Blog Posts by John Piper
Sermon Series on Spectacular Sins
My plan for this fall—and I want to stress it is a plan, not a promise—is a 7-part series on historically significant sins. It will be entitled “Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ.” The first message, on August 12, will be an overview of where we are going and why, as it relates to our life as a church and our witness in…Continue Reading
Ian Thomas with the Lord
Torchbearers International began in the heart of a young Englishman, Ian Thomas, who at the age of 19 came to understand that “it is no longer I but Christ who lives in me.” This timeless flame of truth has been spreading around the world through the ministries of Torchbearers International, calling all people of all ages from all nations back to the reality that the Christian life is not just…
Waiting for My Husband After the Bridge Collapsed
I wrote this poem when I heard of a newlywed waiting for her husband after the bridge collapsed.
O God, please let him be unconscious,
With his wallet lost, unknown
In some draped cubicle, with nurses
Near, and scrolling through his phone.
You never stayed so late. O Jesus,
I would give this house, and weep
With joy to know he stayed at
Work, until he fell asleep.
Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed
At about 6 PM tonight the bridge of Interstate 35W over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed. I am writing this about three hours after the bridge fell. The bridge is located within sight of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Most of us who minister at the church cross this bridge several times a week. At this point I don’t know if any staff was on the bridge. Desiring God offices are…Continue Reading
Thanks to God for Ray Ortlund
This is a note of deep gratitude and tribute for the life of Raymond Ortlund Sr., who went to be with Jesus on Sunday evening, July 22, 2007. You can read the life facts in the news post and see a personal post from his family. But here is why I must say a word of public thanks.
In 1968 I had just come to Fuller Seminary in Pasadena,…Continue Reading
I Love Jesus Christ
“Lord, you know that I love you.” John 21:15
In the fall of 1968, James Morgan, my professor of theology at Fuller Seminary, who died of stomach cancer the next year, looked me in the eye during a heated debate after class and said, “John, I love Jesus Christ!”
I have never forgotten that testimony. It was one of the most powerful words ever spoken to me.
When was the…Continue Reading
Whose Idea Was This, Anyway?
These guys are crazy—Lukas, Matt, Josh, Abraham, Jon, and whoever else OK’d this nutty idea. Five dollars for any book and any number of books! Don’t they know this only happens when books are being remaindered—code word for: nobody is reading them any more? How embarrassing.
Have they never read the marketing books? You don’t value what you don’t pay for, right? I mean, if you turn books into confetti,…Continue Reading
Thanks to God for Ruth Graham
This morning in our prayer meeting at Desiring God, as we gave thanks for the life of Ruth Graham, I was moved. Probably because of her death in proximity to my father’s (March 6). The connection is this. When I was growing up there was a cluster of independent traveling evangelists in Greenville, South Carolina. My father, Bill, and his brother, Elmer, were in that group. Cliff Barrows, Billy Graham’s…Continue Reading
Antidote to New Perspective on Paul
The New Perspective on Paul has been around long enough now that some scholars who were initially enamored with it have come back around to the historic understanding. It is good to read a few testimonies like this to keep us on our toes.
Preaching Through Romans: An Antidote to the New Perspective on Paul
My thoughts on Paul’s view of Israel have changed dramatically over the years in two…
My Last Child Is Baptized
Last night brought to an end a 27-year tradition. I baptized my last child and read for her the last baptismal poem. Indulge a happy dad's desire to extend that celebration a few hours longer by posting the poem here. May the Lord keep her with sovereign grace (Jude 1:24-25).
For Talitha at Her Baptism
The Lord himself once stood
With John the Baptist in…
Fresh Material from Writing Leave
When we teach that our right standing with God is attained through the imputation of Christ’s obedience to our account (Romans 5:19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:6, 11; 10:3), does this imply that the work of Christ on the cross—his final suffering and death—is insufficient for our justification?
This question arises in part because of texts that connect the cause of justification specifically to the cross of Christ. For example:
A Poem for Mother's Day
For Noël on Mother’s Day
May 14, 2000
Where Was Mary?
“After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
Where was Mary, Jesus’ mother
When he sang his final song?
Where was Mary on the evening
Of the world’s most wicked wrong?
Where was Mary at the moment
Jesus broke the tender bread?
