How Would You Encourage a Burned-Out Pastor?
Jan 2, 2009
John Piper mentions five approaches to helping a struggling shepherd.
In What Way Is It Okay to Lower Our Standards In Order to Fill Church Leadership Roles?
Jan 5, 2009
John Piper explains that some leadership qualifications are relative and can be adjusted when necessary.
Does It Matter Whether We're Cremated or Buried?
Jan 7, 2009
John Piper explains why he thinks burial is best.
Does the Bible Allow for Divorce In the Case of Adultery?
Jan 9, 2009
John Piper explains why he believes there is no warrant for divorce anywhere in the Bible.
How Do You Decide What to Preach At Weddings?
Jan 12, 2009
John Piper says that any biblical truth can be a marriage sermon.
Does It Matter Which Person of the Trinity We Pray to?
Jan 14, 2009
John Piper says that we should follow the New Testament's pattern for prayer.
How Does the Spiritual Diversity Among Your Listeners Affect Your Preaching?
Jan 16, 2009
John Piper says that a preacher should consider his hearers' needs, be himself, and pray.
How Is Trying to Stop Abortion Different From Physically Intervening to Stop Child Abuse?
Jan 19, 2009
John Piper says that physical intervention is probably legitimate, but probably not effective.
What Should I Do If I Want to Tithe, but My Unbelieving Husband Doesn't?
Jan 21, 2009
John Piper explains how a wife can handle money in a way that respects God and her husband.
Are There Any Books of the Bible That You Have Purposefully Avoided In Preaching?
Jan 23, 2009
John Piper talks about how he chooses what books of the Bible to preach from.
What Do You Think About Single People Adopting?
Jan 26, 2009
John Piper says that motivation is a major factor in whether you should adopt.
How Would You Counsel Someone Who Blames Their Temptations on God's Sovereignty?
Jan 28, 2009
John Piper says that God's sovereignty over sin doesn't make it any less wicked.
What Can Parents Do to Keep From Having Favorites Among Their Children?
Feb 2, 2009
John Piper has three thoughts on how to love your kids like God does his.
Commending Christ, Q & A
Desiring God 2009 Conference for Pastors
Feb 4, 2009
Here are the questions that were asked during this session Michael Oh, tell us more about Christ Bible Seminary. Mark Dever, define the gospel in 60 seconds or less. What do the other panelists think about Dever's admonition to preach…
What Is the Vision for Short-Term Missions At Your Church?
Feb 4, 2009
John Piper mentions three desires behind doing short-term missions.
Is It Biblical to Think That Physical Attraction Must Be a Component of a Godly Marriage?
Feb 6, 2009
John Piper says spouses should focus mainly on cultivating attractive spirits, not attractive bodies.
How Can I Know If My Repentance Is Genuine?
Feb 9, 2009
John Piper talks about where true assurance of salvation comes from.
How Is a Church Bookstore Different Than the Tables Jesus Turned in the Temple?
Feb 11, 2009
John Piper says that the exploitation of worshipers, not simply selling to them, is what made Jesus mad.
How Should God's Willingness to Divorce In Jeremiah 3:8 Affect Our View of Divorce?
Feb 13, 2009
John Piper says that God talks in terms of divorce only so that he can take it back.
Would Jesus Spank a Child?
Feb 16, 2009
John Piper explains why he believes it's God-like and healthy to spank.
Did the Old Testament Jews Believe In a Triune God?
Feb 18, 2009
John Piper says that our understanding of God's plurality has become clearer over time.
How Does a Christian Do His Very Best In an Atmosphere Where One Person's Success Means Another's Failure?
Feb 20, 2009
John Piper says that different spheres of life call for different guiding principles.
How Would You Counsel Someone Who Is Angry At God for Creating Them?
Feb 23, 2009
John Piper suggests three ways to help sufferers trust in God.
Can I Pray With a Muslim If We're Addressing Our Prayers to a Common Creator?
Feb 25, 2009
John Piper says we must be clear about why we pray in Jesus' name.
What Is the Right Way to Be Rich?
Mar 2, 2009
John Piper says it's OK but dangerous to be the channel of much money.
If There Is Nothing Specifically Wrong With My Church, but I Feel Like I've Stopped Growing, Is That a Good Enough Reason to Look for Another One?
Mar 4, 2009
John Piper says that a lack of growth isn't always your church's fault.
How Do You Define the Sin of Taking the Lord's Name In Vain?
Mar 6, 2009
John Piper says that misusing God's name is more a matter of the heart than the tongue.
