Blog Posts by John Piper
Thanks to God for Ray Ortlund
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…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…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…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…Continue Reading
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.…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…
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,…