The New “Bethlehem Star” Is Rising
First Bethlehem Star Newsletter
Jan 13, 1981
Nine reasons why churches should have a weekly newsletter.
A Promise for You
Jan 20, 1981
Can you think of any fact more encouraging than that God rejoices to do you good?
“For Our People and for the Cities of God”
Jan 27, 1981
When it comes to persons, one plus one is more than two!
Two Sundays on Sex
Feb 3, 1981
The great tragedy of sin is the good we miss, not the evil we attain.
“Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve”
Feb 10, 1981
When a person strikes rock bottom with a sense of helplessness he may find that he has struck the Rock of Ages.
The Spirit of Spring
Feb 17, 1981
No one can stop the coming of spring — in nature or in the church — when God has appointed its time.
The Spirit of Encouragement
Feb 24, 1981
The Holy Wind of God will not break or quench. He will lift up your head and fan your spark into a flame.
The Spirit of Joy
Mar 3, 1981
Is it really possible for one’s face and heart to be filled with sorrow and joy?
The Spirit of Thankfulness
Mar 10, 1981
One of the things you do when you are full of the Holy Spirit is spill over with gratitude to God for everything.
Early Services in History
Mar 17, 1981
An early church service is the mark of a vibrant church.
New Year’s Resolutions? Oops.
Mar 24, 1981
The possibilities of joyful service are too great to let yourself be paralyzed by the past.
Bethlehem’s Nerve System
How it Works
Mar 31, 1981
A church’s nerve system needs the divine stimuli that comes through its fingers and toes.
Pow-Wow with the Pastor
Apr 7, 1981
How do you satisfy your pastor-congregation communication needs?
Our Incense Before the Lamb
Apr 14, 1981
Have you ever thought of your prayers as the aroma of heaven?
In Praise of Those Who Help Us Praise
Apr 21, 1981
A pastor expresses his gratitude to those who minister in his church through music.
Bethlehem: House of Bread
Apr 28, 1981
Can we be a people who embrace with gratitude both the scholarly enterprise and the simple joy of breaking bread together?
On Laboring in Vain
May 5, 1981
The Lord measures the faithfulness of our labor, not our success.
Project ’84 and the Fear of the Lord
May 12, 1981
God is a joy and a refuge to those who cling to his neck, but he is a terror to those who flee.
The Pride of Being Afraid
May 19, 1981
Every time we let fear hinder us, we are proudly trusting our emotions more than the promises of God.
Update: Project ’84
May 26, 1981
John Piper updates, honors, and urges his church in their financial campaign.
A Word on Bruce Leafblad
Jun 2, 1981
John Piper outlines the responsibilities of a worship minister candidate.
Heaven-Bent: A Prayer for Evangelism at the House of Bread
Jun 9, 1981
Hindrances to forthright witnessing rise mainly from taking our eyes off God.
Satan’s Bible Knowledge
Jun 30, 1981
Satan often tries to destroy us by affirming and then distorting Scripture.
Sunday School as Liberation
Jul 7, 1981
Freedom is not doing what you please, but knowing the truth, loving the good, and never fearing the future.
Planning Life into Our Vacation
Jul 14, 1981
John Piper outlines eight goals he once set to fill his vacation with vitality.
Saturday Night at the Manse
Jul 28, 1981
All rich and meaningful experiences — including corporate worship — require preparation and expectancy.
You Almost Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Aug 4, 1981
Human hearts are hard to change, but don’t forget the Holy Spirit.
He Will Fight Your Battles
Sep 1, 1981
Memorize Hezekiah’s words to Jerusalem under siege, and you’ll know God’s power in a new way.
A Call to Fast for Humility and Power
Sep 8, 1981
Fasting fosters humility, and humility positions us for the Father’s blessing.
Sep 15, 1981
Pastors should yearn for their people like Isaiah yearned for Israel.
A Call to Small Togetherness
Sep 22, 1981
John Piper shares nine characteristics of fruitful small groups.
A Very Precious and Practical Doctrine
Sep 29, 1981
God’s mercy and sovereignty are the twin pillars of the Christian life.
When the Potter Is for Us: Boom!
Oct 6, 1981
Mixing God’s absolute power with his rights as Creator causes combustion in the heart.
On Thursday with the Pastor
On Children’s Finances
Oct 13, 1981
John Piper lays out six things that he wants his children to understand about money.
