How Can I Conquer Gluttony?
Jan 2, 2008
John Piper speaks practically about controlling our natural cravings.
How Do You Do Family Devotions?
Jan 4, 2008
John Piper gives his counsel on how to lead your family in worship together.
How Do You Talk About Jesus Without Sounding Argumentative?
Jan 7, 2008
John Piper talks about the value of showing our concern for others when sharing the gospel.
What Is the Unforgivable Sin?
Jan 9, 2008
John Piper describes what does (and does not) disqualify us from eternal life.
How Can We Hate What is Evil If God Has Ordained It to Happen?
Jan 11, 2008
John Piper discusses how, under God's sovereignty, we should be able to both hate and give thanks for what he might will.
Should Children Be Taught to Pray Even If They Haven’t Professed Faith?
Jan 14, 2008
John Piper talks about why it is important to raise your children as though they were in the faith.
How Can We Help Christians Who Are Struggling With Homosexual Desires?
Jan 16, 2008
John Piper talks about the hope for change that we have as new creatures in Christ.
How Can I Discern What Ministry God Wants Me to Pursue?
Jan 18, 2008
John Piper gives some guidance for figuring out where to invest your labors.
Should Christians Use Anti-Depressants?
Jan 21, 2008
John Piper talks about how psychological medicines, when used carefully, can be helpful.
Must I Speak In Tongues In Order to Be Saved?
Jan 23, 2008
John Piper explains why the gift of tongues isn't necessary for salvation.
How Can We Help Those Who Struggle to Believe the Scriptures?
Jan 25, 2008
John Piper unfolds an irrational assumption that hinders faith for modern minds.
How Should We Respond to Friends Who Are Considering Divorce?
Jan 28, 2008
John Piper talks about how to help those whose marriages are struggling.
Is It a Sin to Smoke or Eat Junk Food?
Feb 1, 2008
John Piper says that the way we treat our bodies is spiritually significant.
What Advice Do You Have for Those Pursuing Higher Education?
Feb 4, 2008
John Piper offers encouragement and counsel to those who pursue academia.
How Should We Relate to Someone Who Has Significantly Hurt Us?
Feb 6, 2008
John Piper explains what forgiveness means and what it doesn't.
Question and Answers
Desiring God 2008 Conference for Pastors
Feb 6, 2008
The answers to the questions below are summaries from notes taken during the session, not necessarily direct quotations. Listen to the audio to see what they said exactly. How do you sing about God's sovereignty when his providence is sometimes…
How Are Yahweh and Allah Different?
Feb 8, 2008
John Piper discusses why Yahweh of the Old Testament and Allah of the Quran may seem similar but aren't the same.
How Can a Pastor Uphold Good Doctrine In a Denomination That Doesn't?
Feb 11, 2008
John Piper talks about how to replace doctrinal confusion with conviction.
What Does It Mean to Have a Relationship With God?
Feb 13, 2008
John Piper outlines the fundamentals of how we commune with God.
Should I Date Someone Whose Theology Is Different?
Feb 15, 2008
John Piper emphasizes the doctrines that couples should agree on.
Will It Be Possible for Humans to Fall From Heaven?
Feb 18, 2008
John Piper explains why believers are forever secure in Christ.
Should Christians Become Secular Psychologists?
Feb 20, 2008
John Piper encourages us to focus our labor on other peoples' eternal welfare.
How Should I Witness to a Jew Who Rejects Jesus?
Feb 22, 2008
John Piper instructs us on how to lovingly and convincingly commend Jesus as the only way to God.
Can I Still Worship God Even Though I'm Not Entirely "Pure and Upright"?
Feb 25, 2008
John Piper says we must be able to affirm the paradox "a perfect sinner."
How Do You Remember What You Read?
Feb 27, 2008
John Piper explains how he tries to process and preserve what he reads.
Did Christ Ever Descend to Hell?
Mar 3, 2008
John Piper explains why he doesn't think Jesus visited hell after his death.
Is It Wrong to Use Birth Control?
Mar 5, 2008
John Piper believes birth control can be used to advance Christ's Kingdom.
What Is So Important About Christian Hope?
