Blog Posts by John Piper
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
A Church-Based Hope for “Adultolescents”
More on Women in Combat
Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice
If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not…Continue Reading
Praise God for Fundamentalists
Levels of Happiness in Heaven
I have recorded a section of Jonathan Edwards' sermon on Romans 2:10. It lasts about seven minutes. The reason I recorded it is that I regard this section as the best thing I have ever read on the issue of…Continue Reading
Sheep, Wolves, Snakes, and Doves
When Jesus sends us to bear witness to him in the world, he does not send us out as dominant and strong, but as weak and seemingly defenseless in ourselves. The only reason I say “seemingly” defenseless is that it…Continue Reading
Valuing Biblical Manhood
Tragically Widening the Grounds of Legitimate Divorce
The October issue of Christianity Today carried an astonishing article on divorce and remarriage by David Instone-Brewer. What makes it especially amazing is that CT simply published it as if it were faithful to Scripture, with no counterpoint, and…Continue Reading
Atlas Shrugged Fifty Years Later
Today, October 10, 2007, is the 50th anniversary of the publication of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. As I write this on October 9, 2007, the book is ranked 237 at Amazon. That is phenomenal for a 1,200-page…Continue Reading
When Does God Become 100% For Us?
What I Said at My Granddaughter’s Funeral
I had the privilege of sitting with my family while Tom Steller and Sam Crabtree ministered to us at the funeral of Felicity Margaret Piper who was stillborn at full term on September 22, 2007. Her father Abraham asked me…