Blog Posts by John Piper
Sometimes the Lord Slays His Loved Ones
Some people are by nature tough, blunt, matter-of-fact, unsentimental. Others are tender, warm, soft-spoken, emotionally sensitive. Some, amazingly, are a mixture. In general, what makes these different folks feel loved is very different.
Being assessed by these different people can…Continue Reading
What Did Jesus Come to Save Us From?
Let’s do this inductively. I ask. You answer.
John 3:17, “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
- Why did God send his Son?…
Learning from the Logic of Fear
God says to Ezekiel, “Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:9).
The logic strikes me, at first, as odd. Don’t be afraid of the people of Israel. Why? Because they…Continue Reading
A Possible Marriage Saver in Nine Steps
The grace of God is patient and works both instantaneously and over time. A mistake we sometimes make is thinking too idealistically, as though if we blow our first apology, there is no chance for a second.
The way to…Continue Reading
More Thoughts on Friends Who Fail You
Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik
Anders Breivik’s sentence for killing 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 is outrageous. He was deemed sane and sentenced to serve 21 years in prison “in a three-cell suite of rooms equipped with exercise equipment, a television and…Continue Reading
When a Sermon Becomes a Poem
Beware of Elevated Vagueness
Praying for Your Straying Soul
Do you pray for your straying soul?
I do. Daily.
The soul is always in motion. If you think yours is motionless, you are probably floating downstream.
Daily the soul is lured to other treasures, other satisfactions, other rewards besides…Continue Reading
Your Executioner May Laugh You to Scorn for Quoting Psalm 91
If You Are Old, Don’t Hold Back
I write this to encourage old people to come boldly to Christ. Come and offer him what remains of your life. Come with grateful confidence that he will receive you and gladly help you use the rest of your life…Continue Reading
Why Was Jesus Unintimidated by Pilate?
Ponder with me the lesson of Pilate’s authority over Jesus.
Pilate said to Jesus, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You…
Some Proven Weapons in the Fight for Holiness
When Paul says to put to death the deeds of the body “by the Spirit” (Romans 8:13), I take him to mean that we should use the one weapon in the Spirit’s armor that is used to kill. Namely, the…Continue Reading
Some Foreseen Effects of Legalizing So-Called Same Sex Marriage
The Presence of the Lamb and the Sufferings of Hell
Two of the passages of Scripture that express the unending nature of hell most clearly point to seemingly opposite reasons it will be terrible. One speaks of being “away from the presence of the Lord.” The other speaks of suffering…Continue Reading
A Conference Focusing on the Power of Paradoxes
This fall the Desiring God National Conference will wrestle with paradoxes. Not contradictions. Things like Philippians 2:12–13, “You work . . . for God is at work in you to will and work.” And 1 Corinthians 15:10, “I worked hard…Continue Reading
Thank You, Friends and Partners in Ministry
Learning from Myself Forty Years Later: Thoughts on the Republication of My Doctoral Dissertation
How Would You Like to Wear Your Joy?
The ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
“Everlasting joy shall be…Continue Reading
Meditate with Me on Isaiah 42:21
“The Lord was pleased, for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify his law and make it glorious.” (Isaiah 42:21).
- God’s righteousness inclines him to make his own instruction great and glorious. “For his righteousness’ sake he magnifies and glorifies…
“There Is No Demilitarized Zone in the Issue of Homosexuality”
All the participants of the panel on homosexuality at The Gospel Coalition Council meetings agreed that we have entered one of the most difficult challenges to a gospel-centered approach to evangelism. The reason is not that the center of the…Continue Reading
What the Star-Tribune Got Right — And Wrong
How Do You Relate to a Gay Family Member?
Is there hope for a relationship with a family member who is not a believer and is in a same-sex relationship, and who knows your Christian position?
Yes. One story went like this. An adult sister-in-law was in a lesbian…Continue Reading
Beware of Naïve Assumptions and False Stereotypes
We should beware of overly-simple generalizations in dealing with people with same-sex attraction, and we should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul.
For example, a woman may be a predatory lesbian and a…Continue Reading
Christ Swallows Up Eroticism in Something Much Bigger
One panelist at The Gospel Coalition discussions of homosexuality said he knew a dozen joyfully married Christian couples with children, in which one of each couple was formerly gay or lesbian. He said that this does not mean there are…Continue Reading