, HIV, Esau, and Christ
It was a vexing, soul-stirring, Sunday morning.
First came my devotions, flaming with the words of Jesus on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Second was a New York Times article about the…Continue Reading
15 Prayers for God’s Power
I love strength. I love the word “mighty,” as in “Mighty Woman of God,” and “Mighty Man of God.” I love to hear that “Moses was mighty in his words and deeds” (Acts 7:22), and that Apollos was “mighty in…Continue Reading
How to Count It All As Loss
What does it mean to count everything as loss for the sake of Christ? What does it mean to renounce all that we have for Christ’s sake?
Paul said he does this. “I count everything as loss because of the…Continue Reading
Some Historical Roots of African American Big God Theology
Will America Be Judged?
The reason the gospel of Jesus is precious is that it offers joyful rescue from furious judgment. The Bible speaks of the “fury of the wrath of God the Almighty” (Revelation 19:15). And the Bible exults that “Jesus delivers us…Continue Reading
A Tender Word for Pharisees
Was Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret the Same As Paul’s?
Death: Shall We Weep or Rejoice?
When a Christian dies, shall those of us who remain weep or rejoice? The biblical answer is both, even simultaneously.
I saw this in a new place as I was memorizing my way through Philippians again. I had never noticed…Continue Reading
The Effect of Your Life in 1,400 Years
Do you think God has purposes for your life that will be realized in 1,400 years?
I do. Your life and mine.
Yes, the new heavens and the new earth may be here by then. I hope so. If so,…Continue Reading
Calvinist Racism and King’s Alleged Adultery—A Connection?
What’s the connection between Martin Luther King’s alleged adultery and Calvinist racism? Or Arminian racism? Or King’s liberal theology?
The fact that I can use the term “Calvinist racism” should make it clear that “King’s alleged adultery” does not exclude…Continue Reading
God Is Finishing His Mission Now
December 27–30, about 3,600 college students met in Louisville, Kentucky, to consider the global glory of Christ, the nature of Christ’s mission to the unreached peoples of the world, and the power of the Christian gospel. For some of us,…Continue Reading
Missions: Rescuing from Hell and Renewing the World
Don’t Let Your Mind Go to Pot
Marijuana is ordinarily used as a mood-altering, mind-altering drug. The aim is to create a kind of euphoria. The effects vary widely from person to person. All you have to do is Google, “What does Marijuana feel like?” People don’t…Continue Reading
The Folly of Men Arming Women for Combat
Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses in 2014
In 2014, I encourage you to identify and exploit your weaknesses for the glory of Christ. I would like to give you an illustration from my own life, but first let me clarify what I mean.
Since 2007, millions of…Continue Reading
I Want to Turn Your Dreams Back On
Christ Cannot Be Stopped
Cross is a new student conference on missions. It begins this evening.
This conference is a dream come true for me. I give four reasons for why in my message tonight. So I won’t give them here. You can live-stream…Continue Reading
World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy!
An Opportunity to Give
Dear Friends of Desiring God,
I am writing this after returning recently from Ethiopia and the United Arab Emirates. What an education! I feel like I just took an immersion course in Middle East studies, Islam, and missions. There is…Continue Reading
Newtown, and a Thousand Losses, One Year Later
Last year on December 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, twenty first-graders and six educators were killed by Adam Lanza, who then shot himself. This Saturday marks one year.
Most of these wounds are still open. Even…Continue Reading
Is There a Point to the Last Minutes of Suffering Before Death?
When We Send a Person to His Death
Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully. You can…Continue Reading
When You Start to Outlive Your Heroes
How does an old man obey Hebrews 13:7?
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
At 67, who are my leaders? Who has…Continue Reading
‘The Calvinist’: Verse, Video, Vision for All of Life
May I invite you into the life of a Calvinist? It’s probably not what you think. The sovereign God of the Bible is full of surprises. Sermons and essays are good. But sometimes only poems will do. We grope for…Continue Reading