Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
Make Your Life Count: Twelve Rules for Teens
How can teens make their lives count? From dating wisely to failing well, Pastor John offers twelve rules for teenage followers of Christ.
07/12/2023 • 19 minutes 55 seconds
Go to the Ant
We know God inspired the Bible, but we sometimes forget that he also spoke creation into existence. How might we begin to learn from both of God’s books?
04/12/2023 • 12 minutes 57 seconds
How to Study the Bible on a Topic
How can normal Christians learn to study the Bible on a topic? Pastor John models his own approach as he prepares answers for ‘Ask Pastor John.’
30/11/2023 • 10 minutes 40 seconds
Learning for Those Who Don’t Love Learning
The apostle Peter calls Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. But how might we grow in knowledge if we don’t enjoy the process of learning?
27/11/2023 • 14 minutes 28 seconds
How Thanksgiving Shapes Your Life Story
At the heart of our unbelief lies not only our refusal to glorify God, but our refusal to thank him. Apart from grace, we take the gifts and ignore the Giver.
23/11/2023 • 14 minutes 59 seconds
How Does Learning Deepen Joy?
What role should emotions play in Christian education? If we take our cue from Scripture, appropriate feelings will be central, not peripheral, to all our learning.
20/11/2023 • 15 minutes 38 seconds
Learning in a World Blind to God
God communicates through not just his word, but also his world. Christian learning presses deeply into the Bible, but the stars have something to say as well.
16/11/2023 • 14 minutes 44 seconds
How to Lead Teens Deeper into Their Bibles
How can youth leaders lead teens deeper into their Bibles? By teaching with an eye on language, a heart for reality, and a knack for question-asking.
13/11/2023 • 16 minutes 9 seconds
How Can I Return to Normal Life After Tragedy?
Seasons of affliction, however painful or even deadening they may feel, do not last forever. God will restore the souls he has saved.
09/11/2023 • 14 minutes 33 seconds
Hoping in God When Our Heroes Die
Godly pastors and leaders are a tremendous gift to Christ’s church. So, how do we keep hoping in God when our spiritual heroes die?
06/11/2023 • 13 minutes 23 seconds
How Can I Kill My Selfishness?
If you want to kill your selfishness, focus on more than your selfishness. Fill your soul to overflowing with Christ.
02/11/2023 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
What Do We Celebrate on Reformation Day?
Over five hundred years after Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, what do we celebrate on Reformation Day? Pastor John traces five of the Reformation’s greatest recoveries.
30/10/2023 • 11 minutes 19 seconds
Is My Painting Hobby a Wartime Waste?
When do our hobbies glorify God, and when do they become a wartime waste? Pastor John offers three guiding questions to ask of any hobby.
26/10/2023 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
Should We Consult with Dead Ancestors?
What do the Scriptures say about communicating with dead ancestors? Pastor John explains four truths about God and the sufficiency of his revelation.
23/10/2023 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
Can Pro-Life Advocates Lie to Save Lives?
With so much at stake in the fight against abortion, can pro-life advocates use doctrinal falsehoods to persuade parents to keep their babies?
19/10/2023 • 11 minutes 29 seconds
John Piper on ChatGPT
Intelligence without affection is barren, mechanical — even artificial. Pastor John reflects on his ministry in the light of developing AI technologies.
16/10/2023 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
Is It Sinful to Be Unhappy?
Given Paul’s command to “rejoice always,” do we sin when we lack joy? Pastor John offers a simple answer with three crucial qualifications.
12/10/2023 • 11 minutes 16 seconds
Is Joy a Choice or a Feeling?
Genuine joy in God is far deeper than a choice we make. Even so, our actions can help or hinder the spontaneous experience of joy.
09/10/2023 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
What Old Testament Promises Are for Me?
Can new-covenant Christians claim old-covenant promises? As long as we keep some key distinctions in mind, we not only can, but should.
05/10/2023 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
Evidence for the Cross and Resurrection
God has not left us without evidence for the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. But evidence alone will never open the eyes of the blind.
02/10/2023 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
Does God Love Us Simply for His Glory?
God-centered theology can raise all kinds of questions about God’s love for us. Pastor John asks and answers nine of them.
28/09/2023 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
If Sin’s Penalty Is Eternal, Why Isn’t Jesus Still Suffering?
If the penalty for sin is eternal punishment, how could Jesus’s finite sufferings pay the price of our redemption?
25/09/2023 • 11 minutes 24 seconds
Six Reasons Jesus Left Earth After Easter
Why did Jesus leave earth after his resurrection? Pastor John gives six reasons for Jesus’s ascension to the Father’s right hand.
21/09/2023 • 10 minutes 9 seconds
Even If Our Faith Is False, Aren’t Christians Happier People?
If Christ has not been raised, Paul says, then Christians are “of all people most to be pitied.” But why should we be pitied when we live with such joy?
18/09/2023 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
What Does Piper Mean by ‘Satisfied’?
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” What does Pastor John mean when he talks about “satisfaction in God”?
14/09/2023 • 14 minutes
Christ, Our Sabbath Rest at Work
Christ is our rest on Monday as well as Sunday. But how do we experience the peaceful rest of Jesus in the midst of our labors?
11/09/2023 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
How Can I Become a Humbler Calvinist?
The doctrines of grace are designed to destroy human boasting. So, what can we do if we find our theology becoming a platform for pride?
07/09/2023 • 11 minutes 19 seconds
Will We Work in Eternity?
At least six biblical pointers give us reason to expect some kind of work in the age to come. But whatever eternity holds, it will be a future beyond disappointment.
04/09/2023 • 13 minutes 40 seconds
Ten Authors for Your Soul
Rich doctrine makes the heart sing. So, where might Christians start if they want to read time-tested, soul-deepening books?
31/08/2023 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
Why John Piper Reads Books
With so many demands on our time, why should we carve out precious minutes for books? Pastor John gives seven reasons he loves to read.
28/08/2023 • 9 minutes 50 seconds
I Don’t Feel God’s Love — What Can I Do?
When life is hard and heaven seems silent, how can God’s people still feel his love? Pastor John offers six reminders for those in spiritual darkness.
24/08/2023 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
Ten Reasons You Need Unconditional Election
How important is unconditional election for the Christian life? Pastor John offers ten reasons why Christians need this crucial doctrine.
21/08/2023 • 11 minutes 33 seconds
Ten Criticisms of John Piper’s Preaching
Anyone who preaches for long will find his preaching criticized — sometimes unfairly, but often wisely. Pastor John shares ten criticisms that have shaped him.
17/08/2023 • 13 minutes 18 seconds
Do Christians Really Suffer in America?
If Jesus and his apostles promised that faithful Christians would suffer, how can comfortable disciples make sense of their experience?
14/08/2023 • 12 minutes 7 seconds
How Can I Explain Christian Joy to Unbelievers?
The Bible rings with the language of pleasure and joy in God. But how can we explain that pleasure and joy in ways non-Christian loved ones may understand?
10/08/2023 • 12 minutes 26 seconds
Why Does God Choose the Foolish?
World evangelization would spread more quickly, it may seem, if God had chosen the wise and powerful. So, why did he choose the foolish and weak instead?
07/08/2023 • 11 minutes 34 seconds
Resisting the Inner Skeptic in Our Bible Reading
When doubts disrupt our Bible reading, how can we resist the inner skeptic? Pastor John offers six ways to fight for faith in daily devotions.
03/08/2023 • 11 minutes 35 seconds
Can I Still Have Joy in Seasons of Doubt?
Seasons of doubt may afflict our minds and shake our hearts, but they need not take our joy. Beneath the waves of doubt, joy’s deep waters can still remain calm.
31/07/2023 • 11 minutes
How Does God’s Joy Become My Joy?
The New Testament seems to connect the person of the Holy Spirit with the joy we experience as believers. But how do the two relate to each other?
27/07/2023 • 12 minutes 31 seconds
Fifty Years of Theological Battles
If you want to prepare for the unknown controversies of tomorrow, know your Bible deeply, thoroughly, confidently, joyfully.
24/07/2023 • 13 minutes 7 seconds
What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual?
Some Christians identify spirituality with gifts like speaking in tongues and healing. Does that view match the Bible’s own description of truly spiritual people?
20/07/2023 • 14 minutes 34 seconds
How Are We Being Saved Right Now?
If we are in Christ, then God has saved us from our sins in the past, and he will save us from his wrath in the future. But in what sense is he saving us right now?
17/07/2023 • 13 minutes 47 seconds
How Can I Encourage Without Flattering?
How can we celebrate the good we see without succumbing to flattery? Pastor John traces a key distinction between godly and ungodly praise.
13/07/2023 • 11 minutes 12 seconds
What Do We Give to God?
God is self-existent and self-sufficient, far beyond any need or lack. So, what can we give to God when we gather for corporate worship?
10/07/2023 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
What Does It Mean to Serve God?
The command to “serve the Lord” appears all through Scripture — but Scripture also assures us that God has no needs. So, how do we serve an all-sufficient God?
06/07/2023 • 15 minutes 27 seconds
Learning to Forgive Family
For some, forgiving family from the heart may be one of the hardest steps of obedience. Pastor John offers five ways forward when forgiveness feels impossible.
03/07/2023 • 15 minutes 9 seconds
On Sibling Rivalries
Sibling rivalries have fractured families since Cain and Abel. So, how does God work redemptively between siblings, and how might parents do their part to promote peace?
29/06/2023 • 13 minutes 58 seconds
Manhood and Womanhood in Parachurch Ministry
Increasingly, parachurch ministries are allowing women to occupy positions of spiritual authority once reserved for men. Do they have biblical warrant to do so?
26/06/2023 • 13 minutes 35 seconds
What Will We Remember in the New Creation?
