896 Interviews: Ask Pastor John

Wartime Wisdom for the Wealthy

by John Piper

In episode 420, Pastor John discusses a wartime lifestyle and wealth.

What Luxuries in My Life Are Sinful?

by John Piper

In episode 419, Pastor John discusses what might constitute as a sinful luxury and how to test your heart.

Should I Pray to the Father, the Son, or the Spirit?

by John Piper

In episode 418, Pastor John advises how to pray to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Is God More Happy with Other Christians Than Me?

by John Piper

In episode 417, Pastor John discusses the favor of God in a Christian's life.

God’s Will and the Evil of the Cross

by John Piper

In episode 416, we share an excerpt from a sermon John Piper preached in 2004 regarding God's will.

Should I Let Unmarried Couples Stay in My House?

by John Piper

In episode 415, Pastor John gives counsel to Christians who may host an unbelieving couple overnight in their home.

Incentives to Kill My Love of Human Praise

by John Piper

In episode 414, Pastor John offers incentive to kill your craving for human praise.

When Should I Stop Praying for Something?

by John Piper

In episode 413, Pastor John gives counsel on how to pray.

I Caught My Husband Checking Out Another Woman

by John Piper

In episode 412, Pastor John gives counsel to an aging wife who caught her husband checking out a younger woman.

The Key to Christian Obedience

by John Piper

In episode 411, Pastor John explains how to know God's will in 3 stages.

What Is Idolatry?

by John Piper

In episode 410, Pastor John discusses idols.

Why Do You Journal?

by John Piper

In episode 409, Pastor John shares the reasons why he journals.

Why Does God Allow Satan to Live?

by John Piper

In episode 408, Pastor John discusses why God allows Satan to live.

How Can I Know the Gospel Is True?

by John Piper

In episode 407, Pastor John answers the question of how we, finite beings, can be certain of the truth of the Gospel.

Cremation or Burial?

by John Piper

In episode 406, Pastor John discusses cremation and burial.

Is Online Dating Good for Christians?

by John Piper

In episode 405, Pastor John tells listeners "it's not about how you meet, it's about who you marry".

Use Commas to Love Your Reader

by John Piper

In episode 404, Pastor John discusses the importance of the comma in writing.

Can I Approach God with a Joyless Heart?

by John Piper

In episode 403, Pastor John encourages listeners to come to God to receive joy.

Which Comes First, Obedience or Joy?

by John Piper

In episode 402, Pastor John discusses the order of joy and obedience in the Christian life.

Discernment Gone Wrong

by John Piper

In episode 401, we share an excerpt from a sermon that Pastor John gave in 2006 on discernment gone wrong.

Is Oral Sex Okay?

by John Piper

In episode 400, Pastor John answers the often asked question, is oral sex okay?

Is Election Divine Favoritism?

by John Piper

In episode 399, Pastor John defines what it means for God to be impartial and how it is not at odds with divine election.

Does Christian Hedonism Confuse Joy and Faith?

by John Piper

In episode 398, Pastor John explains the difference between faith and joy and their place in Christian Hedonism.

To a Spouse Considering Divorce

by John Piper

In episode 397, Pastor John offers counsel and hope to spouses considering divorce.

Why Sex Is Not the Root of Sexual Sins

by John Piper

In episode 396, we share an excerpt from a sermon that Pastor John gave in 2008 on why sex is not the root of sexual sin.

What Tools Do I Need to Study the Bible?

by John Piper

In episode 395, Pastor John suggests Bible study resources.

Goodbye, Burger King?

by John Piper

In episode 394, Pastor John gives his reasons for why he is choosing not to eat at Burger King.

Does God Delight in Me?

by John Piper

In episode 393, Pastor John discusses how God loves us by making much of us.

Don’t Waste Your Life

by John Piper

In episode 392, we share an excerpt from a message given by Pastor John in 2008 on the unwasted life.

Is God Fed Up with Me?

by John Piper

In episode 391, Pastor John gives hope to those who feel like God may be fed up with them.

What Is God’s Glory?

by John Piper

In episode 390, Pastor John attempts to define the glory of God.

If God Is Joyful, Why Does He Seem So Mad?

by John Piper

In episode 389, Pastor John discusses God's joy in relation to his suffering.

The World Needs Women Ministers

by John Piper

In episode 388, Pastor John discusses the importance of women as ministers.

The Mystery of Sorrowful Rejoicing

by John Piper

In episode 387, we share an excerpt from a sermon preached by Pastor John in 2005 regarding rejoicing in suffering.

Does God Verbally Speak to Me?

by John Piper

In episode 386, Pastor John discusses the ways that God speaks to us through his word.

How Do I Change?

by John Piper

In episode 385, we use an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2009 to answer the question, "How do I change?"

I’m Bored with the Bible

by John Piper

In episode 384, Pastor John gives counsel to those who are bored with their Bible reading.

Christian Life As Union with Christ

by Michael Reeves

In episode 383, theologian Michael Reeves discusses not only is union in Christ important in the Christian life, but it is the Christian Life.

How Do I Pursue Joy in Christ?

by Michael Reeves

In episode 382, Michael Reeves discusses the importance of pursuing joy in Christ.

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary?

by Michael Reeves

In episode 381, historian Michael Reeves discusses the history behind why Catholics pray to Mary.

Robust Theology Fuels Ambitious Evangelism

by Michael Reeves

In episode 380, Michael Reeves discusses world evangelization and the effects of robust theology.

The Transforming Power of Christ’s Glory

by Michael Reeves

In episode 379, Michael Reeves discusses the transforming power of Christ's glory.

Pilgrims and Patriots

by John Piper

In episode 378, Pastor John discusses the role and appropriateness of patriotism in the Christian life.

Am I Saved?

by John Piper

In episode 377, Pastor John discusses what it means to be led by the Spirit, and to be confident in the assurance of your salvation.

How Can a Sovereign God Be Surprised?

by John Piper

In episode 376, Pastor John interprets the meaning of Jeremiah 19:4-5 and how it does not contradict the sovereignty of God.

How Do I Reclaim My Heart?

by John Piper

In episode 375, Pastor John gives counsel for how to respond to the deadening effects of sin in the pursuit of holiness.

Delighting in What Is Not God

by John Piper

In episode 374, Pastor John discusses the delight that can be found in things because of the delight that is found in God himself.

Christian Pitfalls in a Secular World

by Russell Moore

In episode 373, Russell Moore discusses the pitfalls for Christians in a secular world.

Where America’s Sex Ethic Is Headed

by Russell Moore

In episode 372, Russell Moore discusses where he sees America's sex ethic heading.

The Dime-Store Prosperity Gospel

by Russell Moore

In episode 371, Russell Moore discusses the change of American culture and the future of the global church.

When Evangelical Leaders Toy with Truth

by Russell Moore

In episode 370, Russell Moore discusses how we should respond to evangelical leaders when they toy with truth.

Should We Fight for Religious Liberty?

by Russell Moore

In episode 369, Russell Moore discusses religious liberty in the church.

Should Christians Watch ‘Game of Thrones’?

by John Piper

In episode 368, Pastor John discusses the dangers in watching movies or TV shows containing nudity.

The 8 Steps of Christian Obedience

by John Piper

In episode 367, Pastor John shares the 8 steps of sanctification.

Does Justification-Centered Sanctification Lead to Antinomianism?

by John Piper

In episode 366, Pastor John talks about the importance of defining terms in relation to justification and sanctification.

Will You Marry a Couple Already Living Together?

by John Piper

In episode 365, Pastor John discusses the conditions in which he would marry a couple living together.

Are Wedding Rings a Waste of Money?

by John Piper

In episode 364, Pastor John discusses the meaning and value of engagement and wedding rings.

What Age Will I Appear in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn

In episode 363, Randy Alcorn discusses what we might look like in heaven.

Sex in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn

In episode 362, Randy Alcorn discusses the topic of sex in heaven.

Travel in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn

In episode 361, Randy Alcorn discusses travel on the new earth.

Sports in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn

In episode 360, Randy Alcorn shares his view on playing sports in heaven.

What Will Be Familiar to Us in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn

In episode 359, Randy Alcorn discusses the continuity between the old earth and the new earth.

Counsel for Those Considering Transgender

by John Piper

In episode 358, Pastor John offers counsel for those considering transgender.

Is Sexual Identity My Choice?

by John Piper

In episode 357, Pastor John discusses if gender is designed by God or if it is our choice.

How to Explain Christian Hedonism over Lunch

by John Piper

In episode 356, Pastor John gives a simple explanation of Christian Hedonism.

Do My Sufferings Complete Christ’s?

by John Piper

In episode 355, Pastor John talks about the role of suffering in making Jesus known.

Look at the Book — New Chapter in Piper’s Legacy

by John Piper

In episode 354, Pastor John talks about the new Bible study resource, *Look at the Book.*

Sing to the Lord, Alone

by John Piper

In episode 353, Pastor John talks about the role of singing in the life of worship.

Suicide and Salvation

by John Piper

In episode 352, Pastor John discusses the sober subject of suicide.

Counsel for Couples Pondering Adoption

by John Piper

In episode 350, Pastor John offers counsel to parents considering adoption.

One Beautiful Adoption Story

by John Piper

In episode 349, Pastor John shares his family’s adoption story.

Vision for Your Family Vacation

by John Piper

In episode 348, Pastor John talks about planning family vacations.

A Theology of Vacations

by John Piper

In episode 347, Pastor John gives a concise theology of rest.

Can I Believe the Whole Bible and Not Be Elect?

by John Piper

In episode 346, Pastor John considers faith in the Bible and faith in God.

Do I Love God or Just Love Loving Him?

by John Piper

In episode 345, Pastor John helps Christians test their love for God.

How Should I Think About My Failures?

by John Piper

In episode 344, Pastor John encourages Christians struggling with sin and failure.

Is God Everywhere and Absent from Hell?

by John Piper

In episode 343, Pastor John talks about God’s presence and hell.

Bikinis and Modesty

by John Piper

In episode 342, Pastor John counsels Christians how to think about modesty.

What Is Calvinism?

by John Piper

In episode 341, Pastor John shares what he means when he uses the term “Calvinism.”

Do Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on Us?

by John Piper

In episode 340, Pastor John discusses what the Bible says about Christians and heaven.

Sick of Singleness and Satisfied in Christ

by John Piper

In episode 339, Pastor John shares how singles can desire both Christ and marriage.

If God Never Leaves Me, Why Does He Withdraw?

by John Piper

In episode 338, Pastor John discusses how God is faithful even when he seems distant.

Battling Homosexual Lust

by John Piper

In episode 337, Pastor John encourages people fighting against homosexual lust.

When Past Sexual Sin Haunts Your Wedding

by John Piper

In episode 336, Pastor John shares counsel for those who have sinned sexually.

When Sin Fractures a Church

by John Piper

In episode 335, Pastor John shares one of the hardest seasons of his pastoral ministry.

What Joy Did Jesus Not Already Have?

by John Piper

In episode 334, Pastor John considers the nature of God’s joy and his constancy.

MLK’s Most Powerful Words

by John Piper

In episode 333, Pastor John shares what are, in his opinion, Martin Luther King Jr.’s most powerful words.

The Future of Race in the Church

by John Piper

In episode 332, Pastor John shares his longings for racial harmony and the future of the church.

Civil Rights 50 Years Later

by John Piper

In episode 331, Pastor John discusses the cultural changes since 1964.

Tony Evans, Race, and the Bible

by John Piper

In episode 330, Pastor John shares thoughts on an event promoting racial harmony.

Is Fornication Worse Than Porn?

by John Piper

In episode 329, Pastor John discusses the nature of fornication and pornography.

Breaking My Addiction to Entertainment

by John Piper

In episode 328, Pastor John encourages Christians to cultivate a greater love for God than for entertainment.

Should We Read the Holy Books of Other Religions?

by John Piper

In episode 327, Pastor John shares why it is good for some, but not all, to read books of other religions.

Cautions for New Calvinists

by John Piper

In episode 326, Pastor John shares some concerns about New Calvinism.

What Must I Believe to Be Saved?

by John Piper

In episode 325, Pastor John tells what a person must do in order to be saved.

Certain and Conditional: More on Eternal Security

by John Piper

In episode 324, Pastor John shares more thoughts on eternal security.

Eternal Security: Vaccination or Therapy?

by John Piper

In episode 323, Pastor John discusses the nature of eternal security.

Sin and the Speed Limit

by John Piper

In episode 322, Pastor John discusses how Christians should think about the speed limit.

A Bite-Sized Theology of Food

by John Piper

In episode 321, Pastor John shares some thoughts about Christians and eating.

Six Keys to Detecting the ‘Prosperity Gospel’

by John Piper

In episode 320, Pastor John shares how to distinguish the Christian gospel from the prosperity gospel.

What’s New About ‘New Calvinism’?

by John Piper

In episode 319, Pastor John discusses what’s new about the “New Calvinism.”

Should Christians Be Cops and Soldiers?

by John Piper

In episode 318, Pastor John addresses how Christians should be involved in the military and law enforcement.

More on Guns and Self-Defense

by John Piper

In episode 317, Pastor John shares more thoughts on Christians, guns, and death.

Social Evils and Reformed Theology

by John Piper

In episode 316, Pastor John discusses the effect of the gospel on culture.

Churches Pursuing Ethnic Diversity

by John Piper

In episode 315, Pastor John encourages biblical sensitivity for pursuing ethnic harmony.

Pride and Humility in Criticizing Sermons

by John Piper

In episode 314, Pastor John discusses how he seeks to fight against pride when he listens to sermons.

Marriage Challenges and Christian Ministry

by John Piper

In episode 313, Pastor John discusses what has sustained him through the hardships of life and ministry.

The Doctrinal Flavor of Reformed Churches

by John Piper

In episode 312, Pastor John shares thoughts on how Reformed churches should relate to other churches.

How Piper Learned Reformed Theology

by John Piper

In episode 311, Pastor John shares how he came to embrace Reformed theology.

What Does It Mean for the Christian to Fear God?

by John Piper

In episode 310, Pastor John discusses the biblical teaching of fearing God.

What Is Christian Freedom?

by John Piper

In episode 309, Pastor John discusses the nature of man’s freedom in trusting Christ.

If Our Will Is Not Free, Are We Accountable?

by John Piper

In episode 308, Pastor John discusses the nature of man’s responsibility to trust Christ.

