Blog Posts by John Piper
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
This Week's Advent Poem
Rest in the Final Hour
The likelihood of dying because you are a Christian is closer than it used to be for Americans. The freedom from such threats has generally existed in this country for a tiny portion of history (about 400 years). We have…Continue Reading
Does Heaven Destroy Liberty?
Newly Published Edwards' Essay
Oshea Davis just published in a self-standing volume (for the first time that I am aware of ) Jonathan Edwards’ Dissertation Concerning the Divine Decrees in General and Election in Particular. I am thankful for this service to the…Continue Reading
How the Lord of Life Gives Life
Everywhere Paul preached some believed and some did not. How are we to understand why some of those who are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1, 5) believed and some did not?
The answer why some did not believe…Continue Reading
Ryle on Increasing Unbelief
Conquered by Christ
The only statement Timothy McVeigh left behind when he was executed in Indiana, June 11, 2001, was a handwritten copy of the 19th century poem “Invictus” by William Henley.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit…
When Satan Hurts Christ’s People
When huge pain comes into your life—like divorce, or the loss of a precious family member, or the dream of wholeness shattered—it is good to have a few things settled with God ahead of time. The reason for this is…Continue Reading
Poem for Theologian Fathers
On August 2, 2007, Charles Simic was selected to be the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His poem, “Full of Pictures” may have a word to fathers who study theology—or anything else for that…Continue Reading
Pray Global Prayers
You Are Greatly Loved
Would you not love to hear the angel Gabriel say to you, “You are greatly loved”? Three times this happened to Daniel.
- “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell…
Damned for the Beloved?
God's Loving Self-Exaltation:
A Response to Ben Witherington
Happy Thanksgiving from the “lead pastors” of Bethlehem and our wives.
The four pastors met yesterday for about two hours and ended that meeting with overflowing expressions of thanks for our families and the family called Bethlehem and for the…Continue Reading
Ganging Up on Gratitude
These are days of strange alliances in evil. That is what evil has always done. Remember how Pilate and Herod were adversaries until their common abuse of Jesus knit them together? “Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that…Continue Reading
Karsten Piper's Poetry
This morning’s Bible reading put me over the edge. It said,
His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
they are brought low,and he perceives it not.
He feels only the pain of his own body,
Upcoming Sermon Series
I plan to begin a short series of messages on new birth this Sunday. It will take us at least through Christmas, maybe longer. The title of the series will be “You Must Be Born Again” taken verbatim from John…Continue Reading