In Isaiah, God promises that “the former things shall not be remembered” in the new creation. Will we really have no memory of this age in the age to come?
22/06/2023 • 14 minutes 9 seconds
Better Than Scrolling Your Phone in the Morning
Why do so many of us reach instinctively for our phones in the morning? Pastor John identifies six temptations and points to a better way to begin our day.
19/06/2023 • 15 minutes 16 seconds
Dangers in Exposing Cultural Sins
How can a preacher faithfully call out a culture’s sins while still sounding the dominant note of amazement at the glories of God in Christ?
15/06/2023 • 12 minutes 13 seconds
The Sick Love of Controversy
How can we recognize what Paul calls “an unhealthy craving for controversy” in ourselves and others? Pastor John identifies six traits of a controversy-loving spirit.
12/06/2023 • 15 minutes 20 seconds
How Much Should Pastors Make?
“The laborer deserves his wages” — including those who labor in preaching and teaching. But how might a church decide what a pastor’s wages should be?
08/06/2023 • 12 minutes 38 seconds
Can Single Men Pastor?
In Paul’s elder qualifications, he seems to assume that pastors will be married. So how should churches assess the qualification of a single man who wants to pastor?
05/06/2023 • 11 minutes 43 seconds
Why Do We Pray for Our President?
Why does Paul call Christians to pray for kings and other political rulers — and what specifically might we ask God to do in them and through them?
01/06/2023 • 10 minutes 59 seconds
Hope for the Fragile and Fragmented
In a world filled with wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, a right understanding of the end times can bring stability to anxious minds.
29/05/2023 • 13 minutes 23 seconds
The Joy of Jesus’s Return
When Jesus returns, he will magnify the radiance of his glory by multiplying our own joy in that glory. We will happily marvel, and he will forever shine.
26/05/2023 • 13 minutes 2 seconds
Why God Wills Suffering for the Children He Loves
If we’re going to rejoice in even the worst circumstances, then we need clear and strong reasons for why God wills suffering for the children he loves.
24/05/2023 • 15 minutes 11 seconds
Upcoming Changes to APJ
Tony Reinke shares two upcoming changes to Ask Pastor John in light of a brand-new John Piper sermon podcast called ‘Light + Truth.’
23/05/2023 • 3 minutes 33 seconds
Go to Work, Go to Church — Christ Is Coming Back!
Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles draw some profound connections between the glorious second coming and our ordinary everyday lives.
22/05/2023 • 14 minutes 10 seconds
Death Can Only Make Me Better: Remembering Tim Keller (1950–2023)
On May 19, 2023, Tim Keller entered the reward of his Master. In this special episode of Ask Pastor John, Tony Reinke shares a sermon clip from Dr. Keller on the joy of God in the face of cancer.
19/05/2023 • 16 minutes 47 seconds
Popular Blunders About Christ’s Return
Discussions of the second coming often spiral into speculation — or misconception. Pastor John explains five mistaken beliefs about Christ’s return.
19/05/2023 • 13 minutes 24 seconds
Five Ways to Find Wisdom
In the midst of a busy life, how can we find the time to read great Christian books? We might begin by setting aside just fifteen minutes a day.
17/05/2023 • 10 minutes 45 seconds
Nicotine, Amphetamines, and Holy Concentration
God does not give us a list of foods and drinks we can and cannot consume. Instead, he gives us his words and his Spirit to shape how we see all of life.
15/05/2023 • 15 minutes 21 seconds
A Beautiful Savior for the Unattractive
If we are going to find lasting satisfaction in the beauty of Christ, despite the pain of rejection, four massive changes need to happen in our hearts.
12/05/2023 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
The Hardest Act in Parenting Teens
Headship calls a man to put away his anger and initiate reconciliation — no matter how much of the fault lies with his wife or with his children.
10/05/2023 • 10 minutes 8 seconds
The Path from Orthodoxy to Demon Theology
The movement from orthodoxy to demon theology happens sometimes slowly and sometimes suddenly — but always because love for Christ has grown cold.
08/05/2023 • 11 minutes 48 seconds
‘Nothing Is to Be Rejected’ — Including Pot?
“Nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” Paul says. So can Christians enjoy pot if they thank God for it?
05/05/2023 • 12 minutes 30 seconds
What Makes You Happiest?
What is the deepest source of your joy — what God gives to you, or who God is for you?
03/05/2023 • 5 minutes 6 seconds
Can I Be Saved If I Never Evangelize?
Will a professing Christian go to hell if he never shares the gospel? Pastor John gets to the heart and offers practical suggestions for growing in evangelism.
01/05/2023 • 14 minutes 14 seconds
Should Men Still Pray with Lifted Hands?
Paul desired that “in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands.” Should men in the church today still lift their hands when they pray?
28/04/2023 • 11 minutes 1 second
Our Joyful Duty
At the core of Christian Hedonism is the glorious reality that the duty God requires of us is the path to our greatest joy.
26/04/2023 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
Caring for Families with Cross-Dressing Children
Should parents allow children to cross-dress? Pastor John explains why this cuts across the grain of God-created reality and how to offer counsel to Christian parents.
24/04/2023 • 11 minutes 4 seconds
Should the World Like Us or Hate Us?
Jesus promised that his followers would be “hated by all,” but Paul said pastors must be “well thought of by outsiders.” So should the world like us or hate us?
21/04/2023 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
Why Did Jesus Use Spit and Mud to Heal?
Jesus could have healed the man born blind with a simple command; instead, he used spit and mud. Why?
19/04/2023 • 0
Does My Sexual Past Disqualify Me from Pastoring?
If a man has a history of fornication, is he disqualified from the office of pastor — or can he still be considered “the husband of one wife”?
17/04/2023 • 0
If God has really given us “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” then why do we still struggle with fear and anxiety?
14/04/2023 • 0
The Gospel’s War Against Our Fears and Insecurities
In the face of every fear and insecurity, the gospel says, “In Christ, God is for you — always and forever, with all of his heart and soul. So what can man do to you?”
12/04/2023 • 0
Should We Despise the Vile — or Love Them?
In Psalm 15, David tells us to despise the vile; in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to love them. How can we do both?
10/04/2023 • 0
If God Desires All to Be Saved, Why Aren’t They?
God “desires all people to be saved,” Paul tells us — but clearly not all people are saved. Does this mean God cannot do what he wants to do?
07/04/2023 • 0
Christ’s Plan for the Globe — and You
Christ’s global purpose to ransom people from every tribe and tongue can be summed up in his words, “I have other sheep. I must bring them also.”
05/04/2023 • 0
Is Work a Blessing or a Curse?
God gave work as a blessing in the beginning, but we live now on the other side of the fall. So is our work today a blessing or a curse?
03/04/2023 • 0
Best Commentaries on the Whole Bible
Alongside his personal study of Scripture, what whole-Bible commentaries has Pastor John found most helpful over the years?
31/03/2023 • 0
How Do I Find My Identity?
If you want to settle the question of personal identity, don’t ask “Who am I?” Ask, “Whose am I?”
29/03/2023 • 0
Can Satan Put Thoughts into Our Heads?
We know the devil can tempt us and attack us and try to deceive us, but can he put thoughts into our heads?
27/03/2023 • 0
Does God Read Every Thought?
At every moment, God knows the thoughts and intentions of every human heart. Pastor John explores six vast implications of this foundational truth.
24/03/2023 • 0
John Piper’s Conversion Story
The book of Romans interprets life — and it also transforms life. Pastor John shares how Romans has shaped him, from conversion to the pastorate.
22/03/2023 • 0
How to Glorify God in Business Success
How can a Christian business leader speak about his success in a way that makes God, not him, look great?
20/03/2023 • 0
Is Venting the Same as Complaining?
Is there really a difference between complaining about our problems and venting about them — or are we just kidding ourselves?
17/03/2023 • 0
Christian Hedonism in Two Minutes
What is the simplest, shortest definition of Christian Hedonism? Pastor John explains in two minutes why pursuing joy in God is essential to the Christian life.
15/03/2023 • 0
How Does Childbirth Save Women?
Women, Paul says, “will be saved through childbearing.” How does childbirth save women — and what about women who never have children of their own?
13/03/2023 • 0
I’m Stuck in Sexual Sin — Should I Excommunicate Myself?
Those who play the victim to their sexual lusts act like slaves, like dogs eating their vomit, like washed pigs rolling in mud. But in Christ, they don’t have to stay that way.
10/03/2023 • 0
1 Percent of a Book Can Change Your Life
Even if you remember only one sentence of a book, that one sentence can create an immeasurable moment, a flash of insight that shapes you forever.
08/03/2023 • 0
Is ‘De-Gendering’ a Sin?
What might Scripture say to a woman who desperately wants to become a man? Pastor John offers six reasons why attempting to “de-gender” is a tragic act of sin.
06/03/2023 • 0
Are Christians Obligated to Vote?
Are Christians who have the opportunity to vote obligated to do so — or can we abstain from the whole process for righteous reasons?
03/03/2023 • 0
Why Christians Don’t Need Holy Shrines
Seven times in the book of Hebrews, the author captures the heart of Christianity in a simple, wonderful command: draw near.
01/03/2023 • 0
Do Angels Carry Our Prayers to God?
No angel, no saint, and not even Mary herself can improve the access to God we already have through Christ and his finished work.
27/02/2023 • 0
Was Paul Really the World’s Worst Sinner?
In 1 Timothy 1:15, the apostle Paul claims to have been “the foremost” of sinners. Is Paul speaking in hyperbole here, or was he really the world’s worst sinner?
24/02/2023 • 0
Overcoming Fear and Passivity in Evangelism
How can we become bolder in evangelism? Pastor John shares a story of his stumbling attempts to love a neighbor, and God’s patient persistence through it all.
