Blog Posts by John Piper
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
Dubai: Amazing and Strategic City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula. It is a coastal city, 70 miles across the Persian (or Arabian) Gulf from Iran. It borders on Saudi Arabia and Oman. It is the stunning creation…Continue Reading
Missions Is Not for Wimpy Women — And Nine Other Lessons from Ethiopia
I’m writing this on my last night of seven in Addis Ababa, the sprawling, higher-than-Denver, capitol of Ethiopia — which just became the second most populous country of Africa.
The international, inter-agency cooperation of missions today is illustrated by the…Continue Reading
Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’
God created the world so that he would receive glad-hearted worship from the entire panorama of peoples that he himself brought into being for this purpose.
Therefore, for the glory of God, and for the gladness of the peoples, we…Continue Reading
Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children
I am writing this to plead with Christian parents to require obedience of their children. I am moved to write this by watching young children pay no attention to their parents’ requests, with no consequences. Parents tell a child two…Continue Reading
A Whole World Hangs on a Word
Sometimes a whole world — a whole theology — hangs on a word.
Consider the word “this” in Ephesians 2:8. Does it refer to “faith” or “grace” or both? Is faith a gift of God?
For by grace you have…
Hijacking Back Your Brain from Porn
Last week I wrote about the physiological dimension of addiction to pornography. New brain research suggests it is as strong as addiction to cocaine and heroin because of its unique combination of stimulant and opiate. Pornography lays down real…Continue Reading
Pornography: The New Narcotic
How to Be Interesting and Unhelpful
The point of this little exhortation is that, in handling the Scriptures, sanctification and speculation rise and fall in inverse proportion. As speculation increases, sanctification decreases. The more guessing the less blessing.
Few people would give their life for a…Continue Reading
Does “Mere Christianity” Mean Eliminate Denominations?
For many years my conviction has been that Christian unity and Christian truth are served best not by removing fences, but by loving across them and having welcoming gates. I don’t claim to do it well. I want to do…Continue Reading
The Strange Glory of Ordinary Things
Clyde Kilby was born September 26, 1902. He may have been my most influential teacher when I was in college. But then again it may have been Stuart Hackett. Kilby was a romantic — like C. S. Lewis. Hackett was…Continue Reading
Don’t Do God’s Will Like an Atheist
Does God Desire All to Be Saved? (New Book from John Piper)
C.S. Lewis: The Dinosaur, the Parthenon, and the Optative
Being a self-confessed dinosaur in the world of modern instincts, C.S. Lewis was, and is, therefore, refreshingly relevant. Already in 1944, his views on education were so well rooted in reason and experience that they were wonderfully out of date.
The Soul’s Final Feast
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire…
Work Is a Glorious Thing
Work is a glorious thing. And if you stop and think about it, the most enjoyable kinds of leisure are a kind of work. Both these facts are true because the essence of work, as God designed it before the…Continue Reading
The Strange and Wonderful Miracle of Feeling Loved by God
One thing I am sure of intuitively: God’s ways are higher than my ways. Which means: If he reveals through the Bible his ways of loving me, they will certainly be jarring.
The ease with which the human race presumes…Continue Reading
Even If You Labor “for Nought”
Discouragement comes in many forms. So our weapons must be varied.
Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave…Continue Reading
The Lordship of Jesus 100 Years Ago and Today
Jesus Christ is Lord of the universe. Therefore, all the nations — the peoples — of the earth belong to him by right of creation and by right of his redemptive purpose on the cross.
By right of creation: “The…
Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL
Spectacular Sins, Today and Yesterday
The Value of Knowing How God Saved You
I will venture to say that most Christians don’t know how God saved them. I don’t mean how God paid for their sins, but how he brought them to faith. That means many Christians miss out on the benefits of…Continue Reading
God Is Not an Idolator
When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)
People stumble over the teaching that God exalts…Continue Reading
How to Read a Book
It’s that time of year when students and teachers are going “back to school” after the summer vacation. John Piper describes this new poem as “playful, though serious,” and we hope it will both clarify and energize the productive enterprise… Continue Reading
Will You Be a Believer Tomorrow Morning?
Christian, how do you know you will still be a believer when you wake up in the morning? And every morning till you meet Jesus?
The biblical answer is: God will see to it.
Are you okay with that? Does…Continue Reading