500 Interviews: Ask Pastor John

How Does Scripture Serve Our Prayers?

by John Piper

In episode 496, Pastor John shares how he prepares his heart for prayer.

What Will Submission to My Husband Look Like?

by John Piper

In episode 495, Pastor John discusses what submission for a wife looks like.

Is My Relationship with God Healthy?

by John Piper

In episode 493, Pastor John gives advice to a young girl who is wondering how to tell if her relationship with God is healthy.

Are New Testament Ethics Final or Trajectory-Setting?

by John Piper

In episode 492, Pastor John discusses ethics in the New Testament.

Can a Spiritually Dead Soul Thirst for God?

by John Piper

In episode 491, Pastor John discusses the longings of a spiritually dead soul.

How Open Should I Be with My Parents?

by John Piper

In episode 490, Pastor John counsels a young girl to be open and honest with her parents.

Declare War on Sin

by John Piper

In episode 489, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2002 on how to kill sin.

What Arminians Have Helped You Most?

by John Piper

In episode 488, Pastor John shares which Arminians have influenced his life.

The Camaraderie of Christian Hedonism

by John Piper

In episode 487, Pastor John discusses the camaraderie of Christian Hedonism.

Is My Boyfriend’s Video-Game Addiction a Marriage Deal-Breaker?

by John Piper

In episode 486, Pastor John gives advice to a girlfriend who is contemplating marrying a man who is addicted to video games.

Advice for Fathers of Sons

by John Piper

In episode 485, Pastor John gives advice to fathers of sons.

Pray This Daily for Your Family

by John Piper

In episode 484, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 1999 on a prayer that can be prayed for your family every day.

Why Was Adam Lonely If God Is Enough?

by John Piper

In episode 483, Pastor John discusses man's God-given needs, and how God is enough.

Are We Satisfied ‘in God’ or ‘by God’?

by John Piper

In episode 482, Pastor John discusses why he uses "in God" instead of "by God" in the statement, "God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him."

Doesn’t Prosperity Preaching Glorify Jesus?

by John Piper

In episode 481, Pastor John discusses the failures of the prosperity gospel.

Are Smart People Less Happy?

by John Piper

In episode 480, Pastor John discusses knowledge and joy.

Does Happiness Require Apathy to Others’ Sorrows?

by John Piper

In episode 479, Pastor John tells us why as Christians we are "sorrowful, but always rejoicing".

Avoid the Unrepentant — But What If They’re Family?

by John Piper

In episode 478, Pastor John discusses how a person should relate to an unrepentant family member.

A Prayer for Those Stuck in Sin

by John Piper

In episode 477, Pastor John prays for those stuck in sin.

Good Motives for Bible Memory

by John Piper

In episode 476, we share an excerpt of a sermon that Pastor John preached in 2009 on the value of Bible memory.

Is Sexual Attraction Essential for Marriage?

by John Piper

In episode 475, Pastor John discusses why sexual attraction is not essential for marriage.

Must My Wedding Be in a Church?

by John Piper

In episode 474, Pastor John discussions cultural forms and marriage.

Should I Look at Beheading Images?

by John Piper

In episode 473, Pastor John gives reasons why you might consider looking at beheading images.

Do You Regret Partnering with Mark Driscoll?

by John Piper

In episode 472, Pastor John answers why he doesn't regret his partnership with Mark Driscoll.

Christ Reigns Over Every Inch

by John Piper

In episode 471, we share an excerpt from a conference message Pastor John gave in 2003 on the supremacy of Christ over all the earth.

The Role of Family Worship

by John Piper

In episode 470, guest Tedd Tripp discusses the importance of family worship.

Can I Confess the Name of Jesus and Be Unsaved?

by John Piper

In episode 469, Pastor John discusses the tension between 1 Corinthians 12:3 and Matthew 7: 21-23.

Did God Commission Terrorism in the Bible?

by John Piper

In episode 468, Pastor John discusses the difference between Joshua in the Old Testament and current terrorist groups.

Is My Pastor a Bully?

by John Piper

In episode 467, Pastor John suggests ways to identify a bullying pastor.

Killing Our Addiction to Human Praise

by John Piper

In episode 466, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2009 on how to fight against the love of human praise.

How Do I Go Deeper with Christ?

by John Piper

In episode 465, Pastor John counsels on how to be rooted in Christ.

I’ve Never Read the Bible, Where Should I Start?

by John Piper

In episode 464, Pastor John advises on where to start reading the Bible for the first time.

Prayers That Don’t Work

by Tim Keller

In episode 463, guest Tim Keller talks about prayers that won't work.

We Pray to a Father

by Tim Keller

In episode 462, guest Tim Keller discusses praying to the Father.