What Were Some Practical Things You Did to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?
Mar 9, 2009
John Piper shares about how God freed him from his inability to speak in public.
Why Would Anyone Risk Conceiving a Child Who Could Easily End Up As an Enemy of God Being Tormented for Eternity?
Mar 11, 2009
John Piper says that the hope of a child going to heaven outweighs the fear of hell.
How Should Teenagers Handle Relationships With the Opposite Sex?
Mar 13, 2009
John Piper says to avoid pairing off until you're ready for marriage.
What Is the Gospel Coalition, and Why Are You Part of It?
Mar 16, 2009
John Piper shares some of the history and vision of the Gospel Coalition.
Why Can't We Get Any Straight Answers From Christianity?
Mar 18, 2009
John Piper says that the complexities of Christian faith shouldn't make us forget or reject the many clear and glorious truths.
What Books Are You Using in Your Sermon Preparations As You Go Through the Gospel of John?
Mar 20, 2009
John Piper mentions who he is reading and how each helps his study of John.
What Do You Think of Casting Lots to Determine God's Will?
Mar 23, 2009
John Piper explains why casting lots should only be used very rarely.
What Is God's Purpose In Preventing Believers From Understanding Certain Truths In His Word?
Mar 25, 2009
John Piper says that God has good reasons for sometimes keeping us in the dark.
Should Our Love for God Be More Like the Love Between a Child and a Father or the Love Between Two Lovers?
Mar 27, 2009
John Piper says we should seek biblical proportions in how we relate to God.
What Is Your Book Finally Alive About, and What Insights Did You Gain While Writing It?
Apr 1, 2009
John Piper shares how our understanding of the new birth affects evangelism.
Why Was God So Harsh In the Old Testament but More Forgiving In the New?
Apr 3, 2009
John Piper says that ever since the coming of Christ the world is in a window of mercy. But it won't last forever.
Is the Jesus In Revelation the Same As the Jesus In the Gospels?
Apr 6, 2009
John Piper says Scripture is consistent: Jesus is terribly just towards sinners and tenderly merciful towards those who repent.
How Did You Do Family Devotions When Your Kids Were Real Little?
Apr 8, 2009
John Piper talks about how he trained his children in private and family devotions.
If the Angels Could Sin and Fall, How Can We Be Sure This Won't Happen to Us Sometime In Eternity?
Apr 10, 2009
John Piper says we can have assurance that no one saved by Christ will ever fall again.
How Do We Know Which Scriptures Are Applicable Today and Which Should Be Considered Culturally Irrelevant?
Apr 13, 2009
John Piper offers three criteria for understanding how biblical commands apply to us.
How Do I Know If God Is Calling Me to Be a Pastor?
Apr 15, 2009
John Piper identifies four things that should be present for aspiring pastors.
How Do I Heal My Heart From a Husband Who Cheated on Me?
Apr 17, 2009
John Piper says that full healing requires both gutsiness and graciousness.
Is It Possible to Restore a Pastor Who Has Sinned Sexually?
Apr 20, 2009
John Piper says a repentant pastor can be restored, but he shouldn't presume upon it.
What Passages In Scripture Say That Jesus Never Sinned?
Apr 22, 2009
John Piper, with a little help, names a few passages that testify to Christ's spotlessness.
What Is the Responsibility of Church Leaders to Committed Regular Attenders Who Are Not Members?
Apr 24, 2009
John Piper says that non-members miss out on the best pastoral care.
How Should Christian Friends Respond to a Friend Who Has Entered a Homosexual Relationship and Moved to a Church That Accepts It?
Apr 27, 2009
John Piper recommends "holy ostracism" as a way to restore compromising Christians.
What Are Your Feelings About Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching?
May 1, 2009
John Piper argues that we must preach hell, but we must preach it broken-heartedly.
How Is It That Our Sins Are Forgiven In Christ and Yet We Must Give an Account to God on the Last Day for How We Lived?
May 4, 2009
John Piper says that our deeds in this life are evidence of, not grounds for our justification.
What Is "Arcing" and Why Is It Important?
May 6, 2009
John Piper gives an overview of arcing and says why he likes it so much.
Is It Okay to Be a Christian and Be Transgendered?
May 8, 2009
John Piper says we should delight in the sex God gave us, just as God does.
What Should I Do If My Wife Says She Doesn't Love Me?
May 11, 2009
John Piper says that an unloved spouse should stay compassionately committed.
Is It Okay for a Christian Couple to Live Together If They Aren't Married?