Do We Have Free Will to Choose Christ?

by John Piper

In episode 307, Pastor John discusses the nature of man’s will in trusting Christ.

God, Guns, and Biblical Manhood

by John Piper

In episode 306, Pastor John discusses why he doesn’t own a gun, even for the sake of protection.

Believer Baptism and Mental Disabilities

by John Piper

In episode 305, Pastor John discusses how he thinks through baptizing those with disabilities.

Visualizing Christ to Battle Lust?

by John Piper

In episode 304, Pastor John shares how he fights against sexual lust.

The Greatest Threat to Gospel Ministry

by John Piper

In episode 303, Pastor John shares why the joy of the Lord must sustain Christian ministry.

How Real Is the Book ‘Heaven Is for Real’?

by John Piper

In episode 302, Pastor John discusses the importance of testing all claims about heaven with the Bible.

Behind the Scenes at Ask Pastor John

by John Piper

In episode 301, host Tony Reinke considers some of the frequently asked questions about our Ask Pastor John podcast.

Why Do We Love March Madness?

by John Piper

In episode 300, Pastor John discusses why he enjoys college basketball.

God Has No Vocal Chords

by John Piper

In episode 299, Pastor John clarifies his statement that God does not have vocal cords.

How To Bless Your Pastor

by John Piper

In episode 298, Pastor John shares what encouraged him most in his pastoral ministry.

Do Podcast Preachers Make My Pastor Irrelevant?

by John Piper

In episode 297, Pastor John discusses the importance of listening and submitting to our faithful local pastors.

What Is Inerrancy?

by John Piper

In episode 296, Pastor John discusses the inerrancy of the Bible.

Are We Too Financially Unstable To Get Married?

by John Piper

In episode 295, Pastor John discusses financial stability and getting married.

God Is Not Male

by John Piper

In episode 294, Pastor John defends and clarifies his statement that God is not male.

Is God a Needy Vacuum Trying To Suck Praise Out of Us?

by John Piper

In episode 293, Pastor John discusses God’s glory and sufficiency.

Ayn Rand’s Tragic Trajectory

by John Piper

In episode 292, Pastor John discusses the life and influence of Ayn Rand.

Pornography and Resisting the Power of Temptation

by John Piper

In episode 291, Pastor John exhorts us to resist sexual temptation.

Pastor of World’s Largest Church Convicted of Embezzlement

by John Piper

In episode 290, Pastor John discusses the imprisonment of a South Korean pastor.

Biblical Hope for Christians Facing Poverty

by John Piper

In episode 289, Pastor John encourages Christians struggling with poverty.

Is the Believer’s Heart “Desperately Sick”?

by John Piper

In episode 288, Pastor John explains why it is wrong to apply Jeremiah 17:9 to a Christian without qualification.

Giving up on Church

by John Piper

In episode 287, Pastor John discusses the importance of corporate worship.

Childless Missionaries by Design?

by John Piper

In episode 286, Pastor John considers whether some missionaries should refrain from having children.

Is Song of Solomon an Allegory?

by John Piper

In episode 285, Pastor John discusses the literary nature of the Song of Solomon.

Where Should a New Believer Start in the Bible?

by John Piper

In episode 284, Pastor John shares thoughts for new believers on reading the Bible wisely.

Anti-Depressants, Sleep, Diet, and Exercise

by John Piper

In episode 283, Pastor John discusses ways to spiritually flourish through various challenges.

Is A.D.D. a Sin?

by John Piper

In episode 282, Pastor John discusses the nature of A.D.D.

Anxiety: Sin, Disorder, or Both?

by John Piper

In episode 281, Pastor John discusses the nature of anxiety.

Does God Cause All Sickness?

by John Piper

In episode 280, Pastor John discusses the sovereignty of God in disease and sickness.

Dads, Play with Your Kids

by John Piper

In episode 279, Pastor John talks about a dad’s role in playing with his kids.

Can a Husband Lust After His Wife?

by John Piper

In episode 278, Pastor John discusses sexual purity and love between a husband and a wife.

“Piper Is Too Intellectual”

by John Piper

In episode 277, Pastor John talks about the life of the mind.

Do Digital Bible Searches Relativize Memorization?

by John Piper

In episode 276, Pastor John talks about the implications of technology on Bible memorization.

Digital or Paper Bible for Devotions?

by John Piper

In episode 275, Pastor John talks about the practicals of daily Bible reading.

Bible for Church: Digital or Paper?

by John Piper

In episode 274, Pastor John talks about using a digital Bible in the church’s corporate gatherings.

Why Is Jesus My Advocate If I’m Already Justified?

by John Piper

In episode 265, Pastor John discusses the continual intercession of Christ.

So If I Feel No Emotion, Can I Worship?

by John Piper

In episode 264, Pastor John talks about the role of the emotions in worship.

Do I Worship God?

by John Piper

In episode 263, Pastor John talks about what it means to worship God.

Roe v. Wade Assaults the Incarnation of Christ

by John Piper

In episode 261, Pastor John discusses the tragedy and implications of Roe v. Wade.

What Translation for Bible Memory?

by John Piper

In episode 259, Pastor John counsels listeners on what Bible translation to use for memorization.

Practical Tips for Bible Memory

by John Piper

In episode 258, Pastor John gives some practical tips for memorizing Scripture.

Bible Memory: Essential or Optional?

by John Piper

In episode 257, Pastor John talks about the importance of memorizing the Bible.

What Steals Your Joy?

by John Piper

In episode 256, Pastor John talks about issues in our lives that may hinder our joy.

Dad’s Role in Homemaking

by John Piper

In episode 255, Pastor John talks about the role of the husband/father in the home.

God Heals All Our Diseases — Really?

by John Piper

In episode 254, Pastor John talks about how to interpret Psalm 103:3, “[God] heals all your diseases."

When Leaders Don’t Affirm Your Ministry

by John Piper

In episode 253, Pastor John shares some wisdom about who we listen to in ministry.

Did Christ Die for the Whole World?

by John Piper

In episode 252, Pastor John discusses the nature and extent of Christ’s atonement.

When Our Heroes Age

by John Piper

In episode 251, Pastor John talks about the impact that our aging role models have on us.

Billy Graham’s Controversial Ministry

by John Piper

In episode 250, Pastor John shares his thoughts on Billy Graham’s relationship with Bob Jones University.

When I Met Billy Graham

by John Piper

In episode 249, Pastor John talks about his childhood memories of Billy Graham.

Slavery, Oppression, and America’s Prosperity

by John Piper

In episode 248, Pastor John shares some recent thoughts about slavery and oppression in America’s history.

What Podcasts Do You Listen To?

by John Piper

In episode 247, Pastor John shares what podcasts he regularly listens to.

A Little Theology of Resolutions

by John Piper

In episode 246, Pastor John gives a brief theology of resolutions and what they mean for the Christian.

What Makes Homosexuality Wrong?

by John Piper

In episode 232, Pastor John talks about homosexuality and why its sinful

Why I Abominate the Prosperity Gospel

by John Piper

In episode 231, Pastor John talks about his abomination for the Prosperity Gospel

Should Christians Use the Pill?

by John Piper

In episode 230, Pastor John talks about contraceptives and family planning

How Do You Prepare Sermons?

by John Piper

In episode 229, Pastor John talks about how he prepares sermons

How Did You Learn to Preach?

by John Piper

In episode 228, Pastor John talks about how he learned to preach

Should Moms Work Outside the Home?

by John Piper

In episode 227, Pastor John encourages mothers to focus on ministry with their family rather than working outside the home

How Do You Know Christianity Is True?

by John Piper

In episode 226, Pastor John talks about evidence for Christianity

Proud People Don’t Give Thanks

by John Piper

In episode 225, Pastor John talks about gratitude to the Lord

Is It Sin to Dislike Divine Election?

by John Piper

In episode 224, Pastor John talks about liking difficult biblical truths

Does John 15 Defy Calvinism?

by John Piper

In episode 223, Pastor John talks about how John 15 and eternal security are not at odds

Must a Wife Take Her Husband’s Last Name?

by John Piper

In episode 222, Pastor John talks about a wife taking her husband's last name

Has My Heart Sinned Even If I Stop Words from Exiting My Mouth?

by John Piper

In episode 221, Pastor John talks about how the mouth speaks in relation to the heart and fighting sinful words at both levels

Make War Against Pouting

by John Piper

In episode 220, Pastor John talks about making war against sins that are sometimes considered to be less sinful, but shouldn't be

Busy Pastors and Biblical Encounters, Part Two

by John Piper

In episode 219, Pastor John provides some biblical texts as he expounds on episode 218

Busy Pastors and Biblical Encounters, Part One

by John Piper

In episode 218, Pastor John talks about his experience in both academic and pastoral ministry in regards to gaining Biblical insight through his studies

Charismatic Abuses? Discernment and Finances

by John Piper

In episode 217, Pastor John talks about discernment and financial abuses in both charismatic and non-charismatic churches

Charismatic Abuses? Doctrinal and Emotional

by John Piper

In episode 216, Pastor John talks about doctrinal and emotional abuses in both charismatic and non-charismatic churches

What Is Prophecy Today?

by John Piper

In episode 215, Pastor John talks about the biblical meaning of prophecy

John MacArthur and Strange Fire

by John Piper

In episode 214, Pastor John talks about his beliefs on spiritual gifts and also responds to comments from John MacArthur

Travel Updates and Prayer Requests

by John Piper

In episode 213, Pastor John talks about his international travels and asks for prayer

Advice for Christian Loners

by John Piper

In episode 212, Pastor John talks about the importance of relationships.

What Events in this World Echo in Eternity?

by John Piper

In episode 211, Pastor John talks about what will be remembered in eternity.

Do Christian Hedonists Idolize Joy?

by John Piper

In episode 210, Pastor John talks about Christian hedonism and idolatry.

Dead To the World — What’s That?

by John Piper

In episode 209, Pastor John talks about dying daily to the world and taking up your cross.

Finding Joy When Life Hurts Most

by John Piper

In episode 208, Pastor John talks about finding joy in God even in the midst of sorrow

God’s Supreme Happiness

by John Piper

In episode 207, Pastor John talks about how Calvinism relates to joy in God.

The Danger of Deserting Community

by John Piper

In episode 206, Pastor John talks about the importance of community.

God’s Sovereignty Over Evil in My Life

by John Piper

In episode 205, Pastor John talks about how God's sovereignty over evil brings comfort.

Does It Make God Evil to Ordain Evil?

by John Piper

In episode 204, Pastor John explains God's sovereignty over evil.

Wisdom in Friendships with Non-Christians

by John Piper

In episode 203, Pastor John talks about discerning boundaries in friendships with non-Christians.

With So Many Orphans, Why Have Children?

by John Piper

In Episode 202, Pastor John talks about having biological children and adopting.

How Do I Obey and Submit to My Leaders?

by John Piper

In Episode 201, Pastor John talks about obeying and submitting to leadership

Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin?

by John Piper

In Episode 200, Pastor John talks about how to think biblically about alcohol.

What Pains Here Bring Greater Reward in Heaven?

by John Piper

In Episode 199, Pastor John talks about how suffering is preparing us for glory.

What Does Definite Atonement Offer My Life?

by John Piper

In Episode 198, Pastor John talks about what definite atonement offers us.

Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?

by John Piper

In Episode 197, Pastor John talks about why God banned one tree in Eden.

Why Honor C.S. Lewis When He Had So Many Flaws?

by John Piper

In Episode 196, Pastor John talks about why it is a good thing to honor C.S. Lewis despite his many flaws.

How Your Imagination Helps You See

by John Piper

In Episode 195, Pastor John talks about how your imagination helps you see.

Is God a Megalomaniac?

by John Piper

In Episode 194, Pastor John talks about God’s desire for his own glory.

How Do We Walk by the Spirit?

by John Piper

In Episode 193, Pastor John talks about life in the Spirit.

How Did Your Vision for Missions Develop?

by John Piper

In Episode 192, Pastor John talks about how valuing the glory of God ignites a vision for global missions.

Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?

by John Piper

In Episode 191, Pastor John explains why he would not attend the wedding of a same-sex couple.

Counsel for Busy Moms

by John Piper

In Episode 190, Pastor John gives counsel to a busy mom who questions the contribution she makes to her local church.

Are Christians Called to Obey the Law?

by John Piper

In Episode 189, Pastor John talks about the role of the law in the Christian life.

Must Christian Rap Have the Gospel in Every Song?

by John Piper

In Episode 188, Pastor John talks about rap that is “in step with the gospel.”

When Should I Leave My Church?

by John Piper

In Episode 187, Pastor John explains the meaning of the church and its membership.

Should We Confess Our Sins to a Priest?

by John Piper

In Episode 186, Pastor John talks about the confession of sin in the life of the church.

Botox, Dieting, and Plastic Surgery

by John Piper

In Episode 185, Pastor John gives a concise theology of the body and how to steward it for the glory of God.

What’s Your Process for Owning Truth?

by John Piper

In Episode 184, Pastor John talks about Bible reading and the affections.

How Do I Own Biblical Truths for Myself?

by John Piper

In Episode 183, Pastor John talks about what we do when we feel that our affections don’t measure up to what we understand intellectually.

Is Tithing Commanded for Christians?

by John Piper

In Episode 182, Pastor John talks about the relationship between Old Testament law and the Christian. In particular, he answers the question, “Is tithing commanded for Christian?”

How Do We Know God’s Will?

by John Piper

In Episode 181, Pastor John talks about how we know God’s will.

Jesus’s Sheep Hear His Voice — What's That Mean?

by John Piper

In Episode 180, Pastor John explains what it means that Jesus’s sheep hear his voice.

This Week’s Conference on C.S. Lewis

by John Piper

In Episode 174, Pastor John talks about the upcoming National Conference on C.S. Lewis.

Can a Sinner Be Saved After Death?

by John Piper

In Episode 179, Pastor John explains that there is no salvation after death.

Can a Sinner Be Saved at Death?

by John Piper

In Episode 178, Pastor John answers the question “Can a sinner be saved at death?”

Should We Brag About Our Favorite Teachers?

by John Piper

In Episode 177, Pastor John talks explains Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians and the amazing privilege of the children of God.

Do We Need Christian Role Models?

by John Piper

In Episode 176, Pastor John explains why we should have role models.

Is It Sinful to Date a Non-Christian?

by John Piper

In Episode 175, Pastor John explains why it is unwise for a Christian to date a non-Christian.