22/02/2023 • 0
Was God at Work in My Pre-Conversion Life?
When we look with eyes of faith on our pre-conversion life, we find abundant reason to thank God for his mercy, and abundant reason to give others hope.
20/02/2023 • 0
How Could God Be Jealous?
The jealousy of God shows his zeal for his own worth — and it also shows his zeal for our deepest joy.
17/02/2023 • 0
The God-Centeredness of God Unlocks the Gospel
The biblical mindset puts God and his glory, not man and his desires, at the center of the universe. And grasping this blazing center unlocks the greatness of the gospel.
15/02/2023 • 0
I Shipwrecked My Faith — Am I Doomed?
Is there any hope for the recovery of a shipwrecked faith? Pastor John offers four reasons shipwreck need not be final.
13/02/2023 • 15 minutes 59 seconds
Sinners or Saints — How Should We Speak of Christians?
Should we speak of Christians as saints or sinners? Pastor John explores why Paul addresses Christians as saints dozens of times — and as sinners almost never.
10/02/2023 • 0
Why We Share the Gospel
What drove the apostle Paul to win people to Christ? He longed to taste the joy of the gospel not only in his own heart, but in the hearts of countless others.
08/02/2023 • 0
Preaching the Gospel of the Happy God
Sound preaching comes from those who live in the presence of God-centered glory and long to echo his infinite worth.
06/02/2023 • 0
Can I Really Trust My Interpretation of the Bible?
“The law is good, if one uses it lawfully,” Paul says. But how can we tell if we are using the law in the way that God intends?
03/02/2023 • 0
How to Keep Your Eyes on Christ
How can we guard against drifting in the Christian life? By looking and looking and looking at Jesus.
01/02/2023 • 0
How Can I Have a Good Conscience?
You do not need to walk in sinless perfection in order to have a good conscience. You just need to walk in the light.
30/01/2023 • 0
Did Paul Oppose Fiction?
The apostle Paul strongly warned Timothy and Titus against the “myths” of his day. What might he have to say about the fictional stories in our own day?
27/01/2023 • 0
Turn Down the Noise and Listen to Jesus
If we’re going to listen to Jesus and not drift away from him, we likely will need to turn down the noises that capture so much of our attention.
25/01/2023 • 0
Where Do You Draw Lines for Ministry Partnerships?
Where should pastors and other Christians draw lines for ministry partnerships? Pastor John shares the degree of unity he has pursued in six ministry settings.
23/01/2023 • 0
Were Abortions Induced on Old Testament Adulteresses?
Does Numbers 5:22 suggest that women guilty of adultery were punished with miscarriage? And if so, how does this passage speak to the pro-life position?
20/01/2023 • 0
Fight for Delight by Planning Your Devotions
If we don’t have a plan for when, where, and how we will read the Bible, our devotions will probably fall before the demands of the day.
18/01/2023 • 0
Eight Counsels for Those Thinking of Quitting
Every pastor receives criticism. But at what point might criticism become so serious or sustained that a pastor should consider stepping down?
16/01/2023 • 0
When Does Despondency Become Sin?
Everyone passes through seasons of despondency — seasons when the soul is troubled and hope feels thin. But when does despondency become sin?
13/01/2023 • 0
How Do I Push Truth from My Head to My Heart?
How can we push the truth of the Bible from our heads to our hearts, so that our times of daily Bible reading become times of daily worship?
11/01/2023 • 0
Getting the Tone Right on Sunday Morning
Given the pain of this world, the joy of salvation, and the glory of God, what kind of tone should a pastor seek to set on Sunday morning?
09/01/2023 • 0
Is Intermittent Fasting Sacrilegious?
Some people find intermittent fasting helpful for losing weight. But is fasting for merely physical purposes a sacrilegious use of a spiritual gift?
06/01/2023 • 0
The Bible’s Main Road Out of Discouragement
The psalmists show that darkness and discouragement are part of the normal Christian life. And they also show a crucial strategy for finding the light again.
04/01/2023 • 0
John Piper’s Favorite Things
Pastor John, like the rest of us, has his likes and dislikes. From movies and soft drinks to breakfasts and songs, here are twelve of his favorite things.
02/01/2023 • 0
Can I Be a Nurse for a ‘Gender-Reassignment’ Surgery?
If a hospital asks a Christian nurse to participate in a “gender-reassignment” surgery, should she agree — or should she take her nursing skills elsewhere?
30/12/2022 • 0
Beat a Path to the Word in 2023
Strong Christians read the Bible, memorize the Bible, meditate on the Bible, and live on the Bible. They make intentional plans for the word to be their daily bread.
28/12/2022 • 14 minutes 16 seconds
How Do I Put Away My Desire for Praise?
A desire to do good can easily become a desire to look good. So how do we put away our hunger to be praised by other people?
26/12/2022 • 16 minutes 51 seconds
The Christmas We Needed
The best gift anyone can receive at Christmas is deliverance from our two greatest enemies: sin and Satan.
23/12/2022 • 11 minutes 59 seconds
What Makes for a Good Musical Worship Experience?
A good musical worship experience involves head and heart, truth and affections. It will lead people to know their God and to embrace him with joy.
21/12/2022 • 15 minutes 44 seconds
‘Though He Slay Me’ — Why the Silence on This Verse?
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him.” Why has Pastor John barely mentioned these remarkable words of Job throughout his decades of preaching and teaching?
19/12/2022 • 18 minutes 6 seconds
Does God Still Save the Lost Through Visions?
Does God save the lost through visions today — or does someone need to hear the gospel to be saved?
16/12/2022 • 14 minutes 49 seconds
John Piper’s 2022 Year-in-Review
Pastor John discusses personal and ministry highlights from 2022, including podcasts, books, global outreach, and a new goal for ‘Look at the Book.’
14/12/2022 • 19 minutes 11 seconds
Good and Bad People-Pleasing
How can we find freedom from living for the opinions of people? Pray for and pursue a big vision of God. Find a firm identity in Christ. Look to your eternal reward.
12/12/2022 • 12 minutes 49 seconds
How Can I Cast My Cares on God?
Casting your cares onto God begins with believing that he really is the infinitely powerful, all-wise, always-good God he reveals himself to be.
09/12/2022 • 14 minutes 32 seconds
Satan Cannot Scare You into Hell
Satan may oppress you, attack you, and rage against you. But if you are in Christ, he holds no power to finally destroy you.
07/12/2022 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
Build Structures to Serve Your Calling
How can leaders prevent the pressures of running an organization from squeezing out opportunities for face-to-face work and ministry?
05/12/2022 • 12 minutes 55 seconds
How Can Satan Harm Christians?
Scripture is clear that Satan is not ultimately sovereign — God is. But under that sovereignty, in what ways can Satan still harm God’s people?
02/12/2022 • 12 minutes 54 seconds
Amusing Ourselves from Death
Outside of Christ, the fear of death is a slave master that holds everyone in bondage — even those who seem unaware of their chains.
30/11/2022 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
Give Young Christians a Chance to Lead
Our churches grow in wisdom and maturity when the young honor the old, the old listen to the young, and all clothe themselves with humility.
28/11/2022 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
Should We Seek to Suffer?
Suffering may be the price of Christian love, but it is not the aim of Christian love. Our aim is to do as much good as we can on the lowly path of service.
25/11/2022 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
Pray Your Way into Thanksgiving
How can we aim to be done with anxiety and enjoy peace in any circumstance? By bringing every circumstance to God in prayer.
23/11/2022 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
How Does Baptism Save Us?
If God saves his people through faith alone apart from works, why does Peter say that baptism now saves us?
21/11/2022 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?
In 1 Peter 3:19, we read that Christ “went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.” What might Peter mean?
18/11/2022 • 12 minutes 2 seconds
How Do I Pray from the Misery of My Sin?
There is no distress that puts you beyond the good news that God brings — not even the distress caused by your own sin.
16/11/2022 • 13 minutes 25 seconds
Let the Nations Be Glad! — Thirty Years Later
Thirty years after ‘Let the Nations Be Glad!’ was published, Pastor John reflects on the book’s beginnings and its lasting legacy.
14/11/2022 • 8 minutes 34 seconds
What If I Don’t Have a Spiritual Gift?
Paul and Peter charge Christians to use our spiritual gifts for the good of the church. But what if we don’t seem to have any spiritual gifts?
11/11/2022 • 12 minutes 31 seconds
What Makes My Gift a Spiritual Gift?
If God has given helpful skills to both believers and unbelievers, what makes the difference between a merely natural ability and a spiritual gift?
09/11/2022 • 10 minutes 50 seconds
What Makes My Life Christian?
How can Christians live so that, at bottom, we can say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me”?
07/11/2022 • 15 minutes 29 seconds
Should I Charge Other Christians for My Expertise?
Christ bids his people both to wisely get and freely give, and he supplies us with the grace we need to discern when to do what with our talents.
04/11/2022 • 12 minutes 7 seconds
Christ’s Death Was No Accident
The death of Christ was no accident. He came to be crucified, that he might hang the sins and sufferings of those he loves with him there.
02/11/2022 • 10 minutes 45 seconds
How Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins?
Christian love labors to overlook the sins of others, just as Christ went to the cross to forgive us, not to shame us.
31/10/2022 • 13 minutes 11 seconds
Christian Unity in Three Steps
Real differences exist between real Christians. But where we lack unity of conviction, we can share unity of humble, sacrificial disposition.
28/10/2022 • 15 minutes 2 seconds
Step One in Preparing to Suffer
We ready ourselves to suffer well when we look our life dead in the eye and say with Paul, “I count it all as loss compared to Christ.”
26/10/2022 • 11 minutes 27 seconds
Is Suffering a Paradox for Christian Hedonists?
