Blog Posts by John Piper
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
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’
Now Is An Age
On Reading John Donne’s Death, Be Not Proud
One night, as I sat reading
Before the fire, and casting
Calm shadows on the door behind my chair,
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