Without a language of the sense, theology can become lifeless and ineffective.
John Piper recommends a book "so good that you won't be able to finish it without putting it down."
It's important to keep the intellectual study of Scripture together with heart application.
The command to love is a call to the deepest and most thoroughgoing sanctification.
How can we obey the command to "fear God" and yet "fear not"?
Faith isn't nurtured by fitting tomorrow’s headlines into a probable scheme, but by being rooted in the faithfulness of God.
Good reading should be the vocation of a lifetime, not just an activity for school.
The Bible illustrates numerous kinds of love, such as the kind that seeks the good of unlovely or unwanted people.
How was Christ's coming a new manifestation of the Kingdom of God if it had already been a reality for centuries?
If God ordains all things and his knowledge of all things is infallible, then what is the point of praying that anything happen?
God's righteousness resounds most fully in his freely having mercy on whomever he wills.
Does a person earn salvation by believing in Jesus?
Did Old Testament saints have the Holy Spirit? If so, what was the significance of Pentecost?
John Piper answers the argument that true love requires a freedom to choose.
When we give in to temptation is that ultimately self-determination or God's sovereign will?
An exegetical study of the role and responsiblities of Christ's undershepherds.
If well-grounded, saving faith is to be available to all, it must be found in a more direct way than through detailed historical arguments.
John Piper reviews a book about the Christian approach to understanding history.
The goal of interpreting a text should be to discover what the author willed to convey.
Faith is not a decision made in spite of lacking evidence. It is the affection that results when glory is truly seen.
"Love your neighbor as yourself" means that we should take all the zeal, ingenuity, and perseverance we have for our own good and apply it to others.
When is it right and when is it wrong to treat people differently than what they deserve?
Is it OK to witness to the lost for our own joy?
The primary value of historical arguments is that they cause us to consider the gospel more carefully.
John Piper uncovers the argument behind Paul's appeal to glorify God in your body.
John Piper uncovers the argument behind Paul's teaching about the future resurrection of believers.
The sight of Christ’s glory is the ground of—not the equivalent to—faith.
The contentment of knowing that you're a faithful Christian is secondary to the contentment experienced in actively trusting and obeying Christ.
How can you encourage and serve your pastor as he serves you?
Blessing God is an "exclamation of gratitude and admiration."
How did John Piper come to appreciate the life and work of Edwards?
John Piper describes Rand's impact as a novelist and philosopher and assesses her ethical theory from a Christian perspective.
John Piper offers his critique of Lewis Smedes' book Love Within Limits.
The world is hungry for people filled with life because they see a reflection of eternity in everything.
We're made of the same stuff as the saints of old, and they help guide us so that we persevere to the end.
We unseat judges with indignation who acquit the guilty. Our moral sensibility is outraged when wrong and guilt are given legal sanction. Yet at the heart of our gospel stands the sentence: God justifies the ungodly who trust in him. God acquits the guilty. That is the gospel! But how can it be right for God to do that?
The death of Christ does not turn away the wrath of God from all people. In order to benefit from the work that God has done outside of us, we must now experience the work that he does within us by the Holy Spirit. What is this work and how is it related to the gift of justification?
What are some practical steps that we can take to stay alive to the beauty of God's world?
If we are unmerciful, unforgiving people, if we hold grudges or cherish resentments or plan revenge, then what we are saying in effect to God is, "This is the way I prefer life to be." And so he will give us what we have preferred at the day of judgment; no mercy, no forgiveness, but only vengeance. If Christ has not changed us (and I don't mean perfection, but only significant change), then probably we have never known him.
Christians must be like children in their relationship to God and like God in their relationships to children.
Baptism gives expression to our faith that we are God's from head to toe.
Lord's Supper is a memorial service looking back to Jesus' utterly unique death—a death that so satisfied the righteous demands of God that Jesus was granted to rise from the dead and come again as King of all. The sacrifice of Christ set the charge for the explosion of his second coming.
You can't have fullness of joy in Christ if you never tell anybody about it. Declaring the marvelous deeds of God that have brought light into our life is a means to the full enjoyment of that light.
It is important to try to persuade people, like Luke in his Gospel, of the truth of Christianity.
It is not wrong to want evidence for our faith. Belief is not groundless. But there is an evil in demanding signs beyond what a humble and open heart would require.
You may have never heard of Nazareth, and this young girl may be poor and obscure, but don't judge by merely human outward appearances. Her son is going to be great.
If God values joyful, loving generosity so much as to give his beloved Son to create it in his people, then we can be absolutely assured that when we are more generous, we will be more happy and more fulfilled because God is bound to work mightily for those whose behavior he values so highly.
God is about to change the course of all human history; the most important three decades in all of time are about to begin. And where is God? Occupying himself with two obscure, humble women—one old and barren, one young and virginal.
All the mammoth political forces and all the giant industrial complexes, without their even knowing it, are being guided by God, not for their own sake but for the sake of God's little people—the little Mary and the little Joseph who have to be got from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Jesus' birth brought a new era in the history of redemption, but one that is still in complete harmony with the old.
I feel tremendously challenged by the example of Jesus to strive for increased wisdom and understanding of Scripture.