When Christ died, so did our sin-loving selves. Now, God sends suffering to weed out the sin that lingers and stunts our joy in Christ.
24/10/2022 • 12 minutes 42 seconds
How Much Speculation Should We Bring into Sermons?
Preachers are emissaries of God’s revealed truth. So how should we talk about parts of the text we don’t understand?
21/10/2022 • 10 minutes 42 seconds
The Relational Pain of Ministry
Christian ministry is relationally painful. Friends in the ministry can leave and never return, as even the apostle Paul experienced near the end of his life.
19/10/2022 • 10 minutes 53 seconds
How Do People Shipwreck Their Faith?
Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the author of Hebrews all describe people who begin well in the Christian life before eventually making shipwreck of their faith.
17/10/2022 • 9 minutes 53 seconds
How Can I Learn to Receive Criticism?
No one likes to receive criticism, even when it’s well-intended. How can we learn to control our emotional responses and remain grounded in the love of Christ?
14/10/2022 • 14 minutes 29 seconds
Becoming Unshakable in a World of Pain
We all face crises, and without grace, we find our world collapsing in the midst of them. But there is strong and stable hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
12/10/2022 • 13 minutes 28 seconds
Is Any Part of Life Morally Neutral?
Scripture calls us to do everything for the glory of God. Does that mean no action we take is morally neutral?
10/10/2022 • 11 minutes 38 seconds
Will My Spouse Be My Best Friend in Heaven?
What will the relationship between husband and wife be like in the age to come? Pastor John explains how the best parts of marriage point ahead to eternal joy.
07/10/2022 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
How Do I Persist in Prayer?
How can Christians always pray and not lose heart? In part, by remembering the generous heart of God and his delight to hear his people.
05/10/2022 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
How Do I Pray for My Husband’s Salvation?
How can a wife go on praying for her unbelieving husband after years, or even decades, of no evident change?
03/10/2022 • 13 minutes 41 seconds
How Do I See the Glory of Christ?
How can we see the glory of Christ? Renounce the praise of man. Devote yourself to Scripture. Turn to Christ through his word. Keep praying for sight.
30/09/2022 • 12 minutes 43 seconds
What’s the Real Problem with Fearing Man?
Why is the fear of man such a big problem? Because those who fear men cast their vote against the trustworthiness of God.
28/09/2022 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
How to Live Fearlessly
How can Christians live fearlessly? Replace the fear of man with the fear of God. Fear man — live fearfully. Fear God — live fearlessly.
26/09/2022 • 12 minutes 42 seconds
I Want to Be Baptized — My Husband Opposes It
Godly submission does not require that a woman do everything her husband says. Before she is a wife who submits to her husband, she is a Christian who submits to Christ.
23/09/2022 • 11 minutes 59 seconds
Am I Called to Ministry? Five Tests
How do we know if we are able to bear the heavy calling of being the aroma of life to some and the aroma of death to others?
21/09/2022 • 9 minutes 49 seconds
What Should We Think of Flashy Pastors?
Pastors who flaunt their riches will not draw anyone to the hope of the gospel. They will draw men and women to the hope of luxury.
19/09/2022 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
Who’s More Sinful: Men or Women?
Men and women may face temptations peculiar to their sex, but we both share a deep, common depravity and a profound need for mercy.
16/09/2022 • 13 minutes 52 seconds
The Godly Woman’s Charm
Hope in God clothes a woman with a beauty that will never fade, never perish, and never cease to be precious in God’s sight.
14/09/2022 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
How Much Jewelry Is Too Much Jewelry?
How might we as parents teach our daughters, even at young ages, how to express their femininity without flaunting their body?
12/09/2022 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
Does God Call Us to Submit to Everyone?
God calls church members to submit to their pastors, wives to their husbands, employees to their bosses. But is there also a sense in which God calls us to submit to everyone?
09/09/2022 • 12 minutes 29 seconds
Who Are My Enemies?
“Love your enemies,” Jesus says. But who are our enemies? The answer is broader than we might imagine.
07/09/2022 • 8 minutes 12 seconds
My Husband Left Me — How Do I Respond?
In the wake of great betrayal, how do we respond with love and forgiveness without minimizing the evil of the sin?
05/09/2022 • 13 minutes 44 seconds
How Do I Address My Spouse’s Ongoing Sin?
Peter tells wives to win their husbands “without a word.” Does that mean a wife should never confront her husband over a pattern of habitual sin?
02/09/2022 • 13 minutes 17 seconds
Overcoming Anger in the Home
How can a father governed by anger begin to recover kindness and tenderheartedness? By freshly embracing God the Father’s forgiveness through Christ.
31/08/2022 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
Can I Be Angry with God and Be Holy?
Is heartfelt anger toward God ever righteous, or even morally neutral — or is such anger always sinful?
29/08/2022 • 14 minutes 32 seconds
Is Double Predestination Biblical?
Does the Bible teach that God has predestined some to disobedience and destruction, just as he has predestined some to salvation?
26/08/2022 • 16 minutes 32 seconds
The Two Greatest Questions in the Universe
What are the two greatest questions in the universe? Pastor John explains by looking at 1 Peter 2:11–12.
24/08/2022 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
How Do Passions Wage War Against the Soul?
When do innocent desires of the flesh become threats to the soul? When they cross over from serving God’s will to serving our rebellious self.
22/08/2022 • 11 minutes 10 seconds
What’s the Difference Between Faith and Hope?
The biblical authors often intertwine faith and hope, yet they also distinguish them. So what is the difference between these two gifts of the Spirit?
19/08/2022 • 14 minutes 15 seconds
Why Do So Many Reject Jesus?
When the light of Christ shines upon the darkness of our sin, we either run to Christ as the only covering for our shame, or we run further into darkness.
17/08/2022 • 11 minutes 16 seconds
Who Will Judge the World?
Scripture speaks of the Father judging the world, the Son judging the world, and sometimes even the word of Christ judging the world. So, in the end, who will judge?
15/08/2022 • 15 minutes 43 seconds
How Are We Born Again?
The new birth is a sovereign work of the Spirit, but it is a work bound to the word. The Spirit of God works through the word of God to glorify the Son of God.
12/08/2022 • 12 minutes 53 seconds
How Money Fears Kill Our Worship
When we trust God with our money, we not only enjoy freedom from worry, but we magnify the shepherd, Father, and King who provides for us.
10/08/2022 • 11 minutes 58 seconds
What Makes Christian Love Different?
What makes Christian love different from non-Christian love? It is rooted in the cross of Christ, sustained by the Holy Spirit, and aimed at the glory of God.
08/08/2022 • 12 minutes 48 seconds
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Overly Righteous’?
Ecclesiastes tells us not to be “overly righteous,” but Jesus calls us to a righteousness that exceeds even that of the Pharisees. How can we put these two texts together?
05/08/2022 • 13 minutes 47 seconds
Gospel Drift — and How to Avoid It
You don’t have to commit great sins in order to fall away from Jesus. You just have to neglect your great salvation.
03/08/2022 • 12 minutes 16 seconds
Why Did Jesus Need to Suffer and Die Publicly?
Did Jesus have to die a public, agonizing death, or could he have saved us by living sinlessly and dying in obscurity?
01/08/2022 • 13 minutes 35 seconds
Does God Ever Tempt Us to Sin?
God clearly tests his people, but does he ever tempt them to sin? Pastor John explores the distinction between tests and temptations in James 1.
29/07/2022 • 14 minutes 6 seconds
Trembling Before God on Sunday
Hundreds of times, God tells us to “fear not.” So why does he also call us to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling”?
27/07/2022 • 11 minutes 19 seconds
Is My Humorous Personality a Liability?
Sober-mindedness keeps us from the silliness that is allergic to serious moments, but it also keeps us from the somberness that doesn’t know how to be joyful.
25/07/2022 • 11 minutes 29 seconds
Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same?
Peter assures us of an inheritance kept safe in heaven; Jesus calls us to lay up treasures in heaven. Are eternal inheritance and rewards the same?
22/07/2022 • 12 minutes 19 seconds
Fighting for Faith in the Entertainment Age
In an age inundated with entertainment, how do Christians stay awake to the glory of Christ and help others do the same?
20/07/2022 • 12 minutes 53 seconds
Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith?
Saving faith is the gift of God, who opens blind eyes and raises dead hearts. So what can unbelievers do when they find themselves unable to believe on their own?
18/07/2022 • 11 minutes 52 seconds
How Do I Prioritize My Busy Life?
Sometimes, busyness and stress are reasons to realign our priorities. Other times, they are invitations to pray that God would empower us to do the seemingly impossible.
15/07/2022 • 13 minutes 52 seconds
Learning to Follow God’s Will
God doesn’t give us a blueprint for our futures, but he does give us biblical trajectories by which we can discern his will and follow it with confidence.
13/07/2022 • 13 minutes 8 seconds
The Key to Knowing God’s Will
How do “spiritual wisdom and understanding” fill us with the knowledge of God’s will for our daily lives? Pastor John explains from Colossians 1:9.
11/07/2022 • 14 minutes 13 seconds
Does God Send ‘Strong Delusions’ into the World?
In our sin, we refuse to hear the truth, receive the truth, believe the truth — until God intervenes to give us a deep and abiding love for the truth.
08/07/2022 • 14 minutes 11 seconds
God’s School of Prayer
When God puts us in the flames of suffering, he often intends to rescue us from self-sufficient comfort and awaken in us desperate, earnest prayer.
06/07/2022 • 9 minutes 32 seconds
Politics, Patriotism, and the Pulpit
We need pastors who will regularly remind us that our greatest allegiance is not to any political party, ethnicity, or nation, but to King Jesus.
04/07/2022 • 13 minutes 56 seconds
Who Is the Man of Lawlessness?
