Articles by John Piper
About 133 AD Aristeides, a teacher of philosophy, presented a defense of Christianity to Emperor Hadrian. From it we get a glimpse of what the early Christians were like and why the church grew the way it did, like wildfire…Continue Reading
Those are the words that keep coming back to me as I try to express what Jesus meant when he said, "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if…Continue Reading
When the church enacted our “new” constitution in 1990, one aim was to clarify the role of men and women in relationship to the eldership and the deaconate. There are two offices in the New Testament: elders and deacons. Our…Continue Reading
The worship team and prayer teams gathered around me and prayed for me before I preached. Greg remarked that God was up all night working on this service and the people who would be there—including me. He thanked the Lord…Continue Reading
Dear John and Diane,
Last night, as I prayed with Noel, you were heavy on my mind. I said, “Lord, O Lord, please let me be a pastor who preaches and leads and loves in a way that makes the…Continue Reading
Paul Davies won the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for 1995. He is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His acceptance address is a plea that we should find a Gospel in the ingenious…Continue Reading
Here are the what and why of some summer schedule changes. Not all of them. The children’s and youth ministries are producing separate detailed schedules for their summer events and ministries. This article only relates to Sundays and Weekday Prayer.
Seven sources of the kind of joy that Paul had.Continue Reading
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life
I believe that the time has come to devote four messages to John 3:16. I…Continue Reading
Let’s put our messages on love into practice with an experiment in April
I know three people whose allergic reaction to perfume and cologne have kept them away from Bethlehem recently. Others find it difficult, but not impossible, to attend…Continue Reading
God often speaks through the company of “lay-priests” (1 Peter 2:5, 9), namely, you, the congregation. On Sunday, November 20, a crucial all-church questionnaire was handed out to everyone present in the worship services. You may get one at the…Continue Reading
All human odds are against it happening. Namely, giving enough to cover all our 1994 expenses. We have not borrowed from any bank to get us through the lean months. We have borrowed from our own designated and undesignated reserve…Continue Reading
There is a reason why we begin each year with a week of concerted prayer. It’s because we need more of the fullness of God. Paul prays, “I bow my knees before the Father [asking] . . . that you…Continue Reading
From Monday night, January 30, to noon February 1, between two and three hundred pastors will be worshipping, praying, listening, thinking and discussing here at Bethlehem. The theme this year is The Primacy of Expository Preaching: Priorities and Pitfalls.
What is the Fasting Forty?
The Fasting Forty is a group of forty people who fast for one day a week in a given month of 1995. It may be different from month to month. Or some people may want…Continue Reading
Mountains are not meant to envy. In fact they are not meant to be possessed by anyone on earth. They are, as David says, “the mountains of God” (Psalm 36:6)
If you try to make your Minnesota hill imitate a…Continue Reading
I am writing this on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day. Mine is not here. She is at Shalom House at a pastors’ wives retreat. She left yesterday while I was in Philips, Wisconsin at a missions conference. In a few hours we…Continue Reading