How I Fight Bossiness

Noel Piper

One my my continual needs for self-control comes from being the oldest of 10 children and then 35+ years of mothering. I feel very comfortable telling people what to do, speaking as if I know what’s best. Others call it bossy. My fight for self-control in this area has two parts—reminding myself who God is and then preaching that to myself.

I fight bossiness by reminding myself that God is God and I’m not. So however convinced I am of the best course for someone else, I might be wrong.... Continue Reading

Enjoy Something Bigger than Yourself

John Piper

Today a year ago, my father and grandfather were reunited. William S. H. Piper and Elmer Albert Piper were both preachers and both Bible-saturated.

My father said several times to me that he felt his father could pick up and recite from memory any place in the New Testament that you started for him.

And I have several of my father’s Bibles. They are at places so densely marked they are hard to read.

It is an amazing thing what happens to a life that is utterly devoted... Continue Reading

Documentary: John Piper and His Dad

Desiring God Staff

This is the 1-year anniversary of my dad's dad dying.

So I thought it would be a good day to commemorate him through this 10-minute video that was made for the pastors conference last month.

In it, my dad walks around the neighborhood and the house he grew up in and talks about the memories of his father that this brings up.

Muslim and Christian Martyrdom

John Piper

In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote about some Muslims' love affair with death. It raises the question of how Christian martyrdom is different. He writes:

“We are going to win, because they love life and we love death,” said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. He has also said: “[E]ach of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah.” Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden told a... Continue Reading

The Unbelieving Poet Catches a Glimpse of Truth

John Piper

Since all humans are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), andthe work of God’s law is written on every heart (Romans 2:15), and theheavens are telling the glory of God to everyone who can see (Psalm19:1), and God has put eternity in man’s heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11), andby God’s providence every person is set to grope for God (Acts 17:27),and in God we all live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), it isnot surprising that even people without eyes to... Continue Reading

Calvinism, Arminianism, & Education

John Piper

In the notes that we posted from my talk last week at Resurgence I asked,

But how should we regard these errors [Wesleyanism and Arminianism] in relationship to the teaching office of the church and other institutions?

The answer I gave was not precise enough. Here is what I said:

Here’s my rule of thumb: the more responsible a person is to shape the thoughts of others about God, the less Arminianism should be tolerated. Therefore church members should not be... Continue Reading

Sin No More

John Piper

Your life hangs on how you relate these two statements:

  1. “If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous” (1 John 2:1).
  2. “Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you” (John 5:14).

Do you experience the first one weakening the second?

Or do you experience the first one joyfully empowering the second?

Your life hangs on your answer.

A Thankful Man

John Piper

What kind of man would send his wife and 12-year-old daughter to Kenya by themselves?

The answer I wish I could give is: The kind of man who was smart enough to marry such a woman.

But, alas, when I married her I didn’t know that’s what I was getting.

So all I can answer is: A thankful man.

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