Joy, Sorrow, and the Healthy Prayer Life

by Tim Keller

In episode 461, guest Tim Keller talks about lamenting during prayer.

Fighting for Solitude

by Tim Keller

In episode 460, guest Tim Keller discusses the importance of solitude with God.

How to Pray the Psalms

by Tim Keller

In episode 459, guest Tim Keller discusses how to pray the Psalms.

Encouragement for Slow Readers

by John Piper

In episode 458, Pastor John offers encouragement to slow readers.

The Future of World Missions

by John Piper

In episode 457, Pastor John discusses the future of world missions.

Winning the War Against Lust

by John Piper

In episode 456, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 1988 about battling lust.

Why Our Happiness Makes God Happy

by John Piper

In episode 455, Pastor John discusses our happiness and why it matters to God.

How Do I Fight Same-Sex Desires?

by John Piper

In episode 454, Pastor John gives advice for fighting same-sex desires.

When Enjoying Money and Possessions Is a Work of Grace

by John Piper

In episode 453, Pastor John discusses a couple of verses from Ecclesiastes related to wealth and possessions.

How Does Delight in God Fuel Delight in Creation?

by John Piper

In episode 452, Pastor John discusses how delight in God relates to delight in creation.

A Prayer to Hold Your Life Together

by John Piper

In episode 451, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2007 where he shares a prayer to hold your life together.

Does God Predestine People to Hell?

by John Piper

In episode 450, Pastor John discusses predestination, and people sent to Hell.

Why Are Believers Threatened with Perishing?

by John Piper

In episode 449, Pastor John addresses the threat in Romans 8:13 of believers perishing.

My Church Makes Ministry a Pain

by John Piper

In episode 448, Pastor John offers counsel to pastors who find the people in their church difficult.

How Do I Prepare for the Rapture?

by John Piper

in episode 447, Pastor John discusses the return of Christ.

Four Motivations to Pray

by John Piper

In episode 446, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2007 encouraging Christians to pray.

Why Save Sex for Marriage?

by John Piper

In episode 445, Pastor John discusses the importance of saving sex for marriage.

Should I Eat Halal Meat?

by John Piper

In episode 444, Pastor John discusses eating halal meat.

Why Parents Don’t Spank

by Tedd Tripp

In episode 443, Tedd Tripp discusses the reasons why Christian parents choose not to spank their children.

Why Parents Spank

by Tedd Tripp

In episode 442, Tedd Tripp discusses spanking.

Helping Children Discover Heart Idols

by Tedd Tripp

In episode 441, Tedd Tripp discusses how to discover heart idols in your children.

The Greatest Threat To the Christian Family

by Tedd Tripp

In episode 440, guest Tedd Tripp explains why he believes is the greatest threat to the Christian family.

Is Parenting Complicated or Simple?

by Tedd Tripp

In episode 439, guest Tedd Tripp answers whether parenting is simple or complex.

6 Tips If You Find the Bible Hard to Read

by John Piper

In episode 438, Pastor John gives practical tips for how to read your Bible if you find it too difficult.

Bible Time for Busy Moms

by John Piper

In episode 437, Pastor John gives advice to mothers who find themselves too busy for Bible reading.

The High Cost of Sexual Sin

by John Piper

In episode 436, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 1988 where he explains why sexual sin is an act of unbelief.

If I Listen to Sermons, Why Do I Need to Read My Bible?

by John Piper

In episode 435, Pastor John discusses the importance of reading the Bible for yourself.

Should I Read My Bible Daily?

by John Piper

In episode 434, Pastor John discusses the relevance the Bible has to every Christian's daily life.

Should I Commit to One Church?

by John Piper

In episode 433, Pastor John discusses the importance of church membership.

Do I Need to Repent If Christ Died for All My Sins?

by John Piper

In episode 432, Pastor John discusses how Christians should respond to their sin.

Lust: More Dangerous Than Nuclear Holocaust

by John Piper

In episode 431, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 1988 about the dangers of lust.

Apple, Subaru, Target — Should We Buy from Promoters of Sin?

by John Piper

In episode 430, Pastor John discusses how Christians should respond to secular companies.

Handling Post-Sermon Blues

by John Piper

In episode 429, Pastor John offers counsel to pastors who find themselves discouraged on Monday mornings.

Is $75 Too Much for a Bible?

by John Piper

In episode 428, Pastor John discusses his thoughts on the price of a Bible.

Explain Your Title ‘Pastor Emeritus’

by John Piper

In episode 427, Pastor John discusses his new title and role at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Lust Defined

by John Piper

In episode 426, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in November 1988 on the topic of lust.

Should We Side with Israel or Palestine?

by John Piper

In episode 425, Pastor John discusses how we should respond to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

What Whites Can Learn from Ferguson

by John Piper

In episode 424, Pastor John discusses the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

How Does Scripture Produce Faith?

by John Piper

In episode 423, Pastor John discusses how scripture produces faith.

