Blog Posts by John Piper
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God did it again...
One of the promises we turn to often at Desiring God is Philippians 4:19 – “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” We think we know our needs. He knows. And he provides.
Mercifully, God put it in the hearts of thousands of you to give a total of $870,140 towards the needs of…Continue Reading
A Poem for the Crying, Coming Children (Video)
Here on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, many of us are mourning the loss of 50 million babies to legal abortion in the United States since 1973. To help the mourners, and to give hope in Jesus, Desiring God has put together this video especially for today.
There are biblical reasons for believing that all infants who die will be saved. This poem is a celebration of…Continue Reading
We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know
One biblical principle of justice is that the more knowledge we have that our action is wrong, the more guilty we are, and the more deserving of punishment (Luke 12:47–48). The point of this blog post is that we know what we are doing — all America knows. We are killing children. Pro-choice and Pro-life people both know this.
But before I show that, let’s clarify what the Supreme Court…Continue Reading
Martin Luther King Changed My World, and I Am Thankful
The racial world I grew up in and the one we live in today are amazingly different. Racism remains in many forms in America and around the world. But in the days of my youth the segregation was almost absolute and the defense of it was overt and ugly, without shame.
- In 1954, seventeen states required segregated public schools (ABW, 99);
- In 1956, 85% of all white southerners…
“Pilgrim’s Conflict with Sloth” (Video)
The poem I’m about to read is called “Pilgrim’s Conflict with Sloth.” It brings together three things that I am facing and loving: one is poetry, another is work, and another is this transition in my life that some people call retirement, as I step away from being the senior pastor of Bethlehem. So I set myself to ask how I feel about stopping. Am I stopping? Am I going…Continue Reading
The Seedbed of Big-God Preaching
In December, 1744, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon foreshadowing The End for Which God Created the World, which he completed eleven years later, three years before he died. It’s title was “Approaching the End of God’s Grand Design.”
It is the kind of sermon that draws me back again and again to Edwards to rescue me from the spiritual strangle hold of small things. It’s this kind of seeing…Continue Reading
You Can Never Ask Too Much
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will…
How Prayer Glorifies God
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4)
This verse took on a powerful new meaning for me in my early twenties when I was discovering new dimensions of the greatness of God. This discovery was coming in the form of teaching that God could not be served,…Continue Reading
A Promise to Live By
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
There is no verse in the Bible I have used more often to strengthen my hand for a frightening task. It is my default promise. It is the whir of the gears of my brain when…Continue Reading
Every Moment in 2013 God Will Be Doing 10,000 Things in Your Life
“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” That was one of our most widely spread tweets in 2012. So we want to say it again for 2013 and make this promise even more solid.
Not only may you see a tiny fraction of what God is doing in your life; the part you do see may make no sense…Continue Reading
Birthday, Last Day, Good Day
Noël’s birthday was on December 27. My last day as Lead Pastor for Preaching is today, December 31.
I’ve been in this role at Bethlehem for thirty-two and a half years today. Remarkably, Noël turned 65 and has thus spent exactly half her life at Bethlehem (32.5 years).
This prompted a poem for her birthday. It is part of the overflow of thankfulness I am feeling these days. God has…Continue Reading
Make a Fresh Covenant with Me: We Will Finish in Faith
Treat this year-end like the end of your life. Then be ecstatic that you get to start a new life tomorrow.
For some of us, not only is the year ending, but so is a life-ministry. When the clock tolls midnight I will hand off the senior leadership of Bethlehem to Jason Meyer (with overwhelming gratefulness for God’s goodness). I’ll be on staff until March 31, 2013, but effectively, this…Continue Reading
Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?
As this year ends, the question I am asking is: Where was God when so many good things happened this past year?
How can God be a God of justice, yet allow so much good to happen to people who dishonor him by disbelieving in him, or giving lip service to his existence, or paying no more attention to him than the carpet in their den, or rejecting the kingship…Continue Reading
New Martyn Lloyd-Jones Apps
In the summer of 1968, between college and seminary, I read Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s Studies in the Sermon on the Mount. It was then, and is now, spiritually and theologically powerful. Lloyd-Jones was one of the best preachers of the 20th century. Thanks to the grace of digital technology, he still is.Continue Reading
Clarifying Words on Wife Abuse
Several years ago, I was asked in an online Q&A, “What should a wife’s submission to her husband look like if he’s an abuser?”
One of the criticisms of my answer has been that I did not mention the recourse that a wife has to law enforcement for protection. So let me clarify with seven biblical observations.
1. Every Christian is called to submit to various authorities and to each…Continue Reading
A Web Pioneer’s Wild Dream
It may surprise you the way the Desiring God website began. That’s what this video is about: how one ordinary man got an extraordinary vision from God. I hope the story of Moe Bergeron inspires you.
For decades, Moe was a factory worker and bi-vocational pastor on the rugged spiritual soil of New England. He was one of the first to believe in the power and potential of…Continue Reading
A Lesson for All from Newtown
Murdering a human being is an assault on God. He made us in his own image. Destroying an image usually means you hate the imaged. Murdering God’s human image-bearer is not just murder. It’s treason — treason against the creator of the world. It is a capital crime — and more. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his…Continue Reading
How Does Jesus Come to Newtown?
We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize . . . but one who in every respect has been tested as we are. (Hebrews 4:15)
Mass murder is why Jesus came into the world the way he did. What kind of Savior do we need when our hearts are shredded by brutal loss?
We need a suffering Savior. We need a Savior who has tasted the…Continue Reading
Hope for the Hurting This Christmas (Video)
Have you ever wondered what became of the innkeeper in Bethlehem who let Mary and Joseph have their baby in his barn?
Did he have little children? When the soldiers came from Herod, did they hunt for the birth place of the dangerous baby and start the slaughter there? What did it cost the innkeeper to house the Messiah in his first hours?
In the poem called The…Continue Reading
A Coptic Committee, a Blindfolded Boy, and the Hand of God
Ramez Atallah, the General Director of The Bible Society of Egypt, has given me permission to share this letter. It is at once educational, inspirational, and a call for prayer for the Coptic Church of Egypt.
On Sunday November 4th, I attended the extremely moving ceremony where the new Patriarch (Pope) of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt was chosen. The Nominating Committee had narrowed the candidates from 17 names down to…
Chief of Sinners: 1 Timothy 1:16 and Galatians 1:15
I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. . . . He set me apart before I was born, and called me by his grace.
You were aflame, a Pharisee.
I was. Without a flaw.
Then blameless? Perfect purity?
Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook)
I’m excited to tell you about a new free eBook for Advent from Desiring God. It’s called Good News of Great Joy, organized specifically for this Advent, 2012.
Advent is just around the corner. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this year, that’s December 2 — and is a season of preparation for Christmas Day.
The team here at Desiring God did a deep dive…Continue Reading
Brothers, Supernatural Does Not Mean Stupid
If somebody reads my last blog, “Brothers, the Ministry Is Supernatural” (not professional), and says, “So, then, you think it doesn’t matter if we sing off key, preach incompetently, and don’t provide parking?” my answer is, “That’s just stupid.”
It matters whether you think the only alternative to tacky is “professional.” If the only way you have for urging excellence in your church is to urge “professionalism,” I suggest you…Continue Reading