Blog Posts by John Piper
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
The Gospel of the Wall of Jericho
Your wall, O wicked Jericho, your ancient, mighty wall,
Your shame, where you have made your infants’ blood renowned,
Your boast, your monument, your Babel, tall
And endless on its side, bent ’round
Into a ring, a thrust,
What God Says to Egypt
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25
O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of
My only Son — though not from…
Five Cheers for the Church and Individualism
If individualism is a bad thing, corporatism is also a bad thing, and probably a worse thing. If I had to choose, I would prefer to fight for biblical truth in the chaos of American individualism than in the iron-clad…Continue Reading
Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin — Really?
People from the time of John Chrysostom (347–407) have tried to limit the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans 14:23, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Chrysostom cautions, “Now all these things have been spoken by Paul of…Continue Reading
The Failure of Christless Tenderness
The grotesque is part of what this fallen age is. Seeing it and seeing God with clear, uncompromising eyes of faith keeps us from making gulags or gas chambers.
When sentimentalism separates the grotesque from the sovereign goodness of God,…Continue Reading
He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me
I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters…Continue Reading
God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory
Some people feel less loved when they hear God loves them for his own sake. But in fact his love is greater for us when he loves us that way.
I want to help you feel more loved because God…Continue Reading
New Poem: ‘The Book of Life’
Before the night he was betrayed,
The Lord of glory died;
Indeed before the world was made,
The Lamb was crucified.
Before the sin, the spear, the lash
Yahweh Is the Sweetest Name I Know
You are not wrong to sing, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know,” even though Yahweh is.
God gave himself the name Yahweh. No man gave him this name. It is God’s chosen personal name. He loves to…Continue Reading
Some Kindling for Your Embers
We all feel small.
That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.
But we are attached to the…Continue Reading
Books Don’t Change People, Paragraphs Do
I have often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”
This may not be fair to books, since paragraphs find their way to us through books, and they often gain their peculiar power because of the context…Continue Reading
Live for the Particular Glories of Jesus, Not a Smudge
Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?
The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.S. Lewis and invites you to our National Conference on Lewis, September 27–29.
If your time is short, just go straight to the video. But if you wonder why we should even care…Continue Reading
Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election
I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:
How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?
Nothing ugly is ever called glorious in the Bible. There is “great sin” (Genesis 20:9), but never “glorious sin.” The evil one has “cosmic power” (Ephesians 6:12), but not cosmic “glory.” The reason for this is that sin and evil…Continue Reading