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…Continue Reading
John Piper's Poem for His Wife on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day, 2011
Your Most Common Prayer for Your Soul?
Do you have a main prayer for yourself that you come back to again and again?
Mine changes only slightly from year to year. Different words come to mind with different meditations on the central truth of the Bible. But…Continue Reading
The Ministry of Reminding—Myself
One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God’s promises. Reminding is a great ministry. Peter and Paul wrote for this reason (2 Peter 1:13; Romans 15:15).
The main reminder is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). But don’t be…Continue Reading
Despite Us, God Works
Spring Break 1990 in Daytona Beach, Florida
I was a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.
If it had been one year earlier I would have been at Daytona Beach to join in the partying. As it was, God had…Continue Reading
At Least Be as Smart as a Bush
In the debates over evolution, be sure you do not become less intelligent than the beasts, the birds, the bushes, and the fish. They know something the brilliant godless do not know.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach…
Planting Churches That Last (Part 3) - Study Others
God’s Moral Will and Sovereign Will
I would like to help you distinguish between God’s moral will and his sovereign will. This will help you make sense of the apparent contradiction between these two statements:
1. God does all things according to his will (sovereign will).… Continue Reading
Planting Churches That Last (Part 2) - Study Mistakes
(See the previous post, Planting Churches That Last (Part 1) - Study the Past )
As a teenager, my buddy fancied himself a hotshot skateboarder. Trying to do an ollie (a jump and board flip in midair) he landed badly…Continue Reading