Letter to a Parent Grieving the Loss of a Child
Apr 22, 2013
A grieving mother, who recently had given birth to a stillborn son, wrote to Pastor John asking for counsel and comfort. Here’s what he wrote back.
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
Daily Readings for Advent
Aug 31, 2014
Christmas is one of the busiest times. But it’s also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming.
The Greatest Prayer in the World
Apr 17, 2014
By the time Jesus finished praying in Gethsemane, the Father had made it clear that the cross was the only way, but also that this way would surely succeed.
Jesus Is Not a Weekend Thing
Mar 15, 2019
How can we distinguish between doing Christian things like worship and actually being a Christian who worships? How can we tell if we are faking it?
The Major Obstacle in Forgiving Others
Oct 29, 2015
Even when others won’t acknowledge the wrong they have committed, Jesus still calls his people to love, forgive, and forebear.
The One Must-Read This Year
Dec 30, 2015
We will never fully comprehend or appreciate the fact that God has given us his own words in a book. John Piper gives us seven reasons to read the Bible every day.
How We Take God’s Name in Vain
The Wonder and Warning of the Third Commandment
Apr 18, 2021
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” The third commandment takes us far higher and deeper than four-letter words.
Soul Care for Exhausted Young Mothers
Jul 12, 2017
Moms, your walk with God is as essential for the good of your children as the milk you feed them and the diapers you change.
What Every Marriage Needs Most
Jan 8, 2020
What our marriages need most is probably not new and novel counsel from the latest book or seminar, but this one piece of timeless, biblical truth.
Pray for Those Who Abuse You
Feb 17, 2015
Whether others persecute, abuse, hate, or curse us, Jesus tells us to pray for them. But how should you pray for those who hate you?
Ten Biblical Truths on the Obedience of Children
Feb 1, 2016
Most of us parent by intuition and tradition. That’s not all bad. Parenting is an art, not a science. But our human intuitions and traditions should be shaped by God’s revelation.
Ammunition Against Anxiety
Sep 21, 2012
God intends for particular promises to help you fight against particular anxieties.
How Do We Make Sense of the Coronavirus?
Feb 28, 2020
How can Christians make sense of the coronavirus, which has infected and killed so many people all throughout the world? Pastor John offers four biblical realities.
My Pastor Uses Pre-Made Sermons — Should I Be Concerned?
Apr 4, 2016
Secondhand sermons will not suffice. Preaching requires pastors who see the beauty of truth and express the value of it for themselves.
How to Help Friends Escape the Prosperity Gospel
Sep 20, 2015
The prosperity gospel may be easy to critique from a distance, but what about when it comes home? How can you talk to close friends and loved ones who have accepted the so-called prosperity “gospel”?
When We Send a Person to His Death
Dec 7, 2013
Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and…
Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?
May 25, 2018
Is the term “reckless” too reckless? Pastor John offers pastors, worship leaders, and congregations ways to think about the popular lyrics.
How to Go Deeper in Bible Study
Letter to a 13-Year-Old
Jun 5, 2012
A young teenager wrote for advice about going deeper in Bible study. Here’s how John Piper answered.
Santa Claus: Harmless Fun or Christmastime Diversion?
Dec 23, 2015
Pastor John gives a straight answer about Santa Claus.
How Do I Let Go of Anger over Past Wrongs?
Feb 12, 2020
How do we lay down our anger, our bitterness, our grudges against those who have wronged us and gotten away with it?
Reflections on a Planned Parenthood Protest
Aug 22, 2015
John Piper was one of several thousand people who gathered in St. Paul to say to Planned Parenthood that killing children is not an acceptable response to crisis pregnancies.
Husband, Lift Up Your Eyes
Letter to a Would-Be Adulterer
Jul 10, 2017
Too many men pray for God to simply keep them from giving in to temptation, when he is able to take away even the illicit desire.
Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden’s Dead?
May 3, 2011
God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single. There are several, and they intermingle. That is a good thing. You are God-like. In response to…
10 Things “Yahweh” Means
Aug 5, 2012
Yahweh is a proper name (like Peter) built out of the word for “I am.” It teaches us that God absolutely is.
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