Blog Posts by John Piper
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
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…