Mar 7, 2008
John Piper explains how Christian hope frees us to love others.
What Should We Do About Illegal Immigration?
Mar 10, 2008
John Piper proposes a way to honor the law and still love the foreigner.
What Is the "Emerging Church"?
Mar 12, 2008
John Piper clarifies why he is concerned about this modern church trend.
Is It Possible to Believe the Bible Is Inerrant If You Don't Have Faith?
Mar 14, 2008
John Piper explains why faith is necessary if we are to embrace the Bible.
How Should We Respond to Inappropriate Humor?
Mar 17, 2008
John Piper suggests ways to promote serious joy over cheap humor.
How Can Pastors Guard Their Time With Their Families?
Mar 19, 2008
John Piper shares how he manages his time in order to care for his family.
How Can I Heal My Marriage After Committing Adultery?
Mar 21, 2008
John Piper reaffirms God's design to help his people—and their marriages—through others in their local church.
How Can I Help Someone Who Thinks They Aren't Elect?
Mar 24, 2008
John Piper explains why election should make sinners hopeful, not doubtful.
Is It Okay to Use Secular Media to Teach Christian Principles?
Mar 26, 2008
John Piper considers what (and how) we can learn from non-Christian art.
Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Wrong to Plot Against Hitler's Life?
Mar 28, 2008
John Piper offers biblical direction for discerning when violence is an appropriate way to respond to evil.
How Can I Comfort My Brother Whose Daughter Has Cancer?
Apr 2, 2008
John Piper offers counsel on how to help others endure suffering.
Why Is Jesus Called “Son of Man”?
Apr 4, 2008
John Piper explains the significance of Jesus' favorite self-designation.
How Can I Minister to a Family Member Who Is Practicing Homosexuality?
Apr 7, 2008
John Piper clarifies how we are to minister with conviction and compassion.
How Can I Explain God's Love to a Suffering Child?
Apr 9, 2008
John Piper suggests three ways to help hurting children trust God.
Can I Remarry If My Spouse Divorces Me and Marries Another?
Apr 11, 2008
John Piper explains why "till death do us part" should never be broken.
Should All of My Tithe Go to the Local Church?
Apr 14, 2008
John Piper shares some guidlines on where and how much to give.
Is God Less Glorious for Choosing Us Rather Than Having Us Choose Him?
Apr 16, 2008
John Piper explains how God's electing love brings him more glory than self-determined human wills could.
Is It Okay to Not Have Children for the Sake of Ministry?
Apr 18, 2008
John Piper explains that although the Bible doesn't require having children, it may still be a good idea.
How Confrontational Should We Be When Witnessing to Lost Family Members?
Apr 21, 2008
John Piper says to pray for and utilize strategic situations for sharing.
Should I Invest for Retirement?
Apr 23, 2008
John Piper explains why not all saving is a storing up of treasures on earth.
How Can I Bless My Pastor?
Apr 25, 2008
John Piper talks about how he is most encouraged by his people.
How Can I Trust God's Goodness When He Allowed Me to Be Abused?
Apr 28, 2008
John Piper illustrates how time can prove the goodness of God, even when he has permitted much suffering.
Can I Take the Lord's Supper If I've Had a Bad Week Spiritually?
May 2, 2008
John Piper explains how sinners can still partake of the Lord's table.
Is It Wrong to Copyright and Sell the Bible?
May 5, 2008
John Piper distinguishes selling God's Word from selling paper and ink.
Is It Wrong for Married People to Have Friends of the Opposite Sex?
May 7, 2008
John Piper explains how we can have friendships that don't threaten the exclusivity of our marriages.
What Is Evangelistic Sacramentalism?
May 9, 2008
John Piper suggests ways to share the gospel without promoting false assurances of salvation.
Changes in Evangelicalism Over the Last 40 Years
Wheaton Alumni Symposium
May 10, 2008
The panel is Mark Noll, Nathan Hatch, and John Piper, and they discussed changes in Evangelicalism over the last 40 years (the length of time since they all graduated from college). It begins with a 10-minute intro from each; then…
Why Do You Speak Against Abortion?
May 12, 2008
John Piper gives his two main reasons for opposing abortion.
