Christ and Cancer
Aug 17, 1980
God's glory is manifest both when he heals and when he gives hope and peace to the person he does not heal.
Is God for Us or for Himself?
Aug 10, 1980
God is the one Being in all the universe for whom seeking his own praise is the ultimately loving act. For him self-exaltation is the highest virtue.
How Not to Be a Mule
Aug 4, 1980
Don't be stubborn like the mule but run headlong to God in prayer while he may be found. For the contrite heart which prays will be forgiven and protected and taught the way to God and will be glad in the Lord forever.
How to Do Good So That God Gets the Glory
Aug 3, 1980
God gets glory not from our heroic exertion but from our reliance upon his strength—when we serve as one who serves with the strength which God supplies.
Don’t Eat the Bread of Anxious Toil
Jul 28, 1980
Wherever there are people whose hearts are not fretful or anxious or in a resentful frenzy, but instead have a tranquility of heart and a kind of peaceful abandon in which they take thought for other's concerns instead of being…
God Created Us for His Glory
Jul 27, 1980
What is God's goal in creating and governing the world? How can I bring my life into alignment with that goal?
Delighting in the Law of God
Jul 21, 1980
For some people the word "argument" only means "dispute" or "haggling" or "wrangling." But I want to use the word "argument" in its more positive sense of the giving of reasons and the drawing of inferences. I don't like haggling…
The Wisdom We Speak
Jul 20, 1980
The remedy for the darkness of man's mind is not mindlessness but light.
Life Is Not Trivial
Sunday Evening Message
Jul 14, 1980
The world is hungry for people filled with life because they see a reflection of eternity in everything.
The Wisdom of Men and the Power of God
John Piper's Installation
Jul 13, 1980
In his first sermon as pastor at Bethlehem, John Piper explains the source of his authority and the reason for his fear.
John Piper’s Candidating Testimony
Jan 28, 1980
I said this morning that everybody’s life, including mine, can be summed up: Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. And I talked about the person who ought to get the glory this morning: God and Jesus Christ…
John Piper’s Candidating Sermon at Bethlehem Baptist
Jan 27, 1980
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is…
Prolegomena To Understanding Romans 9:14-15
An Interpretation of Exodus 33:19
Sep 1, 1979
I. The Task And Approach When a trained Neutestamentler dares to offer the scholarly community an interpretation of an OT text, some justification is in order. Having been called to take one of the NT chairs at the University of…
A Christian Hedonist Looks at “Love Within Limits”
Aug 1, 1979
John Piper offers his critique of Lewis Smedes' book Love Within Limits.
The Ethics of Ayn Rand
Appreciation and Critique
Jun 1, 1979
John Piper describes Rand's impact as a novelist and philosopher and assesses her ethical theory from a Christian perspective.
Hope as the Motivation of Love: 1 Peter 3:9–12
New Testament Studies, 1980, Volume 26, Issue 02
Mar 29, 1979
1. The problem and the approach The specific question which this essay tries to answer came from 1 Peter 3:9, 'Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling but on the contrary bless, for to this you have…
A Reply To Gerhard Maier
A Review Article
Mar 1, 1979
The End of the Historical-Critical Method. Gerhard Maier. St. Louis: Concordia, 1977. Das Ende der historisch-kritischen Methode by Gerhard Maier appeared in Germany in 1974 and in the following year went through a second and third edition. In 1975 Peter…
What Does It Mean to Bless God?
Nov 1, 1978
Blessing God is an "exclamation of gratitude and admiration."
A Personal Encounter with Jonathan Edwards
</em>Published in <em>The Reformed Journal</em> 28 (11): 13-17.
Nov 1, 1978
How did John Piper come to appreciate the life and work of Edwards?
Ministering to Your Pastor
The Bible Friend (Vol. 75, No. 8), Minneapolis, MN
Aug 1, 1978
How can you encourage and serve your pastor as he serves you?
Self-love and the Christian Counselor's Task
May 1, 1978
The contentment of knowing that you're a faithful Christian is secondary to the contentment experienced in actively trusting and obeying Christ.
To Nat Hatch: Reflections on Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon on 2 Peter 1:16
Feb 1, 1978
The sight of Christ’s glory is the ground of—not the equivalent to—faith.
The Hope of the Resurrection
Jan 1, 1978
John Piper uncovers the argument behind Paul's teaching about the future resurrection of believers.
How Does Christian Hedonism Relate to Evangelism?
Jan 1, 1978
Is it OK to witness to the lost for our own joy?