Paul teaches that Jesus will not return until “the man of lawlessness is revealed.” Who is this man of lawlessness?
01/07/2022 • 12 minutes 43 seconds
Roe v. Wade Has Ended — Our Pro-Life Work Has Not
The Christian pro-life cause goes far deeper than legislation. We aim not only to change laws and behavior, but to change hearts and eternities.
30/06/2022 • 23 minutes 50 seconds
Sustain Your Prayer Life with Sleep
Satan will try to put us to sleep in prayer. And he does so, most commonly, by tricking us into staying up too late the night before.
29/06/2022 • 15 minutes 32 seconds
Is God Present or Absent in Hell?
Is God present in hell, as John seems to say in Revelation 14:10 — or is he absent, as Paul seems to say in 2 Thessalonians 1:9?
27/06/2022 • 12 minutes 53 seconds
What’s the Center of Our Holiness?
Scripture describes the process of sanctification in many different ways. How can we weave the various strands together into one coherent picture?
24/06/2022 • 14 minutes 43 seconds
God’s Love and My Sickness
Because Jesus loved Lazarus, the Gospel of John tells us, he did not come to him right away, but lingered and let him die. How is that love?
22/06/2022 • 17 minutes 58 seconds
Crucial Texts for Our Hardest Battles
When temptation strikes, we need more than a vague sense of God’s goodness — we need specific promises. Pastor John shares his favorite passages for fighting sin.
20/06/2022 • 16 minutes 46 seconds
Is God More Honored or Dishonored in the World?
If God aims to be glorified in this world, why is human history and the daily news filled with so much that dishonors him?
17/06/2022 • 12 minutes 47 seconds
The Pervasive Problem of Loving Money
The love of money often lives where others least suspect, like in the hearts of Pharisees, miracle workers, and those who seem most moral.
15/06/2022 • 17 minutes 52 seconds
How Do I ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer?
Paul speaks of wrestling in prayer, and many of us use his phrase. But what might our prayer lives actually feel like if we wrestled like the apostle?
13/06/2022 • 14 minutes 21 seconds
Counsel for Wives with Harsh Husbands
“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” Paul writes. But what can a wife do if she finds herself with a harsh man?
10/06/2022 • 13 minutes 59 seconds
Eight Essentials for Christian Living
How does God bring us from the grace of new birth to the glory of heaven? Pastor John explains eight essentials for Christian living from 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12.
08/06/2022 • 18 minutes 13 seconds
Did Jesus Tell Us to Give to Every Panhandler?
Jesus tells us to give to those who ask, but Paul warns the church against giving to the lazy. How might we apply these teachings when we meet a panhandler?
06/06/2022 • 13 minutes 12 seconds
Did Jesus Disregard the Sacrificial System?
If there is no forgiveness without shed blood, how could Jesus forgive sins apart from the sacrificial system and prior to his own death?
03/06/2022 • 12 minutes 7 seconds
Prayer in the Age of Global Hate
In an age of hate, Christians testify to God’s grace by praying for all kinds of people: high and low, white and black, Democrat and Republican, friend and enemy.
01/06/2022 • 17 minutes 15 seconds
How Will I Find My Ministry Calling?
When God grants us a ministry, does his leading come to us through internal impulses, external affirmation, or some combination of the two?
30/05/2022 • 11 minutes 58 seconds
Should We Pray for Unbelievers or for Evangelists?
Does Scripture ever command us to pray for unbelievers, or does it only command us to pray for the evangelists who speak to them?
27/05/2022 • 12 minutes 57 seconds
The Easiest Step of Love
Prayer is the easiest step of love, and it is also the most powerful. God can do far more for others in response to our prayers than we could ever do on our own.
25/05/2022 • 11 minutes 57 seconds
Have I Sinned If I Fall Short of Excellence at Work?
God is honored when we do our jobs with technical excellence, and he is also honored when we give ourselves to the kinds of excellence that cannot be measured.
23/05/2022 • 13 minutes 45 seconds
How Do I Not Provoke My Children?
How can we require obedience of our children without provoking and discouraging them? Pastor John offers eight pitfalls for fathers.
20/05/2022 • 13 minutes 24 seconds
Do Answered Prayers Depend on My Holiness?
Throughout Scripture, God warns that he will not hear the prayers of the disobedient. So do answered prayers depend on our holiness?
18/05/2022 • 11 minutes 38 seconds
For Christians Whose Testimony Seems Boring
We will never plumb the depths of sin and grace merely from past experience. Only God’s word can tell us how lost and dead we were, and how found and alive we are.
16/05/2022 • 11 minutes 46 seconds
Would You Have Supported Prohibition in 1913?
In the early twentieth century, many Christian leaders lent their approval to the cause of Prohibition. Would Pastor John have done the same if he lived back then?
13/05/2022 • 13 minutes 12 seconds
How Greatly Am I Loved?
In Christ, God has chosen us from eternity, and called us in time, so that we would boast no longer in ourselves, but only in him and his great love.
11/05/2022 • 17 minutes 53 seconds
How Do I Make Christian Hedonism My Own?
Some teachers influence us so deeply that we find ourselves imitating them without trying. So how can we move past imitation to make biblical truth our own?
09/05/2022 • 14 minutes 56 seconds
Why Dead Men Must Die
Paul says we all were dead apart from Christ, but he also says we died when we were united to Christ. In what sense, then, do dead men die?
06/05/2022 • 13 minutes 36 seconds
God Saves to Make Much of Himself — Doesn’t That Lessen His Love?
Nothing but God can forever satisfy hearts that are made for God. And so, in great mercy, God loves us in a way that makes much of himself.
04/05/2022 • 13 minutes 13 seconds
Should Gospel Disagreements End a Friendship?
Christians can disagree over many doctrines and stay friends. But what should we do when a friend rejects a doctrine central to the gospel?
02/05/2022 • 11 minutes 40 seconds
My Spouse Died Prematurely — Was It My Fault?
How might Christians process feelings of guilt over the death of a loved one? Pastor John offers counsel to a new widow struggling not to blame herself.
29/04/2022 • 14 minutes 37 seconds
How God Makes Much of You
In Christ, God makes more of us than we could ever imagine. And he will go on doing so forever.
27/04/2022 • 16 minutes 30 seconds
Does Faith Cause Regeneration?
Does faith bring about the new birth, or does the new birth bring about faith? Pastor John offers three reasons why getting the order right matters.
25/04/2022 • 14 minutes 8 seconds
Does God Delight in Justification or Holiness?
Does God delight in his people based on Christ’s work alone, or does his delight also depend on our own holiness?
22/04/2022 • 13 minutes 25 seconds
Why God Makes Much of You
When God makes much of us, he does it for his sake, not ours. And that makes his love far greater than we could have imagined.
20/04/2022 • 11 minutes 32 seconds
Shame: Its Uses and Abuses
Some shame condemns and destroys, and some shame heals and restores. So how can we tell the difference between misplaced and well-placed shame?
18/04/2022 • 12 minutes 45 seconds
What Are Church Traditions?
In his letters, Paul speaks not only of teachings he delivered to the churches, but also of traditions he passed on. What kind of traditions does he have in mind?
15/04/2022 • 13 minutes 4 seconds
The Heart of Fake Happiness
Many nominal Christians go to church, believe God loves them, and yet are on their way to hell. So what marks the born again from those who only think they are?
13/04/2022 • 14 minutes 16 seconds
Should Pro-Lifers Embrace Embryo Adoption?
In America, there are hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos, left over from in vitro fertilization. How might Christians weigh the decision to adopt one of them?
11/04/2022 • 12 minutes 12 seconds
Does Romans 7 Describe a Christian?
What kind of person does Romans 7:14–25 describe? Pastor John offers nine reasons to read Paul’s description as part of the Christian experience.
08/04/2022 • 16 minutes 4 seconds
What’s Lost When We Only Pray Alone?
The church of Acts often gathered together to praise God and intercede for his people. So what might we lose if we pray only by ourselves?
06/04/2022 • 14 minutes 33 seconds
Should We Dramatize Jesus’s Life for Television?
God gave us a book about Jesus, not a video. So how might Christians think about dramatic portrayals of Jesus’s life in television or movies?
04/04/2022 • 14 minutes 34 seconds
Do Christians Still Have Evil Desires?
If God’s wrath comes against evil desires, and not only evil behaviors, why will his wrath not come against Christians, who still battle evil desires?
01/04/2022 • 14 minutes 49 seconds
How Fleeting Pleasures Sidetrack Our Love
A lack of love for other people doesn’t show that we’re trying too hard to please ourselves — it shows that we’re far too easily pleased.
30/03/2022 • 10 minutes 24 seconds
I’m Too Distracted with Life to Meditate on Christ
How can we turn our attention away from regrets, dreams, and other consuming thoughts so that we can set our minds on things that are above?
28/03/2022 • 12 minutes 44 seconds
On Permanent Birth Control
If two spouses agree that they do not want to have more children, would it be sinful to pursue permanent forms of birth control?
25/03/2022 • 13 minutes 3 seconds
How Does God Lead Us in Daily Decisions?
How do I follow God’s lead in my daily decisions? I know he’s my shepherd, and that he’s leading me, but how do I know if I am following him?
23/03/2022 • 10 minutes 48 seconds
In Our Racial Differences, How Is Christ ‘All’ and ‘in All’?
To be a Christian is not only to trust Christ and treasure Christ, but to be indwelt by Christ. And that new identity transforms all our relationships.
21/03/2022 • 11 minutes 54 seconds
What Should We Make of Healing Ministries?
God still answers prayers for physical healing today. But how should Christians evaluate the claims of so-called healing ministries?
18/03/2022 • 13 minutes 44 seconds
When Will Christ Heal My Body?
