Blog Posts by John Piper
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…
Why I Invited Carson to Speak at the Pastors Conference
I'll go out of my way to listen to Don Carson any chance I get. He is a scholar of the first rank, and a pastoral scholar who has a love for the church. He is an evangelist who does…Continue Reading
Thoughts on My Father
When Grieving May Save Your Life
Sometimes the best mark of holiness is not griping that sin abounds but groaning and grieving.
Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory and stretch themselves out on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock and calves…
Can't Decide Whether to Come?
If You Can’t Defeat ’em, Distort ’em
Sometimes scholarship rivals politics for warped renderings of the opponent. Consider this from Etienne Gilson, a Roman Catholic historian of philosophy:
For the first time, with the Reformation, there appeared this conception of a grace that saved a man without…
A Birthday Gift to My Father on His 89th Birthday
Today is my father’s 89th birthday. He’s been in heaven for ten months. But I can’t shake the thought that I should keep giving him gifts. Perhaps it would be an honor to him to let him speak as his…Continue Reading
Best Thing About the Conference
Pray Global Prayers
May I encourage you to build a global dimension into your daily prayers? “Grant that your name be hallowed. Grant that your kingdom would come. Grant that your will would be done on earth as it is in heaven.” These…Continue Reading
Money vs. Truth
James Henley Thornwell, the Southern Presbyterian theologian who died in 1862, got somethings very wrong, like slavery. But this he got right and it is amazingly up to date:
Our whole system of operations gives an undue influence to money.…
Rallying for a Different Hope
What's the Pastors Conference Like?
What Will the Final Judgment Mean for You?
I am writing this on New Year’s Eve. The ending of 2007 moves my mind to other endings—like the final judgment. Ponder with me, if you wish, what it will be like to go through the last great judgment. It…Continue Reading
10 Resolutions for Mental Health
On October 22, 1976, Clyde Kilby, who is now with Christ in Heaven, gave an unforgettable lecture. I went to hear him that night because I loved him. He had been one of my professors in English Literature at Wheaton…Continue Reading
Pastors, Bring Your Fathers and Sons
Go to God in Weariness
For Noël at 60
I love my wife. Today is her 60th birthday. I got her permission to say that.
We have had significant talks in recent months about aging. Not all the accompaniments are visible, and not all are expected. But some things…Continue Reading
Is God Pleased with Jesus' Death?
Why This Pastors Conference Theme?
A Kind of Christmas Tale
I wrote this story about four years ago to tell the children at Bethlehem's Christmas Eve service.
The Poor Man and His Cow
And the Rich Man and His Wall
Based (very loosely) on a story in T. H. White’s …Continue Reading
For Noël on Our 39th Anniversary
Noël and I mark our 39th wedding anniversary today. As you can see from the pictures, some things change. As you can see from the poem, some things don’t.
None But You
For Noël on our 39th Wedding Anniversary
Thank God for John Newton
“From His Fullness We Have All Received Grace upon Grace”
Just before the first service at the north campus last Sunday, the little band of praying saints was hard at work fighting for the faith of our people and for the churches of the Twin Cities and for the nations…Continue Reading