Pastors, Bring Your Fathers and Sons
Dec 30, 2007
Listen It seemed to us that if the focus of the pastors conference is going to be on the pastor as father—both of a church and a family—then having the sons along could enable them to catch a vision of…
A Letter to the Bethlehem of 2006
Sep 29, 1986
Will someone dig out this copy of the STAR from the Bethlehem archives in 2006 on the 20th anniversary of the Apprenticeship Program (renamed in 1990, Bethlehem Ministerial Academy)? If so I would like to write them a letter just…
Thoughts on Lausanne II in Manila
Aug 28, 1989
A taste test of John Piper's observations and reflections from Manila.
Please Pray for the Pastors' Conference
Jan 5, 1994
The seventh annual Bethlehem Conference for Pastors is coming January 24-26. The theme this year is “Sanctification by Faith Alone,” and the keynote speaker will be Daniel Fuller, Emeritus Professor of Hermeneutics at Fuller Theological Seminary The fact…
Another Major Milestone Is Passed: We Own the Building inMounds View
Jun 16, 2004
A little after 4:00 PM on Tuesday, June 15 Jon Grano, the Vice Chairman of the Council of Elders, signed the documents that transferred the building at I-35W and Highway 10 to the ownership of Bethlehem Baptist Church. That evening…
Join the Life Chain Again This Year
Sep 22, 1993
Do you have a plan to do something for the children who cannot speak for themselves?
Two Ministries in Search of Two Ministers
Sep 17, 1984
When you come to the cross you are given a glorious and satisfying quest: the quest for good deeds.
Noll Wisely Risks the Un-sensible
Jan 17, 2009
In his new book, Mark Noll says that “a sensible historian would now end with a summary as follows...” (176). Then he coolly summarizes, in a single paragraph, the historical observations I am thankful that Noll was “promoted to…
How Can We Pay Up All Missions Commitments in April?
Apr 16, 1984
We can go above and beyond in giving to missions because we know Christ will take care of us.
Five Year Statistical Report
Jan 14, 1985
John Piper presents the fifth annual report since he came to Bethlehem.
Roosevelt High, Vice Presidential Debates, and the End of Civil Discourse
Oct 14, 1992
My son Benjamin is a junior at Roosevelt High School. So I have been watching the tensions. Homecoming activities were cancelled recently because of fear of violence. School was closed early one day and cancelled another day because of dangerous…
Encouraging You to Come to the Desiring God National Conference on Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
Sep 7, 2005
Dear Bethlehem I am writing to encourage you to come to the third annual Desiring God National Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center on October 7-9, 2005. The theme is Suffering and the Sovereignty of God. I believe this conference…
Pray for 200 Pastors
Jan 13, 1992
Please pray for Larry Crabb, Sam Storms, Ralph Winter, and me as we prepare to speak at the fifth annual Bethlehem Conference for Pastors, January 27-29. Pray for Shelley Solin who bears a tremendous administrative load in making this conference…
Why I Have Decided Not to Take a Study Leave This Summer
Apr 3, 1989
We don't want to hire church staff for maintenance or comfort. We want staff who will mobilize the people for war.
Here It Is, Emily—Just Like I Said
Jul 29, 1985
Many of our church's shut-ins are brimming with stories of the goodness of God.
Why Cluster Meetings? Why an All Church Dinner?
Feb 29, 1988
The Cluster Meetings are mainly for information and interrogation The All Church Dinner is mainly for inspiration and adoration. Cluster Meetings Starting with the Deacon Council, Board chairmen and spouses on Friday, March 4, there will be 12…
Post-Easter Reds, Yellows and Oranges (Not Blues)
Mar 31, 1986
Easter was a gloriously exhausting day. I know a little of what Paul meant when he said, “I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls” (2 Corinthians 12:15). Most gladly!! The Greek word is hedista (from which…
The Dispensability of Ministers
Mar 12, 2010
Some books are for tasting regularly, not reading through once. One such book is Wise Counsel: John Newton's Letters to John Ryland Jr. edited by Grant Gordon (Banner of Truth, 2009). Newton was the former slave-trader turned pastor, and the…
Pastor John’s Writing Leave
Apr 28, 2004
I am deeply thankful to the Council of Elders for giving me both the assignment and privilege of a writing leave from April 29 to June 3. I would like to use this article to explain my goals and ask…
Oct 15, 1990
Concerted, united prayer has been God's pattern in the past for initiating spiritual awakening and world evangelization.
Jun 6, 1988
Below you see the average Sunday morning worship attendance of the first 21 weeks of each year since 1988. These numbers do not include the children in the nursery What can we learn from this? 1) We have broken out…
A Gift to You from CHEF
What’s that? And who’s Jon Bloom?
Oct 27, 1993
John Piper introduces the Christian Hedonism Expansion Fund (CHEF) and its mission.
Envisioning the Next Eight Years
Jul 20, 1987
I think the reason I respond so positively to the ministry of Ralph and Roberta Winter is that they really are committed to spreading vision and giving hope more than they are to raising money That is the way I…
Thoughts on Our ‘SPAN III’ Commitments Before I Know the Results
Mar 11, 1991
It is five o’clock Sunday afternoon, March 10. After this morning’s service at Northwestern I came home, ate some of Noël’s world-class spaghetti, and went to bed. I have just gotten up from that nap What a morning the Lord…