We know that Jesus has purchased both our forgiveness and our physical healing at the cross. But what kind of healing can we expect in this life?
16/03/2022 • 11 minutes 27 seconds
All My Sins Were Canceled — So Why Continue to Confess?
If all our sins are forgiven — past, present, and future — does ongoing confession show that we doubt Christ’s finished work?
14/03/2022 • 13 minutes 35 seconds
My Flesh Was Crucified — So Why Do I Still Sin?
If our sinful flesh was crucified with Christ when we first believed, why do we keep sinning like we do?
11/03/2022 • 14 minutes 41 seconds
How Do I Know If My Good Deeds Are Worthless?
How do we make sure the good we do is not done in vain? Listen to Pastor John’s answer more than thirty years ago, just weeks after becoming a pastor.
09/03/2022 • 11 minutes 25 seconds
If God Is Sovereign, Why Is His World Full of Suffering?
When we look around at our world of horrific suffering, how can we keep believing in an all-good, all-wise, totally sovereign God?
07/03/2022 • 15 minutes 26 seconds
Is There a Place for Asceticism in the Christian Life?
Some self-denial exalts self and feeds sin, and some self-denial exalts Christ and kills sin. So how can we practice the right kind?
04/03/2022 • 12 minutes 18 seconds
How Do I Handle My Disordered Desires?
Every Christian battles excessive and distorted desires. And in Christ, God gives every Christian daily forgiveness, hope, and strength to keep fighting.
02/03/2022 • 12 minutes 10 seconds
How Did the Cross Disarm the Devil?
At the cross, Paul says, God “disarmed the rulers and authorities.” So what weapons are no longer in Satan’s hands?
28/02/2022 • 12 minutes 57 seconds
How Can I Avoid Worldly Thinking in My Studies?
How can Christians pursue education without being taken captive by worldly thinking? Pastor John reflects on Paul’s warning against “philosophy” in Colossians 2:8.
25/02/2022 • 13 minutes 24 seconds
God’s Providence in the Ministry of Crossway Books
In 1938, a small publishing ministry began distributing gospel tracts. Today, that ministry has spread millions of tracts, books, and Bibles all over the world.
23/02/2022 • 22 minutes 53 seconds
How Did God Reconcile ‘All Things’ to Himself?
Paul says that God has reconciled to himself “all things” in heaven and on earth. Does that mean even unbelievers and demons will be saved in the end?
21/02/2022 • 13 minutes 58 seconds
Are Divisions in the Church Necessary?
How should Christians respond to divisions in the church? Don’t make light of them, for they are tragic. And don’t make death of them, for they are predicted.
18/02/2022 • 15 minutes 35 seconds
Singing Sends Lovers of Christ to the Nations
Under God, musical worship can mobilize the church to finish the Great Commission. The gladness of Godward singing sends lovers of Christ to the nations.
16/02/2022 • 10 minutes 42 seconds
Can We Speak with Angels?
Scripture includes stories of angels talking with humans through dreams and visions. So should Christians expect, and even pursue, conversations with angels today?
14/02/2022 • 11 minutes 45 seconds
What Does It Mean to Cry, ‘Abba, Father’?
When God puts the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, giving us a spiritual sight of his fatherly care in Christ, we can’t help but cry, “Abba! Father!”
11/02/2022 • 17 minutes 51 seconds
Escaping the Love of Comfort and Safety
The freest people in this world are those most in love with the next. If our hope is safe in heaven, we can afford to take risks on earth.
09/02/2022 • 12 minutes 5 seconds
Has the Gospel Already Reached the Entire World?
Colossians 1:23 says the gospel “has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven.” Does that mean the gospel has already reached the entire world?
07/02/2022 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
Is My Salvation an Event or a Process?
If our final salvation rests on the condition that we persevere in faith, how can we know that we really will make it to heaven?
04/02/2022 • 12 minutes 47 seconds
Embracing Unpopular Truth in an Age of Political Correctness
Unless we become mature in our thinking, we will regularly be blown about by the winds of subtle, clever, politically correct language.
02/02/2022 • 18 minutes 19 seconds
Why Did God Make Eve from Part of Adam?
In creation, God made Adam and all the animals from the ground. So why, when God made Eve, did he take a rib from Adam’s side?
31/01/2022 • 12 minutes 11 seconds
If Every Gift Comes from God, Why Thank Anyone Else?
All good gifts are from God, through God, and to God. But in his providence, those gifts often come to us through others, who rightly deserve our thanks.
28/01/2022 • 12 minutes
The God Who Dwarfs Big Tech
Pastor John commends Tony Reinke’s new book — a panoramic, penetrating theology of technology, tethered to God’s infallible Scriptures.
26/01/2022 • 7 minutes 16 seconds
Is Technology Holy or Worldly?
How can Christians live faithfully in the day of Big Tech? In ‘God, Technology, and the Christian Life,’ Tony Reinke explores God’s relationship to the innovations of our age.
25/01/2022 • 15 minutes 25 seconds
Did Bathsheba Sin with David?
Does the story of David and Bathsheba suggest that Bathsheba was a willing partner in his adultery, or that David took her against her will?
24/01/2022 • 13 minutes 4 seconds
I Enjoy Being Alone — Is That Unloving?
God made some Christians to enjoy spending a lot of time alone. But what makes the difference between a Christian loner and a self-centered loner?
21/01/2022 • 12 minutes 13 seconds
When Life Shrinks to the Size of Our Problems
The God of the universe cares about every problem you have, no matter how small. And he wants to draw you up into purposes far greater than your problems.
19/01/2022 • 15 minutes 55 seconds
How the Lottery Preys on the Poor
Pull-tabs and scratch games incentivize risky, destructive behaviors, especially among those who can least afford to play.
17/01/2022 • 13 minutes 4 seconds
I Have Multiple Disabilities — How Do I Not Waste My Life?
What might it look like for a Christian with significant disabilities to live a productive, spiritually fruitful, God-glorifying life?
14/01/2022 • 14 minutes 4 seconds
Should I Become a Preacher?
Should I become a preacher? Pastor John’s own road to the pastorate shows that God often makes preachers in unexpected ways.
12/01/2022 • 13 minutes 12 seconds
Should I Leave an Inheritance for My Children?
If Scripture doesn’t obligate parents to leave a financial inheritance to their children, how might Christians decide what to do with their money?
10/01/2022 • 12 minutes 50 seconds
Why Does God Hide Himself from Christians?
God will never leave or forsake his children. But for our lasting good, he may sometimes hide his face and allow us to walk through seasons of darkness.
07/01/2022 • 12 minutes 19 seconds
Let God’s Word Dwell in You Richly This Year
When we memorize and meditate on God’s word, we create a deep, transforming connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.
05/01/2022 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
What Is an Idol?
The Bible describes idols as actual objects people worship, but today many use the language of “idolatry” more broadly. So what is an idol?
03/01/2022 • 14 minutes 23 seconds
Is Sanctification the Pursuit of Perfection?
In our pursuit to be holy as God is holy, how do we move past our failures to obey without feeling condemned in the process?
31/12/2021 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
What Desiring God Wants to Be Known For
The ministry of Desiring God is fueled by the prayers and financial gifts of God’s people. If you have been blessed by our resources in 2021, would you consider becoming a monthly partner? https://give.desiringgod.org/#monthly
29/12/2021 • 4 minutes 40 seconds
End-of-Life Medical Intervention — or Not?
God may use medicine to lengthen our lives, but he will always use habits of grace, like prayer and Bible reading, to sustain our faith in suffering.
27/12/2021 • 10 minutes 48 seconds
Why Is Christmas Precious to You?
We miss the miracle of what Christmas is if we forget why Christmas happened: God the Son became man — to die in our place.
24/12/2021 • 13 minutes 34 seconds
History Ended at Christmas
Christmas is not just another bend in the river of redemptive history. Christmas marks the end of the river and the arrival of the ocean.
22/12/2021 • 12 minutes 34 seconds
Do the Non-Elect Have a Chance to Repent?
The Bible teaches both the absolute sovereignty of God and the genuine accountability of man. And nowhere are they considered contradictory.
20/12/2021 • 14 minutes 38 seconds
Is It Normal to Have a Divided Heart?
No Christian consistently longs for God, which is one reason God gives us prayers like Psalm 86:11: “Unite my heart to fear your name.”
17/12/2021 • 18 minutes 13 seconds
The God Who Brings Us into Everlasting Pleasure
Those who live for joy in God now will possess joy in God forever. And until then, God pledges his protection over body and soul, through life and death.
15/12/2021 • 12 minutes 17 seconds
Can We Really Give God More or Less Glory?
Christians sometimes talk about giving God “some” glory, “more” glory, or “most” glory, but are those really biblical categories?
13/12/2021 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
How ‘Progressive’ Can a Christian Get?
None of us has an infallible understanding of the Bible, but at what point does open contradiction of Scripture call into question someone’s profession of faith?
10/12/2021 • 18 minutes 41 seconds
God’s Plan When Our Plans Fail
God, in his grace, does not keep us from trouble and pain. But he does order and measure our trouble and pain — and then uphold us through it all.
08/12/2021 • 9 minutes 52 seconds
How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit?
A love for excellence can easily grow into a hypercritical spirit. How can we resist the tendency to focus mostly on the failures of others?
06/12/2021 • 14 minutes 24 seconds
John Piper’s Ministry in One Bible Text
John Piper’s ministry has been marked by rigorous attention to God’s word paired with deep delight in God’s word — a double emphasis captured in Psalm 119:97.
03/12/2021 • 20 minutes 27 seconds
The God Who Turns Hearts to God
The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.
01/12/2021 • 10 minutes 22 seconds
Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?
If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.
29/11/2021 • 14 minutes 9 seconds
How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?
God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.
