Blog Posts by John Piper
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…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…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…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…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…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,…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…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…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…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,…
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…Continue Reading
Good News of Great Joy (Free Advent eBook)
Brothers, Supernatural Does Not Mean Stupid
Brothers, the Ministry Is Supernatural
The Consummation of All Things
How the Rescued Life Looks
Jesus Came into the World
Our Failure to Live Up
Why God Created Us
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After Darkness... Light (Video from Geneva)
Today is Reformation Day. Martin Luther posted his explosive 95 theses October 31, 1517. In the wake of Luther’s life, an army of Reformers soon emerged. Foremost among them was John Calvin. Together they recovered for the church…Continue Reading
Legislating Morality for Women in the Seventh Century
As Dana Robert tells the story of the conversion of the Irish, lessons abound for our day. For example, here is a paragraph about the effect of Christianity on the condition of women in the seventh century.
Although little is…
A Poem on Hebrews 3:13
"Lest You Be Hardened"
Your thoughts, your words, your ways
So far above my place
Sometimes perceive your broad
Your brilliant blue, your sun—
You love…Continue Reading
The Great Story and the Single Verse
In my neck of the Christian woods, words like narrative, meta-narrative, story, storyline, biblical theology, and big picture abound. I would like to sound a note that may encourage some who, like me, may wonder how this language works to…Continue Reading
I Am Going to Vote
Having read several articles by people who don’t plan to vote in the presidential election, my conclusion is: I’m going to vote.
It seems to me that the good that can be done, presumably by the protest of not voting,…Continue Reading