Blog Posts by John Piper
Our Last Child Leaves Home
Our last child — our only daughter, our only adopted one — just graduated from high school. As you may imagine, this is a time for reflection. We have had children in our home — in our marriage — for…Continue Reading
The Legacy I Want to Leave
An Excellent New Book on Justification
If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm’s new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans,…Continue Reading
The Greatest Prayer in the World (Maundy Thursday)
It is Thursday, the night before Jesus’s crucifixion. This evening has been laden with teaching (John 13–17), shocking with foot-washing by the greatest for the least (John 13:3–20), epoch-making with the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:20–30; Mark 14:17–26;…Continue Reading
Ten Lessons from a Hospital Bed
Recently I spent 30 hours in the hospital. I won’t tantalize you with details, but you can tell by this blog, I’m still alive. In fact, I feel good. I received good care, a clear diagnosis, some new medication, and…Continue Reading
Great Losses, Severe Mercies, Tearful Joy
Do you have a view of God, and his severe mercy, that is robust and biblical enough to flourish with tearful joy, under heartbreaking losses, which he ordains as discipline?
What if you thought God took your child? Or what…Continue Reading
World Vision: Adultery No, Homosexual Practice Yes
Update 3/26/14: World Vision has released a statement reversing their recent decision concerning so-called same-sex marriage.
Christianity Today reports that “World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage…Continue Reading
Fake Papers, Chastened Pride
I wonder which is stronger: the desire for erotic pleasure or the desire to avoid ridicule? Which is stronger: the craving of the body for sexual pleasure, or the craving of the ego for notable praise? It’s hard to measure,…Continue Reading
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