Blog Posts by Josh Etter
Senior Pastors: Bring Your Leaders to This Conference on Building Men
The theme of our 2012 Conference for Pastors is "God, Manhood and Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ" — being held in Minneapolis from January 30 to February 1. We encourage senior pastors in particular to take advantage…Continue Reading
Advice for Reading Theology Books Even Though You're Busy
Pastor John in 1981:
Since wisdom is found in the Word of God, we must apply ourselves in study and meditation to know the Word and do it. "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony…
The Power of the Gospel and the Fear of Death
How Should We Approach Worship Today?
Pastor John has thought in terms of two heart dispositions:
For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call… Continue Reading
Interview with John Piper from Australia
The Power of the Gospel and Marriage
Microscope and Telescope Magnification
When Decays of Grace Prevail
Do any of us find decays of grace prevailing in us; deadness, coldness, lukewarmness, a kind of spiritual stupidity and senselessness coming upon us? Do we find an unreadiness unto the exercise of grace in its proper season…
The Dynamics of Faith and Receiving from God
All good is in God, true, but how shall we come to partake of that good? There is such a distance between you and God that, were not Christ in the middle, you would never come together.
The Bishop of Liverpool, J. C. Ryle
Cherish Your Union with Christ
Nothing is more precious than hearing God say to us personally: No condemnation. Or hearing him pronounce the words over our guilty heads, Justified! If you cherish this verdict and this standing with God, then cherish your union… Continue Reading
Announcing Our 2012 Conference for Pastors
Pastor John's invitation to join us in Minneapolis on January 30 to February 1 for the Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors —
God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ
January 30 to February…Continue Reading
You Wouldn't Believe This Picture of Piper Speaking
Does God Make Much of Us?
How Is the Cross of Jesus Your Joy?
John Piper from 1995:
Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes?
And when you look at the death of Christ,…
Bloodlines Documentary Trailer
Seven Lessons from Down Under
John Piper recently spent two weeks ministering in Australia. Here are seven lessons I learned along the way traveling with Pastor John — both in conversation with him and through observing his example and interaction with the Aussies.
1. More…Continue Reading
God Is a Joy to be Near and a Terror to Those Who Flee
Pastor John (1981) illustrates what it means to fear the Lord in Exodus 20:20 —
Noël and the boys and I went out to Dick and Irene Tiegen's place last week. They have a big dog as tall as Benjamin…
Do You Feel Spiritually Dull?
Sometimes when my heart has been hard, dead, slothful, blind, and senseless, which indeed are sad frames for a poor Christian to be in, yet at such a time, when I have been in such a case, then… Continue Reading
Spiritual Warfare and Prayer
Why does God keep Satan around? One reason is so that we'll experience the joy of "participating in the triumph."
Listen to Pastor John talk about the connection between spiritual warfare and prayer in this 22-minute devotional from a missions…Continue Reading
Are You Controlled By the Future?
'Take no thought for the morrow,' means 'Do not be guilty of anxious thoughts about the morrow'. It does not mean that you do not take any thought at all, otherwise the farmer would not plough and harrow…
Francis Chan on the Sovereignty of God
Five Ways to Make God Known at Work
Pastor John from 1988:
I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ…
Six Characteristics of Spiritual Leadership
Pastor John from 1981:
There are six things in the word of Joab that I think should characterize every effort at team ministry in the church.
First of all, humility. "If the Syrians are too strong for me,…
Entertainment-Oriented Preachers vs Bible-Oriented Preachers
Pastor John from 2008:
The difference between an entertainment-oriented preacher and a Bible-oriented preacher is the manifest connection of the preacher’s words to the Bible as what authorizes what he says.
The entertainment-oriented preacher seems to be at ease talking…