Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Now or Later?
A Love for Missions Starts at Home
4 Books from this Writing Leave
Thank you for praying for me on my four week writing leave. It's over today. It was more productive than I thought it would be. Hence my heartfelt thanks. Four projects were more or less completed.
This Momentary Marriage: A…Continue Reading
What Does "God-Centered" Mean?
At Bethlehem Baptist Church and at Desiring God we use the term “God-centered” a lot. Here is one simple way to tell what we mean and test yourself to see if you are God-centered.
The psalmist describes the motivation of…Continue Reading
A TBI Update and Announcement
It's Never Too Late to Keep Asking
One of the greatest hope-killers is that you have tried for so long to change and have not succeeded. Now you look back and think: What’s the use? Even if I could experience a breakthrough, there would be so little…Continue Reading
How a Grandmother Knits
For Noël on Mother’s Day
She sits, the needles in her hands
looping and hooking her heart
into this little blue blanket,
and without any pink strands
stitches closed her wounds.
Do People Bore You?
I'm working on a book on the new birth. The final chapter is designed to give encouragements for personal evangelism. I just added a quote by C. S. Lewis that I love. Here’s the whole section to help you move…Continue Reading
Don't Neglect Reminding
It is essential to say grand old truths again and again. There is ample evidence in the Bible that they are quickly forgotten.
Remember, there are different kinds of forgetting.
One is that great truths are gone out of the…Continue Reading
The Unlikeliness of Israel
To mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the modern State of Israel, let’s listen to a voice from 100 years before this state was born.
Who was it that said in 1867 that the existence of the Jews…Continue Reading
How Do You “Give” God Strength?
The following meditation comes from my devotional lingering over Psalm 96:7. All the modern versions translate it, “Ascribe to the Lord...strength” (ESV, NIV, NASB). Only the KJV renders it with the literal, “Give unto the Lord...strength.”
There’s nothing unusual…Continue Reading
6 Ways to React to the Cyclone
As the carnage from Cyclone Nargis moves toward 50,000 dead and beyond, there is a way to pray and act:
1. Be softened to the pain nearby.
The Good Samaritan knew nothing of the calamities in first century Burma,…Continue Reading
Don't Miss How God Motivates
God motivates us to feel and to do what we should by calling to our minds his past performances of love and his future promises of love—some near, some far.
Be sure that you are connected to the way God…Continue Reading
What the Pharisees Got Right
To lay a trap for an animal there has to be some truth to attract him. It must at least look like a meal even if the iron clamps lie just beneath. Mark says the Pharisees came “to trap" Jesus.…Continue Reading
Acclaim for Christ vs. Craving Praise
Remembering Elder D. J. Ward
Elder D. J. Ward, pastor of Lexington's Main Street Baptist Church for the past 19 years, died of complications from lung cancer Friday at Hospice Care Center at St. Joseph Hospital. What the Lexington Herald-Leader did not say about this…Continue Reading
Economic Stimulus Payment & Christ
For a moment, forget the political puzzle of getting money back when the country is nine trillion dollars in debt. The more immediate question is: How will you make much of Christ with your "economic stimulus payment"? The president says…Continue Reading
Children Understand the Universe Before They Know There Is One
I am on writing leave. I hope you will pray for me. The first book I'm working on is one on marriage. This includes chapters on raising children. Here is a section I was working on yesterday:
The most fundamental…
The Rebellion of Nudity and the Meaning of Clothing
The first consequence of Adam’s and Eve’s sin mentioned in Genesis 3:7 is that “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.”
Suddenly they are…Continue Reading
Never Be Wise In Your Own Sight
If a twelve-year-old makes A’s in school and generally makes wise choices, how would you help her apply this verse to herself?
Never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:16)
You might say:
- It means that you gladly admit…