Joy is not optional. It’s essential.
Mar 31, 1994
Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. We’re on a mission to change that. Everything we create and distribute here at Desiring God exists to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ.
Mar 31, 1994
John Stephen Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper January 11, 1946. When John and his older sister were still small, the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father…
Desiring God: An Affirmation of Faith
Oct 6, 2004
God has led us to embrace a vision of himself and his work that will guard us and help us spread a passion for his supremacy in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.
John Piper Is Bad
Nov 21, 2006
John Piper responds to "John Piper Is Bad" in the Passion07 podcast.
Some Pictures of Opa
Mar 8, 2007
We call my dad's dad Opa because when my parents lived in Germany and my oldest brother, Karsten, was learning to talk, he called him by a German word for grandpa, Opa. That's been his name in our household…
12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child
May 9, 2007
Suggestions on how to parent rebellious sons and daughters.
25 Ways to Help Kids Love to Read
May 14, 2007
Noel Piper tells the story of one of her sons really enjoying the books The Cross and the Switchblade and Run, Baby, Run. This son did not generally like reading, so it was especially exciting that he had gotten…
Piper’s Pastoral Accountability
May 23, 2007
Hearts can harden fast. The writer of Hebrews drives this point home: "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin" (3:13). So…
Jesus Was Never Too Busy
Jun 5, 2007
Sometimes I pretend I don't have time. All the tasks on my to-do list are incredibly important I'm too busy to answer that email. Too busy to help my neighbor—anyway, I don't even speak Spanish. And I can't give my…
America’s Ugly Exported “Gospel”
Jun 7, 2007
Watch an excerpt of Piper protesting the prosperity gospel and exulting in God, whose glory shines in suffering. The audio in this clip is from the message Where Is God?
Does Father's Day Discourage You?
Jun 16, 2007
Norman Fried writes about the value of fatherhood. He acknowledges that the feelings surrounding Father's Day are varied For some, it leaves us anxious, as we recall the man who couldn’t be there when we needed him, or the…
When the Bible Is Boring
Jun 29, 2007
It would be hard to have a slow, careful, exegetical Bible study about the second half of the book of Joshua. Chapters 13 to 21 are mostly lists: what parcels of land are going to which tribe of Israel Much…
More on the Color of Jesus
Aug 1, 2007
We've received quite a bit of feedback regarding John Piper's comments on racially diverse portraits of Jesus, so I want to offer some additional thoughts that I hope will be clarifying. A few people have asked if it's a waste…
Are Paedobaptists Unrepentant?
Aug 17, 2007
One common response to John Piper's thoughts on baptism and church membership is to say that being unbaptized is to live in sin, and anything besides immersion as a believer is not baptism, therefore those who have not been immersed…
Rejection Actually Hurts
Sep 16, 2007
Perhaps what we need in the baptism and church membership discussion is a bit of anecdotal evidence. Certainly a story cannot solve all the ins and outs of a theological debate, but it can add weight to it by reminding…
My Introduction to My Dad's Message
Feb 7, 2008
When I have to speak in front of a lot of people, I feel the way I imagine I would if I were jumping out of a helicopter. It's just not natural—at least that's what my body tells me…
Livingstone on "A Common Word"
Feb 11, 2008
A couple weeks ago, we posted John Piper's thoughts on the Yale response to "A Common Word." A few days later, we posted some thoughts from Rick Love, one of the signatories of Yale's Christian response. Then…
Update on John Piper's Writing Leave
Mar 10, 2009
John Piper has been on writing leave for about five weeks and has three more. Here's a 4-question interview on how it's going What have you finished so far? I have completed a manuscript titled Seek It Like Silver: The…
7 Reasons to Love and Study the Book of Ruth
Jan 6, 2010
John Piper's brand new book “A Sweet and Bitter Providence” is an exploration of the book of Ruth.
Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL
Aug 30, 2013
Football is one of the best things anyone could ever do, but true life — what it means to live — is all wrapped up in the way you follow Christ.
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God-Centered Resources for Halloween
Oct 27, 2016
Halloween is not a threat. It’s an opportunity. Browse God-centered resources from Desiring God to help you make the most of Halloween.
Resources to Help Us Remember
Oct 31, 2016
On October 31, 1517, a little-known German monk came knocking on the church door at Wittenberg. Browse Reformation Day resources from Desiring God.