Blog Posts by John Piper

Day 2: Schedule and Prayer

John Piper

Live-Stream Schedule: Tuesday, February 5

Watch the live-stream at www.desiringGod.org/live.

Updates on the conference will be available through Desiring God's Facebook page and Twitter account (hashtag #DGPASCON).

Note: All times are approximate and listed here in Eastern Standard Time. For those onsite, see the schedule here in Central Standard Time.

10:00 - 11:00 AM EST, Jason Meyer

  • Pastoral Transition after a 32-Year Ministry: Strategy and the Supernatural

11:30

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Day 1: Welcome and Prayer

John Piper

Live-Stream Schedule

Watch the live-stream at www.desiringGod.org/live, beginning at 2:30 PM EST today.

Updates on the conference will be available through Desiring God’s Facebook page and Twitter account (hashtag #DGPASCON).


Note: All times are approximate and listed here in Eastern Standard Time. For those onsite, see the schedule here in Central Standard Time.

Monday, February 4

2:30 - 3:30 PM EST, Mark Dever (Sponsored by Fidelis Foundation)

  • Centrality
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Plentiful December, Faithful God, Promising Future

John Piper

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…

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We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know

John Piper

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…

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Martin Luther King Changed My World, and I Am Thankful

John Piper

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…
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“Pilgrim’s Conflict with Sloth” (Video)

John Piper

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…

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The Seedbed of Big-God Preaching

John Piper

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…

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You Can Never Ask Too Much

John Piper

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

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How Prayer Glorifies God

John Piper

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,…

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A Promise to Live By

John Piper

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…

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Birthday, Last Day, Good Day

John Piper

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…

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Make a Fresh Covenant with Me: We Will Finish in Faith

John Piper

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…

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Where Was God in All the Goodness of 2012?

John Piper

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…

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New Martyn Lloyd-Jones Apps

John Piper

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.

Now these 656 pages are recorded by Chris Allen in five apps for your phone, with about six…

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Clarifying Words on Wife Abuse

John Piper

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…

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A Web Pioneer’s Wild Dream

John Piper

Dear Friends,

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…

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A Lesson for All from Newtown

John Piper

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

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How Does Jesus Come to Newtown?

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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…

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Hope for the Hurting This Christmas (Video)

John Piper

Dear Friends,

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

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A Coptic Committee, a Blindfolded Boy, and the Hand of God

John Piper

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…

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Chief of Sinners: 1 Timothy 1:16 and Galatians 1:15

John Piper

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?
     Yes, in

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Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook)

John Piper

Dear Friends,

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…

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