The Issue Is Scripture!
Oct 20, 1981
There’s no biblical support for excluding people from church membership whose consciences condone occasional drinking.
God’s Favorite Color
A Meditation on Crossing Portland Avenue
Oct 27, 1981
Precautions have lengthened many lives; anxiety has lengthened none and shortened many.
A New Full-Time Minister?
Nov 3, 1981
Winning college students for the Lord and for the local church is crucial.
How We See Christmas Symbols
Dec 1, 1981
We want our Christmas decorating and festivities to be as explicitly Christ-centered and Christ-exalting as possible.
Dec 8, 1981
Christmas is a call to go on strike at the assembly plant of sin.
Lenin, Francis, and Paul
Dec 22, 1981
Saint Francis left a legacy of delight and gratitude to God.
Meditation on a Manger-Mustard Seed
For the People of Bethlehem on Christmas
Dec 25, 1981
A poem on the glory of the Incarnate God and the gain of believing in him.
“We Have Not Because We Ask Not”
Dec 28, 1981
When God aims to do a great work, he starts by planting a spark of desire in a few hearts. Then he fans it into flame through prayer.
How to Pray for Half-an-Hour
Jan 5, 1982
Three suggestions for how to persevere and profit in prayer.
“To You Who Believe He is Precious”
Jan 12, 1982
To be ruled by the Spirit is to be ruled by the love that the Father has for Jesus.
Persevere in Prayer!
Jan 19, 1982
It is God who works in us to will our prayers, but we always experience it as our own resolve and decision.
The Ministry of Waiting
Jan 26, 1982
Our love for one another should make us eager to help one another get to God.
Two Audiences ‘Til April
Feb 2, 1982
We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.
If You Sit on Your Horse, It’s Under You
Feb 9, 1982
If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.
I Plant, You Water
Feb 16, 1982
No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.
Early Morning at the Manse
Feb 23, 1982
John Piper narrates his start-of-the-day fight for faith.
In Quest of Rest
Mar 2, 1982
We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.
Why I Am Opposed to a State Lottery
Mar 9, 1982
Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.
How to Be Filled with the Spirit
Mar 23, 1982
Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.
Here Comes the Dome
Mar 30, 1982
Pastor John weighs the impact of the Metrodome opening near the church.
Lord of the Dead
Apr 6, 1982
How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"
This Is Dedicated to You
Apr 13, 1982
Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.
Building a Common Community Understanding of God
Apr 20, 1982
One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.
Who Wrote 2 Peter?
An Article for Eggheads
Apr 27, 1982
How can we explain the surprising similarity between 2 Peter and Jude?
Softball, Sex and Augustus Strong
May 4, 1982
Don't exclude God from your recreation. God wills it, and it's his will to be in on it.
Pastor John’s Schedule
May 11, 1982
Pastor John makes known his schedule and availability to the people of Bethlehem.
Sore Throat, Sympathy, and Sonnet
May 18, 1982
There are worse things to lose than health, and sickness may help us gain what is best.
On Princeton and Worship
May 25, 1982
Take worship seriously. None of us knows when it will be our last day in the house of the Lord.
Word of God in Geneva and Bethlehem
Jun 1, 1982
A healthy church will be hungry for sound teaching. And a healthy church will feed that hunger.
On Turning the Atonement Inside Out
Jun 8, 1982
We don't need to feel lovable, because we aren't. Grace for the unlovable is the gospel.
Abortion, Father’s Day and Infant Doe
Jun 15, 1982
Five suggestions for what dads can do to prevent more abortions.
Prophecy and the Invasion of Lebanon
Jun 22, 1982
There is no reason to think that after 2,500 years Israel now can claim God’s sanction for her unbelief and rebellion. She stands under judgment until she repents and turns to her Savior-Messiah.
“Be Still and Know That I Am God”
Jul 20, 1982
John Piper openly contemplates the weightiness of pastoral ministry and is sustained knowing that God is God.
Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting
Jul 27, 1982
John Piper gives an update on what happened at the annual meeting of the conference of which Bethlehem is a part.
A Brief Theology of Sleep
Aug 3, 1982
God is not nearly so impressed with our late nights and early mornings as he is with the peaceful trust that casts all anxieties on him and sleeps.
Lessons from a Lost Master Card
Aug 10, 1982
By the time we know a problem exists, God has already been working on it and his solution is on the way.
