Blog Posts by John Piper
When God Will Not Use Bigness
There are saving works that God will only do through small churches and ordinary people, not through large churches and more sophisticated people.
The Lord said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the…
The Heavens Declare God's Infinity
Sometimes I'm asked how I explain the disproportion between the size of the universe and the smallness of man created as the crown of God’s creation. The tension is felt in Psalm 8:3-5.
“When I look at your heavens, the…
How God Readies Us to Read in Tune
If in your morning devotions you open God’s word to the book of Judges and find that the strings of your inner instrument are not in tune, it is not blasphemy to excuse yourself for a few moments from the…Continue Reading
An Effect of Passion for Christ
One of the reasons pursuing a passion for Christ (or if you prefer the old word, “zeal” for Christ) is so important is the good effects it has on others.
This is not the decisive reason for wanting passion. Passion…Continue Reading
How to Be a Fountain of Life
Every Christian should want to be a “fountain of life” for others. How does that happen?
Here is a group of passages that answer this question. The answer is in the order.
Psalm 36:9, For with You is the fountain… Continue Reading
The Happy Paradoxes of Christian Freedom and Slavery
For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. (1Corinthians 7:22-24).
I would have expected Paul to switch the places…Continue Reading
It's Good We Aren't All Like Jesus
Jesus never wrote anything. He hung out, and talked, and healed. But if his followers had only done that, we wouldn’t know even that about him. Both-And, not Either-Or. And some people more one than the other.Continue Reading
Preaching As Concept Creation, Not Just Contextualization
As we think seriously about contextualizing the message of the Bible, let’s remember that we must also labor to bring about, in the minds of our listeners, conceptual categories that may be missing from their mental framework. If we only…Continue Reading
5 Tips for Clear Writing and Talking
C. S. Lewis’ advice to children on writing is good advice to pastors on preaching, or anybody on talking.
- Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't…
Falling Dew and Falling Hammers
Especially on Sundays, preaching is paramount in a pastor’s life. When we prepare to preach, we remember that our words should fall “as gentle rain upon the tender grass” and “like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.” Such…Continue Reading
“These Narrow and Ebb Souls”
There is a knowing of love that surpasses ordinary knowledge. All thoughtful and true lovers know this. Being loved isn't identical to knowing that one is being loved. This is not spooky. It is in fact gloriously ordinary. Just as…Continue Reading
When MLK First Met God
On this 40th anniversary of his death, I thank God for the life and cause of Martin Luther King, Jr. It was not the first day that he had met God. Twelve years earlier there was another meeting:
Preaching What You Don't Feel
Can a pastor preach on joy when he is feeling little of it?
Yes. He is preaching what the word says and will say it whether he feels it or not.
Yes. He will be praying that in the very…
Outside the Bible I have never read anything more devastating to the impenetrable permutations of pride than the section in Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections titled, “Sign #6, Gracious affections are attended with evangelical humiliation.” It ends with one…Continue Reading
Overcome Contradictory Compassion
The inconsistencies of liberal and conservative compassion do not define the nature of good and evil.
That there are liberals who talk compassion for the weak and oppressed, but support the butchery of the weakest persons (the unborn even to…Continue Reading
Christ Is the Staff of Old Age
A tiny book has been feeding my soul recently, The Loveliness of Christ: Extracts from the Letters of Samuel Rutherford. Writers like Paul and Bunyan and Rutherford, who wrote much from the midst of suffering seem to have a…Continue Reading
The Leniency of Excommunication
The worst discipline that the church is authorized to render toward its worst offender is excommunication.
And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (Matthew 18:17)
Signs and Wonders, Heresy, and Love for God
Does God have designs for deceptive signs and wonders? Does he have purposes for heresies?
From the time of Moses to the end of history, this has been and will be an issue. Jesus promised that “false christs and false…Continue Reading
Beware of Proclaiming Yourself
The great challenge of the preacher is to follow Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:5, “What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.”
But there are more ways to preach…Continue Reading
6 Months Gone at Easter Time
I asked my son Abraham if we could include as our Easter blog entry his personal post from yesterday. He was willing.
6 Months Gone at Easter Time
Empty hangers, empty closet, empty clothes.
Empty crib, empty…
Did Jesus Spend Saturday in Hell?
A Good Friday Meditation: Christ and the Meaning of the Universe
Why did God create the universe and why is he governing it the way he is? What is God achieving? Is Jesus Christ a means to this achievement or the end of the achievement?
Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation…Continue Reading
Thursday of the Commandment
Today is Maundy Thursday. The name comes from the Latin mandatum, the first word in the Latin rendering of John 13:34, “A new commandment (Mandatum novum) I give to you, that you love one another: just as…Continue Reading
The Intensity of Christ’s Love and the Intentionality of His Death
The love of Christ for us in his dying was as conscious as his suffering was intentional. “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us” (1 John 3:16). If he was intentional in laying down…Continue Reading
Jesus Gives You to the Father
What happened on Wednesday of Jesus’ final week before the cross? According to Matthew 26:2, "after two days the Passover is coming.” That probably means it’s Wednesday. We can’t be sure because fragments of days count as days, and because…Continue Reading