Does James Say Not to Pursue Joy?

by John Piper

In Episode 173, Pastor John explains the meaning of James 4:9.

How Do I Motivate My Church for Ministry?

by John Piper

In Episode 172, Pastor John talks about how a pastor motivates his church for ministry.

Fighting Bitterness

by John Piper

In Episode 171, Pastor John talks about killing the sin of bitterness.

How Singleness Is Good

by John Piper

In Episode 170, Pastor John talks about how believers glorify God in singleness.

Why Adam’s Singleness Was Not Good

by John Piper

In Episode 169, Pastor John explains why Adam’s singleness was “not good.”

Have I Exhausted God’s Patience with My Sin?

by John Piper

In Episode 168, Pastor John talks about the assurance of salvation for those who have serious doubts.

Should We Listen for the Audible Voice of God?

by John Piper

In Episode 167, Pastor John talks about how God speaks to us today.

When I’m Bored of the Bible — What Can I Do?

by John Piper

In Episode 166, Pastor John talks about the prayer he prays for reading the Bible.

Is My Husband’s Porn a Marriage Deal Breaker?

by John Piper

In Episode 165, Pastor John explains that marriage is a covenant to max, namely, a symbol of how Christ is bonded to his church.

Salt, Light, and Complaining

by John Piper

In Episode 164, Pastor John shares more about what it means to be salt and light in the world.

What My Complaining Says About God

by John Piper

In Episode 163, Pastor John talks about what our complaining says about God.

Do Promises in the Psalms Apply to Me?

by John Piper

In Episode 162, Pastor John talks about how the promises of the Psalms apply to modern-day believers.

Why Evangelicals Go Catholic

by John Piper

In Episode 161, Pastor John talks about Evangelicals converting to Catholicism.

Is Abortion Like the Holocaust?

by John Piper

In Episode 160, Pastor John talks about the similarities and difference between abortion and the Holocaust.

What Is Gossip?

by John Piper

In Episode 159, Pastor John gives the biblical definition of gossip.

John Piper’s Testimony

by John Piper

In Episode 158, Pastor John shares his testimony.

What Is Legalism?

by John Piper

In Episode 157, Pastor John defines legalism.

Women As Ministers?

by John Piper

In Episode 156, Pastor John talks about what the Bible says about the role of women in serving the church.

Does God Remember Our Sins or Forget Them?

by John Piper

In Episode 155, Pastor John talks about justification by faith and the judgment according to works.

Why Is My Evangelism at Work So Lame?

by John Piper

In Episode 154, Pastor John offers encouragement to those who consider themselves “lame evangelists.”

What Does It Mean to Be Made in God’s Image?

by John Piper

In Episode 153, Pastor John explains what it means for humans to be in the image of God.

Battling Jealousy

by John Piper

In Episode 152, Pastor John talks about how to kill the sin of jealousy.

Battling Envy

by John Piper

For Episode 151, Pastor John talks about how to kill the sin of envy.

How Does the Spirit Testify I’m Saved?

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In Episode 150, Pastor John explains the meaning of Romans 8:14–16.

My Husband Is Okay with Racy Scenes — I Hate It

by John Piper

In Episode 149, Pastor John talks about whether Christians should watch movies with nudity.

When a Christian Won’t Repent from Sexual Sin

by John Piper

In Episode 148, Pastor John explains Matthew 18 and the issue of church discipline.

Is It Selfish to Pray for Joy?

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In Episode 147, Pastor John defines selfishness and discusses the holy pursuit for joy.

God’s Fame and Global Missions

by John Piper

In Episode 146, Pastor John talks about God’s plan to take his glory to the nations.

Am I Lukewarm?

by John Piper

For Episode 145, Pastor John talks about what it means to be spiritually lukewarm.

What Advice Would You Give Newly Married John Piper?

by John Piper

In Episode 144, Pastor John shares the advice he would hypothetically give a “younger John Piper” about marriage.

Work Like an Arminian, Sleep Like a Calvinist?

by John Piper

In Episode 143, Pastor John talks about the misleading phrase, “Work like an Arminian, sleep like a Calvinist.”

Avoiding Ministry Burnout

by John Piper

In Episode 142, Pastor John talks about how to avoid ministry burnout.

Help! I’m Addicted to Lying

by John Piper

In Episode 141, Pastor John talks about what is behind why we lie.

God Loves the Sinner, But Hates the Sin?

by John Piper

In Episode 140, Pastor John talks about God’s love and hatred for sinners.

How Do I Know I’m Saved?

by John Piper

In Episode 139, Pastor John shows from the Bible how we can be sure we are saved.

Slavery and Jonathan Edwards

by John Piper

In Episode 138, Pastor John shares some lessons learned from the fact that Jonathan Edwards owned slaves in 18th-century America.

Is Discouragement a Sin?

by John Piper

In Episode 137, Pastor John talks about when discouragement can be sinful, and when it is not.

God Does Makes Much of Us

by John Piper

In Episode 136, Pastor John explains how God actually does make much of us.

Childlike, Not Childish

by John Piper

In Episode 135, Pastor John talks about childlike faith and spiritual maturity.

Trayvon, Race, and Gospel Ministry (Special Episode)

by John Piper

In this special episode of APJ, Pastor John weighs into the non-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman.

Can I Say ‘God Loves You’ to Unbelievers?

by John Piper

In Episode 134, Pastor John talks about God’s love for the world and his particular love for the church.

If God Is Happy, Why Does He Seem Angry?

by John Piper

In Episode 133, Pastor John talks about the wonder of God’s emotional complexity.

What Is Evil?

by John Piper

In Episode 132, Pastor John gives a biblical definition of evil.

Bible Memory as Ministry to Others

by John Piper

In Episode 131, Pastor John talks about the community dimension of personal Bible memory.

I’ve Sinned Horribly, Is There Any Hope?

by John Piper

In Episode 130, Pastor John talks about hope for sinners.

On Ghostwriters

by John Piper

In Episode 129, Pastor John talks about the issue of ghostwriting.

How Do I Delight Myself in the Lord?

by John Piper

In Episode 128, Pastor John talks about how to practically delight in God.

Advice for Better Bible Reading

by John Piper

In Episode 127, Pastor John gives simple advice on how to read our English Bibles better.

Mealtime Prayers: Impromptu or Memorized?

by John Piper

In Episode 126, Pastor John talks about impromptu prayers versus memorized prayers.

Patriotism and the Christian

by John Piper

In Episode 125, Pastor John talks about whether patriotism is appropriate for Christians.

Mealtime Prayers: Necessary or Optional?

by John Piper

In Episode 124, Pastor John talks about why Christians pray before meals.

How Food and Sex Are Made Holy

by John Piper

In Episode 123, Pastor John talks about how food and sex are to be enjoyed rightly, as stated by the apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 4:3–5.

Is My Boyfriend’s Porn a Marriage Deal-Breaker?

by John Piper

In Episode 122, Pastor John talks about the pervasive problem of pornography in our culture and its implications for single men and women.

Suffering, Sacrifice, and Christian Hedonism

by John Piper

In Episode 121, Pastor John talks about the relationship of suffering and sacrifice to Christian Hedonism.

Does Christian Hedonism Make Joy an Idol?

by John Piper

In Episode 120, Pastor John talks about avoiding idolatry in the pursuit of joy.

What Does It Mean to Be Dead to the World?

by John Piper

In Episode 119, Pastor John explains what the apostle Paul means in Galatians 6:14 — “crucified to the world”

Is the 40-Minute Sermon Passé?

by John Piper

In Episode 118, John Piper talks about the priority of preaching in the church’s corporate worship.

The Joy of Calvinism and the Fight for Joy

by John Piper

In Episode 117, John Piper talks about the Christian’s fight for joy in God.

God’s Joy and the Joy of the Calvinist

by John Piper

In Episode 116, John Piper talks about the sovereignty of God and what it means for the Christian’s joy.

Why Is Interracial Marriage Such a Hot Topic?

by John Piper

In Episode 115, John Piper talks about why interracial marriage is such a hot topic.

Tornados and Twitter Timing

by John Piper

In Episode 114, John Piper talks about how to think through using Twitter in the midst of natural disaster.

Natural Disasters and Pastoral Ministry

by John Piper

In Episode 113, Pastor John talks about pastoral ministry in the midst of terrible calamity.

Adjusting to Life in the Country

by John Piper

In Episode 112, Pastor John talks about his calling to minister in the fray of the world.

Our Move to Tennessee and New Projects

by John Piper

In Episode 111, Pastor John gives an update on his writing projects and work in Tennessee.

Why Eternal Security Needs Community

by John Piper

In Episode 110, John Piper talks about the importance of community in the believer’s eternal security.

For Christian Loners

by John Piper

In Episode 109, John Piper talks about the importance of Christian relationships.

Affections and Emotions

by John Piper

In Episode 108, John Piper explains the meaning of affections and emotions.

Who Has Been Most Influential in Your Life?

by John Piper

In Episode 107, John Piper talks about the most influential people in his life.

How Evangelistic Should Sundays Be?

by John Piper

In Episode 106, John Piper talks about the significance of the church’s weekly gathering.

Personal Comfort in God’s Sovereignty Over Evil

by John Piper

In Episode 105, John Piper talks about the comfort of God’s sovereignty.

Can God Ordain Evil Without Being Evil?

by John Piper

In Episode 104, John Piper explains what it means that God ordains sin and is himself sinless.

On Pastors Who Use Churches as Studios

by John Piper

In Episode 103, John Piper counsels pastors against uses their churches as “studios” for wider ministry.

Can a Born-Again Christian Lose Salvation?

by John Piper

In Episode 102, John Piper explains the doctrine of eternal security.

Is Jeremiah 29:11 a Promise to Christians?

by John Piper

In Episode 101, John Piper explains the meaning of Jeremiah 29:11?

Boundaries for Non-Christian Friendships

by John Piper

In Episode 100, John Piper talks about how to think through non-Christian friendships.

Stranded on a Desert Island, What Books Do You Bring?

by John Piper

In Episode 99, John Piper talks about a bundle of books he prizes most.

Can a White Woman Marry a Black Man?

by John Piper

In Episode 98, John Piper discusses interracial marriage.

On Cussing

by John Piper

In Episode 97, John Piper talks about how to think through why we talk certain ways.

Will World History Become the Ballad of Eternity?

by John Piper

In Episode 96, John Piper talks about a portion from Marilynne Robinson’s novel, [*Giliead*](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/031242440X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=031242440X&linkCode=as2&tag=desigod-20).

Encouragement for Ordinary Pastors

by John Piper

In Episode 95, John Piper gives encouragement to “ordinary” pastors.

Do Online Sermons Undermine Local Churches?

by John Piper

In Episode 94, John Piper talks about the availability of biblical teaching online and what it means for the local church.

What Does Opposition to Chris Broussard Tell Us?

by John Piper

In Episode 93, John Piper talks about the cultural reaction to Chris Broussard’s comments on what the Bible says about homosexuality.

Special Episode: Explain Your New Poem “Grace Forfeited”

by John Piper

In this special edition, John Piper explains the meaning and motive of his poem, “Grace Forfeited.”

Was Chris Broussard Right?

by John Piper

In Episode 92, John Piper talks about Chris Broussard’s comments regarding NBA player Jason Collins’s announcement of being gay.

Facing Death Faithfully

by John Piper

In Episode 91, John Piper talks about persevering in suffering.

A Mother’s Role in Raising Boys

by John Piper

In Episode 90, John Piper talks about a mother’s role in raising boys.

Choosing a Seminary

by John Piper

In Episode 89, John Piper talks about how to choose a seminary.

Was C. S. Lewis a Christian Hedonist?

by John Piper

In Episode 88, John Piper talks about C. S. Lewis and Christian Hedonism.

Appreciating Creation While Anticipating New Creation

by John Piper

In Episode 87, John Piper talks about how to long for the new creation while appreciating creation now.

How Did Lewis Prepare You for Edwards?

by John Piper

In Episode 86, John Piper talks about how the writings of C. S. Lewis prepared him to understand and love the writings of Jonathan Edwards.

How Do You Process Public Tragedy?

by John Piper

In Episode 85, John Piper talks about how he processes public tragedy.

How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage, Spiritually and Emotionally?

by John Piper

In Episode 84, John Piper talks about the spiritual and emotional boundaries in dating.

How Has C. S. Lewis Influenced You?

by John Piper

In Episode 83, John Piper talks about how C. S. Lewis has influenced him.

When Did You First Meet C. S. Lewis?

by John Piper

In Episode 82, John Piper talks about when he was first introduced to the works of C. S. Lewis.

Why Host a Conference on C. S. Lewis?

by John Piper

In Episode 81, John Piper talks about the legacy of C. S. Lewis.

How to Handle Panhandlers

by John Piper

In Episode 80, John Piper helps us think through whether to give money to people who ask for it.

How to Fight Laziness

by John Piper

In Episode 79, John Piper talks about how to fight the sin of laziness.

When Jehovah’s Witnesses Knock at Your Door

by John Piper

In Episode 78, John Piper shares his approach when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on his door.

Christians and Marijuana

by John Piper

In Episode 77, John Piper talks about whether it is okay for Christians to legally smoke marijuana.

The Power to Conquer Selfishness

by John Piper

In Episode 76, John Piper talks about the grace-fueled power of serving others.

Reflections on His Last Sermon As Pastor

by John Piper

In Episode 75, John Piper reflects on his last sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

How Are Teachers Judged More Strictly?

by John Piper

In Episode 74, John Piper talks about the weighty responsibility of teaching the Bible.

How Far Is Too Far Before Marriage?

by John Piper

In Episode 73, John Piper gives a theology of sex and answers the question on “how far is too far” in dating relationships.

What Is the Purpose of Fasting?

by John Piper

In Episode 72, John Piper explains that Christian fasting is longing for the “not yet” of the kingdom.

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same Deity?

by John Piper

In Episode 71, John Piper explains why Muslims do not worship the God of the Bible.

Was Jesus for Real?

by John Piper

In Episode 70, John Piper discusses the historical validity of Jesus Christ.

Is Jesus the Only Way to Be Saved?

by John Piper

In Episode 69, John Piper talks about the exclusivity of Jesus Christ.

What Do You Think of Your Influence on Christian Hip Hop?

by John Piper

In Episode 68 Pastor John talks about his influence on Christian hip hop.

