Nothing Stands Against Christ

John Piper

What about those hungry fellows who promised not to eat till they ambushed Paul?

We read about them in Acts 23:12, “When it was day, the Jews made a plot and bound themselves by an oath neither to eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.” It didn’t work. Why? Because a string of unlikely events happened.

  • A boy over heard the plot.
  • The boy was the son of Paul’s sister.
  • The boy had the courage to go to the Roman centurion guarding Paul.
  • The centurion took him seriously and... Continue Reading

Why Desiring God Exists

John Piper

Desiring God, like all fallen, finite human ministries and people, sees“in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). We do not claim to beperfect in what we know. And we do not claim to know all that can beknown. Nor do we claim to see what we know more clearly than others maysee it.

But we do say with Paul, “Since we have the same spirit of faithaccording to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ wealso believe, and so we also speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). Though we donot... Continue Reading

Apostolic Practice in a Globalized World: Rick Love Responds to Piper

Rick Love

Dear John,

Thanks again for posting my first response to your thoughts about "A Common Word" on your website and for further engaging with me about these crucial issues! Here is my second response to your article, "How Shall We Love Our Muslim Neighbor?"

My goal (or “end game”) is the same as yours, John—to communicate the good news about the person and work of Jesus through word and deed to Muslims. Thus, I believe that both of us agree on... Continue Reading

Believing-the-Bible Book List

David Mathis

Last weekend was John Piper’s “Why We Believe the Bible” seminar for The Bethlehem Institute. Several in attendance asked that we make a few booklists available that Pastor Piper referred to during the seminar.

There are 3 categories:

  • The formation of the canon
  • The reliability of the New Testament
  • Refuting the claims of some recent critics

We disagree with some of these scholars on other points of doctrine, however their work on the Bible makes us profoundly thankful for them.

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Listening to God Through Other People

Desiring God Staff

When I am most affected by being forgiven, it is often by my wife’s forgiveness of me, or by my parents’ forgiveness in the past, or even the simple way that my 3-year-old forbears this impatient father without a thought. In fact, I am consistently more moved by all of these than I am by how I’ve been forgiven by God through Jesus.

This doesn’t make sense, of course. After all, whatever my family has forgiven me for, God has forgiven me for too. And he knows the... Continue Reading

The Tragedy of Langston Hughes and a Warning I Will Heed

John Piper

It’s Black History Month. The biggest book in my entire library is The Norton Anthology: African American Literature. It has 2,665 pages. Flop it open to the middle (like Psalms in the Bible) and you land on Langston Hughes—1902-1967.

In 1926, he wrote what became a manifesto for black artists of the time, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.”

We younger Negro artists who create now intend to express our individual dark-skinned selves without... Continue Reading

Sometimes He Kills Us to Save Us

John Piper

Last November I blogged on my son Karsten Piper's poetry. I celebrated some of his awards and ended by saying "Perhaps we will post a few more of Karsten’s poems in the coming months."

Well, now that the winter issue of Rock and Sling: A Journal of Literature, Art, and Faith has appeared I am able to post one of the best poems I have ever read on a Biblical text.

I promise you it is not what you expect.

It’s called “Luke 18.25” and it won the Virginia Brendemuehl Poetry... Continue Reading

What Makes The Humble Happy?

John Piper

The humble are happy when they see other people boasting in the Lord.

“My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad” (Psalm 34:2).

The humble are happy when other people magnify the Lord with thanksgiving.

“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. . . . When the humble see it they will be glad” (Psalm 69:30, 32).

Why are the humble happy when others boast in the Lord and magnify the Lord with thanksgiving?

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Abraham Lincoln's Path to Divine Providence

John Piper

Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day 199 years ago, remained skeptical, and at times even cynical, about religion into his forties. So the most striking thing about Marvin Olasky’s recent article about Lincoln in World Magazine is to see how personal and national suffering drew Lincoln into the reality of God, rather than pushing him away.

In 1862, when Lincoln was 53 years old, his 11-year-old son Willie died. Lincoln’s wife “tried to deal with her grief by... Continue Reading

Livingstone on "A Common Word"

Desiring God Staff

A couple weeks ago, we posted John Piper's thoughts on the Yale response to "A Common Word." A few days later, we posted some thoughts from Rick Love, one of the signatories of Yale's Christian response. Then last week, in the Q&A session of our pastors conference, we got a chance to hear from Greg Livingstone who also signed it.

You can listen to his answer or read the following (mildly edited) transcript:

Greg, can you address your signing of the Yale response to "A... Continue Reading