Blog Posts by John Piper
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
Homosexuality, Human Relations, and the Challenges to Evangelism
Several weeks ago the Leadership Council of The Gospel Coalition met for its annual discussions of current issues and the state of gospel-centered ministry among evangelicals. Of the many panel discussions, the most illuminating to me was the one on…Continue Reading
A Tribute to My Father, on My Last Father’s Day at Bethlehem
Today is Father’s Day. I was thinking about my father as I walked to morning prayer on Friday. I remembered one scene most vividly and joyfully. The moment of his death. I was alone with him in his hospital room.…Continue Reading
Ministry Update: John Piper and Scott Anderson in Switzerland
We have received $329,258 of the $300,000 that we needed in order for us to close-out our fiscal year in the black and balance the budget. Thank you for your generous support! The Lord is good, and all…
God Desires All to Be Saved, and Grants Repentance to Some
Put two texts together, and see what you see.
“God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (eis epignōsin alētheias)” (1 Timothy 2:4).
“God may perhaps grant them repentance leading…
Letter to a 13-Year Old Asking How to Go Deeper in Bible Study
I got your note about going deeper with your Bible reading. Thanks for asking.
First, let me say that I am really encouraged that you take the Bible so seriously. Sometimes I hold it in my hand and…Continue Reading
Hope for More Than Unconditional Love
If you only hope for unconditional love from God, your hope is great, but too small.
Unconditional love from God is not the sweetest experience of his love. The sweetest experience is when his love says: “I have made you…Continue Reading
My Response to the Vote on Jason Meyer
Last night, in a special All-Church-Strategy Meeting, 792 of Bethlehem’s members gathered at 7 PM and voted 784 to 8 to confirm God’s call on Jason Meyer to take hold of the baton that I have carried for the last…Continue Reading
Letter to a 12-Year-Old Girl About the Eternal Destiny of Those Who Have Not Heard the Gospel
You asked what happens to people who live far away from the gospel and have never heard about Jesus and die without faith in him.
Here is what I think the Bible teaches.
God always punishes people because of what they know and fail to believe. In…Continue Reading
La historia de Ian y Larissa
Deseando a Dios existe para ayudar a gente de todas partes a comprender y aceptar la verdad de que Dios es más glorificado en nosotros cuando estamos más satisfechos en él. Y yo agregaría, sobre todo en el…Continue Reading
The Story of Ian & Larissa
Desiring God exists to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. And I would add, especially in suffering.
Being satisfied in God (or…Continue Reading
I Don’t Think So, Doug
C. S. Lewis on the Temporary Importance of Fear
I think that when we are sinless we will still fear God in the sense of reverential, trembling awe — as when we stand on a peak before vast stretches of unscalable cliffs. And we will also fear, I suppose,…Continue Reading
Old Shocks in Getting Ready for Romania, Switzerland, and Germany
I have been preparing for ministry in Romania, Switzerland and Germany. One of the messages I am to give is “What is Gospel-Centered Ministry?” I have let my mind run back over the decades of preaching about this. One message…Continue Reading
Learning from John Stott’s Godly Ambition
Today is John Stott’s first birthday in heaven.
Coming toward the end of my (32-year) ministry as Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I read Alister Chapman’s new biography of John Stott with special interest. I wanted…Continue Reading
My Future at Desiring God
This has been a season of transition at both Bethlehem and Desiring God. In both cases I feel more carried along than pushing or pulling. God is manifestly moving. May the Lord give me grace to stay in…Continue Reading