The Parent’s Role in a Child’s Gender Development

by John Piper

In Episode 67, Pastor John talks about the parent’s role in a child’s gender development.

Wimpy Theology Makes Wimpy Women

by John Piper

In Episode 66, Pastor John talks about the relevance of good theology.

What Is “Strong Feminine Womanhood?”

by John Piper

In Episode 65, Pastor John talks about the biblical vision of womanhood.

Advice for Discouraged, Unemployed College Grads

by John Piper

In Episode 64, Pastor John offers advice to discouraged, unemployed college graduates.

How Do Believers Exceed the Works of Jesus?

by John Piper

In Episode 63, Pastor John talks about how the church’s works “exceeds the works of Jesus.”

Fasting from Twitter and Facebook

by John Piper

In Episode 62, Pastor John shares more ideas on how to best use Twitter.

Twitter Goals and “Humble Brags”

by John Piper

In Episode 61, Pastor John talks about why and how he uses Twitter.

How Can We Serve One Another in Battling Lust?

by John Piper

In Episode 60, Pastor John follows up on Episode 19 on the battle against lust.

Living Easter Sunday’s Victory on Monday Morning

by John Piper

In Episode 59, Pastor John talks about how to enjoy Sunday when "Monday’s coming.”

What Makes Easter So Special?

by John Piper

In Episode 58, Pastor John talks about what makes Easter special.

Do You Use Bible Commentaries Written by Women?

by John Piper

In Episode 56 someone asks if men reading biblical commentaries written by women violates Paul’s instruction 1 Timothy 2:12.

How Do I Know If I Love the Gifts More Than the Giver?

by John Piper

In Episode 55 Pastor John talks about how we discern whether we love God’s gifts more than we love him.

How Jesus’s Glory Drives Creative Communication

by John Piper

In Episode 54 Pastor John talks about Christian communication, including the relationship between God’s sovereignty and our creativity with words.

Can We Reconcile Creation and Evolution?

by John Piper

In Episode 53 Pastor John talks about creation and evolution.

How Does It Glorify God to Predestine People to Hell?

by John Piper

In Episode 52 talks about predestination and the glory of God.

My Faith Is Driving My Family Away — What Do I Do?

by John Piper

In Episode 51 Pastor John talks about faith and relationships.

My Faith Is Driving My Family Away — What Do I Do?

by John Piper

In Episode 51 Pastor John talks about faith and relationships.

Does It Bother You People Are Entertained by Your Gestures?

by John Piper

In Episode 50 John Piper says, “Preaching, to me, is expository exultation. Expository means I am explaining things. I want to make them clear. And so my hands are trying to do in the air what I am saying with my mouth.”

What’s with All the Preaching Gestures?

by John Piper

In Episode 49 John Piper talks about why he uses hand gestures while preaching.

A Response to the First Republican Senator to Support So-Called Same-Sex Marriage

by John Piper

Pastor John what are your thoughts on Republican senator Portman's editorial supporting so-called same-sex marriage?

What’s the Connection Between IQ and Holiness?

by John Piper

“We use our intelligence, usually considered an instrument of independence, to lead us to increasing dependence on God.”

Why No Pastor Lives Up to What He Preaches

by John Piper

“No pastor lives up to what he preaches. If he does, he is preaching too low.” You wrote that on Twitter a few years back, Pastor John. How does a pastor think through this? Talk to the pastor who is preaching high, and feels overwhelmed and burdened because of it. Is this a healthy tension for him to feel?

Care for Couples Struggling with Infertility

by John Piper

Pastor John how would you care for a young couple coming to terms with their infertility and feelings of failure? What would you want them to know about God in light of his apparent withheld blessing?

How Do I Know If I’m Being Disciplined by God?

by John Piper

John Piper: “God is always disciplining us. He is always doing things good, hard and gentle to us.”

What Oppressive Governments Cannot Do

by John Piper

Pastor John explains Romans 13 and its implications.

Does Romans 13 Prohibit All Civil Disobedience?

by John Piper

John Piper: "Government, in keeping a cap on the evil of the world and restraining evil and bringing some kind of order, is a great gift in a world of falseness."

Biblical Womanhood in Five Minutes

by John Piper

“Every woman you look at on the street is a potential queen of heaven because she is created in the imago Dei (the image of God).”

Do You Conduct Funerals for Non-Christians?

by John Piper

A pastor writes and asks John Piper: “Have you personally conducted funerals for non-Christians? If so how, is that funeral tailored differently from a funeral for a believer?”

How Can I Help My Friends Stay Satisfied in God?

by John Piper

“The greatest ministry you can have to me is for you to enjoy Christ. Turn that around and ask, ‘How can I be the greatest blessing to the people around me?’ The answer: Get up in the morning, go to the word of God, and, like George Mueller said, ‘Get your heart happy in God’ before you meet other people.”

God Hears My Prayers, So Why Should I Pray for Things Twice?

by John Piper

If the Lord hears our prayers, why is it necessary to pray for the same things over and over and over again? Why not once? Why do we pray repetitively for the same things?

A Theology of Prayer in Three Minutes

by John Piper

“Our prayers are part of the causality of the final victory of God.”

How Can I Live More Like an Evangelist?

by John Piper

“If I am walking in obliviousness to God’s activity in the world, how am I going to interact with people at a God-level where he might be preparing them for some word from me or from some action from me?”

Why Pastoral Professionalism Isn’t Enough

by John Piper

John Piper shares his takeaways from the 2013 conference for pastors in Minneapolis.

Why Your Pastor Needs Your Prayers

by John Piper

Pastor John explains why is it important for folks in churches to pray for their pastors.

The Spirit Lives in Me, So Why Do My Affections Fluctuate?

by John Piper

How do I explain my own personal fluctuating experience of joy in God when then source of my personal joy (the Holy Spirit) is constantly, personally, present in me at all times?

Should Missionaries Intentionally Lie?

by John Piper

A missionary in China asks, “Can a missionary lie in order to do ministry in a closed or persecuted country? For example, can he sign a statement saying he agrees to obey the laws of that country when he actually plans to break some of them, particularly religious based ones?”

How Does Rape, Incest, and Threat to the Mother's Life Affect Your Pro-Life Stance?

by John Piper

Andrew in Naples, Florida asks, “Pastor John, do your pro-life convictions change when it comes to situations involving rape, incest, or matters of a mother’s life?”

Three Levels of God-Glorifying Emotion

by John Piper

Can we glorify God in our desire to enjoy him even when we do not feel the joy? Or do I bring glory to God only when I experience the joy?

A Theology of Art in Five Minutes

by John Piper

What role does the vast field of art play in the church? And in a nutshell can you give us a theology of art?

Should a Joyless Pastor Preach Joy in God?

by John Piper

In this episode we ask Pastor John Piper about preaching joy in God during seasons when he didn’t experience personal joy in God. And did he disclose his personal condition in those sermons?

Fighting for Joy in Pastoral Ministry

by John Piper

We ask Pastor John how he maintained his personal awe of God for three decades of ministry. Did he ever burn out? Did he go through dry seasons? And, if he did, how did he get out?

Must Bible Reading Always End with Application?

by John Piper

Is it okay to come away from Bible reading without a life principle or a specific point of application?

What Is Leadership?

by John Piper

What does godly leadership look like? And what does it aim at achieve?

Writing Poetry: Where Do I Start?

by John Piper

Eric from Iowa City emails to ask how he can start writing poetry. Pastor John provides advice and a short list of book recommendations.

What Is Definite Atonement, and Why Does It Matter?

by John Piper

John Piper explains definite atonement.

Priorities for Youth Pastors

by John Piper

Sebastian, a youth leader in Switzerland, asks for a list of key priorities he should be communicating to his students.

What Does Christian Hedonism Offer the Depressed?

by John Piper

What does Christian Hedonism offer a depressed Christian?

Joy in God: To Be Waited for or Pursued?

by John Piper

How much of joy in God is willed by the Christian? And how of joy in God is a gift received from God? And how do you balance that distinction between willing the joy and receiving joy as a gift from God?

Does God Ever Withdraw His Presence from His Children?

by John Piper

Are there times in the Christian life when — for whatever reason — God chooses to withhold his presence from us, thus nullifying all hope that we would experience affection in him?

Fighting Porn Addiction with Grudem’s Systematic Theology

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to fight the evil of pornography.

We Are Makers — Lessons on Vocation from Dorothy Sayers

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the enduring lessons on vocation he gleaned from Dorothy Sayers.

Interpreting the Miracles of Jesus

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how we should think about the miracles of Jesus.

Why False Doctrine Can Make You Happy

by John Piper

John Piper explains the connection between theological orthodoxy and joy.

Why John Piper Recycles

by John Piper

John Piper explains why Christians should care for creation.

The Essential Warfare for Holiness

by John Piper

John Piper explains the connection between happiness and holiness.

Exercising the Body (For the Sake of the Soul)

by John Piper

John Piper explains why exercise matters.

What Is the Difference Between Right Risk and Wrong Risk?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how we can discern the difference between right and wrong risks.

Safety Is a Myth

by John Piper

John Piper explains what he means when he writes “safety is a myth.”

Arrests and Imprisonments in Opposing Abortion

by John Piper

John Piper talks about his involvement in anti-abortion demonstrations in the 1980s and 1990s.

Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

by John Piper

John Piper shares his thoughts on why Martin Luther King, Jr. was an effective leader.

What are Your Takeaways from Passion 2013?

by John Piper

John Piper shares about his takeaways from Passion 2013 and offers one particular lesson for everyone involved in leading student ministries.

What Is It Like Preaching to 60,000 People?

by John Piper

John Piper preached to 60,000 students in the Georgia Dome for Passion 2013.

Why Adam Matters for Global Missions

by John Piper

John Piper explains why the historicity of Adam matters for world missions.

Was Adam For Real, and Does It Matter?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why the historicity of Adam matters.

How Important Is a Christian Writer’s Influence?

by John Piper

John Piper shares advice on how readers should think about their craft and audience.

Who Was George Herbert?

by John Piper

John Piper introduces George Herbert, the Christian poet.

Reflections from John Piper on His 67th Birthday

by John Piper

John Piper shares reflections over previous chapters of life, and shares the hopes and concerns he carries into a new chapter of life and ministry.

How Can a Business Person Glorify God In His Work?

by John Piper

John Piper says that in all of our work our aim should be to show Christ as supremely valuable.

Do You Believe We Should Cast Out Demons Today?

by John Piper

John Piper says that there are at least three ways that we can do spiritual warfare today.

In What Ways Do You Hope the Church Will Grow During Your 8 Month Leave?

by John Piper

John Piper says that he is hoping for revival, and for the church to become less dependent on him and more dependent on God.

Where and How Did You Learn to Preach?

by John Piper

John Piper says that good preachers can't be created by a course on homiletics, but through being set ablaze by the content of Scripture.

Is It Okay for Christians to Enjoy Art Produced By Unbelievers?

by John Piper

John Piper exhorts us to test our hearts about why we watch the movies that we watch.

How Should Miraculous Gifts Be Used In the Church?

by John Piper

John Piper says that while some reformed groups make room for the expression of the miraculous gifts during Sunday morning corporate worship, at Bethlehem these gifts are best ministered in small groups.

Is the Holy Spirit Underemphasized In Evangelical Circles?

by John Piper

John Piper says that sometimes our prayers go unanswered because we do not avail ourselves of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

What Must Someone Believe In Order to Be Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper says that there are a cluster of things that someone must believe in order to be saved.

Are Christians Under the 10 Commandments?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the experience of justification should change our approach to personal ethics.

If You Could Redo One Thing In Your Life, What Might It Be?

by John Piper

John Piper says that working hard to have a better marriage is a worthy endeavor, with its own unique reward.

Is It Wrong for Men to Listen to Female Speakers?

by John Piper

John Piper says that it is not wrong for a man to listen to a female speaker, unless he starts to look at her as his pastor.

Should Christians Be Willing to Read the Books of Other Religions?

by John Piper

John Piper says that it is not necessary for Christians to investigate the literature of other religions in order to be confident of the truth of Christianity.

How Do You Prepare Your Sermons?

by John Piper

John Piper describes his method of sermon preparation, but doesn't recommend it for other preachers.

When Should You Confront Someone About Their Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper says that it takes spiritual wisdom and discernment to determine whether you should confront someone over sinful behavior.

How Do You Avoid Forgetting Scripture That You've Memorized?

by John Piper

John Piper urges Christians to memorize and review a cluster of helpful Scripture passages.

What Cautions Do You Have for the New Reformed Movement?

by John Piper

John Piper encourages Christians to value theology as a means for knowing God, without making theology God.

If You Could Say One Thing to the Next Generation of Church Leaders, What Would It Be?

by John Piper

John Piper stresses the crucial and timeless importance of keeping the Bible central to everything.

What Has Been Your Biggest Spiritual Struggle and How Did You Get Victory?

by John Piper

John Piper says that his biggest struggle has been prideful frustration which leads to anger.

What Do You Do When Different Generations In Your Church Have Different Opinions About How to Do Ministry?

by John Piper

John Piper says that older leaders should give freedom in ministry to younger people who have the same core vision, and that younger people should be careful to listen to the advice of the older generation.

Is There Room In Reformed Theology for Environmental Concern?

by John Piper

John Piper says that is important for Christians to care for the environment in order to love their neighbor.

What Is Your Favorite Hymn?

by John Piper

John Piper says that there are some old hymns that are very special to him, and he also likes many of the new gospel-centered hymns.

Is It Okay for Mothers to Work Full-Time Outside of the Home?

by John Piper

John Piper says that mothering is full-time ministry.

Should I Find a New Church If Mine Won't Support Me In Missions?

by John Piper

John Piper says if your church doesn't support you in missions, find out why.

Is God's Plan of Salvation a Failure Since So Many People Are Going to Hell?

by John Piper

John Piper says God is accomplishing his plan perfectly, even though we can't always see how.

Does God Get More Glory If People Have Free Will?

by John Piper

John Piper says complete human autonomy doesn't glorify God more.

Should I Become a Pastor If My Wife Isn't Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks it would be very difficult to bear the burdens of ministry alongside an unbelieving wife.

Is Christianity Biased Toward Book Lovers?

by John Piper

John Piper says Christianity is biased toward those who appreciate written revelation.

What Should We Teach About Creation?

by John Piper

John Piper lists three things about creation that are clear in the Bible and should be taught.

