Blog Posts by John Piper
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 Already in 1944, his views on education were so well rooted in reason and experience that they were wonderfully out of date.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
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