Blog Posts by John Piper
Why We Do What We Do
Why do we say we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples?
Because of Psalm 40:16.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in…
God's Sovereignty, Paul's Conversion
Ponder the conversion of Paul, the sovereignty of Christ, and what Paul's sins have to do with your salvation.
Paul said that God “set me apart before I was born,” and then on the Damascus road “called me by his…Continue Reading
Enjoy Something Bigger than Yourself
Today a year ago, my father and grandfather were reunited. William S. H. Piper and Elmer Albert Piper were both preachers and both Bible-saturated.
My father said several times to me that he felt his father could pick up and…Continue Reading
Muslim and Christian Martyrdom
In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote about some Muslims' love affair with death. It raises the question of how Christian martyrdom is different. He writes:
“We are going to win, because they love…
The Unbelieving Poet Catches a Glimpse of Truth
Since all humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and the work of God’s law is written on every heart (Romans 2:15), and the heavens are telling the glory of God to everyone who can see (Psalm…Continue Reading
Calvinism, Arminianism, & Education
Sin No More
Your life hangs on how you relate these two statements:
- “If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous” (1 John 2:1).
- “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you” (John 5:14).
A Thankful Man
What kind of man would send his wife and 12-year-old daughter to Kenya by themselves?
The answer I wish I could give is: The kind of man who was smart enough to marry such a woman.
But, alas, when I…Continue Reading
Nothing Stands Against Christ
What about those hungry fellows who promised not to eat till they ambushed Paul?
We read about them in Acts 23:12, “When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor…Continue Reading
Why Desiring God Exists
Desiring God, like all fallen, finite human ministries and people, sees “in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We do not claim to be perfect in what we know. And we do not claim to know all that can be…Continue Reading
The Tragedy of Langston Hughes and a Warning I Will Heed
Sometimes He Kills Us to Save Us
What Makes The Humble Happy?
The humble are happy when they see other people boasting in the Lord.
“My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad” (Psalm 34:2).
The humble are happy when other people magnify the Lord…Continue Reading
Abraham Lincoln's Path to Divine Providence
Sometimes Only God Can Feel Hope
Bombing, Abortion, & Down Syndrome
Al Qaida has moved another step toward western standards of abortion barbarity in using Down Syndrome women to blow boys and girls to pieces. The news is that this was not suicide bombing, but the detonation of retarded girls at…Continue Reading
How Shall We Love Our Muslim Neighbor?
There are as many answers to this question as there are ways to do good and not wrong. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor” (Romans 13:10). “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things”…Continue Reading
Something to Keep in Mind
Perseverance and Eternal Security
Surveys and statistics are maddeningly fickle. So don’t exult too much in what follows. I only cite it in case you have been discouraged or elated by surveys saying the opposite.
It’s better just to be a good follower of…Continue Reading
Don't Waste Martin Luther King Weekend
Monday is Martin Luther King day. I encourage all pastors and Sunday School teachers to make something of it this weekend. It may be too late to preach on racial and ethnic issues, if you have not already planned to.…Continue Reading
Why I Invited Loritts to Speak at the Pastors Conference
A Kind of Cold You Don’t Play With
Tonight it will be 40 degrees warmer in our kitchen freezer than it is outside here in Minneapolis. The high temperature tomorrow will be five below zero (Fahrenheit). We receive this from the Lord’s hand.
He gives snow like wool;…
Why I Invited Livingstone to Speak at the Pastors Conference
It May Be Time to Pluck Your Eye
When to quit your good work—not just scholarly work, but any work:
As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge—our knowing—more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our…