Which Grieves You More: Bad Theology or Division In the Church?

by John Piper

John Piper says there are times when disunity hurts more than doctrinal differences, and vice versa.

What Is a Wife's Responsibility In Solving Marital Conflict?

by John Piper

John Piper says a wife is to prayerfully and humbly bring her perspective to her husband.

What Do You Think About Contemplative Prayer?

by John Piper

John Piper says Scripture commends thoughtful and reflective prayer.

Is It Important for Me to Become a Member of My Local Church?

by John Piper

John Piper says it is biblical to commit yourself to a local church body.

Should Pastors Get PhDs?

by John Piper

John Piper cautions pastors against getting stupid PhDs.

Is It Important to Have Your Parents' Blessing in Marriage?

by John Piper

John Piper says it is important to have your parents' blessing, but not absolutely necessary.

Is It Okay to Drink Alcohol?

by John Piper

John Piper clarifies that alcohol can be OK, but also that that isn't always the case.

Why Is Homosexuality Wrong?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how homosexuality, like other sins, distorts God's good design for his creatures.

At What Point Should I Share the Gospel With My Neighbor?

by John Piper

John Piper says that having a loving and discerning heart is the best evangelistic strategy.

Why Should I Resist Sin If God Uses My Sin for Good?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must take care not to reason unbiblical things from the truths we find in the Bible.

Has God Predetermined Every Tiny Detail In the Universe, Including Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper shows how the Bible attributes absolutely everything to God, even the worst of sins.

If God Wants Me to Be Happy, Why Do I Have So Much Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says God arranges our circumstances to help make us happier in him.

Could a Pastor At Bethlehem Have Voted for Obama?

by John Piper

John Piper says it's not impossible to vote for someone who has policies you disagree with.

How Would You Respond to Someone Who Thinks Whites Are Superior to Other Races By God's Design?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must try to understand a person's heart before answering their arguments.

Did the Death of Jesus Accomplish Anything for the Non-Elect?

by John Piper

John Piper believes every grace was bought by Christ—but there's a catch.

How Do I Boast Only In Christ When Applying for a Job?

by John Piper

John Piper identifies two types of boasting and how we can turn both to God.

Do Christians Have Permission to Pray Imprecatory Prayers?

by John Piper

John Piper says there may be a place for imprecatory prayer, but the clear call is to love our enemies.

What Do You Think of Christians Taking Antidepressants?

by John Piper

John Piper says that getting help from physical means doesn't have to imply a lack of trust in God.

Have You Ever Seen a Vision or Spoken In Tongues?

by John Piper

John Piper says he has never, in one sense, had a vision; and yet he always has them.

Why Don't Other Elders Preach At Bethlehem?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why Bethlehem has several campuses and why he remains the primary preacher.

If a Person Drinks or Smokes, Does That Mean They're Not a Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper says you can't draw a straight line between drinking and smoking and being a Christian.

How Does an Intellectually Struggling Christian Deal With the Seeming Concrete Differences Between the Synoptic Gospels?

by John Piper

John Piper says it helps to view the Gospels as portraits, not photographs, of Jesus.

Do You Think Our Generation Relies on Extra-Biblical Literature Too Much?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks all generations could love and pore over the Bible more.

What Happens to Infants Who Die?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he believes all infants who die go to heaven.

If Your Pastor Asked You Not to Talk About the Doctrines of Grace, What Would You Do?

by John Piper

John Piper encourages clear communication and patience when there are doctrinal differences.

How Important Is It for Preachers to Preach Christ From Every Text of Scripture?

by John Piper

John Piper says that every Christian sermon should point to Jesus somehow.

What Made It Okay for God to Kill Women and Children In the Old Testament?

by John Piper

John Piper defends God's right to give and take life whenever and however he pleases.

Do You Accept "Old Earth" and Evolution?

by John Piper

John Piper sees two viable, biblical interpretations of what happened in Creation.

What's the Difference Between Confidence and Presumption When It Comes to Taking Risks for God?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how motivation can determine whether or not a risk will glorify God.

Can I Go Into Missions Without a College Degree?

by John Piper

John Piper says a college degree neither makes nor breaks a person's missionary potential.

What Is Your Vision for Desiring God for the Next 25 Years?

by John Piper

John Piper wants Desiring God to be free to spread for as long as God can use our resources.

How Would You Offer Hope to Someone Who Is Addicted to Cutting Himself?

by John Piper

John Piper says a simple hug can minister significant hope to others.

Should Churches Train Their Own Ministers, or Should They Be Sent to Seminary?

by John Piper

John Piper says church-based training and seminary training are both good options.

What Do You Do to Relax and Unwind?

by John Piper

John Piper describes what his weekly day of rest looks like.

Is It Sin for Me Not to Like the Doctrine of Election?

by John Piper

John Piper says that to the degree you see biblical truth clearly you should like it.

Does Everything That Happens Glorify God As Much As Possible?

by John Piper

John Piper says everything will glorify God to the max when all is said and done.

Why Do I Need Other People If I Already Have Jesus?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why isolating yourself from others is not a good idea.

How Do I Deal With Christian Parents Who Don't Acknowledge That They Abused Me?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must ultimately leave justice to God and forgive one another.

Is It Ever Appropriate to Call Out Prosperity Gospel Teachers By Name?

by John Piper

John Piper wants to be careful to criticize himself before criticizing another.

How Does the Bible Orient Us Around the Glory of God?

by John Piper

John Piper says Scripture presents the glory of God as the goal of all existence and the hope of believers.

Can You Give Some Advice to Those Who Know Others Seeking to Remarry or Divorce?

by John Piper

John Piper says showing empathy and sharing truth are essential for ministering to others.

What Are Your Thoughts on Halloween?

by John Piper

John Piper encourages us to think biblically about how we can be salt and light in any holiday.

Who Is In Charge of Your @JohnPiper Twitter Account?

by John Piper

John Piper shares why and how he maintains his Twitter account, and what he watches out for.

To What Extent Should a Daughter Submit to an Extremely Overprotective Father?

by John Piper

John Piper says that, though all parents are sinful, Scripture still commands children to submit to them.

How Would You Study the Bible With People Who Can't Read?

by John Piper

John Piper says we can speak the word of God to those who can't read.

Why Do You Think Christianity Is True?

by John Piper

John Piper gives three arguments for why he trusts the Bible.

Why Don't We Experience the Miracles That the Apostles Were Capable of?

by John Piper

John Piper offers three observations about miracles in the church.

If You Had Two Minutes to Talk With the Pope, What Would You Say to Him?

by John Piper

John Piper says he would talk to the pope about justification.

What Is Your Stance on Married Couples Using Birth Control Pills?

by John Piper

John Piper tells why and how he thinks it's OK to use "conception control."

How Does Unbelief Contribute to the Need I Feel for Pornography?

by John Piper

John Piper describes how faith in Christ enables us to fight temptation.

What Are Your Thoughts on the Legalization of Marijuana?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why and how he'd like to see marijuana legalized.

Should the Risk of Danger Keep Me From Doing Missions?

by John Piper

John Piper says danger doesn't automatically exempt a person from doing missions.

Why Should I Want to Be a Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper gives one negative and one positive reason for why you should want to follow Jesus.

What Role Does Your Temperament Play In Determining Your View of God and the Christian Life?

by John Piper

Our temperaments influence the way we view God, says John Piper. But so does the Bible.

Do You Have a Particular Burden or Love For Your Hometown?

by John Piper

John Piper shares some of his thoughts and prayers for Minneapolis.

What Are Some Ways I Can Encourage My Mentor?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions 3 ways that a student can encourage his or her mentor.

How Can a Pastor Minister to a Congregation of Illegal Immigrants?

by John Piper

John Piper says pastors should aim to create a church that wants to do what is right.

How Can I Desire Heaven When I Know I Won't Be Married to My Husband There?

by John Piper

John Piper says we shouldn't forget that everything will be better in heaven.

If Parents Raise Their Children According to the Bible, Does God Promise to Bring Them to Know Him?

by John Piper

John Piper says God's word does not go forth void into the lives of children.

Was Jesus Tempted With Homosexuality?

by John Piper

John Piper says Jesus encountered every temptation on the cross.

Do You Use Arcing When You Study the Narrative Passages of the Bible?

by John Piper

John Piper explains one way to interpret the stories of Scripture.

Ask Pastor John Live—November 2009, Part 2

by John Piper

The second hour of a live webcast where John Piper fields questions sent in via Twitter.

Ask Pastor John Live—November 2009, Part 3

by John Piper

The third and final hour of a live webcast where John Piper fields questions sent in via Twitter.

Ask Pastor John Live—November 2009, Part 1

by John Piper

The first hour of a live webcast where John Piper fields questions sent in via Twitter.

Are All Sins Equal Before God?

by John Piper

John Piper says consequences matter when it comes to weighing sin.

Does Being Totally Depraved Mean We're Always Sinning No Matter What?

by John Piper

Even though we're always sinning, John Piper says that shouldn't paralyze us.

What Would You Say to a Christian Going Through a Mid-Life Crisis?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God offers hope to everyone, no matter how regretful their past.

Is It True to Say That God Made You So That He Could Love You?

by John Piper

John Piper can agree with the statement "God made us to love us," as long as "love" is defined right.

What Should a Pastor Think About Marrying Non-Believers?

by John Piper

John Piper says God approves of non-Christians getting married, even though it's sin.

How Are General and Special Revelation Different?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why the Bible is the best way to know God.

Does the Number of People Praying for Something Make God More Likely to Do It?

by John Piper

John Piper says God sometimes gets more glory when more people pray.

What Would You Say to Someone Who Feels Like the Spirit's Leading Has Authority Over Scripture?

by John Piper

John Piper shows where Paul himself subordinated spiritual gifts to the written word of God.

What Bible Passages Do You Use to Base Your Claims About How We Should Preach?

by John Piper

John Piper looks to Paul's words to Timothy for how to view preaching.

It Seems Our Potential Son-in-Law Became a Believer to Win Our Daughter. How Should We Respond?

by John Piper

John Piper says parents must be very careful in their guidance to grown children.

How Do You Choose What Bible Passages to Memorize?

by John Piper

John Piper wants to memorize those verses that help him fight against anxiety.

What Have You Done to Teach Your Children the Importance of Giving Tithes and Offerings?

by John Piper

John Piper describes how he and Noël have taught their children about money.

Was It Possible for Jesus to Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Jesus was both capable and incapable of sinning.

What Goes on In Your Mind Before You Begin a Public Prayer?

by John Piper

John Piper says that public prayers should be sensitive to the moment.

Is It Ever Okay for a Christian to Sue a Non-Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Christians should be known for returning good for evil.

What's Your Take on Christians Using Antidepressants?

by John Piper

John Piper says we shouldn't ignore the physical realities that underlie depression.

How Can a Pastor Respectfully and Lovingly Move His Congregation From the King James Version to a Better Translation?

by John Piper

John Piper has three suggestions for how to lead a church into using a new translation.

What Can I Do to Help My Parents Stay Together?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests several ways a child might help his parents' marriage endure.

How Thorough Should a Pastor's Confession to His Congregation Be?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how a pastor can be helpfully authentic in front of his people.

Is It Okay for There to Be Different Denominations In the Body of Christ?

by John Piper

John Piper says that having different denominations doesn't have to mean disunity.

What's the Difference Between Praying to Jesus and Praying to the Father In the Name of Jesus?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks that it is both right and inevitable to pray to all members of the Trinity.

Is It Foolish to Marry Someone I Know Will Die Soon?

by John Piper

John Piper says that illness is not among the factors that make marriage foolish.

If Someone Committed a Crime Before Becoming a Believer and Got Away With It, Should They Turn Themselves In?

by John Piper

John Piper says that radical repentance is a great opportunity for trusting God.

What Would You Say to Someone Who Uses Ecclesiastes to Say That Abortion Is a Better Alternative Than the Life Awaiting Some Babies?

Ecclesiastes 4:2-3

by John Piper

John Piper gives two reasons why the prospect of a poor life is no warrant to take it.

How Do Stories Fit Into Expository Preaching?

by John Piper

John Piper says that expository preaching is about exposing a text's meaning, and stories have meaning.

Why Is God Just to Punish Jesus for Our Sins When Doing a Similar Thing Would Be So Unjust for a Human Judge to Do?

by John Piper

John Piper notes two things that make Christ's substitutionary death for us utterly unique.

Why Does It Matter That We Eat the Lord's Supper In a Worthy Manner?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Christians are sometimes judged by the Lord so that they aren't condemned with the world.

What Can I Do to Help My Mother Not Idolize Me?

by John Piper

John Piper says that other people help us keep Christ at the center of our spiritual solar systems.

Is It Okay for a Christian to Have Cosmetic Surgery to Counteract Some Aspects of Aging?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the significance of aging and why we shouldn't try to hide the evidence.

Can a True Believer Be Fooled Into Believing the Prosperity Gospel?

by John Piper

John Piper says that being doctrinally amiss doesn't automatically make you an unbeliever.

My Spouse Is Being Nominated for Church Leadership, but Our Household is Not in Order. What Should I Do?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how a wife can honor biblical eldership and still honor her husband, even if he is not yet qualified.

How Does Your Uncommon View on Divorce Affect Your Ministry to Those In Your Church?

by John Piper

John Piper describes the church-wide and individual effects caused by his view on divorce.

Why Is Differentiating Between Evangelism and Missions Important?

by John Piper

John Piper says you can lose missions if you don't distinguish it from evangelism.

Why Don't Women Ever Read or Pray In Bethlehem's Church Services?

by John Piper

John Piper gives his perspective on the pulpit in corporate worship.

Do You Think Complementarianism Is So Important to Some People That They Deny Women More Opportunities Than the Bible Denies Them?

by John Piper

John Piper says that having different roles is right, even if the application of them is sometimes ambiguous or unwisely implemented.

How Do You Deal With the Death of an Unsaved Loved One?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must trust that the Judge of all the earth will do what is right.

How Much Does God Want Me to Care for My Physical Body?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should strive by the power of the Spirit to be as healthy as possible.

If a Husband or Wife Has Cheated, but Then Decides to Stay With Their Spouse, Where Do They Go From Here?

by John Piper

John Piper says that unfaithful spouses should confess their sin and humbly seek to win their partners back.

