The Devil Can Do Exposition
Two Essential Ingredients for Preaching
May 27, 2018
The message is never a mere body of facts to be clarified. It is a constellation of glories to be treasured. It is both accurate teaching and heartfelt heralding.
The Happiest Woman I Have Ever Known
A Tribute to My Mother
May 13, 2018
On this Mother’s Day, John Piper remembers his own Ruth Mohn Piper, the happiest woman he has ever known.
Leave Your Century for a While
Why I Read Christian Biographies
May 10, 2018
God grows us not only through the people around us, but through the saints who have already finished their race and kept the faith.
If I Were 22 Again
May 7, 2018
When John Piper turned 22, he was in the middle of his senior year at Wheaton college. If he were 22 again, knowing what he knows now, what would he do?
The Holy Spirit Will Not Preach Your Sermon
May 2, 2018
We do not aim in preaching at mere information transfer or persuasion of doctrinal truths. We aim at supernatural experiences of the love of God.
The Fire in His Eyes
Seeing the Son in Revelation 1
Apr 30, 2018
The vision of Jesus in Revelation 1:12–16 has always soared above me. How can I rise to this? How can I feel what John wants us to feel?
The Impossible Calling of the Christian Preacher
Apr 22, 2018
Preaching is not just teaching. It is not just giving counsel. It is not discussing. Preaching is heartfelt heralding of the reality of God’s word.
His Suffering Sparked a Movement
David Brainerd (1718–1747)
Apr 20, 2018
He had a broken body, a despairing mind, and a lonely soul. But his allegiance to the cause of Christ makes the bleakness of his life glow with glory.
When I (Still) Don’t Desire God
Fighting for Joy After Trying Everything
Apr 16, 2018
Do not stop pursuing joy in God — even when you sit in darkness, even when your hope seems gone, even when it feels like he has forsaken you.
His Head and Heart Were God’s
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)
Apr 9, 2018
The life of Jonathan Edwards shows that you don’t need to choose between head and heart, thinking and feeling. In fact, you must not.
He Gave His Life to Change the World
Fifty Years After the Death of MLK
Apr 4, 2018
For a brief window of time — just long enough — MLK was able to use his voice to restrain violence and overcome hate.
He Preached a Big God with a Broken Heart
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
Apr 2, 2018
Charles Spurgeon faced vicious criticism, profound physical suffering, and recurrent battles with depression. And through it all, he kept preaching about his big God.
No One Will Take Your Joy from You
Why Jesus Had to Leave the Earth
Mar 31, 2018
How did Jesus comfort and stabilize his disciples when he went to die? He told them their sorrow would be short, and nothing compared with their future joy in him.
One Man’s Joy Stood Against the Whole World
Mar 26, 2018
He was a lifelong defender of orthodoxy, an enemy to Roman emperors, a friend of the desert monks, and a five-time exile. His name is Athanasius.
Pleasure Set Him Free from Sexual Sin
Mar 20, 2018
Augustine’s life is the story of sovereign joy triumphing over every empty pleasure — and in their place giving a happiness that lasts forever.
“I Never Made a Sacrifice”
The Call and Question of David Livingstone
Mar 19, 2018
After suffering for decades to create pathways for the gospel in Africa and to combat the East African slave trade, David Livingstone said, “I never made a sacrifice.”
Enter into the Joy of Your Master
Two Songs Billy Loved to Sing
Mar 2, 2018
When I received word that Billy Graham died last week, I began to sing the two signature songs of virtually every one of his crusades.
No Love Lost
How Catholics (and Some Protestants) Go Wrong on Good Works
Feb 26, 2018
Roman Catholicism does not give Christ the glory of securing God’s full acceptance for us at the very instant we first believe.
‘God Did the Work, Period’
My Tribute to Billy Graham (1918–2018)
Feb 21, 2018
His greatest impact is the eternal difference he made in leading countless persons, from all over the world, out of destruction into everlasting joy.
What Is It Like to Enjoy God?
Feb 6, 2018
God created you not mainly to do things for him, but to delight in him. The more we enjoy God, the most he is honored, and our very purpose in life is fulfilled.
Before You Believed, You Belonged
Jan 14, 2018
Those who come to Jesus were drawn by the Father. And those who were drawn by the Father always belonged to him.
God Wants to Shape Your Wants
An Invitation to the Psalms
Dec 17, 2017
The Psalms are the emotional center of the Bible. God wants to shape your heart and delight your soul with his inspired songbook.
My Tribute to R.C. Sproul (1939–2017)
Dec 14, 2017
R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) spent his ministry in the service of the holiness of God and the humility of man.
Do You Pray Like the Devil?
Dec 12, 2017
Demons believe in God. The devil asks him for things. How is your relationship with God any different?