May 13, 2009
John Piper says that we're responsible to communicate truth with our lifestyle.
Should a Pastor Continue In Ministry If One of His Children Proves to Be an Unbeliever?
May 15, 2009
John Piper argues that good family management doesn't equal perfect outcomes.
What Would You Do If Both Presidential Candidates Were Pro-Choice on Abortion?
May 18, 2009
John Piper imagines that, all things considered, he could vote for someone who was pro-choice.
Is the United States Talked About In the Book of Revelation?
May 20, 2009
John Piper says that Revelation is pertinent to the US even though it doesn't speak specifically about it.
What Do You Think About Paraphrased Bible Translations?
May 22, 2009
John Piper says that a paraphrase is great when it's honest about being a paraphrase.
How Can I Break Free From an Addiction to Entertainment?
May 25, 2009
John Piper has six suggestions for overcoming the hunger for immediate entertainment.
Do You Ever Doubt Your Devotion to Christ?
May 27, 2009
John Piper takes doubts seriously and deals with them with the word of God and prayer.
Do You Think You Emphasize Calvinism and the Doctrines of Grace More Than the Bible Does?
Jun 1, 2009
John Piper aims to be proportionate in his teaching, and to center all upon God's glory in showing mercy to sinners.
Does Having a Bad Reputation Make a Man Unfit for Eldership?
Jun 3, 2009
John Piper says that a bad reputation has to be warranted for it to count against a potential pastor.
What Are the Key Issues In Thinking Through the Multi-Campus Church Movement?
Jun 5, 2009
For John Piper, the issue of campusing is essentially an issue about how elders should relate to their people.
What Part Does Age Play In Considering a Man for Eldership?
Jun 8, 2009
John Piper says that maturity, not a certain age, is what to look for in elders.
If Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans Were Found Today, Should It Be Added to the New Testament?
Jun 10, 2009
John Piper says that, when writing as an apostle, Paul's letters were inspired.
If Our Sins Are Punished By Eternal Separation From God, Why Did Jesus Only Have to Suffer Momentary Separation?
Jun 12, 2009
John Piper says that Christ's death should be evaluated according to his dignity, not its duration.
Is It Wrong to Want Mercy for a Criminal Who Deserves Capital Punishment?
Jun 15, 2009
John Piper says that mercy and justice are not mutually exclusive.
What Are Your Thoughts on Preparing for the Future Financially?
Jun 17, 2009
John Piper thinks that planning a future of simple living and generous giving is smart.
What's Your Advice for a New Pastor Who Comes Into a Church That Has Wide-Ranging Theological Differences?
Jun 19, 2009
John Piper argues for the importance of having theologically unified church leadership.
Was I Really Baptized If the Person Who Baptized Me Turned Out Not to Be a Believer?
Jun 22, 2009
John Piper reminds us that baptism is primarliy about the heart of the person being baptized.
What Is God's Relationship to People Who Are In Hell?
Jun 24, 2009
John Piper says that God's wrath remains forever on those who don't believe.
What Do You Have to Believe About Creation In Order to Be an Elder At Bethlehem?
Jun 26, 2009
John Piper highlights what is necessary to believe about creation and what is not.
Is It Possible to Be an Arminian Christian Hedonist?
Jul 1, 2009
John Piper explains how your satisfaction in God corresponds to how you understand his glory.
What Is a Reformed Understanding of the Gospel?
Jul 3, 2009
John Piper says that reformed theology aims to give the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all the glory they deserve in man's salvation.
Is It Possible to Be Angry and Not Sin?
Jul 8, 2009
John Piper says that if we feel angry at someone, we should also feel broken for them.
Is It Okay to Use Musical Instruments In Worship?
Jul 10, 2009
John Piper says that the manner of our worship should match the message.
What Do I Do If I've Tried to Believe In Jesus but Can't?
Jul 13, 2009
John Piper says it is a gift to realize that you can't believe on your own.
What Are Your Thoughts on Drama and Movie Clips In Church Services?
Jul 15, 2009
John Piper says we should guard the powerful role of preaching in worship.
When a Polygamist Is Converted What Should He Do About His Marriages?
Jul 17, 2009
John Piper says we may have to be patient when introducing biblical standards to a new culture.
Do You Benefit From Reading Authors That You Don’t Always Agree With?
Jul 20, 2009
John Piper says that there is much to benefit from other authors, even those you disagree with.
What Do You Think of Using the Internet to Find a Spouse?
Jul 22, 2009
John Piper acknowledges the merits of online matchmaking and wonders how it might inform the church.