26/11/2021 • 20 minutes 39 seconds
The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving
Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.
24/11/2021 • 7 minutes 7 seconds
How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?
Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?
22/11/2021 • 12 minutes 47 seconds
Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?
When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.
19/11/2021 • 11 minutes 16 seconds
Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation
Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.
17/11/2021 • 13 minutes 51 seconds
Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains
When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?
15/11/2021 • 11 minutes 41 seconds
Is Complementarity Merely Functional?
Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?
12/11/2021 • 13 minutes 6 seconds
One Day Tolerance Will End
We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.
10/11/2021 • 10 minutes 27 seconds
On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine
Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?
08/11/2021 • 11 minutes
Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?
Pleasure in God is not complete unless it overflows in praise to God. And praise to God is not sincere unless it overflows from pleasure in God.
05/11/2021 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
How to Find More Joy in God
Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.
03/11/2021 • 9 minutes 11 seconds
Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?
Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?
01/11/2021 • 13 minutes 54 seconds
The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot
Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?
29/10/2021 • 12 minutes 1 second
Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness
The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.
27/10/2021 • 14 minutes 1 second
How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?
Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?
25/10/2021 • 17 minutes 14 seconds
Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?
Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how do we know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?
22/10/2021 • 10 minutes 48 seconds
Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?
Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.
20/10/2021 • 14 minutes 33 seconds
Reckoning with the Message of Job
Until we begin to grasp the infinite worth of God, and the horrific evil of sin, much of the Bible will make no sense — including a book like Job.
18/10/2021 • 12 minutes 29 seconds
How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High’?
Psalm 91 offers spectacular promises for the one who “dwells in the shelter of the Most High.” What does dwelling in the shelter of God mean for us today?
15/10/2021 • 10 minutes 42 seconds
Five Ways Pastors Fail
Countless pastors carry out their ministries faithfully — and some abuse their position and cause many to stumble. What does God have to say to hypocritical pastors?
13/10/2021 • 16 minutes 27 seconds
Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God’s Eyes?
God made marriage to picture the relationship of Christ and his church. Does it follow that a marriage between an unbelieving man and woman is illegitimate?
11/10/2021 • 11 minutes 45 seconds
Has God Abandoned Me?
God has promised never to leave us or forsake his people. So how do we respond when it feels like he has?
08/10/2021 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
Parenting Through a Family Crisis
If we’re going to parent well through family troubles, we need to know, first, that our own sin is our worst problem, and second, that Jesus’s blood covers it all.
06/10/2021 • 13 minutes 18 seconds
Ingredients for a Theology of Feasting
The Bible talks a lot about feasting — far more than about fasting, in fact. So what is feasting, and how might we enjoy it in our Christian lives?
04/10/2021 • 11 minutes 48 seconds
How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?
We know from the New Testament that Jesus will return in power and glory. What can we do to prepare ourselves for that long-expected day?
01/10/2021 • 10 minutes 51 seconds
You Don’t Need More Self-Love
Jesus’s command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves isn’t a call to raise our self-esteem. It’s a charge to seek others’ good in the same way we seek our own.
29/09/2021 • 13 minutes 44 seconds
Should Couples Use Role-Play in the Bedroom?
When the glory of God grows dim in our eyes, bodily appetites become gods. When we lose sight of a big purpose for our lives, sexual urges become too big.
27/09/2021 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
My Boyfriend Is Spiritually Lethargic — Should I Still Marry Him?
At what point should a Christian woman keep encouraging her spiritually lethargic boyfriend — and at what point should she call it off?
24/09/2021 • 15 minutes 6 seconds
Does God Love Me?
When do we experience the love of God most deeply? Not when we get whatever we want, but when he does whatever it takes to satisfy us in himself.
22/09/2021 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances?
We seem hardwired to be happiest when life goes well, and saddest when life goes poorly. How can we root our joy in Jesus instead of circumstances?
20/09/2021 • 11 minutes 18 seconds
Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?
Jesus and the apostles regularly warn against the dangers of wealth. So, should rich Christians take steps to downgrade their lifestyle?
17/09/2021 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
Prayers That Work
Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.
15/09/2021 • 11 minutes 38 seconds
How Do We Discern False Teachers?
The Bible repeatedly warns us against false teachers. But how can we actually identify them, especially if their ministry is mainly online?
13/09/2021 • 10 minutes 27 seconds
John Piper’s 9/11 Radio Interview
On the morning after September 11, 2001, a radio station interviewed Pastor John about the day’s stunning and tragic attack. Listen to the 47-minute recording.
11/09/2021 • 47 minutes 49 seconds
What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?
The New Testament never pairs the blessing of God with material prosperity in this age. So, what does it really mean to be blessed?
10/09/2021 • 11 minutes 40 seconds
The Power of Your Personal Testimony
Don’t be intimidated when people far smarter than you level arguments against Jesus. Your personal testimony has power to trump the most sophisticated arguments.
08/09/2021 • 14 minutes 19 seconds
How Will Love Grow Cold in the End Times?
At the end of this age, “the love of many will grow cold.” What will such coldness look like — and how can we guard ourselves against it?
06/09/2021 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
Did Christ Already Return?
Does Revelation suggest that Jesus already returned when Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 — and therefore that we should not wait for another coming?
03/09/2021 • 10 minutes 52 seconds
We Become Like the Videos We Behold
For better or worse, we become what we behold. How should this truth affect our media consumption in the digital age?
01/09/2021 • 9 minutes 2 seconds
What’s the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?
Both the sluggard and the diligent might take a nap on their day off. So, what distinguishes the laziness of the sluggard from the rest of the diligent?
30/08/2021 • 12 minutes 33 seconds
God Never Runs Out
Everything in this world eventually runs out: money runs out, health runs out, pleasure runs out, time runs out. But God never runs out.
27/08/2021 • 11 minutes 51 seconds
How Can I Make Daily Bible Reading Authentic?
How can we prevent Bible reading from becoming a lifeless routine? Pastor John offers three principles for authentic daily devotions.
25/08/2021 • 15 minutes 31 seconds
How Can I Honor My Parents If I Don’t Respect Them?
God calls his people to show honor to everyone — but not for the same reasons, and not in the same ways.
23/08/2021 • 12 minutes 8 seconds
Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?
If Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth, does he rule over the nations now? Or is he waiting to exercise his rule until his second coming?
20/08/2021 • 11 minutes 43 seconds
You Don’t Know God If You Don’t Love Christ
If you want to know whether others love God, ask if they love the Jesus of Scripture. Love for Jesus is the litmus test of love for God.
18/08/2021 • 13 minutes 52 seconds
Is Death Past, Present, or Future?
According to Paul, Christians have died, will die, and die every day. What do these different deaths mean, and how else does Scripture speak of our dying?
16/08/2021 • 11 minutes 21 seconds
Six Dangers of Podcasts
Podcasts, including Christian podcasts, have great potential for both good and evil. Pastor John explains six dangers to beware of as you listen.
13/08/2021 • 12 minutes 54 seconds
Living the Mystery of Joy in Suffering
Christians are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: sorrowful because of the ugliness and horrors of sin, and rejoicing because of the infinite worth of Jesus.
11/08/2021 • 14 minutes 38 seconds
If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Pursue Holiness?
If Christ already paid for all our sins — past, present, and future — then why do we need to work so hard to put sin to death and grow in holiness?
09/08/2021 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
Is Sex During Menstruation Sinful?
The Old Testament prohibited a husband and wife from having sex during menstruation. Is that command still in force today?
06/08/2021 • 16 minutes 30 seconds
Controversy Is Essential — and Deadly
Controversy is essential — and deadly. Slowly, we can begin to care more about defending the truth than enjoying the truth.
04/08/2021 • 9 minutes 18 seconds
How Do We Pray in the Spirit?
What do Paul and Jude mean when they command Christians to pray “in the Spirit” — and what would it mean to pray “out of the Spirit”?
02/08/2021 • 10 minutes 54 seconds
If We Read Our Bibles, Why Do We Need Sermons?
The Bible is perfect; preachers are not. So, why listen to the sermons of fallible men when we can read God’s infallible word for ourselves?
30/07/2021 • 12 minutes 44 seconds
How to Argue Like a Calvinist
John Newton cherished the doctrines of grace. And he knew that the best way to commend them was with a spirit of graciousness.
28/07/2021 • 12 minutes 21 seconds
Doing Math to the Glory of God
Why learn math — especially if studying math feels agonizing? Pastor John addresses an 8-year-old boy struggling to persevere in school.
26/07/2021 • 12 minutes 39 seconds
Can I Marry a Woman Half My Age?
The Bible doesn’t say how old Christians should be when they marry — or how close in age. So, can a Christian marry someone significantly younger?
23/07/2021 • 11 minutes 17 seconds
The Strong Murder the Weak Every Day in America
Killing an unborn child is illegal if the mother wants the baby — but legal if she doesn’t. The rights of the weak rest in the hands of the strong.
21/07/2021 • 9 minutes 59 seconds
How Much Media Is Too Much Media?
In a media-saturated age, obedience to Jesus requires intentional detachment from the patterns of the world — especially its patterns of entertainment.
19/07/2021 • 11 minutes 53 seconds
Will I Suffer More If I Follow Jesus?
Those who follow Jesus may suffer more in this life than those who don’t. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.
16/07/2021 • 13 minutes 11 seconds
The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Conclusion
People are starving for the grandeur of God. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know this truth — and shape every sermon accordingly.
15/07/2021 • 8 minutes 36 seconds
Faith Won’t Survive Without Friends
We all need people who will remind us that Christ is far better than sin, and that unrepentant sin destroys. Without friends, our faith won’t survive.
14/07/2021 • 9 minutes 59 seconds
Does the Bible Say I Am Unique?
God made everybody, knitting each of us intricately in our mother’s womb. Does that mean we are each unique, unlike any other person God created?