Bethlehem: Seedbed for Missions
Aug 17, 1982
How does a church become and remain fertile ground for moblizing and supporting missionaries?
Aug 24, 1982
How can I admit that I am a worm and yet “love my neighbor as myself”?
Tom Steller’s Ordination
Aug 31, 1982
There are six admonitions for how a church should treat its pastors.
Five Reasons You Should Gather with the Church on Sunday, September 12
Sep 5, 1982
1. Because we want you included in the church-wide survey of gifts. Peter said, “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another” (1 Peter 4:10). That means you have at least one special ability which God wants…
God Threw His Shoe on Edom
Or, The Dome is Dead
Sep 14, 1982
What fools God makes of men who strive against their Maker!
Late Night Meditations on the Book of Life
Sep 21, 1982
What does it mean to be written in the Lamb's book of life?
A poem for Noël in October
Sep 28, 1982
John Piper poetically announces his wife's pregnancy.
Taking Bethlehem to Seattle
Oct 5, 1982
Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative, using God’s methods and power, to get them there.
Missions, Hunger, and Summer Houses
Oct 12, 1982
Ogren Mission to Uganda On October 6 the Deacon Council approved a request from Glenn Ogren to take a six-week leave of absence to go to Uganda with Mission: Moving Mountains. He will be gone from about November 8 through…
The God in Front and the God Behind
Oct 19, 1982
Not all of God’s grace is behind us pushing to obey. There is also grace in front of us beckoning us to follow.
Seneca, C.S. Lewis, and a Sale
Oct 26, 1982
Each day is on sale for anyone who will purchase it. If we do not purchase it, we lose it—forever.
The Pace of Faith
Nov 2, 1982
The Lord is never hurried because he has all things under control. What a steady power should mark his people!
A Note to Parents of Young Children
Nov 9, 1982
Everything we do from the time a child is born should be aimed at leading him to faith.
Update on Bethlehem As Seedbed
Nov 15, 1982
John Piper introduces a new program at Bethlehem for raising up young candidates for full-time Christian ministry.
Moses, Rauschenbusch and Moral Distinctiveness
Nov 23, 1982
How are we morally distinct from ordinary society with its prudence, respectability, and good breeding?
Joseph and Jesus: God's Successful Setbacks
Nov 29, 1982
God has always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat.
Freed By Christmas And Calvary
Dec 7, 1982
Christ became a man because the death of a man who was more than man was needed.
Thanks—to “God” for This List
Dec 14, 1982
John Piper expresses his gratitude to numerous people at Bethlehem.
A Week of Concerted Prayer
"That the power of Christ may dwell in us"
Dec 27, 1982
The grace of God is addicting. The more you experience his power, the more you want.
Does Prayer Spoil the Party?
Jan 3, 1983
Consistent Christians never want to exclude Jesus from anything they do.
The "All or Nothing" Impediment to Prayer
Jan 10, 1983
Pray for total healing and total salvation. But also pray for smaller steps to be made on the way.
About My Other Wife
Jan 17, 1983
Galatians is the preservation of the gospel for Bethlehem Baptist Church. It is for you. Marry it!
The New Staffing Configuration
Jan 24, 1983
A description of the new arrangement of responsibilities among the church staff.
High-Hurdling on Sunday Morning
Jan 31, 1983
We shouldn't neglect needed improvements. But we should major on exploiting our strengths for God’s glory.
Wanted: Worm Work
Feb 7, 1983
Praying is worm-work. You can’t see worms doing their work. But without them you couldn’t plow the field.
Do They Really Want Peanut Butter?
Meditation on Metro Food Share
Feb 14, 1983
Become the kind of person who cannot walk by someone in need and do nothing.
Is It OK to Say “Amen!” on Sunday?
Feb 21, 1983
Anything that helps you express your heart for God and does not hinder other people is good.
Preaching and Listening at Bethlehem
Feb 28, 1983
Preaching that doesn't deal with the details of God's Word will only cater to and cultivate stiff-necked listeners.
Why Was Timothy Circumcised?
Mar 7, 1983
How could Paul have Timothy circumcised and yet totally refuse it for Titus?
Dana, Doug and an APTAT Recap
Mar 14, 1983
Practically speaking, how do I obey God so that it is “not I but Christ in me”?