What Are Some Practical Helps to Deepen a Desire and Love for Prayer?

by John Piper

John Piper offers a few ideas on how to mature and endure in prayer.

How Can I Keep From Being Swept Away By Competing Philosophies At School?

by John Piper

John Piper offers three solutions for how all Christians can stay strong in the midst of competing viewpoints.

If the Apostle Paul Were Around Today, Do You Think You Could Teach Him Anything About God or the Bible?

by John Piper

John Piper says that being inspired did not make Paul omniscient.

After Death, Is There a Final Chance to Be Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper affirms the necessity of believing in Jesus before you die.

Can You Shed Some Light on the Tension Between Taking Action and Waiting on the Lord?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must become like Jesus in order to reflect him in the spontaneous aspects of life.

What Do You Think of Using the Internet to Find a Spouse?

by John Piper

John Piper acknowledges the merits of online matchmaking and wonders how it might inform the church.

Do You Benefit From Reading Authors That You Don't Always Agree With?

by John Piper

John Piper says that there is much to benefit from other authors, even those you disagree with.

When a Polygamist Is Converted What Should He Do About His Marriages?

by John Piper

John Piper says we may have to be patient when introducing biblical standards to a new culture.

What Are Your Thoughts on Drama and Movie Clips In Church Services?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should guard the powerful role of preaching in worship.

What Do I Do If I've Tried to Believe In Jesus but Can't?

by John Piper

John Piper says it is a gift to realize that you can't believe on your own.

Is It Okay to Use Musical Instruments In Worship?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the manner of our worship should match the message.

Is It Possible to Be Angry and Not Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper says that if we feel angry at someone, we should also feel broken for them.

What Is God's Glory?

by John Piper

John Piper defines God's glory as holy perfection going public.

What Is a Reformed Understanding of the Gospel?

by John Piper

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 an Arminian Christian Hedonist?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how your satisfaction in God corresponds to how you understand his glory.

What Are Your Thoughts About Being Part of an Online Church?

by John Piper

John Piper says that real-life interaction is vital for personal and corporate church health.

What Do You Have to Believe About Creation In Order to Be an Elder At Bethlehem?

by John Piper

John Piper highlights what is necessary to believe about creation and what is not.

What Is God's Relationship to People Who Are In Hell?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God's wrath remains forever on those who don't believe.

Was I Really Baptized If the Person Who Baptized Me Turned Out Not to Be a Believer?

by John Piper

John Piper reminds us that baptism is primarliy about the heart of the person being baptized.

What's Your Advice for a New Pastor Who Comes Into a Church That Has Wide-Ranging Theological Differences?

by John Piper

John Piper argues for the importance of having theologically unified church leadership.

What Are Your Thoughts on Preparing for the Future Financially?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks that planning a future of simple living and generous giving is smart.

Is It Wrong to Want Mercy for a Criminal Who Deserves Capital Punishment?

by John Piper

John Piper says that mercy and justice are not mutually exclusive.

If Our Sins Are Punished By Eternal Separation From God, Why Did Jesus Only Have to Suffer Momentary Separation?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Christ's death should be evaluated according to his dignity, not its duration.

If Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans Were Found Today, Should It Be Added to the New Testament?

by John Piper

John Piper says that, when writing as an apostle, Paul's letters were inspired.

What Part Does Age Play In Considering a Man for Eldership?

by John Piper

John Piper says that maturity, not a certain age, is what to look for in elders.

What Are the Key Issues In Thinking Through the Multi-Campus Church Movement?

by John Piper

For John Piper, the issue of campusing is essentially an issue about how elders should relate to their people.

Does Having a Bad Reputation Make a Man Unfit for Eldership?

by John Piper

John Piper says that a bad reputation has to be warranted for it to count against a potential pastor.

Do You Think You Emphasize Calvinism and the Doctrines of Grace More Than the Bible Does?

by John Piper

John Piper aims to be proportionate in his teaching, and to center all upon God's glory in showing mercy to sinners.

Do I Have to Confess My Sin to Another Person In Order to Be Forgiven?

by John Piper

John Piper says that it is wise to confess our sins to one another, even when it's not absolutely necessary.

Do You Ever Doubt Your Devotion to Christ?

by John Piper

John Piper takes doubts seriously and deals with them with the word of God and prayer.

How Can I Break Free From an Addiction to Entertainment?

by John Piper

John Piper has six suggestions for overcoming the hunger for immediate entertainment.

What Do You Think About Paraphrased Bible Translations?

by John Piper

John Piper says that a paraphrase is great when it's honest about being a paraphrase.

Is the United States Talked About In the Book of Revelation?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Revelation is pertinent to the US even though it doesn't speak specifically about it.

What Would You Do If Both Presidential Candidates Were Pro-Choice on Abortion?

by John Piper

John Piper imagines that, all things considered, he could vote for someone who was pro-choice.

Should a Pastor Continue In Ministry If One of His Children Proves to Be an Unbeliever?

by John Piper

John Piper argues that good family management doesn't equal perfect outcomes.

Is It Okay for a Christian Couple to Live Together If They Aren't Married?

by John Piper

John Piper says that we're responsible to communicate truth with our lifestyle.

What Should I Do If My Wife Says She Doesn't Love Me?

by John Piper

John Piper says that an unloved spouse should stay compassionately committed.

Is It Okay to Be a Christian and Be Transgendered?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should delight in the sex God gave us, just as God does.

What Is "Arcing" and Why Is It Important?

by John Piper

John Piper gives an overview of arcing and says why he likes it so much.

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?

by John Piper

John Piper says that our deeds in this life are evidence of, not grounds for our justification.

What Are Your Feelings About Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching?

by John Piper

John Piper argues that we must preach hell, but we must preach it broken-heartedly.

Can I Still Be a Christian If I Don't Believe That God Loves Himself Above All?

by John Piper

John Piper says that if his theology in your head makes God damnable to you, then don't believe it...yet.

How Should Christian Friends Respond to a Friend Who Has Entered a Homosexual Relationship and Moved to a Church That Accepts It?

by John Piper

John Piper recommends "holy ostracism" as a way to restore compromising Christians.

What Is the Responsibility of Church Leaders to Committed Regular Attenders Who Are Not Members?

by John Piper

John Piper says that non-members miss out on the best pastoral care.

What Passages In Scripture Say That Jesus Never Sinned?

by John Piper

John Piper, with a little help, names a few passages that testify to Christ's spotlessness.

Is It Possible to Restore a Pastor Who Has Sinned Sexually?

by John Piper

John Piper says a repentant pastor can be restored, but he shouldn't presume upon it.

How Do I Heal My Heart From a Husband Who Cheated on Me?

by John Piper

John Piper says that full healing requires both gutsiness and graciousness.

How Do I Know If God Is Calling Me to Be a Pastor?

by John Piper

John Piper identifies four things that should be present for aspiring pastors.

How Do We Know Which Scriptures Are Applicable Today and Which Should Be Considered Culturally Irrelevant?

by John Piper

John Piper offers three criteria for understanding how biblical commands apply to us.

If the Angels Could Sin and Fall, How Can We Be Sure This Won't Happen to Us Sometime In Eternity?

by John Piper

John Piper says we can have assurance that no one saved by Christ will ever fall again.

How Did You Do Family Devotions When Your Kids Were Real Little?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how he trained his children in private and family devotions.

Is the Jesus In Revelation the Same As the Jesus In the Gospels?

by John Piper

John Piper says Scripture is consistent: Jesus is terribly just towards sinners and tenderly merciful towards those who repent.

Why Was God So Harsh In the Old Testament but More Forgiving In the New?

by John Piper

John Piper says that ever since the coming of Christ the world is in a window of mercy. But it won't last forever.

What Is Your Book Finally Alive About, and What Insights Did You Gain While Writing It?

by John Piper

John Piper shares how our understanding of the new birth affects evangelism.

Should Pastors Have to Go Through a Certain Amount of Schooling?

by John Piper

John Piper says pastors need a certain level of education, which isn't the same as schooling.

Should Our Love for God Be More Like the Love Between a Child and a Father or the Love Between Two Lovers?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should seek biblical proportions in how we relate to God.

What Is God's Purpose In Preventing Believers From Understanding Certain Truths In His Word?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God has good reasons for sometimes keeping us in the dark.

What Do You Think of Casting Lots to Determine God's Will?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why casting lots should only be used very rarely.

What Books Are You Using in Your Sermon Preparations As You Go Through the Gospel of John?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions who he is reading and how each helps his study of John.

Why Can't We Get Any Straight Answers From Christianity?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the complexities of Christian faith shouldn't make us forget or reject the many clear and glorious truths.

What Is the Gospel Coalition, and Why Are You Part of It?

by John Piper

John Piper shares some of the history and vision of the Gospel Coalition.

How Should Teenagers Handle Relationships With the Opposite Sex?

by John Piper

John Piper says to avoid pairing off until you're ready for marriage.

Why Would Anyone Risk Conceiving a Child Who Could Easily End Up As an Enemy of God Being Tormented for Eternity?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the hope of a child going to heaven outweighs the fear of hell.

What Were Some Practical Things You Did to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?

by John Piper

John Piper shares about how God freed him from his inability to speak in public.

How Do You Define the Sin of Taking the Lord's Name In Vain?

by John Piper

John Piper says that misusing God's name is more a matter of the heart than the tongue.

What Is the Right Way to Be Rich?

by John Piper

John Piper says it's OK but dangerous to be the channel of much money.

How Should a Couple Considering Marriage Deal With Sexual Sins From Previous Relationships?

by John Piper

John Piper says that all sin should be given to God first and then spoken about openly with your spouse-to-be.

Can I Pray With a Muslim If We're Addressing Our Prayers to a Common Creator?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must be clear about why we pray in Jesus' name.

How Would You Counsel Someone Who Is Angry At God for Creating Them?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests three ways to help sufferers trust in God.

How Does a Christian Do His Very Best In an Atmosphere Where One Person's Success Means Another's Failure?

by John Piper

John Piper says that different spheres of life call for different guiding principles.

Did the Old Testament Jews Believe In a Triune God?

by John Piper

John Piper says that our understanding of God's plurality has become clearer over time.

Would Jesus Spank a Child?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he believes it's God-like and healthy to spank.

How Should God's Willingness to Divorce In Jeremiah 3:8 Affect Our View of Divorce?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God talks in terms of divorce only so that he can take it back.

How Is a Church Bookstore Different Than the Tables Jesus Turned in the Temple?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the exploitation of worshipers, not simply selling to them, is what made Jesus mad.

How Can I Know If My Repentance Is Genuine?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about where true assurance of salvation comes from.

Is It Biblical to Think That Physical Attraction Must Be a Component of a Godly Marriage?

by John Piper

John Piper says spouses should focus mainly on cultivating attractive spirits, not attractive bodies.

What Is the Vision for Short-Term Missions At Your Church?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions three desires behind doing short-term missions.

What Can Parents Do to Keep From Having Favorites Among Their Children?

by John Piper

John Piper has three thoughts on how to love your kids like God does his.

Who Should Consider Going on Short-Term Missions Trips?

by John Piper

John Piper says that every American Christian should do short term missions.

How Would You Counsel Someone Who Blames Their Temptations on God's Sovereignty?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God's sovereignty over sin doesn't make it any less wicked.

What Do You Think About Single People Adopting?

by John Piper

John Piper says that motivation is a major factor in whether you should adopt.

Are There Any Books of the Bible That You Have Purposefully Avoided In Preaching?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how he chooses what books of the Bible to preach from.

What Should I Do If I Want to Tithe, but My Unbelieving Husband Doesn't?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how a wife can handle money in a way that respects God and her husband.

How Is Trying to Stop Abortion Different From Physically Intervening to Stop Child Abuse?

by John Piper

John Piper says that physical intervention is probably legitimate, but probably not effective.

How Does the Spiritual Diversity Among Your Listeners Affect Your Preaching?

by John Piper

John Piper says that a preacher should consider his hearers' needs, be himself, and pray.

Does It Matter Which Person of the Trinity We Pray to?

by John Piper

John Piper says that we should follow the New Testament's pattern for prayer.

How Do You Decide What to Preach At Weddings?

by John Piper

John Piper says that any biblical truth can be a marriage sermon.

Does the Bible Allow for Divorce In the Case of Adultery?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he believes there is no warrant for divorce anywhere in the Bible.

Does It Matter Whether We're Cremated or Buried?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he thinks burial is best.

In What Way Is It Okay to Lower Our Standards In Order to Fill Church Leadership Roles?

by John Piper

John Piper explains that some leadership qualifications are relative and can be adjusted when necessary.

How Would You Encourage a Burned-Out Pastor?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions five approaches to helping a struggling shepherd.

What Can I Say to My Christian Friend Who Just Got Engaged to a Non-Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper says that our love for Jesus should control our love for another, not the other way around.

Can My Ministry Flourish In an Arminian Environment Even Though I Hold to Reformed Theology?

by John Piper

John Piper says that flourishing can happen even when a pastor and his people aren't simultaneously on the same page.

What Does It Mean Practically to Keep the Sabbath Holy?

by John Piper

John Piper reminds us that God wants us to set aside time each week to rest and to reverence his name.

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Worth Doing?

by John Piper

John Piper is for short-term missions, most of the time.

How Can I Long to Be Married Without Obsessing About It?

by John Piper

John Piper says we handle strong desire best by desiring God more.

How Should a Husband and Wife Manage Having Opposite Sex-Drives?

by John Piper

John Piper says that sex—or no sex—is an occasion for serving your spouse.

How Can We Keep Christmas Giving Christ-Centered, Especially With Young Kids?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how he and Noël have sought to keep Christ central at Christmas.

What Did Christmas Day Look Like In Your Home As Your Kids Grew Up?

by John Piper

John Piper describes the peculiar and the more popular ways that his family celebrates Christ's birth.

What Is the Difference Between Good and Bad Self-Promotion?

by John Piper

John Piper says that self-promotion must die for the sake of promoting God.

Should a Pastor Skip Teaching Some Passages Because He Lacks Confidence In His Own Interpretation?

by John Piper

John Piper says to draw as much as you can out of a passage, but then to be honest about the rest.

How Does Abortion Relate to Spreading a Passion for the Supremacy of God In All Things?

by John Piper

John Piper says that knitting babies is God's work, and we shouldn't mess with that.

How Does Talk About the Grandeur and Glory of God Heal a Bruised Heart?

by John Piper

John Piper says we hurt people if we only give them soft answers to the hard questions of suffering.

