How Do You Press On to Make It Your Own?

John Piper

The funeral sermon I preached at my father’s funeral was built around his own sermon, titled “Saved, Safe, Satisfied,” from his book A Good Time and How to Have It. Safe refers to the security of every true believer in Christ. Those whom God saves, God keeps. Satisfied refers to our contentment in Christ himself, not first his gifts.

I made a link between “safe” and “satisfied.” The latter confirms…

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Some Pictures of Opa

Desiring God Staff

We call my dad's dad Opa because when my parents lived in Germany and my oldest brother, Karsten, was learning to talk, he called him by a German word for grandpa, Opa. That's been his name in our household ever since.

We've been collecting pictures of him over the last couple days to reminisce. Here are a few of these that I have on my computer.


My dad's sister,…

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Hello, My Father Just Died

John Piper

The following is John Piper’s journal entry narrating his father’s death on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.

The funeral is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, S. C. Visitation is 7:00-8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, March 8, 2007, at Mackey Mortuary on Century Drive in Greenville. All are welcomed to both.

John Piper will not be preaching this weekend at Bethlehem Baptist

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Dr. William S. H. Piper Is with Jesus

John Piper

Dr. Bill Piper
Obituary for the Greenville (S. C.) News, written by John Piper

William Solomon Hottle Piper, 88, of Shepherd’s Care, Greenville, S. C., died Tuesday, March 6, 2007. Widowed twice, he was preceded in death by Ruth M. Piper and LaVonne N. Piper. He leaves a daughter, Beverly Bowers, married to Bob; a son, John, married to Noël; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and thousands of spiritual children…

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Eight Reasons Why I Believe That Jesus Rose from the Dead

John Piper

Summary:

1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.

2. The tomb was empty on Easter.

3. The disciples were almost immediately transformed from men who were hopeless and fearful after the crucifixion (Luke 24:21, John 20:19) into men who were confident and bold witnesses of the resurrection (Acts 2:24, 3:15, 4:2).

4. Paul claimed that, not only had he seen the risen Christ, but that 500…

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Pierced for Our Transgressions

John Piper

One of my joys during the sabbatical last spring in Cambridge was meeting with two of the authors of the upcoming book Pierced for Our Transgressions by Mike Ovey, Steve Jeffery and Andrew Sach. Their vision for the truth of what Christ achieved for us and what the needs are in British and American Evangelicalism were so compelling that I agreed to write the foreword for their book. I recommend…

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Tribute to William Wilberforce, #3

John Piper

One more tribute to Wilberforce: The day the victory came, and how Wilberforce responded.

The night—or I should say early morning—of victory came in 1807. The moral vision and the political momentum for abolition had finally become irresistible. At one point “the House rose almost to a man and turned towards Wilberforce in a burst of Parliamentary cheers. Suddenly, above the roar of ‘Hear, hear,’ and quite out of order,…

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Tribute to William Wilberforce, #2

John Piper

Here’s another tribute to Wilberforce on this historic anniversary. We should celebrate the unbounded joy that God gave him in spite of decades of defeat in Parliament:

James Stephen, recalled after Wilberforce’s death,

“Being himself amused and interested by everything, whatever he said became amusing or interesting. . . . His presence was as fatal to dullness as to immorality. His mirth was as irresistible as the first laughter…

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