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Articles by John Piper

God Is Not an Idolator

John Piper

When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. (2 Thessalonians 1:10)

People stumble over the teaching that God exalts…

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How to Read a Book

John Piper
It’s that time of year when students and teachers are going “back to school” after the summer vacation. John Piper describes this new poem as “playful, though serious,” and we hope it will both clarify and energize the productive enterprise
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Will You Be a Believer Tomorrow Morning?

John Piper
Will You Be a Believer Tomorrow Morning?

Christian, how do you know you will still be a believer when you wake up in the morning? And every morning till you meet Jesus?

The biblical answer is: God will see to it.

Are you okay with that? Does…

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The Gospel of the Wall of Jericho

John Piper

Your wall, O wicked Jericho, your ancient, mighty wall,
         Your shame, where you have made your infants’ blood renowned,
                  Your boast, your monument, your Babel, tall
                           And endless on its side, bent ’round
                                    Into a ring, a thrust,
                                             Betrothing you…

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What God Says to Egypt

John Piper

Egypt! Egypt!
A Meditation for Today
on Isaiah 19:24–25

O Egypt, Egypt, do you not
    Recall, dear friend — have you forgot —
That twice you were the savior of 
    My only Son — though not from…

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Five Cheers for the Church and Individualism

John Piper

If individualism is a bad thing, corporatism is also a bad thing, and probably a worse thing. If I had to choose, I would prefer to fight for biblical truth in the chaos of American individualism than in the iron-clad…

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Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin — Really?

John Piper

People from the time of John Chrysostom (347–407) have tried to limit the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans 14:23, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Chrysostom cautions, “Now all these things have been spoken by Paul of…

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The Failure of Christless Tenderness

John Piper

The grotesque is part of what this fallen age is. Seeing it and seeing God with clear, uncompromising eyes of faith keeps us from making gulags or gas chambers.

When sentimentalism separates the grotesque from the sovereign goodness of God…

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He Loved Me and Gave Himself for Me

John Piper

I want believers in Christ to enjoy being loved by God to the greatest degree possible. And I want God to be magnified to the greatest degree possible for loving us the way he does. This is why it matters…

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God Loves Us More, When He Loves Us for His Glory

John Piper

Some people feel less loved when they hear God loves them for his own sake. But in fact his love is greater for us when he loves us that way.

I want to help you feel more loved because God…

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New Poem: ‘The Book of Life’

John Piper

Before the night he was betrayed,     
     The Lord of glory died;
Indeed before the world was made, 
     The Lamb was crucified.

Before the sin, the spear, the lash 
     (Eternal was…

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Yahweh Is the Sweetest Name I Know

John Piper

You are not wrong to sing, “Jesus is the sweetest name I know,” even though Yahweh is.

Here’s why.

God gave himself the name Yahweh. No man gave him this name. It is God’s chosen personal name. He loves to…

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Some Kindling for Your Embers

John Piper

We all feel small.

That’s because we are small. John Piper may seem like a big fish in the little evangelical pond. But in the ocean of the world, I am statistically a nobody.

But we are attached to the…

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Books Don’t Change People, Paragraphs Do

John Piper

I have often said, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.”

This may not be fair to books, since paragraphs find their way to us through books, and they often gain their peculiar power because of the context…

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Live for the Particular Glories of Jesus, Not a Smudge

John Piper

If you ever wondered why we at Desiring God write so much about doctrinal particularities, here’s one answer.

If glory includes beauty, as I wrote last week, it includes lines. They may be curved or straight. But without lines…

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Are We Fascinated with Lewis’s Fame or His Influence?

John Piper

The video below introduces the amazingly influential C.S. Lewis. If your time is short, just go straight to the video. But if you wonder why we should even care about Lewis’s influence, you might want to read these few paragraphs.

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Five Reasons to Embrace Unconditional Election

John Piper

I use the word embrace because unconditional election is not just true, but precious. Of course, it can’t be precious if it’s not true. So that’s the biggest reason we embrace it. But let’s start with a definition:

Unconditional election

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How Pervasive and Practical Is the Beauty of God?

John Piper

Nothing ugly is ever called glorious in the Bible. There is “great sin” (Genesis 20:9), but never “glorious sin.” The evil one has “cosmic power” (Ephesians 6:12), but not cosmic “glory.” The reason for this is that sin and evil…

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Should We Tell Children to Love Jesus?

John Piper

Spurgeon was concerned about the emphasis of telling children to love Jesus rather than trust Jesus. He expressed it like this:

Many [distort the doctrine of justification by faith] when addressing children, and I notice that they generally speak to…

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New Poem: ‘Now Is An Age’

John Piper

Now Is An Age
On Reading John Donne’s Death, Be Not Proud

One night, as I sat reading 
    Before the fire, and casting
        Calm shadows on the door behind my chair,
    I…

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Know This Dreadful Deformity of Your Soul — And Your Deliverance

John Piper

This is a lesson in self-knowledge for the sake of worship and righteousness.

Something terrible and profound happened to all humans when Adam sinned. All except Jesus, that is, “who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Something came into the…

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New Poem: ‘Lady Choice’

John Piper
New Poem: ‘Lady Choice’

Four thousand times an hour, or more,
     Each day and night, since I was six
           Weeks old inside my mother's womb,

My trusty heart (a metaphor
     Of what?) with ceaseless double…

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How the Bible Answers the Question, “Where Is Your God?”

John Piper

I wish we could write about the sovereignty of God in a lull between calamities. But there is none.

If I were to say we are between tsunamis or tornadoes, someone would say, “That tree just fell on my house,”…

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The Thrilling “Now” of Christian Mission

John Piper

Just think of it. The God of the universe focused his special revelation and redeeming work on one small ethnic people, Israel, for 2,000 years — from the calling of Abram in Genesis 12 to the coming of Christ. For…

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Love Is More Than a Choice

John Piper

This is a gentle pushback on a popular slogan.

There is truth in saying, “love is a choice” or “love is a decision.” It is true that if you don’t feel like doing good to your neighbor love will incline…

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