What Is the Antidote for Wimpy Christianity?

by John Piper

John Piper says we need steel in our spines if we hope to endure in this life.

How Did God Make Evil Commit Suicide At the Cross?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Satan wittingly killed himself when he killed Christ.

What Was the Most Spectacular Sin Ever Committed?

by John Piper

John Piper tells why he thinks Judas' betrayal is the biggest sin ever.

Why Does God Allow Satan to Live?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Satan unwittingly helps us glorify God.

How Can Evil Have a Good Purpose?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how God's power over evil is also our greatest comfort when dealing with it.

Why Did You Dedicate Spectacular Sins to Joseph?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Joseph's life typifies God's intentions for human sin.

What Do You Hope Will Be the Lasting Effect of "Spectacular Sins"?

by John Piper

John Piper expresses his aim in writing a book about the sovereignty of God over sin.

What Can I Do to Regain Confidence In Prayer?

by John Piper

John Piper says that confidence in prayer doesn't come from seeing it answered.

How Could David Say to God—After Sleeping With Uriah's Wife and Then Killing Him—"Against You and You Only Have I Sinned"?

by John Piper

John Piper explains that all sin is ultimately an assualt on the glory of God.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using Video Preaching In the Church?

by John Piper

John Piper shares some of the reasoning behind using video-recorded sermons in corporate worship.

Who Was Your Source of Encouragement During Your Early Years of Ministry?

by John Piper

John Piper recalls three men who helped steady him with Scripture in his first years at Bethlehem.

What Would You Say to a Young Man Who Is Considering Sleeping With His Girlfriend?

by John Piper

John Piper gives four reasons for why premarital sex isn't worth it.

How Is the Statement "God Is Most Glorified In Us When We Are Most Satisfied In Him" True for Those Who Won't Be Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how God gets glory for himself from every human being, believer or not.

Should Ministries Offer Their Online Media for Free?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why freely offering your media can be a good idea.

What Does the Seeming Lack of Clarity In the Book of James Say About God?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God has made some parts of Scripture difficult to understand in order to protect them.

What Have You Learned About God In the Last Year?

by John Piper

John Piper shares what has come together for him recently in his understanding of God.

Why Do You Treat Natural Evil and Moral Evil Differently?

by John Piper

John Piper distinguishes the evils of hurricanes and heresies in two ways.

What Would You Say to a Pastor Who Wants to Rush His Preaching of a Book of the Bible Just to Be Done With It?

by John Piper

John Piper says pastors need to test their hearts as they consider what to preach.

What Would You Say to a Couple Who Feel Very Differently About the Direction Their Life Should Take?

by John Piper

John Piper clarifies what it means for a husband to lead and tells how the Lord can work to unite a couple in their calling.

Is It Important for the Sake of Community That a Church Have Only One Service?

by John Piper

John Piper considers the essence of biblical church community and its implications on how to handle church growth.

As a Pastor, How Do You Avoid Micromanaging Your Church?

by John Piper

John Piper recommends two things to relieve pastors from feeling like they always need to second-guess their staff.

How Can Watching a Documentary About Insects Be a Worship Experience?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about displays of God's beauty and intelligence in creation that ought to inspire worship.

Are You Opposed to People Owning Guns?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he doesn't keep a gun in his house.

Does Having a Blog Affect Your Ministry?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why and how he writes for the DG blog.

Are We Free to Use Any Means Necessary, Except for Sinful Ones, to Reach the Lost?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should look beyond what is merely not sinful and pursue means that are also wise.

What Would You Say to a Pastor Who Is Considering Blogging?

by John Piper

John Piper has three questions for any potential blogger to consider.

Do Fathers and Mothers Have Different Roles In Parenting?

by John Piper

John Piper says that dads have a unique responsibility in parenting, but that mom and dad are no less an essential team.

Should We Question Our Salvation If We Hate the Idea of Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says that moments of spiritual weakness should not cause us to doubt our salvation, but to repent.

Can We Pass the Spiritual Responsibilities of Raising Our Kids Onto Others?

by John Piper

John Piper says that church should supplement and bless what is already happening at home.

If We Suffer, Does That Mean God Is Our Enemy?

by John Piper

John Piper draws a distinction between the punishment of a judge and the discipline of a father.

Is It Crazy to Think That We Can Rejoice In Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper shows how joy in suffering is the right response for Christians.

Why Does Having Disobedient Children Unfit a Man for Church Leadership?

by John Piper

John Piper says that a father is reflected in his child's behavior.

How Do You Address a Person Who Blames Others (Including God) for Their Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must rightly understand the sovereignty of God before we can rightly respond to our sin.

When Do We Need Endurance?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about why we constantly need grace to persevere.

What Do You Mean By "Future Grace"?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the kind of grace that is continually arriving.

Can We Learn Something From Job's Friends About How to Help the Hurting?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should be slow to speak when ministering to those who are suffering.

How Do You Witness to People Who Aren't "Religious"?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how he would argue for the reasonableness of religion.

How Does Pastor John Handle Spiritual Training In the Home?

by John Piper

John Piper shares the basics of how he seeks to lead his family spiritually.

Do I Need to Understand the Nuances of How I Got Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper says that understanding the role of good works in our salvation is really significant.

What Is At Stake In the Battle to Redefine Marriage?

by John Piper

John Piper says that our definition of marriage has great spiritual, cultural, and social effects.

What Does Paul Mean When He Says He Is "Filling Up What Is Lacking In Christ's Afflictions"?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Paul was willing to suffer in order to display the gospel, and that we should be willing too.

Do You Think Everybody Should Be a Missionary?

by John Piper

John Piper says there are only three options for you in relation to missions.

What Does It Mean to Love the Lord With All Your Mind?

by John Piper

John Piper outlines three components of loving God with our minds.

How Do You Avoid Becoming Insensible to the Horrors of This World?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks about the troubles of this world as a way to help stay prepared for the next.

How Do You Keep Your Familiarity of the Bible From Causing You to Grow Cold to It?

by John Piper

John Piper fights against becoming bored with the Bible with prayer.

How Do You Talk About Suffering With People Who Are In the Midst of It?

by John Piper

John Piper says to show support first and offer explanations later.

How Should Singleness Be Different for Christians?

by John Piper

John Piper challenges us to exploit the privileges of singleness.

How Does the Command to Honor Father and Mother Relate to God?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God instituted parenting to teach children about him.

How Should I Spend My Time?

by John Piper

John Piper gets at the core of what is most essential for good stewardship.

How Did Your Emphasis on "Hope In God" Begin?

by John Piper

John Piper recounts how Psalm 42 became particularly sweet to him.

Where Is Christian Thinking Most Needed Today?

by John Piper

John Piper thinks Christians should think hard about every area of life.

What Does Paul Mean When He Says That Eternal Life Is for Those Who Seek Glory and Honor?

by John Piper

John Piper says there is a good way to seek glory and honor.

Should Suffering Lead to Self-Examination?

by John Piper

John Piper says that pain is sometimes God's way of calling attention to an area of sin in our lives.

How Can We Teach Our Children About God's Character and Not Just His Commandments?

by John Piper

John Piper says that parents must both teach and model the greatness of God to their children.

Are All Biblical Doctrines Equally Essential?

by John Piper

John Piper says that some doctrines are more central than others.

Should We Try to Legislate the Bible In Today's Society?

by John Piper

John Piper says that coercion cannot be the means to our morality.

How Can Wives Encourage Their Husbands?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions three ways a Christian wife can bless her husband.

Can Faithful Living Exempt Me From Suffering?

by John Piper

John Piper says there's no correlation between obedience and earthly ease.

Is Anger More Dangerous Than Lust?

by John Piper

John Piper warns us of anger's long-term effects and identifies the remedy.

How Can I Witness to a Person Who Thinks the Gospel Is Just My Opinion?

by John Piper

John Piper says Scripture has the power to persuade people of its message.

How Can Eternity Influence a Mother's Daily Tasks?

by John Piper

John Piper says that details aren't just details when they're lived with an eye on God's grand design.

How Do You Encourage and Advise Christian Parents?

by John Piper

John Piper says that God is the bottom line in both good and bad parenting.

What Should We Do When Our Spiritual Life Isn't What It Should Be?

by John Piper

John Piper says we can take heart knowing that our acceptance with the Father doesn't ultimately depend on us.

Is Gratitude a Bad Motivation for Obeying God?

by John Piper

John Piper warns against ever thinking that we can pay God back.

Could You Comment on the Revival Services Happening In Lakeland, Florida?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about his method for testing the authenticity of a revival.

Why Would a Christian Choose to Suffer?

by John Piper

John Piper says we should choose suffering for love's sake, not to test God.

Can I Focus Too Much on Myself for Assurance of Salvation?

by John Piper

John Piper says that we must look beyond ourselves for our final assurance.

Is It Bad for a Church to Change Pastors From Time to Time?

by John Piper

John Piper gives several reasons why it is good for pastors and churches to stay together longer.

What's the Difference Between Christian Prayer and Mantra?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Christian prayer is different because of its view of God.

Should We Teach That Good Works Come With Saving Faith?

by John Piper

John Piper says that we must protect people from turning the gospel into either lechery or legalism.

Should I Pray In Jesus' Name When Asked to Pray In Public?

by John Piper

John Piper gives two reasons why he always prays in Jesus' name.

Should Missions Be Secondary In the Life of a Local Church?

by John Piper

John Piper says missions is too intertwined with God's glory to be peripheral.

What Should a Wife Do When Her Husband Doesn't Lead Spiritually?

by John Piper

John Piper offers several ideas for how a wife can help her husband take responsibility for the spiritual life of his family.

Does Suffering Always Make Sense?

by John Piper

John Piper says that even though we don't understand our suffering, God does, and that with him it is totally worth enduring.

Is God's Sovereignty Limited?

by John Piper

John Piper argues that it is both right and good to believe in God's absolute control over all things.

Is It Possible to Not Worship Jesus and Still Be Moral?

by John Piper

John Piper says that we can't talk about morality only in terms of behavior.

Is Christianity Just a Bunch of Rules for How to Live?

by John Piper

John Piper says that Christianity isn't first rules but news—very good news.

What Would Happen to Christianity If Christ's Resurrection Were Disproved?

by John Piper

John Piper points out that if Jesus wasn't raised, then our faith is in vain.

Is Your Doctrine of Perseverance a Contradiction?

by John Piper

John Piper shows how Scripture can both command and promise endurance.

How Can I Believe That God Is In Control When Something Bad Happens?

by John Piper

Two things convince John Piper to trust God's sovereignty no matter what.

How Should I Read the Book of Job?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to discern between good and bad theology in the book of Job.

Can Even the Worst Sinner Be Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why every repentant sinner can have hope.

How Can I Speak More Boldly About Christ?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why strategy is only secondary when sharing Christ.

Why Can't I Overcome My Bitterness and Anger?

by John Piper

John Piper says that feeling angry is often the result of not feeling forgiven.

Should Christians Ever Join a Labor Strike?

by John Piper

John Piper describes why striking, though at times permissible, may not be the best way to enact change in the workplace.

Why Are Calvinists So Negative?

by John Piper

John Piper considers three reasons why a Calvinist might sound negative.

When Should We Confess Sins Publicly?

by John Piper

John Piper gives his guideline for when we should confess our sins to others.

Why Did God Permit Slavery?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why slavery, even though it was justifiable under the old covenant, should be abolished.

How Do You Decide Which Books to Read?

by John Piper

John Piper lists three factors that help him decide what to read next.

Why Do You Speak Against Abortion?

by John Piper

John Piper gives his two main reasons for opposing abortion.

What Is Evangelistic Sacramentalism?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests ways to share the gospel without promoting false assurances of salvation.

Is It Wrong for Married People to Have Friends of the Opposite Sex?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how we can have friendships that don't threaten the exclusivity of our marriages.

Is It Wrong to Copyright and Sell the Bible?

by John Piper

John Piper distinguishes selling God's Word from selling paper and ink.

Can I Take the Lord's Supper If I've Had a Bad Week Spiritually?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how sinners can still partake of the Lord's table.

How Do You Remain Humble?

by John Piper

John Piper mentions several things he does to combat pride.

How Can I Trust God's Goodness When He Allowed Me to Be Abused?

by John Piper

John Piper illustrates how time can prove the goodness of God, even when he has permitted much suffering.

How Can I Bless My Pastor?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how he is most encouraged by his people.

Should I Invest for Retirement?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why not all saving is a storing up of treasures on earth.

How Confrontational Should We Be When Witnessing to Lost Family Members?

by John Piper

John Piper says to pray for and utilize strategic situations for sharing.

Is It Okay to Not Have Children for the Sake of Ministry?

by John Piper

John Piper explains that although the Bible doesn't require having children, it may still be a good idea.

Is God Less Glorious for Choosing Us Rather Than Having Us Choose Him?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how God's electing love brings him more glory than self-determined human wills could.

Should All of My Tithe Go to the Local Church?

by John Piper

John Piper shares some guidlines on where and how much to give.

Can I Remarry If My Spouse Divorces Me and Marries Another?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why "till death do us part" should never be broken.

How Can I Explain God's Love to a Suffering Child?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests three ways to help hurting children trust God.

How Can I Minister to a Family Member Who Is Practicing Homosexuality?

by John Piper

John Piper clarifies how we are to minister with conviction and compassion.

Why Is Jesus Called "Son of Man"?

by John Piper

John Piper explains the significance of Jesus' favorite self-designation.

How Can I Comfort My Brother Whose Daughter Has Cancer?

by John Piper

John Piper offers counsel on how to help others endure suffering.

How Do You Glorify God Through Exercise?

by John Piper

John Piper contemplates how working out can be spiritually significant.

Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer Wrong to Plot Against Hitler's Life?

by John Piper

John Piper offers biblical direction for discerning when violence is an appropriate way to respond to evil.

Is It Okay to Use Secular Media to Teach Christian Principles?

by John Piper

John Piper considers what (and how) we can learn from non-Christian art.

How Can I Help Someone Who Thinks They Aren't Elect?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why election should make sinners hopeful, not doubtful.

How Can I Heal My Marriage After Committing Adultery?

by John Piper

John Piper reaffirms God's design to help his people—and their marriages—through others in their local church.

How Can Pastors Guard Their Time With Their Families?

by John Piper

John Piper shares how he manages his time in order to care for his family.

