Happy Meeting Anniversary, Noel

John Piper

Today 42 years ago, I met my wife. I like to mark the day and give thanks. Please indulge a grateful husband.

On the 40th anniversary of that day I wrote this poem. It’s still true. Happy Meeting Anniversary, Noël. Let’s go out tonight.

Six Six Sixty Six
And That Glad Afternoon

For some the summer marks the ripening
Of seeds sunk in the furrows of the spring,
Or bulbs long buried that return each year
By some in-built awareness: June is here!
But that is not what summer was... Continue Reading

Do the Righteous Always Prosper?

John Piper

How does the promise in Psalm 1:3 point to Christ? It says, “In all that he does, he prospers.” The righteous prosper in everything they do. Is this naïve or profoundly true?

In this life the wicked often prosper.

  • “Fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” (Psalms 37:7)
  • “Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.” (Malachi 3:15)

And in this life the righteous often suffer and their goodness... Continue Reading

Charles Wesley’s Radical, Fruitful Risk

John Piper

On July 18, 1738, two months after his conversion, Charles Wesley didan amazing thing. He had spent the week witnessing to inmates at theNewgate prison with a friend named “Bray,” who he described as “a poorignorant mechanic.” One of the men they spoke to was “a black slavethat had robbed his master.” He was sick with a fever and was condemnedto die.

Wesley and Bray asked if they could be locked in overnight with theprisoners who were to be executed the next day. That... Continue Reading

What Jesus Meant When He Said “You Must Eat My Flesh”

Jon Bloom

The day before, Jesus had fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. Then that night he walked miles across the Sea of Galilee before catching up with his disciples in their boat. The crowd had seen him send his disciples away in the only boat available. So the next day, when they found him in Capernaum, they knew he could have only got there miraculously. They wanted him to be their king.

Then he went and ruined everything. To his adoring fans Jesus... Continue Reading

20 Reasons I Don't Take Potshots at Fundamentalists

John Piper
20 Reasons I Don't Take Potshots at Fundamentalists

1. They are humble and respectful and courteous and even funny (the ones I've met).

2. They believe in truth.

3. They believe that truth really matters.

4. They believe that the Bible is true, all of it.

5. They know that the Bible calls for some kind of separation from the world.

6. They have backbone and are not prone to compromise principle.

7. They put obedience to Jesus above the approval of man (even though they fall short, like others).

8. They believe in... Continue Reading

The Phenomenal Design of Pain

John Piper

If there was pain before the Fall, it was only good. That is implied, I presume, in God’s calling his unfallen creation “very good” (Genesis 1:31), and in God’s promising that in new world there will be no crying “nor pain anymore” (Revelation 21:4). However, not many would use the word “pain” for something that is only good. It doesn’t appear that the Bible uses it that way either.

But pain in this fallen world is clearly bad and good. Reviewing a new book, Pain and Its... Continue Reading

The Cost of Knowing & Showing Christ

John Piper

I suspect Paul’s experience when he was caught up into paradise, while not absolutely normative, is at least a caution: Count the cost before you want to know Christ deeply or show him clearly.

“He heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter” (2 Corinthians 12:4). But there was a price to be paid for this extraordinary knowledge.

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh” (2... Continue Reading

Advice to Missionaries (and All of Us)

John Piper

As I was working on the fifth volume of The Swans are Not Silent series about the lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John G. Paton, I found a letter written by Judson from Burma on June 25, 1832 with sobering counsel to missionaries.

Actually, these are hard and good words for all of us. Here are five of his points:

Fourthly. It may be profitable to bear in mind, that a large proportion of those who come out on a mission to the East die within five years... Continue Reading

How A Roman Catholic Anti-Calvinist Can Serve Today’s Poet-Calvinists

John Piper

May 29 is G. K. Chesterton’s 134th birthday. He was a Britishjournalist and brilliant writer. Nobody exploits the power of paradoxlike Chesterton.

I celebrate his birthday by recommending his book Orthodoxy.

The title gives no clue as to what you will find inside. It had ahuge influence on me forty years ago in ways that would haveexasperated Chesterton. He did all he could to keep me from becoming aCalvinist, and instead made me a... Continue Reading

Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment

Jon Bloom

The insults fell on her like blows. “Shame on you, Whore!”

Imagine it. She was married, but not to the man whose arms she'd been in. Suddenly the door burst open. Angry men dragged her—and her secret sin—out into the street.

“Adulteress! Adulteress!” The words pierced her like arrows. A gathering crowd gawked at her with scorn. Her life was undone in a moment by her own doing.

And it was about to be crushed. They were talking about stoning! “O my God, they’re going to stone me!... Continue Reading