Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus

John Piper
Beware: The Bible Is About to Threaten Your Smartphone Focus

Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.

If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

True. Fight that. If your finger offends you, cut it off. Or use any other virtuous violence (Matthew 11:12) that sets you free to rivet your soul on... Continue Reading

A Song by John Piper

Josh Etter

WhilepreachingthroughRomans 12:1-8in 2004, John Piper wrote a song inspired by the text. Musician Kevin Potherician put the song tomusic.

O Jesus, take my bent away
For thinking much of me,
And kill my pride, and from this day
With mercy make me free.

O Jesus, grant the gift to see
The treasure that you are,
And as the night eclipses me,
O be my Morning Star.

And now if I should serve, or lead,
Or give, or mercy show,
O Jesus, let my love be freed,
And like a river flow.

O Jesus, be the... Continue Reading

What If Your Reputation Is Unjustly Bad?

John Piper

[Jesus] told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest... Continue Reading

The Most Needed Peer Pressure in Christianity

Wendy Alsup
The Most Needed Peer Pressure in Christianity

. . . the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13).

I have a friend who loves God and his Word and desires to raise her children to love him, yet one of her children has made a series of choices that has challenged their family. I asked once if she felt more peer pressure in her Christian culture to get her child to conform or to bear long with them in love? I asked because I too had struggling friends and family, and the pressure within me and from others... Continue Reading

How Shall We Pray About the Upheavals in the Middle East?

John Piper

In 1 Timothy 2:1–4, Paul connects prayer for “all who are in high positions” with a peaceful life for the followers of Jesus, and with his desire for all people to be saved.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight... Continue Reading

What We Learn from God Killing the Sons of Judah

John Piper
What We Learn from God Killing the Sons of Judah

The sons of Judah, Er and Onan, were wicked men, and the Bible says, the Lord killed them.

“Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death.” (Genesis 38:7)

“What Onan did was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.” (Genesis 38:10)

But what are we to understand from the statement that God killed them, since God governs all life and death? None dies but by God’s plan.

“The Lord gave, and the Lord... Continue Reading

Womanizing vs. the “N” Word

John Piper
Womanizing vs. the “N” Word

Chronological smugness is the feeling that we have advanced to a moral condition higher than the generations before us. Shelby Steele has a good warning for us. We may not be advancing, but only reshuffling the vices about which we want to be relativistic or absolutistic.

I wondered if President Clinton would be defended with relativism if he had done what, according to gossip, Eisenhower was said to have done.

Suppose that in a light moment he had slipped into a parody of an old... Continue Reading

What About Reformed Racists?

John Piper
What About Reformed Racists?

All Christians sin. All churches are blind to some of their sins. None of us is in a position to claim our theology is true because of the quality of our lives. Truth is grounded in God’s word, not our works.

While it is true that “you shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), it is not true that you shall know their theology by their fruits. Man’s capacity for hypocrisy is great. And Jesus can say even of the Pharisees, “Practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not... Continue Reading