Blog Posts by John Piper
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…
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