What Does It Mean to ‘Kill Sin by the Spirit’?

by John Piper

In episode 422, Pastor John explains what it means to 'kill sin by the Spirit'.

Worship in the Workplace

by John Piper

In episode 421, we share an excerpt from a sermon John Piper preached in August of 2004 about worship in the workplace.

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.

Is Porn the Unforgivable Sin?

by John Piper

In episode 273, Pastor John explains why porn is not an unforgivable sin.

The Bible's Most Important Verse

by John Piper

In episode 272, Pastor John shares why he considers Romans 3:25 to be the most important verse in the Bible.

Was God Unfair at the Cross?

by John Piper

In episode 271, Pastor John discusses why Christ bore our punishment on the cross.

How Hobbies Glorify God

by John Piper

In episode 270, Pastor John tells us how hobbies can glorify God.

Distinguishing Weaknesses from Sins

by John Piper

In episode 269, Pastor John gives ways of identifying weaknesses from sins.

Feminine Beauty in God's Eyes

by John Piper

In episode 268, Pastor John encourages women to seek biblical beauty, and not outward beauty.

Who Should Discipline the Kids-- Mom or Dad?

by John Piper

In episode 267, Pastor John discusses mom and dad's roles in discipling their children.

Discerning Loving Criticism and Unloving Criticism

by John Piper

In episode 266, Pastor John explains James 4.

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.

Can Christians Cuss to Prove a Point?

by John Piper

In episode 260, Pastor John discusses cussing.

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.

Ghostwriting and Research Assistants

by John Piper

In episode 245, Pastor John gives his opinion on ghostwriting.

Exciting Days Ahead for Desiring God

by John Piper

In episode 244, Pastor John gives an update about Desiring God.

What Christmas Is All About

by John Piper

In episode 243, we share an excerpt from a sermon Pastor John preached in 2005 about the purpose of Christmas.

The Virgin Birth and Human Sexuality

by John Piper

In episode 242, Pastor John discusses the connection between the virgin birth and human sexuality.

Six Reasons to Skip Tattoos

by John Piper

In episode 241, Pastor John gives 6 reasons why he would counsel a Christian against getting a tattoo.

Tattoos in Biblical Perspective

by John Piper

In episode 240, Pastor John discusses tattoos.

Why Stoicism Is Toxic

by John Piper

In episode 239, Pastor John discusses the dangers of not showing emotion in the Christian life.

Where's the Arminian John Piper?

by John Piper

In episode 238, Pastor John discusses Arminianism.

Where Did All These Calvinists Come From?

by John Piper

In episode 237, Pastor John shares what he sees as his part in contributing to the doctrines of Calvinism.

I May Be Called to Missions — Where Do I Start?

by John Piper

In episode 236, Pastor John gives advice to someone who feels called to missions.

Santa Claus: Harmless Fun or Christmas Disruption?

by John Piper

In episode 235, Pastor John advises parents to make their Christmas celebration about Jesus, not Santa.

Muslims vs. Christians on the Sovereignty of God

by John Piper

In episode 234, Pastor John discusses the sovereignty of God in relation to Christians and Muslims.

Lessons from the Middle East

by John Piper

In episode 233, Pastor John gives an update from his travels to the Middle East.

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, Gilead.

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?

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.” Is this a healthy tension for a pastor to feel?

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

by John Piper

In episode 45, Pastor John says, “God is always disciplining us. He is always doing things good, hard and gentle to us.”

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.

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?

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).”

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.”

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?”

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

In episode 27, 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

In episode 9, Pastor John talks about his involvement in anti-abortion demonstrations in the 1980s and 1990s.

Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

by John Piper

In episode 8, Pastor John shares his thoughts on why Martin Luther King, Jr. was an effective leader.

What are Your Takeaways from Passion 2013?

by John Piper

In episode 7, Pastor John 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

In episode 6, Pastor John talks about what it was like to preach to 60,000 students in the Georgia Dome for Passion 2013.

Why Adam Matters for Global Missions

by John Piper

In episode 5, Pastor John explains why the historicity of Adam matters for world missions.

Was Adam For Real, and Does It Matter?

by John Piper

In episode 4, Pastor John explains why the historicity of Adam matters.

How Important Is a Christian Writer’s Influence?

by John Piper

In episode 3, Pastor John shares advice on how readers should think about their craft and audience.

Who Was George Herbert?

by John Piper

In episode 2, Pastor John introduces George Herbert, the Christian poet.

Reflections from John Piper on His 67th Birthday

by John Piper

In episode 1, Pastor John shares reflections over previous chapters of life, and shares the hopes and concerns he carries into a new chapter of life and ministry.