Articles by John Piper
Word pictures have power to put familiar wonders back where they belong — in the heart of worship. Isaiah pictured the Messiah as so tender he would not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3). Yet…Continue Reading
At concourse G, gate seventeen,
My sweat and panting pleas
That obstacles were unforeseen
May have been fantasies
For all they cared of where I’d been.
The door was locked within.
“I waited at another gate,”
As I look back over 32 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem one of the sweet legacies I savor is the solid place Bible memorization has in the church. I am not the only, or even the main reason for…Continue Reading
Perhaps most of you are accustomed to saying that the kingdom of God is “not yet” here and is “already” here. Not yet here in its consummation, but already here in significant fulfillments.
In fact, “fulfillment without consummation” was the…Continue Reading
In my sermon last Sunday I argued from 2 John 1:5–7 that love among Christians is a great protection against deception. John wrote, “Love one another. . . . For many deceivers have gone out into the world.” So I…Continue Reading
I continue listening to The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797). In the midst of chapter seven the slave obtains his freedom. It was 1766.
His own description of his ecstasy jolted me into a joyful experience…Continue Reading
We should be dumbfounded at how doable the remaining task of world missions is. Before I show this, let’s clarify some definitions.
Missions is not the same as evangelism. Evangelism is sharing the gospel with any unbelievers, and that work…Continue Reading
Facts help us grasp abortion in our communities. With the internet no one is innocently ignorant. Here are some facts from the Twin Cities to San Antonio. There are no grizzly pictures here. But there are some miracles. I won't…Continue Reading
Of course Black History is worthy of the chunks of your life as well as the cracks. But I’m laying claim to the unused parts of dressing, and brushing your teeth and driving and walking.
I am listening to The…Continue Reading
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,…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
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.”
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…
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…Continue Reading
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…Continue Reading
“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…Continue Reading
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
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
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