How Should We Respond to Inappropriate Humor?

by John Piper

John Piper suggests ways to promote serious joy over cheap humor.

Is It Possible to Believe the Bible Is Inerrant If You Don't Have Faith?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why faith is necessary if we are to embrace the Bible.

What Is the "Emerging Church"?

by John Piper

John Piper clarifies why he is concerned about this modern church trend.

What Should We Do About Illegal Immigration?

by John Piper

John Piper proposes a way to honor the law and still love the foreigner.

What Is So Important About Christian Hope?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how Christian hope frees us to love others.

Is It Wrong to Use Birth Control?

by John Piper

John Piper believes birth control can be used to advance Christ's Kingdom.

Did Christ Ever Descend to Hell?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he doesn't think Jesus visited hell after his death.

Should Women Become Pastors?

by John Piper

John Piper clarifies how male and female roles complement each other at home and at church.

How Do You Remember What You Read?

by John Piper

John Piper explains how he tries to process and preserve what he reads.

Can I Still Worship God Even Though I'm Not Entirely "Pure and Upright"?

by John Piper

John Piper says we must be able to affirm the paradox "a perfect sinner."

How Should I Witness to a Jew Who Rejects Jesus?

by John Piper

John Piper instructs us on how to lovingly and convincingly commend Jesus as the only way to God.

Should Christians Become Secular Psychologists?

by John Piper

John Piper encourages us to focus our labor on other peoples' eternal welfare.

Will It Be Possible for Humans to Fall From Heaven?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why believers are forever secure in Christ.

Should I Date Someone Whose Theology Is Different?

by John Piper

John Piper emphasizes the doctrines that couples should agree on.

What Does It Mean to Have a Relationship With God?

by John Piper

John Piper outlines the fundamentals of how we commune with God.

How Can a Pastor Uphold Good Doctrine In a Denomination That Doesn't?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to replace doctrinal confusion with conviction.

How Are Yahweh and Allah Different?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses why Yahweh of the Old Testament and Allah of the Quran may seem similar but aren't the same.

How Should We Relate to Someone Who Has Significantly Hurt Us?

by John Piper

John Piper explains what forgiveness means and what it doesn't.

What Advice Do You Have for Those Pursuing Higher Education?

by John Piper

John Piper offers encouragement and counsel to those who pursue academia.

Is It a Sin to Smoke or Eat Junk Food?

by John Piper

John Piper says that the way we treat our bodies is spiritually significant.

Why Do You Believe That Infants Who Die Go to Heaven?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses why he believes God doesn't condemn babies.

How Should We Respond to Friends Who Are Considering Divorce?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to help those whose marriages are struggling.

How Can We Help Those Who Struggle to Believe the Scriptures?

by John Piper

John Piper unfolds an irrational assumption that hinders faith for modern minds.

Must I Speak In Tongues In Order to Be Saved?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why the gift of tongues isn't necessary for salvation.

Should Christians Use Anti-Depressants?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how psychological medicines, when used carefully, can be helpful.

How Can I Discern What Ministry God Wants Me to Pursue?

by John Piper

John Piper gives some guidance for figuring out where to invest your labors.

How Can We Help Christians Who Are Struggling With Homosexual Desires?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the hope for change that we have as new creatures in Christ.

Should Children Be Taught to Pray Even If They Haven't Professed Faith?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about why it is important to raise your children as though they were in the faith.

How Can We Hate What is Evil If God Has Ordained It to Happen?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses how, under God's sovereignty, we should be able to both hate and give thanks for what he might will.

What Is the Unforgivable Sin?

by John Piper

John Piper describes what does (and does not) disqualify us from eternal life.

How Do You Talk About Jesus Without Sounding Argumentative?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the value of showing our concern for others when sharing the gospel.

How Do You Do Family Devotions?

by John Piper

John Piper gives his counsel on how to lead your family in worship together.

How Can I Conquer Gluttony?

by John Piper

John Piper speaks practically about controlling our natural cravings.

Should Former Catholics Still Participate In the Mass?

by John Piper

John Piper explains why he doesn't recommend taking Catholic communion.

What Hope Can We Have for Lost Loved Ones?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about why we shouldn't lose heart in praying and caring for those we love.

Can We Give Anything to Christ?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the only way that we can give to Jesus.

Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?

by John Piper

John Piper shares why he doesn't have a problem celebrating Christmas, even if December 25 may have connections to a pagan holiday.

How Is Our Hope Evident to Others?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how our hope in Christ makes us look different than the rest of the world.

Can Christians Be Depressed?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how we can fight—and help others fight—for hope.

Is There a Place for Creeds In the Church?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about why it's important to have statements of faith.

How Should a Pastor Decide What to Preach?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about what pastors should consider as they prepare for Sunday.

What's the Difference Between Living for the Kingdom and Living for the American Dream?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper explain why Christians can't just "go with the flow" of American prosperity.

Why Do You Emphasize Bible Reading and Prayer So Much?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the utter essentialness of personal communion with God.

How Can We Help Others Love God More Than His Gifts?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about ways to help stimulate affections for Christ in ourselves and others.

What Does Christianity Say About the Eternal State of Our Bodies?

by John Piper

John Piper describes God's plans for our bodies after this life is over.

Where Is It Most Difficult to Be a Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how the fight for faith can be just as hard—if not harder—in America as it is anywhere else.

Where Is the Balance Between Being Bold and Being Gentle?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about knowing when to be tough and when to be tender.

How Can I Have Faith in Times of Crisis?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about how we can keep our shield of faith up at all times.

How Bold Should Christians Be?

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John Piper considers the form, fuel, and focus of Christian boldness.

What Can We Do Practically to Help Set Our Minds on Heavenly Things?

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Listen to John Piper talk about how we can honor and enjoy God more with our minds.

How Can God Care for a Sinner Like Me?

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John Piper talks about how no one's past sins are bad enough to exlude them from the mercy of God.

Is Modesty an Issue in the Church Today?

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Listen to John Piper share his concerns and advice about the way women dress.

Does Our Ability to Act Morally Depend on Who We Worship?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about the essence of Christian ethics.

How Can I Discern the Specific Calling of God on My Life?

by John Piper

John Piper lays out three factors to consider in determining how to invest your life.

Is Gratitude Nothing More Than a Thoughtless Feeling?

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John Piper discusses the nature of true gratitude.

Is Being Born Again Up to Us?

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Listen to John Piper clarify how people come to believe in Jesus.

Can We Permanently Conquer Temptation In This Life?

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John Piper talks about our crucial need to fight for faith every day.

Why Are Seemingly Minor Jokes About Jews and Jewish-ness So Concerning?

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John Piper talks about why we should think twice before entertaining ethnic (especially Jewish) jokes.

Do We Need Times of Silence In Order to Be Spiritually Healthy?

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Listen to John Piper discuss the importance of taking breaks from the busyness of life.

What Is God's Purpose With False Teaching?

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John Piper talks about what God accomplishes by permitting false doctrine.

How Would You Help a Spiritually Stagnant Church?

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John Piper talks about what is needed for a church to have vital religion.

What Is Hindering Racial Reconciliation In the Church?

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John Piper explains how doctrinal unity is absolutely necessary to every other kind of unity.

Which Error Is More Prevalent In the World—Legalism or License?

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Listen to John Piper talk about the origins and dangers of legalism.

How Can Christians Have a Positive Influence on American Politics?

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Listen to John Piper articulate ways that Christians can act and pray in ways that benefit our government.

How Should We Teach Children About Death and Eternal Life?

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John Piper talks about how to best prepare children for the realities of this life.

Is There a Place for Worriers In the Church?

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John Piper talks about how we should never become content with anxiety.

What Does It Mean to Believe?

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Listen to John Piper discern how Satan's belief in Christ differs from the way that Christians believe in him.

How Do You Respond to Criticism?

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John Piper talks about how to take criticism and how to give it.

What Are Some Old Truths That Our Generation Desperately Needs to Recover?

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Listen to John Piper talk about a major blindspot in our generation's view of reality.

How Do You Respond to Non-Christians Who Say They Have an Open Mind?

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John Piper shares several options for helping others grasp the truths of Scripture.

Is It More Important to Have a Mind for God or a Heart for God?

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John Piper discusses the relationship between a Christian's heart and mind.

Why Do You Think Some People Reject the Command That Wives Should Submit to Their Husbands?

by John Piper

John Piper considers the primary misconception that people have about biblical submission.

What Has the Loss of Your Father Taught You About Ministering to the Dying?

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John Piper considers how we can be a blessing to those on the brink of eternity.

Should I Use the Bible When I Pray?

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John Piper talks about how helpful Scripture can be when we wish to communicate with God.

What Is the Danger In Being a Middle-Class Comfortable Christian?

by John Piper

John Piper warns about the silent snare that luxury can be for the person who is seeking to follow Jesus.

Is Direct Human Contact Important In Evangelism and Church Life?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses why the internet, radio, and television aren't able to replace the local church.

How Important Should the Study of Jesus' Second Coming Be to Us?

by John Piper

John Piper answers several questions about the importance and effects of contemplating Christ's return.

How Do You Keep From Getting Discouraged By Christians Who Aren't Passionate for God and His Word?

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John Piper talks about how to keep from being dragged down by the shortcomings of others.

Is the Bible Silent on the Issue of Abortion?

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John Piper explains why killing the unborn must not be considered irrelevant by anyone, especially Christians.

Why Is Singing So Important for Christians?

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John Piper considers the significance behind believers "making melody to the Lord."

Why Is It Important to Know That God Chose Us First?

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John Piper discusses why it is crucial for believers to know that God initiated their salvation.

Why Is Gambling Wrong?

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John Piper talks about why Christians shouldn't bet their money.

How Can Christians Be Bold in Their Workplaces?

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John Piper highlights some tangible ways that Christians can honor Christ while on the job.

Do We Earn Salvation By Living a Good Life?

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John Piper clarifies the reason why we should want to live obedient to God.

How Should We Approach the Bible When Reading It?

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John Piper talks about what attitudes and expectations you ought to have when you go to the Scriptures.

How Can We Cultivate a Heart for the Unreached?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses practical steps toward having a vision for missions.

What Do You Think of Tattoos and Body-Piercing?

by John Piper

Listen to what tattoos and piercing have to do with the glory of God.

How Should Christians View Retirement?

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John Piper talks about how to make your final years valuable for Christ.

How Should Music Be Included In Family Devotions?

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John Piper discusses the place of singing in family worship--even if no one is musical.

What Do Truth and Praise Have to Do With Each Other?

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John Piper discusses the relationship between theology and doxology.

How Can I Make Time for the Bible?

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John Piper discusses how to make Bible-reading a regular part of life.

What Does It Mean to Call God Our Father?

by John Piper

John Piper discusses how our relationship to God can be like a child with his dad.

How Can Parents Help Their Kids Memorize the Bible?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to encourage your kids to love the word of God.

What Does It Mean That We Have Been Adopted By God?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the amazing fact that God has brought us into his family.

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How Should We Respond to the Idea That Jesus Was Just a Good Man, Not God?

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John Piper talks about how it doesn't work to say Jesus was good unless you say also that he is God.

What Is the Gist of the Book, The Justification of God?

by John Piper

Listen to this excerpt from session 3 of John Piper's lecture series on Romans 9-11.

Why Do Parents Need to Be United In Front of the Kids?

by John Piper

Watch or listen to John Piper talk about the value of parents being united as they deal with their kids.

"It Is Better to Marry Than to Burn With Passion"—What Does This Mean?

by John Piper

Is marriage just an outlet for sexual drives?

Why Is It Important to Take the Sentences In the Bible Seriously?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper urge us to love the Bible and not define it by our pre-existing expectations.

Is It Ever Right to Lie?

by John Piper

John Piper answers the most notorious question about falsehood.

Can a Pastor Preach to 12 People?

by John Piper

Watch John Piper talk about preaching for a very small group of people.

How Is Marriage a Mystery?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about why Paul calls marriage a mystery.

How Can I Magnify God With My Life?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about how to glorify God by showing that Christ is your treasure in the way you live.

How Did You Meet Noël?

by John Piper

In a Q&A time with the youth group at Bethlehem Baptist, John Piper talks about how he met his wife.

What's the Main Reason Jesus Died?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about the ultimate goal of Jesus dying on the cross.

What Does Love Look Like In Conflict?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about how we should be different than this culture in the way we offer and receive criticism.

Can Pluralistic Relativism Lead to Peace?

by John Piper

If truth is not the arbiter of our competing cultural desires, totalitarianism will result.

If God Is Sovereign Over What We Do, How Can He Get Angry At Us?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper explain how God can be both all-powerful and justifiably angry at what he has ordained.

How Did John Piper Come to Believe in the Sovereignty of God?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper tell how he fell in love with the supremacy of God over all things, including his will.

Can You Tell Us About Your New Book, What Jesus Demands From the World?

by John Piper

John Piper talks about where this book came from and what it's for.

What Does It Mean to Say That Christ Is Self-Authenticating?

by John Piper

Christ has both the power and the excellence to make himself known by opening the eyes of the blind to his beauty.

What Should the Relationship Between Duty and Delight Be?

by John Piper

Can delight and duty be in harmony, so that it becomes pleasurable to do what we're supposed to?

Is the Bible Without Error?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper discuss the inerrancy of the Bible.

How Do You Not Waste Your Life?

by John Piper

Don't get caught up in a life that counts for nothing.

How Do You Memorize Scripture?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper discuss how he memorizes Scripture. There are two keys: prayer and setting aside time.

If Hell Is Real, How Can God Be Loving?

by John Piper

Hell is not only consistent with God's love, but ultimately serves to highlight his love even more fully.

What Is Christian Hedonism?

by John Piper

"Hedonism" is the pursuit of pleasure. How does it even make sense to speak of "Christian Hedonism"?

What Happens to Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about the justice of God in judging those who have never heard the gospel.

How Can I Be Filled With the Spirit?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper talk about how prayer and gospel are essential if we want to be filled with the fullness of God.

Why Should I Believe In Jesus Christ?

by John Piper

Listen to John Piper discuss the value of faith in Jesus.

What Do You Believe About Justification By Faith Alone?

by John Piper

Read a summary of this doctrine and listen to John Piper briefly explain it.

What Do You Think of Pictures of Jesus?

by John Piper

If we have no idea what Jesus looked like, how should he be portrayed?