Blog Posts by John Piper
Swimming in Winter
Poetry is an effort to awaken or intensify, and usually to share, a moving experience by using language that is chosen and structured differently from ordinary prose. This short poem captures the Christian dynamic of “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”Continue Reading
The Incalculable Wonder of Being a Christian
Being a Christian means experiencing the supernatural every day. Living as new creatures in Christ is amazing beyond calculation (Galatians 6:15).Continue Reading
The Majesty of the Teacher in the Sermon on the Mount
I was struck again recently by the outrageous claims Jesus makes about himself in the Sermon on the Mount, which is most famous collection of Jesus’s ethical teachings.Continue Reading
Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation
I invite you to ponder the following three ways to speak of our works in relationship to our salvation. And, if you agree that these are biblical, let’s strive to speak with the kind of care that does not nullify one when affirming another.Continue Reading
J.I. Packer on Living to the End “Flat Out”
If we are to live “flat out” and full of zeal to the end, the key is hope. “Zeal should be unflagging every day, all day, and all the way. But if this is to happen, zeal must be fed by hope.”Continue Reading
A First Glimpse at ‘Look at the Book’
Satan Disarmed, Sin Forgiven, Soul Alive
Since Satan still “prowls around like a roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8), in what sense is he disarmed (Colossians 2:15) or nullified (Hebrews 2:14) or bound (Mark 3:27)?
One of the most beautiful passages in the Bible about the astonishing…Continue Reading
I Do Not Aspire to Be a “Regular Guy”
When my soul is hungry for deep help from God; when I am blank before the word of God, and ache for someone to show me the greatness and glory of Christ; when I feel a longing for heaven, and…Continue Reading
The Tender Rain of Christian Teaching
The latest poem from John Piper — a meditation on the nature of Christian teaching.Continue Reading
The Greatest Challenge in the World
Never, never, never forget that Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all the peoples on this planet — the whole planet (Matthew 28:19–20). This is the greatest challenge in the world.
Let the emphasis fall on “all the peoples”…Continue Reading
How Are Women Saved Through Childbearing?
What did Paul mean when he said in 1 Timothy 2:15, “Yet she [the woman] will be saved through childbearing — if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control”?
Henry Alford’s interpretation of this verse is not…Continue Reading
“Genitalia Are Not Destiny” — But Are They Design?
Riding in the wake of the cultural speedboat of the destigmatization of same-sex intercourse is the mainstreaming of “gender non-conformists.” Witness the June 9 issue of Time. Laverne Cox, born a boy, is on the front page, in his…Continue Reading
The Ethos of Christian Hedonism: Sorrowful, Yet Always Rejoicing
Defending Christian Hedonism exegetically is one thing; helping people feel the ethos of it is something else. The latter is harder. That’s what I want to try to do here.
But first, what is it?
Christian Hedonism is a way…Continue Reading
Piper’s Newest and Most Different Book Ever
Why We Educate Our Girls
On April 14, 2014, the terrorist Islamist group called Boko Haram kidnapped over 270 girls, most between ages 16 and 18, from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeast Nigeria.
Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful.” Part of…Continue Reading
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
World Vision made a tragic decision — which they later reversed — that would allow employees to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same sex, if they were married. Ultimately, they reversed their decision, but the lessons remain valuable for ministries moving forward.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