Does Prayer Spoil the Party?
Jan 3, 1983
Consistent Christians never want to exclude Jesus from anything they do.
The "All or Nothing" Impediment to Prayer
Jan 10, 1983
Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.
About My Other Wife
Jan 17, 1983
Galatians is the preservation of the gospel for Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is for you. Marry it!
The New Staffing Configuration
Jan 24, 1983
A description of the new arrangement of responsibilities among the church staff.
How Does a Sovereign God Love?
A Reply to Thomas Talbott
Feb 1, 1983
Reading Thomas Talbott's article "On predestination reprobation, and the love of God" (RJ, Feb., 1983) brought back a grievous experience I had when some of George MacDonald's sermons were published in 1976 (Creation in Christ). I had relished three of…
Wanted: Worm Work
Feb 7, 1983
Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.
Do They Really Want Peanut Butter?
Meditation on Metro Food Share
Feb 14, 1983
Become the kind of person who cannot walk by someone in need and do nothing.
Is It OK to Say “Amen!” on Sunday?
Feb 21, 1983
Anything that helps you express your heart for God and does not hinder other people is good.
Why Was Timothy Circumcised?
Mar 7, 1983
How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?
Dana, Doug and an APTAT Recap
Mar 14, 1983
Practically speaking, how do I obey God so that it is “not I but Christ in me”?
Holy Week Volcano
The Lava May Reach to You
Mar 21, 1983
Has it ever bothered you that sometimes in the Old Testament when one man sins, many get swept away in God's punishment?
How to Become a Good Listener
Apr 1, 1983
High-quality listening brings good results. But it takes an awareness of how much people need to be listened to, plus time and practice
A Meditation for Noël on Ruth Noël Piper and Barnabas William Piper and Acts 4:36
Apr 4, 1983
How can we say farewell to one Who never lived among us? How cease the song that we’d begun, And hoped that God had sung us Perhaps the answer lies unsaid Behind the placid glory, And secrets in his little…
Shaping the Future of BBC Saturday Morning
Apr 11, 1983
Part of the process for determining God’s will for your life is deciding what you are good at. So with churches.
An Invitation to Join a New Venture in Missions
Apr 18, 1983
Part of the charter for a new group at BBC called Frontier Missions Prayer and Study Group.
Piper Meets the Moonies
May 2, 1983
Four reasons why Unification Church theology should be rejected.
There Is No Razor Blade in Your Banana
May 9, 1983
The best way to free people from slavish sins and irrational fears is to fill their lives with big and powerful realities.
Meal Time Prayers
May 23, 1983
If meal time prayers are almost always the same, why not craft some which really say something significant?
Universalism in Romans 9–11?
Testing the Exegesis of Thomas Talbott
Jul 1, 1983
For Thomas Talbott the command “Love your neighbor as yourself” teaches universalism. You cannot desire the good of your neighbor and simultaneously approve of a God who refuses to promote that neighbor’s good. But God does command us to love…
What the Pastor Did on Vacation
Aug 1, 1983
John Piper recounts the activities and effects of vacation with his family.
Why Have a Statement of Purpose?
An Invitation to Three Special Sunday School Classes
Aug 8, 1983
If every member could express why we exist as a church, there would be a new intensity about all we do.
The Overarching Mission of Bethlehem Baptist Church
Aug 15, 1983
We cannot define our mission in terms of deeds alone because any deed can be done with an attitude that does not glorify God.
An Invitation to QuILT
Aug 22, 1983
One way to raise up church leaders is to provide in-house training opportunities.
Clarifying Christian Hedonism
Sep 6, 1983
The announcement of the then forthcoming sermon series, "Desiring God."
“Before the Time”
A Fifth Column of Faith Behind Enemy Lines
Sep 12, 1983
Christ has plotted many tactical advances before the time of the final victory.
New Staff at Bethlehem
Sep 19, 1983
Well, where do we go from here? Let’s think and pray about it together. Here’s where we stand now John Piper (full-time) – preaching, teaching, general spiritual oversight, staff discipleship and accountability, crisis care and some visitation; Tom Steller (full-time)…
A Letter Found to the West of the Sanctuary on the Stairs Leading up to the Senior High Room
Oct 10, 1983
Screwtape scolds Wormword for not doing more to undermine prayer at Bethlehem.
Oct 17, 1983
Sunday should be a day for delighting ourselves in the Lord in ways we can’t on other busy days.
Revolt Against the Sovereignty of God
Exploiting Heartache to Push Heresy
Oct 24, 1983
Denying God's control over evil does not bring the healing it purports to.
Then the End Will Come
Nov 7, 1983
The cause of world missions is absolutely assured of success. It cannot fail.
A Passion for Missions in the Men Who Stay
Nov 14, 1983
Laymen must be challenged to live for a cause greater than their present jobs.
Male, Female, and Morality
Nov 15, 1983
John Piper, “Male, Female and Morality,” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 26–28. This is the first essay in a “discussion” hosted by The Standard, the denominational magazine of the Baptist General Conference. Spread out over seven issues, from November 1983…
He Knows My Name! He Knows My Name!
Nov 21, 1983
Knowing someone's name opens up the miracle of fellowship.
Setting the Stage
Nov 23, 1983
John Piper, “Setting the Stage: Response from John Piper,” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 30. This was a response to Alvera and Berekely Micklesen, “How Do We Interpret the Bible?” The Standard 73:10 (November 1983): 27–29. I see ample common…
Nov 27, 1983
Old Noah stroked his beard and sat Among his sons like stone. "What's that?" They asked. "There in your lap, the bark." But Noah let the evening dark Grow thick before he said a word "How can I speak what…
Questions from the Garden
Dec 2, 1983
John Piper, “Questions from the Garden: Response from John Piper,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 36. This was a response to Alvera and Berekely Micklesen, “Male and Female in the Garden of Eden,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 32, 34.…
Dec 4, 1983
Across the field and through the trees of Ephron, slumped upon his knees Beside the cave of Machpelah, The old man scorned anathema For love and kissed the ivory lips Of his dead wife; then laid the strips Of silk…
Dec 5, 1983
Christmas is a model for missions. As I so you. And that mission means danger.
Dec 11, 1983
A hundred-twenty years the friend Of God! Heart flaming to the end. And in the crystal eyes a fire From what he'd seen of God's Desire. An unabated strength of soul Had kept his mind and body whole. O, how…
Dec 12, 1983
Where are the Joshuas? Where are those whose knees are as calloused as their hands?
Dec 18, 1983
In spring, the time of year when kings Go forth to war, and David sings Of conquest, and the lonely wives At dawn plead for the distant lives Of brown-eyed lovers under oath To Joab, it is known to both…
Satan's Design in Reversing Male Leadership Role
Dec 19, 1983
John Piper, “Satan’s Design in Reversing Male Leadership Role,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 33, 35. Alvera and Berekely Micklesen responded with, “Questions from the Garden: Response from the Mickelsens,” The Standard 73:11 (December 1983): 36. Our existence as male…
A Week of Prayer
Going Hard after the Holy God
Dec 23, 1983
The measure of our present experience with Christ is the intensity of our longing for its increase.