Ruth Bell Graham

Noel Piper

On my “mentors” shelf sit books by Edith Schaeffer, Ann Ortlund, Gail MacDonald, Elisabeth Elliot, and Ruth Graham. I never met Ruth Bell Graham in person. But I spent time with her through her writing. She expressed a winsome, seemingly uninhibited breadth of personality and emotion—from impertinent to pensive.

Many Advent seasons, I read aloud to my children The Christmas Story (now revised and retitled, One Wintry Night). We…

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Antidote to New Perspective on Paul

John Piper

The New Perspective on Paul has been around long enough now that some scholars who were initially enamored with it have come back around to the historic understanding. It is good to read a few testimonies like this to keep us on our toes.

Preaching Through Romans: An Antidote to the New Perspective on Paul

My thoughts on Paul’s view of Israel have changed dramatically over the years in two…

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Jesus Was Never Too Busy

Desiring God Staff

Sometimes I pretend I don't have time. All the tasks on my to-do list are incredibly important.

I'm too busy to answer that email. Too busy to help my neighbor—anyway, I don't even speak Spanish. And I can't give my wife a hand—too much to do. I've got a meeting. I've got to get the sermon posted. I'm blogging. Terribly important, indeed.

Then there's Jesus.

When his cousin and friend…

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Don't Sell the Gospel

Desiring God Staff

Two things show if someone is selling the Gospel, and two things should be preached in order to avoid it: Only in Christ is there satisfaction and only in Christ is there justification.

Listen to Piper's message to this year's graduating class at The Bethlehem Institute (20 min).

What Are the Signs of a Gospel-Peddler?

  1. Craves earthly pleasure
  2. Dreads earthly pain

What Does a Gospel-Peddler Preach?

  1. Human prosperity is the
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Piper's Pastoral Accountability

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Hearts can harden fast. The writer of Hebrews drives this point home: "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin" (3:13).

So for pastors—and for all of us—yearly or quarterly or perhaps even monthly accountability is dangerously rare. The hardness that creates "an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from…

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My Last Child Is Baptized

John Piper

Last night brought to an end a 27-year tradition. I baptized my last child and read for her the last baptismal poem. Indulge a happy dad's desire to extend that celebration a few hours longer by posting the poem here. May the Lord keep her with sovereign grace (Jude 1:24-25).

For Talitha at Her Baptism


The Lord himself once stood
With John the Baptist in…

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Fresh Material from Writing Leave

John Piper

When we teach that our right standing with God is attained through the imputation of Christ’s obedience to our account (Romans 5:19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:6, 11; 10:3), does this imply that the work of Christ on the cross—his final suffering and death—is insufficient for our justification?

This question arises in part because of texts that connect the cause of justification specifically to the cross of Christ. For example:

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25 Ways to Help Kids Love to Read

Desiring God Staff

Noel Piper tells the story of one of her sons really enjoying the books The Cross and the Switchblade and Run, Baby, Run. This son did not generally like reading, so it was especially exciting that he had gotten into these stories. When he finished both books, he went to the library and asked if the librarian could direct him to more stories that he might enjoy. She asked…

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