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.”

Outline:

  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."


Outline:

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

Luther's First Thesis and Last Words

David Mathis

491 years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg.

He wanted to debate the sale of indulgences with his fellow university professors. So he wrote in Latin.

But a nameless visionary translated the theses into German, carried them to the printing press, and enabled their dispersion far and wide. Luther ended up with more than he bargained for, but he proved to be no coward in defending the discoveries he was making in Scripture.

First... Continue Reading

New Email Newsletter from BBC

John Piper

This short note is mainly for those with connections to Bethlehem Baptist Church. Our weekly newsletter, the Bethlehem Star, is now offered in a very attractive electronic version. I love this new edition.

I am writing to encourage everyone who gets the Star or wants the Star to subscribe to this electronic version. It’s simple. Click here, and enter your email address twice. That’s all there is to it. You can unsubscribe just as simply at any time.

Thank you for considering... Continue Reading

Biblical Foundations for Bethlehem College and Seminary

John Piper

I invite you to be a part of the Wednesday Connection on November 5 at 6:15 PM at Bethlehem. (It will be live at the North Site, simulcast downtown, and replayed the following week at the South Site.) We will interrupt for one week the flow of the Fall sessions on “Growing a Heart For the Nations.”

The TBI Board of Directors has asked me to give a public lecture onthe biblical foundations for Bethlehem College and Seminary. Themessage is titled:

“The... Continue Reading