Blog Posts by John Piper
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…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…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…Continue Reading
Let the Python Eat Its Tail. Amen.
Sam Storms: Good Theology, Bad Advice
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… Continue Reading
Willpower Is Not Enough
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…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…Continue Reading
How Do You Press On to Make It Your Own?
Hello, My Father Just Died
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.…Continue Reading
Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead
1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.
2. The tomb was empty on Easter.
3. The disciples were almost immediately transformed from men who were hopeless and fearful after the crucifixion (Luke 24:21, John 20:19)…Continue Reading
Pierced for Our Transgressions
Tribute to William Wilberforce, #3
One more tribute to Wilberforce: The day the victory came, and how Wilberforce responded.
The night—or I should say early morning—of victory came in 1807. The moral vision and the political momentum for abolition had finally become irresistible. At one…Continue Reading
Tribute to William Wilberforce, #2
Here’s another tribute to Wilberforce on this historic anniversary. We should celebrate the unbounded joy that God gave him in spite of decades of defeat in Parliament:
James Stephen, recalled after Wilberforce’s death,
“Being himself amused and interested by everything,…
Tribute to William Wilberforce, #1
The movie about William Wilberforce opens today. I suppose that’s because, with the time zone difference, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave is technically today. Actually it was 4 A.M. February 24, 1807. Wilberforce was the…Continue Reading
How Eating and Fasting Magnify Christ
Here is one of the truths we will try to unpack in the seminar this weekend on Prayer, Meditation, and Fasting.
Bread magnifies Christ in two ways: by being eaten with gratitude for his goodness, and by being forfeited out… Continue Reading
When Is Confrontation Grace
What Will We Remember in Heaven?
A friend wrote me and asked a question about Isaiah 65:17, which says (in the NASB), “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.” He asked,…Continue Reading
Personal Tribute to Bruce Manning Metzger
Bruce Metzger died on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at the age of 93. He was the George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at Princeton Theological Seminary. I think it would be fair to say that…Continue Reading
Prosperity Preaching: Deceitful and Deadly
When I read about prosperity-preaching churches, my response is: “If I were not on the inside of Christianity, I wouldn’t want in.” In other words, if this is the message of Jesus, no thank you.
Luring people to Christ to…Continue Reading
Piper's Foreword in Anyabwile's Book
When Hearts Are Better than Heads, and Vice Versa.
In my preparations for Tuesday’s talk on Andrew Fuller, I came across this quote. It stirred up ten thoughts about heads being better than hearts and hearts being better than heads. Here is what Fuller said:
I perceived that men's… Continue Reading