How Do You Decide Which Books to Read?
May 14, 2008
John Piper lists three factors that help him decide what to read next.
Why Did God Permit Slavery?
May 16, 2008
John Piper explains why slavery, even though it was justifiable under the old covenant, should be abolished.
When Should We Confess Sins Publicly?
May 19, 2008
John Piper gives his guideline for when we should confess our sins to others.
Why Are Calvinists So Negative?
May 21, 2008
John Piper considers three reasons why a Calvinist might sound negative.
Should Christians Ever Join a Labor Strike?
May 23, 2008
John Piper describes why striking, though at times permissible, may not be the best way to enact change in the workplace.
Why Can't I Overcome My Bitterness and Anger?
May 26, 2008
John Piper says that feeling angry is often the result of not feeling forgiven.
How Can I Speak More Boldly About Christ?
May 28, 2008
John Piper explains why strategy is only secondary when sharing Christ.
How Should I Read the Book of Job?
Jun 2, 2008
John Piper talks about how to discern between good and bad theology in the book of Job.
How Can I Believe That God Is In Control When Something Bad Happens?
Jun 4, 2008
Two things convince John Piper to trust God's sovereignty no matter what.
Is Your Doctrine of Perseverance a Contradiction?
Jun 6, 2008
John Piper shows how Scripture can both command and promise endurance.
What Would Happen to Christianity If Christ's Resurrection Were Disproved?
Jun 9, 2008
John Piper points out that if Jesus wasn't raised, then our faith is in vain.
Is Christianity Just a Bunch of Rules for How to Live?
Jun 11, 2008
John Piper says that Christianity isn't first rules but news—very good news.
Is It Possible to Not Worship Jesus and Still Be Moral?
Jun 13, 2008
John Piper says that we can't talk about morality only in terms of behavior.
Is God's Sovereignty Limited?
Jun 16, 2008
John Piper argues that it is both right and good to believe in God's absolute control over all things.
Does Suffering Always Make Sense?
Jun 18, 2008
John Piper says that even though we don't understand our suffering, God does, and that with him it is totally worth enduring.
What Should a Wife Do When Her Husband Doesn't Lead Spiritually?
Jun 20, 2008
John Piper offers several ideas for how a wife can help her husband take responsibility for the spiritual life of his family.
Should Missions Be Secondary In the Life of a Local Church?
Jun 23, 2008
John Piper says missions is too intertwined with God's glory to be peripheral.
Should I Pray In Jesus' Name When Asked to Pray In Public?
Jun 25, 2008
John Piper gives two reasons why he always prays in Jesus' name.
Should We Teach That Good Works Come With Saving Faith?
Jun 27, 2008
John Piper says that we must protect people from turning the gospel into either lechery or legalism.
Is It Bad for a Church to Change Pastors From Time to Time?
Jul 2, 2008
John Piper gives several reasons why it is good for pastors and churches to stay together longer.
Can I Focus Too Much on Myself for Assurance of Salvation?
Jul 4, 2008
John Piper says that we must look beyond ourselves for our final assurance.
Why Would a Christian Choose to Suffer?
Jul 7, 2008
John Piper says we should choose suffering for love's sake, not to test God.
Could You Comment on the Revival Services Happening In Lakeland, Florida?
Jul 8, 2008
John Piper talks about his method for testing the authenticity of a revival.
Is Gratitude a Bad Motivation for Obeying God?
Jul 9, 2008
John Piper warns against ever thinking that we can pay God back.
What Should We Do When Our Spiritual Life Isn't What It Should Be?
Jul 11, 2008
John Piper says we can take heart knowing that our acceptance with the Father doesn't ultimately depend on us.
How Do You Encourage and Advise Christian Parents?
Jul 14, 2008
John Piper says that God is the bottom line in both good and bad parenting.
How Can Eternity Influence a Mother's Daily Tasks?
Jul 16, 2008
John Piper says that details aren't just details when they're lived with an eye on God's grand design.
How Can I Witness to a Person Who Thinks the Gospel Is Just My Opinion?
Jul 18, 2008
John Piper says Scripture has the power to persuade people of its message.