Blog Posts by John Piper
The Advantages of Providence
Here is a sampling of God’s complete providence in governing the world.
- “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there” (1Kings 17:4)
- “The Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah” (Jonah 4:6).
- “God appointed…
Guns and Martyrdom
Knowledge Increases Mystery
From time to time I meet the objection that efforts to understand complex and mysterious doctrines in the Bible are unhelpful because they reduce mystery and therefore diminish wonder and worship.
There are at least two answers to this objection.…Continue Reading
Fighting Covetousness by Looking at Others
This is overflow from a pastoral staff discussion on how to be free from covetousness. Fred Johnson had drawn our attention to Achan’s stealing and lying in Joshua 7:11. Jericho had fallen before Israel. The riches of the city were …Continue Reading
John Piper Is Not an Innovator
The Lord's Money
Every day is the Lord’s day just like all your money is the Lord’s money.
Nevertheless one day in seven is called “the Lord’s Day” in a special sense (Revelation 1:10; cf. 1 Corinthians 16:2; Acts 20:7). We set this…Continue Reading
Why It Matters That God Does Everything for His Own Glory
Why should we emphasize that God loves, forgives, and saves for his own glory?
Two reasons (among others).
1) Because the Bible does.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will…
2 Birthdays and Biblical Inerrancy
Gratitude for Power-Restraints
The Supreme Court rendered a decision last week concerning Guantanamo Bay. Unlawful combatants there now have constitutional habeas rights (protection from unlawful detention). The decision was considered a rebuke to the Bush administration and the way the armed services are…Continue Reading
A Poem for Father's Day
I wrote this poem when Noël’s Father died. But now it covers both our fathers. We thank God for them. What a gift they were to us. And what a gift they gave.
In Memory of George T. Henry and… Continue Reading
Many Years of Patience
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him” (Lamentations 3:25).
Charles Simeon was in the Church of England from 1782 to 1836 at Trinity Church in Cambridge. He was appointed to his church by a bishop against the…Continue Reading
God’s Painful Exegetical Help
How God Teaches the Deep Things of His Word
The reason Psalm 119 has 176 verses is that the Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters. The psalmist exults in the multifaceted preciousness of God’s word by taking each letter of the alphabet and writing eight verses of exultation, each verse…Continue Reading
Warfield's Supernatural Patience
It takes supernatural power to be patient. That’s why Paul seems to go over the top in how he prays for our patience:
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience…
Unseen Purposes for Disappointment
When Christ died he purchased for you the Yes to all God’s promises (2 Cor. 1:20), and that includes the promise to use his sovereign power to govern all the inexplicable, maddening detours and delays of your life for wise…Continue Reading
The Wonder of "Idiotic" Perseverance
Happy Meeting Anniversary, Noel
Today 42 years ago, I met my wife. I like to mark the day and give thanks. Please indulge a grateful husband.
On the 40th anniversary of that day I wrote this poem. It’s still true. Happy Meeting Anniversary, Noël.…Continue Reading
Do the Righteous Always Prosper?
How does the promise in Psalm 1:3 point to Christ? It says, “In all that he does, he prospers.” The righteous prosper in everything they do. Is this naïve or profoundly true?
In this life the wicked often…Continue Reading
Charles Wesley’s Radical, Fruitful Risk
On July 18, 1738, two months after his conversion, Charles Wesley did an amazing thing. He had spent the week witnessing to inmates at the Newgate prison with a friend named “Bray,” who he described as “a poor ignorant mechanic.”…Continue Reading
20 Reasons I Don't Take Potshots at Fundamentalists
1. They are humble and respectful and courteous and even funny (the ones I've met).
2. They believe in truth.
3. They believe that truth really matters.
4. They believe that the Bible is true, all of it.
5. They…Continue Reading
The Phenomenal Design of Pain
If there was pain before the Fall, it was only good. That is implied, I presume, in God’s calling his unfallen creation “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and in God’s promising that in new world there will be no crying “nor…Continue Reading
The Cost of Knowing & Showing Christ
I suspect Paul’s experience when he was caught up into paradise, while not absolutely normative, is at least a caution: Count the cost before you want to know Christ deeply or show him clearly.
“He heard things that cannot be…Continue Reading
Advice to Missionaries (and All of Us)
How A Roman Catholic Anti-Calvinist Can Serve Today’s Poet-Calvinists
There Are No Surprise Sins
One of the mercies of God that keeps me believing in him is that none of the events of history or of the news today, which seem to contradict God’s character, contradict God’s Word.
In other words, there are no…Continue Reading