Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Thanksgiving, Thanksfeeling, and the Glory of God
Now and then, it needs to be said that not all thanksgiving is thanksfeeling. We can make ourselves (or our children) say, “Thank you,” whether we feel it or not. But it’s not a good habit, especially…Continue Reading
Should You Live in Abu Dhabi?
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the Arabian Peninsula. It is virtually an island because of the way the inland waterways from the Persian Gulf weave around it. The population is just under a million.…Continue Reading
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
Dubai: Amazing and Strategic City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a coastal city, 70 miles across the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf from Iran. It borders on Saudi Arabia and Oman. It is the stunning creation…Continue Reading
Missions Is Not for Wimpy Women — And Nine Other Lessons from Ethiopia
I’m writing this on my last night of seven in Addis Ababa, the sprawling, higher-than-Denver, capitol of Ethiopia — which just became the second most populous country of Africa.
The international, inter-agency cooperation of missions today is illustrated by the…Continue Reading
Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’
God created the world so that he would receive glad-hearted worship from the entire panorama of peoples that he himself brought into being for this purpose.
Therefore, for the glory of God, and for the gladness of the peoples, we…Continue Reading
Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children
I am writing this to plead with Christian parents to require obedience of their children. I am moved to write this by watching young children pay no attention to their parents’ requests, with no consequences. Parents tell a child two…Continue Reading
A Whole World Hangs on a Word
Sometimes a whole world — a whole theology — hangs on a word.
Consider the word “this” in Ephesians 2:8. Does it refer to “faith” or “grace” or both? Is faith a gift of God?
For by grace you have…
Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn
Last week I wrote about the physiological dimension of addiction to pornography. New brain research suggests it is as strong as addiction to cocaine and heroin because of its unique combination of stimulant and opiate. Pornography lays down real…Continue Reading
Pornography: The New Narcotic
How to Be Interesting and Unhelpful
The point of this little exhortation is that, in handling the Scriptures, sanctification and speculation rise and fall in inverse proportion. As speculation increases, sanctification decreases. The more guessing the less blessing.
Few people would give their life for a…Continue Reading
Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?
For many years my conviction has been that Christian unity and Christian truth are served best not by removing fences, but by loving across them and having welcoming gates. I don’t claim to do it well. I want to do…Continue Reading
The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things
Clyde Kilby was born September 26, 1902. He may have been my most influential teacher when I was in college. But then again it may have been Stuart Hackett. Kilby was a romantic — like C. S. Lewis. Hackett was…Continue Reading
Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist
Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)
C.S. Lewis: The Dinosaur, the Parthenon, and the Optative
Being a self-confessed dinosaur in the world of modern instincts, C.S. Lewis was, and is, therefore, refreshingly relevant. Already in 1944, his views on education were so well rooted in reason and experience that they were wonderfully out of date.
The Soul’s Final Feast
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire…
Work Is a Glorious Thing
Work is a glorious thing. And if you stop and think about it, the most enjoyable kinds of leisure are a kind of work. Both these facts are true because the essence of work, as God designed it before the…Continue Reading
The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God
One thing I am sure of intuitively: God’s ways are higher than my ways. Which means: If he reveals through the Bible his ways of loving me, they will certainly be jarring.
The ease with which the human race presumes…Continue Reading
Even If You Labor “for Nought”
Discouragement comes in many forms. So our weapons must be varied.
Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave…Continue Reading
The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today
Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.
By right of creation: “The…