Blog Posts by John Piper
Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?
Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:
Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to…
New Poem: ‘Now Is An Age’
Know This Dreadful Deformity of Your Soul — And Your Deliverance
This is a lesson in self-knowledge for the sake of worship and righteousness.
Something terrible and profound happened to all humans when Adam sinned. All except Jesus, that is, “who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Something came into the…Continue Reading
New Poem: ‘Lady Choice’
How the Bible Answers the Question, “Where Is Your God?”
I wish we could write about the sovereignty of God in a lull between calamities. But there is none.
If I were to say we are between tsunamis or tornadoes, someone would say, “That tree just fell on my house,”…Continue Reading
The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission
Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For…Continue Reading
Love Is More Than a Choice
This is a gentle pushback on a popular slogan.
There is truth in saying, “love is a choice” or “love is a decision.” It is true that if you don’t feel like doing good to your neighbor love will incline…Continue Reading
Is There a Key to Godliness?
Whether you are in your twenties or sixties, you probably have some long-standing heart-responses you don’t like. These are like reflexes. You don’t choose them. They spring up unintentionally from your heart, usually in response to the people around you.
How Do We Rest in the Face of Horrible Calamity?
What happens to our emotions if we really believe in the sovereign wisdom and goodness of God in horrible persecution?
This question rises for me for two reasons.
One is because of God’s will for our emotions revealed in the…Continue Reading
The Jagged Void (A Poem for Grieving Mothers)
When the tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, nine children died in the Plaza Towers Elementary School. I’ve been thinking about their parents, especially the mothers who bore them — and trying to imagine the void. And the more…Continue Reading
When Two So-Called “Married” Women (or Men) Repent
One of the sweet advantages of insisting that there is no such thing as same-sex “marriage” is that there is therefore also no such thing as same-sex “divorce.” In the days ahead, this will be very good news for many…Continue Reading
Prayer: We Get the Help, He Gets the Glory
One of the unique things about God is that he displays his glory by helping rather than demanding help. “No eye has seen a God besides you, who works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). “He is not…Continue Reading
The Power for Our Patience
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:11)
Strength is the right word. The apostle Paul prayed for the church at Colossae, that they would be…Continue Reading
Christian Adoption: Disavowals and Affirmations
Significant Christian push-back was unleashed in recent months by Kathryn Joyce’s criticism of the abuses in evangelical adoption efforts: The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption.
Melanie Springer Mock documented some of that push-back and…Continue Reading
The Fight for Life: Why We Keep Standing
At Desiring God, we are happy and unapologetic advocates of the sanctity of human life, beginning at conception. We love waving the banner for life, not just around the Roe anniversary in January, but throughout the year. Earlier this year,…
Introducing Jon Bloom and His New Book
There are books you should read at your desk hunched over and ready to wrestle with rarified ideas. Then there are books that you should read the way you stop by a shaded stream. The trust level is high. The…Continue Reading
30 Reasons Why It Is a Great Thing to Be a Pastor
God is the greatest Reality in the universe.
And pastors swim in that sea with ever-replenished joy.
I am the Lᴏʀᴅ, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. (Isaiah 45:5)
Oh, the depth of the riches…
Letter to a Parent Grieving the Loss of a Child
Earlier this year, a grieving mother, who recently had given birth to a stillborn son, wrote to me asking for counsel and comfort. The team at Desiring God thought this letter might be helpful to some others, whether other mothers…
Leap and Weep: Pondering Again That It’s Over
People continue to ask me how it feels. “You were a pastor non-stop for 33 years. Now you’re not. How does it feel?”
I have been tongue-tied too many times. So I have tried to come up with the shortest…Continue Reading
Recommissioned and Ready to Launch
For 33 years Bethlehem put bread on our table. They paid our salary. They didn’t muzzle this ox while he was treading out the grain (1 Timothy 5:18). They were the hands of God in meeting our needs. I am…Continue Reading
No Blessing Like Health — With the Exception of Sickness
One moving testimony to me as I ended my ministry at Bethlehem on March 31 was that of a young woman who has battled cancer. She thanked God for my cancer. She had listened to the messages leading up to…Continue Reading
First-Day Thoughts on Not Being a Pastor Anymore
I’ve been thinking about how much I love finishing things. I get great pleasure in finishing — a poem, a sermon, a book, or cutting the grass, or fixing the dripping faucet, or selling our car. It’s hard for me…Continue Reading
What Does It Mean for Jesus to Despise Shame?
In running the race of life we are to look to the exaltation of Jesus at the end of his race. But Hebrews 12:2 tells us to look not only to his exaltation, but to his motivation.
Jesus was carried…Continue Reading
Running the Race, Looking to the Finisher
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus,…
A Vision for Holy Week
Word pictures have power to put familiar wonders back where they belong — in the heart of worship. Isaiah pictured the Messiah as so tender he would not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3). Yet…Continue Reading