Blog Posts by John Piper
When a Psalm Is Not Your Situation
Because the Psalms are so personal, they often do not represent the mood or the situation we are in when we read them. For example, a couple mornings ago I read Psalm 142. It says,
There is none who takes…
More Gratitude for Jon Bloom
Your faithfulness as the creator and leader of Desiring God has been a gift to me beyond all deserving or imagining for these last fifteen years.
Who would have dreamed the little church tape ministry would be Desiring…Continue Reading
Why God Doesn't Fully Explain Pain
One of the reasons God rarely gives micro reasons for his painful providences, but regularly gives magnificent macro reasons, is that there are too many micro reasons for us to manage, namely, millions and millions and millions and millions and…Continue Reading
The Glory of Preaching the Bible
Morning Meditations on 4 Parts of the Bible
I hope you are reading your Bible steadily through the summer. I hope you don’t miss a day. “On his law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:2). I pray that there are times when it tastes so good, you…Continue Reading
How to Hear the Word of God
What does Jesus mean when he says,
Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken…
If You Can Be Godly and Wrong, Does Truth Matter?
Since there are some Arminians who are more godly than some Calvinists and some Calvinists who are more godly than some Arminians, what is the correlation between true knowledge of God and godliness?
The best of both groups have historically…Continue Reading
Pinnock and Sayers on Hell
A Caution to Political Candidates
Not everything is complex when it comes to politics. Here’s something that is clear and simple and fearful. If political figures don’t humble themselves and give glory to God when they are praised for their speeches, they will be eaten…Continue Reading
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