The Ethics of Ayn Rand
Appreciation and Critique
Jun 1, 1979
John Piper describes Rand's impact as a novelist and philosopher and assesses her ethical theory from a Christian perspective.
A Christian Hedonist Looks at “Love Within Limits”
Aug 1, 1979
John Piper offers his critique of Lewis Smedes' book Love Within Limits.
Prolegomena To Understanding Romans 9:14-15
An Interpretation of Exodus 33:19
Sep 1, 1979
I. The Task And Approach When a trained Neutestamentler dares to offer the scholarly community an interpretation of an OT text, some justification is in order. Having been called to take one of the NT chairs at the University of…
John Piper’s Candidating Sermon at Bethlehem Baptist
Jan 27, 1980
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is…
John Piper’s Candidating Testimony
Jan 28, 1980
I said this morning that everybody’s life, including mine, can be summed up: Paul planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. And I talked about the person who ought to get the glory this morning: God and Jesus Christ…
The Wisdom of Men and the Power of God
John Piper's Installation
Jul 13, 1980
In his first sermon as pastor at Bethlehem, John Piper explains the source of his authority and the reason for his fear.
Life Is Not Trivial
Sunday Evening Message
Jul 14, 1980
The world is hungry for people filled with life because they see a reflection of eternity in everything.
The Wisdom We Speak
Jul 20, 1980
The remedy for the darkness of man's mind is not mindlessness but light.
Delighting in the Law of God
Jul 21, 1980
For some people the word "argument" only means "dispute" or "haggling" or "wrangling." But I want to use the word "argument" in its more positive sense of the giving of reasons and the drawing of inferences. I don't like haggling…
God Created Us for His Glory
Jul 27, 1980
God’s glory and our happiness are never at odds. His pursuit of his own fame is a full commitment to our deepest joy.
Don’t Eat the Bread of Anxious Toil
Jul 28, 1980
Wherever there are people whose hearts are not fretful or anxious or in a resentful frenzy, but instead have a tranquility of heart and a kind of peaceful abandon in which they take thought for other's concerns instead of being…
How to Do Good So That God Gets the Glory
Aug 3, 1980
God gets glory not from our heroic exertion but from our reliance upon his strength—when we serve as one who serves with the strength which God supplies.
Go to God in Prayer
How Not to Be a Mule
Aug 4, 1980
Don’t be stubborn like a mule, but run headlong to God in prayer while he may be found.
Is God for Us or for Himself?
Aug 10, 1980
When we clamor for praise, we are prideful and petty. But when God commands us to praise him, he is loving us to the uttermost.
Christ and Cancer
Aug 17, 1980
If God is in control of everything, why do we suffer? Here are six affirmations to hold you through seasons of suffering.
In the Pits with a King
Aug 18, 1980
We're made of the same stuff as the saints of old, and they help guide us so that we persevere to the end.
Whatever Is Not from Faith Is Sin
Aug 24, 1980
Anything, absolutely any act or attitude which is owing to a lack of trust in God is sin, no matter how moral it may appear to men. God looks on the heart.
How to Argue with God
Aug 25, 1980
Don't let your sinfulness hinder your prayers. Run into the arms of God and fill his ear with arguments that aim for His honor.
Final Judgment: Eternal Life vs. Wrath and Fury
Aug 31, 1980
Every responsible person, on the basis of their actions and attitudes, will meet the final judgment of God.
Restful Words for Labor Day
Sep 1, 1980
It seems that with this passage of Scripture, more than any other, to recite it is also to experience its reality. The psalm itself is green pasture, the psalm itself is still water, the psalm itself restores my soul.
The Demonstration of the Righteousness of God in Romans 3:25,26
Published in <i>Journal for the Study of the New Testament</i> 2 (7): 2-32.
Sep 1, 1980
Abstract 1. The Problem and the Thesis 2. The Use of Tradition in Romans 3:24-26 3. Critique of the Prevailing View 4. The Righteousness of God in the Old Testament 5. An Alternative Interpretation of Romans 3:25-26 Endnotes Abstract The…
How Is It Right to Justify the Ungodly?
Sep 7, 1980
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.
The Shepherd, the Host, and the Highway Patrol
Sep 8, 1980
God pursues us with goodness and mercy in both joy and trials — all for his name’s sake.
The Liberating Law of the Spirit of Life
Sep 14, 1980
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?