A Giant In My Life

Noel Piper

Annie Lou Henry
May 23, 1898 – November 9, 1980

Annie Lou Henry

Twenty-eight years ago today—five months after we began at Bethlehem—my father’s mother died down in Georgia. For a couple of years she had been having small strokes that kept her more and more confined to her home and then her bed.

During one visit, I sat with her and learned a lesson that helped prepare me for ministry and my own life.

This woman was my grandmother, who had always been part of my life. Though college-educated, she had... Continue Reading

Further Up and Further In

John Piper

C. S. Lewis:

Did you ever meet, or hear of, anyone who was converted from skepticism to a "liberal" or "demythologized" Christianity? I think that when unbelievers come in at all, they come in a good deal further. (Letters To Malcolm, 119)

A Tribute to Billy Graham at 90

John Piper

One of the great fears of my life as a boy growing up in Greenville, South Carolina is that Billy Graham would die. Today he is 90 years old. Thank you, Lord, that you answered my boyish prayers. Happy birthday, Billy. Here’s to your life!

Billy Graham was born on November 7, 1918 in North Carolina. In 1934, under the preaching of evangelist Mordecai Ham, Billy was converted to Christ. Which means that Mordecai Ham is one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century.... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Mother!

Noel Piper

Today is the 87th birthday of my mother, Pamela Henry.

Talitha and Noel Piper, Pam Henry

A couple of years ago, our Bethlehem M.O.M.S asked me to tell them what I learned by being my mother’s daughter. Only God knows all I’ve learned and am still learning from her.

Here’s a recent example. Mother broke her hip in May and hip replacement was the best way to help her toward healing. Within days of the surgery, I was hearing from my siblings that Mother was always one step ahead of what the doctors, nurses, and... Continue Reading

Grateful for (Almost) Any Government

John Piper

How does the Bible instruct us to pray for “all who are in high positions”? It says,

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 of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy... Continue Reading

A Prayer for the Election

John Piper

Father in heaven, as we approach this election on Tuesday, I pray

1) that your people will vote,

2) and that they will vote with a sense of thankfulness for a democratic system that at least partially holds in check the folly and evil in all our hearts so that power which corrupts so readily is not given to one group or person too easily;

3) that we would know and live the meaning of

  • being in the world, but not of it,
  • doing politics as though not doing them,
  • being on the earth,... Continue Reading

Why a Woman Shouldn't Run for Vice President, but Wise People May Still Vote for Her

John Piper

In a video we recently posted, I gave only a couple sentences of personal opinion about the issue of womanhood in the present Presidential election. Therefore, it has seemed good to provide some explanation and foundation for what I said.

My convictions about the implications of manhood and womanhood for political life are nuanced and rooted in Scripture. They are also complex and controversial. So they don’t fit blogs well.... Continue Reading

How Could God Do This to Us?

John Piper

Thursday in Minneapolis it was so gorgeous walking home I thought: I should write a post on how astonishing it is that no earthquake swallowed up this city today.

Instead God sent warmth and crystal skies and cool breezes and golden leaves and hanging sea gulls over Elliot Park.

Amazing. Absolutely amazing!

We deserved the 52-story IDS tower to fall, and bridges to collapse, and poisonous gas to kill thousands. But instead God gave us over-the-top foretastes of heaven.

This is why... Continue Reading

Thoughts on Voting and Politics

John Piper

A few days ago I recorded a video about the upcoming election.

Here is a four-minute version that goes straight to the heart of the matter titled, “The Most Important Issues In This Election.”


  1. Prophetic perspective
  2. Sovereignty of God
  3. Gospel

There is also a seven-minute version that includes the shorter one but includes three more perspectives. This one is titled “John Piper’s Heart In This Election."


  1. Womanhood
  2. Race
  3. Abortion
  4. Prophetic perspective
  5. Sovereignty... Continue Reading