Where was Mary when he blessed it
With his mercy and his dread?…
200 Years in China, Today
On this day two hundred years ago, Robert Morrison boarded the ship, the Trident, in New York to complete his journey to China as the first Protestant Missionary.
He was born in 1782 in Scotland and was brought up in the Scottish Presbyterian Church. He took a dissolute detour from the faith but was converted in 1798 and began to dream of being a missionary. His mother made him…Continue Reading
Lloyd-Jones: A Preacher's Preacher
One of the greatest preachers of the 20th century was Martyn Lloyd-Jones, pastor of Westminster Chapel, London for 29 years until his retirement in 1968. He died March 1, 1981. But his writing and preaching continue.
There is very little great preaching today. Most of us are too bent on being good communicators to be good preachers. We are too clever and too funny. Where is the preacher today whom…Continue Reading
The Missionary Heart
Karen Watson wrote her own epitaph. Its message has stirred me up to pray for more radical devotion to Christ. She has not died in vain. She was a Southern Baptist missionary to Iraq and was killed by unknown assailants March 15, 2004. I am mentioning it now simply because I was reading the book Lives Given, Not Taken: 21st Century Southern Baptist Martyrs, by Erich Bridges and Jerry…Continue Reading
Let the Python Eat Its Tail. Amen.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion of the Supreme Court in upholding the ban on partial birth abortions on April 18, 2007. It is astonishing to read the opinion (Docket 05-380). The detail with which abortion is discussed exceeded my expectation. Kennedy’s own descriptions of the various forms of abortion are explicit and extensive. Descriptions of the procedure of partial birth abortion (“intact dilation and extraction”) are given from both…Continue Reading
Today is Friday the 13th. How should Christians respond to the fear of bad luck today? National Geographic News reports: “It's been estimated that [U.S.] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.”
Consider two biblical truths in relation to this kind of fear.
1. God governs the lives of his children—not fate and not… Continue Reading
Sam Storms: Good Theology, Bad Advice
It is a distinct pleasure to point out Sam Storms' good theology and bad advice. For the good theology read his essay "What if Christ is Not Risen?" There are few people on the planet who embody in life and in teaching the radically biblical and Edwardsian message of Christian Hedonism better than Sam Storms. He has a new website that I want you to know about.
Radical Effects of the Resurrection
If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. . . . Why are we in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised,… Continue Reading
Willpower Is Not Enough
Sam Storms is on the Edwardsean and biblical wavelength when it comes to understanding the role of joy in radical God-centered Christian living. If you don't know Sam's website you might want to. It's called Enjoying God Ministries. The reason I mention it now is that I love this sentence from the newsletter I got from him today. He quotes Dave Smith, summarizing Sam's book, Pleasures Evermore: “When…Continue Reading
Things I Have Learned
Since my father died on March 6, I have been looking through his papers. I found a small sheet with the following fifteen counsels, titled “Things I Have Learned.” He didn't make most of these up. Some of them go back to his college days when he was absorbing the pithy wisdom of Bob Jones Senior. They have again confirmed the obvious: I owe my father more than I…Continue Reading
The Morning I Heard the Voice of God
Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your consciousness. The words were in English, but they had about them an absolutely self-authenticating ring…Continue Reading
How Do You Press On to Make It Your Own?
The funeral sermon I preached at my father’s funeral was built around his own sermon, titled “Saved, Safe, Satisfied,” from his book A Good Time and How to Have It. Safe refers to the security of every true believer in Christ. Those whom God saves, God keeps. Satisfied refers to our contentment in Christ himself, not first his gifts.
I made a link between “safe” and “satisfied.” The latter confirms…Continue Reading
Hello, My Father Just Died
The following is John Piper’s journal entry narrating his father’s death on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.
The funeral is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, S. C. Visitation is 7:00-8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, March 8, 2007, at Mackey Mortuary on Century Drive in Greenville. All are welcomed to both.
John Piper will not be preaching this weekend at Bethlehem Baptist…Continue Reading
Dr. William S. H. Piper Is with Jesus
Dr. Bill Piper
Obituary for the Greenville (S. C.) News, written by John Piper
William Solomon Hottle Piper, 88, of Shepherd’s Care, Greenville, S. C., died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Widowed twice, he was preceded in death by Ruth M. Piper and LaVonne N. Piper. He leaves a daughter, Beverly Bowers, married to Bob; a son, John, married to Noël; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and thousands of spiritual children…Continue Reading