When a Psalm Is Not Your Situation

John Piper

Because the Psalms are so personal, they often do not represent the mood or the situation we are in when we read them. For example, a couple mornings ago I read Psalm 142. It says,

There is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul. (v. 4)

And,

I am brought very low! (v. 6)

I do not share this lament at this time. There are many who care for my soul. And I am not presently very low. I have known times more like this. But it is not... Continue Reading

More Gratitude for Jon Bloom

John Piper

Dear Jon,

Your faithfulness as the creator and leader of Desiring God has been a gift to me beyond all deserving or imagining for these last fifteen years.

Who would have dreamed the little church tape ministry would be Desiring God? God alone. You are exactly the leader Desiring God needs. You embody the spirit and life that I long for this ministry to awaken in others.

Some can say things accurately; you feel the preciousness of what is said and the reality behind it.

You have... Continue Reading

A Letter to My Husband, Jon Bloom

Pam Bloom

July 15th marked 15 years since you started as John Piper’s assistant and soon started Desiring God and became the Executive Director. (People wondered what you would do with that anthropology major!)

As your wife I’ve been watching, admiring, and learning from you through this adventure of faith. And today I want to publicly celebrate God’s grace in your life and honor you, my dearest earthly love.

A passion for God has characterized you since before we met (me at 15, you... Continue Reading

Why God Doesn't Fully Explain Pain

John Piper

One of the reasons God rarely gives micro reasons for his painful providences, but regularly gives magnificent macro reasons, is that there are too many micro reasons for us to manage, namely, millions and millions and millions and millions and millions.

God says things like:

  • These bad things happened to you because I intend to work it together for your good (Romans 8).
  • These happened so that you would rely more on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1).
  • This happened... Continue Reading

The Glory of Preaching the Bible

John Piper

Happy birthday, John Calvin. Today we celebrate your 499th birthday. Your preaching inspires me to press on with this great and glorious task of heralding the Word of God.

T. H. L. Parker’s 1975 biography tells why:

And so we trace him preaching on Sundays with one hundred and eighty-nine sermons on the Acts between 1549 and 1554, a shorter series on some of the Pauline letters between 1554 and 1558, and the sixty-five on the Harmony of the Gospels between 1559 and 1564.... Continue Reading

Morning Meditations on 4 Parts of the Bible

John Piper

I hope you are reading your Bible steadily through the summer. I hopeyou don’t miss a day. “On his law he meditates day and night” (Psalms1:2). I pray that there are times when it tastes so good, you slow downand steep your heart in it. Today was an especially rich day for me.

I was reading in four parts of the Bible—not for any preparation,but just to feed my soul. In every text another text came to mind thatmade each clearer. And that blew some fog away so I... Continue Reading

How to Hear the Word of God

John Piper

What does Jesus mean when he says,

Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away (Luke 8:18)?

He is applying the parable of the four soils (Luke 8:12-15). Notice the connection between “take care how you hear,” and the focus in hearing in the parable.

  1. “The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word.”
  2. “And the ones on the... Continue Reading

If You Can Be Godly and Wrong, Does Truth Matter?

John Piper

Since there are some Arminians who are more godly than some Calvinistsand some Calvinists who are more godly than some Arminians, what is thecorrelation between true knowledge of God and godliness?

The best of both groups have historically admired the godliness ofthose in the other group. Whitefield, the Calvinist, said of Wesley,the Arminian, “Mr. Wesley I think is wrong in some things; yet Ibelieve...Mr. Wesley, and others, with whom we do not agree in all... Continue Reading

Pinnock and Sayers on Hell

John Piper

Resolved 08, which I spoke at a couple weeks ago, had a sobering theme: Heaven and Hell. In my preparation, I dug up this contrast between Clark Pinnock and Dorothy Sayers.

Clark Pinnock, a Canadian theologian who has moved far from his evangelical roots, wrote:

I was led to question the traditional belief in everlasting conscious torment because of moral revulsion and broader theological considerations, not first of all on scriptural grounds. It just does not make any sense to... Continue Reading

A Caution to Political Candidates

John Piper

Not everything is complex when it comes to politics. Here’s something that is clear and simple and fearful. If political figures don’t humble themselves and give glory to God when they are praised for their speeches, they will be eaten by worms.

Now:

On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them. And the people were shouting, “The voice of a god, and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck... Continue Reading