12/07/2021 • 12 minutes 35 seconds
Will God Really Praise Us?
If God deserves all glory and praise, what does Scripture mean when it mentions God’s glorifying and praising us?
09/07/2021 • 13 minutes 50 seconds
Why Comfortable Christians Go Prayerless
Until we come awake to the great spiritual war that surrounds us, we will never truly know the privilege and power of prayer.
07/07/2021 • 12 minutes 42 seconds
Do Angels Walk Among Us Today?
Hebrews tells us that, by showing hospitality to strangers, “some have entertained angels unawares.” Does this suggest that angels walk among us in human form?
05/07/2021 • 10 minutes 45 seconds
On Codependent Dating Relationships
God made us to need other people — but not to be codependent on them. So, how can we tell the difference between healthy need and disordered neediness?
02/07/2021 • 11 minutes 41 seconds
Why Would God Create a Baby to Live for Two Minutes?
With eternity in view, any span of life is a vapor. However long we live, our time here is preparation for the endless days of heaven.
30/06/2021 • 8 minutes 52 seconds
Should We Watch for Signs from God?
Some Christians seem to be always on the lookout for signs from God in creation or circumstances. Does the Bible encourage us in that search?
28/06/2021 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
Should Christians Visit Cemeteries?
Should Christians make a habit of visiting loved ones’ graves? And if we do visit, how can we honor Christ in the cemetery?
25/06/2021 • 12 minutes 26 seconds
One Surprising Reason for Pain
Many wonder how a good God could govern a world filled with pain. But sometimes, pain becomes the very means God uses to awaken us to his goodness.
23/06/2021 • 11 minutes 14 seconds
Who Is the Disciple Jesus Loved?
The Gospel of John speaks of a “disciple whom Jesus loved” five times. Who was this beloved disciple, and why does he single himself out like this?
21/06/2021 • 9 minutes 44 seconds
Plans for 2021 and Beyond
After a year unlike any other, Pastor John looks ahead to new books and renewed ambitions to spread Christian Hedonism farther across the globe.
18/06/2021 • 13 minutes 7 seconds
How Not to Correct a Fellow Christian
How can Christians challenge and correct one another in a way that honors Christ and acknowledges our common neediness before him?
16/06/2021 • 9 minutes 33 seconds
The Disabled Wife and the Proverbs 31 Woman
God expects faithfulness of all his people. But faithfulness for one Christian may look far different than faithfulness for another Christian.
14/06/2021 • 10 minutes 33 seconds
Are Our Enemies Spiritual, Human, or Both?
Paul tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. But Paul himself had many human enemies. So, are our enemies spiritual, human, or both?
11/06/2021 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
To Be Loved Infinitely
The essence of God’s love is not that he makes much of us, but that he frees us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.
09/06/2021 • 12 minutes 14 seconds
How Do I Serve Dying Unbelievers?
Many medical professionals regularly find themselves around people only hours or minutes from hell. How would love call us to act in those moments?
07/06/2021 • 11 minutes 50 seconds
Should Christian Jurors Show Mercy to the Guilty?
Christians display the character of God through both mercy and justice. But how do we know when to show mercy and when to give justice?
04/06/2021 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
Why Do You Want to Be Loved by God?
Almost everyone wants to be loved by God. But our reasons for wanting God’s love may reveal whether we truly know him or not.
02/06/2021 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
Is It Sinful to Pray for a Larger Income?
When God restored Job’s fortunes, he also doubled his wealth. Should Christians pray for God to do the same for us today?
31/05/2021 • 11 minutes 51 seconds
A Better Promise for Serial Daters
Serial dating, if left unconquered, often turns into serial marriage. So, what hope does Jesus offer to those addicted to the pleasures of a new relationship?
28/05/2021 • 12 minutes 23 seconds
Flee to Christ in Fear
God commands us both to fear him and to flee to him for refuge. How can we possibly do one without contradicting the other?
26/05/2021 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
Where Is Providence in the Vanity of Ecclesiastes?
The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “all is vanity.” But if God providentially guides all things, then doesn’t he give meaning to everything in this world?
24/05/2021 • 11 minutes 57 seconds
What Is a Baptist?
As with other Protestants, many Baptists trace their lineage to the Reformation. But what makes Baptists unique among the heirs of the Reformation?
21/05/2021 • 13 minutes 4 seconds
The Key to Killing Lust
Strategies are important in our battle against lust. But nothing arrests our souls with the urgency of purity like the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
19/05/2021 • 16 minutes 11 seconds
What Does the Bible Say About Purgatory?
What is purgatory, and why have thoughtful Christians like C.S. Lewis believed in it? Does this belief in afterlife cleansing find support in Scripture?
17/05/2021 • 14 minutes 22 seconds
How Do I Love Neighbors Who Ignore Me?
Jesus commands us to love our neighbors. But how can we love them if they don’t want our help, or if they even actively ignore us?
14/05/2021 • 11 minutes 44 seconds
Reckoning with Personal Failure
Christians are new creations in Christ — yet we still feel the familiar pull of the old self. How do we reckon with the persistence of indwelling sin?
12/05/2021 • 12 minutes
Why Have Africans Suffered So Much?
Some parts of the world seem to endure far more sorrow than other parts. Does God favor some places and peoples more than others?
10/05/2021 • 14 minutes 24 seconds
Is My Repentance Real If I Keep Committing the Same Sin?
Some of us find ourselves confessing the same sins over and over. How do we know our repentance is real if we repeatedly lose the same battles?
07/05/2021 • 14 minutes 25 seconds
How Churches Sabotage the Love of God
If we try to make much of the love of God by downplaying the wrath of God, we destroy the love of God.
05/05/2021 • 10 minutes 34 seconds
How Can I Protect My Child from State Indoctrination?
The primary responsibility for a child’s education belongs to parents, not to the state. So, what can parents do when the state tries to take control?
03/05/2021 • 14 minutes 53 seconds
Why Did the First Humans Live for So Long?
The book of Genesis records life spans in the hundreds of years. Why did the first humans live for so long — and why are our life spans today so short?
30/04/2021 • 11 minutes 32 seconds
How Have You Processed the Sin of Ravi Zacharias?
How might Christians process the failures of once-beloved figures like Ravi Zacharias? Pastor John draws out lessons from the ministries of fallen leaders.
29/04/2021 • 15 minutes 28 seconds
What’s Stopping You from Coming to Christ?
Some wait to come to Christ because they feel powerless to live the Christian life. But that power becomes ours only by coming to Christ.
28/04/2021 • 13 minutes 4 seconds
What Are Angels Doing Today?
Angels appear all over Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. But why did God create angels in the first place — and what are they doing today?
26/04/2021 • 13 minutes 8 seconds
How Should We Respond to Christian Conspiracy Theories?
Conspiracy theories — Christian or otherwise — are nothing new. But how can we talk to friends who find themselves gripped by them?
23/04/2021 • 11 minutes 24 seconds
What ‘No Condemnation’ Does to a Heart
“No condemnation” means that you are finally free: free to love, free to serve, free to forgive, and even free to die for the good of others.
21/04/2021 • 9 minutes 35 seconds
Did Abraham Laugh at God’s Promise?
Paul looks back to Abraham and celebrates his unwavering faith. But is Abraham’s laughter at God’s promise in Genesis 17 really a faithful response?
19/04/2021 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
What Makes Women the ‘Weaker Vessel’?
The differences between male and female are not obstacles to overcome or facts to ignore. They are distinct glories that God calls “very good.”
16/04/2021 • 13 minutes 49 seconds
The Problem with Asking, ‘What’s Wrong with It?’
If we want to follow Jesus, we will need to give up more than just sins. We will also need to give up everything that dulls our hearts for him.
14/04/2021 • 11 minutes 50 seconds
Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families
How can children who come from dysfunctional or abusive families begin to embrace the perfect fatherhood of God?
12/04/2021 • 12 minutes 2 seconds
How Does Chronic Pain Glorify God?
Why might God allow his children to endure years, or even decades, of unremitting suffering? How does such chronic pain bring him glory?
09/04/2021 • 11 minutes 34 seconds
Escape the World’s Infatuation with Sex
The deepest cure for lust never comes from strategies or accountability. The deepest cure comes from seeing the soul-staggering grandeur of God.
07/04/2021 • 10 minutes 19 seconds
How Will Heaven Change Our Joy?
Joy isn’t just a nice byproduct of the Christian life, but an essential part of it. From propitiation to glorification, joy animates our life in Christ.
05/04/2021 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
How Does Easter Change Us?
Christ’s resurrection secures our future hope that we too will rise one day. In the meantime, it also grants us spiritual power for everyday life.
02/04/2021 • 13 minutes 33 seconds
What You Need More Than Self-Confidence
Everything good in the Christian life grows in the soil of rich, deep, and happy humility.
31/03/2021 • 13 minutes 39 seconds
What Didn’t Christ Accomplish?
The cross of Christ accomplished everything we need to glorify God by being eternally happy in him. But is there anything the cross didn’t accomplish?
29/03/2021 • 13 minutes 17 seconds
How Can I Serve the Dying?
When you have the privilege of caring for dying people, how can you minister to their souls in addition to meeting their physical needs?
26/03/2021 • 13 minutes 24 seconds
What Is the Gospel For?
Forgiveness, justification, adoption, and eternal life are all a means to something even greater: enjoying God himself.
24/03/2021 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
How Can I Fight Sin Without Losing Sight of Christ?
Christians rest on Jesus not only for justification, but also for sanctification. Both are blood bought. Both are certain.
22/03/2021 • 13 minutes 53 seconds
I Feel Called to Missions — Should I Date Someone Who Doesn’t?
If I feel called to missions, should I be open to dating a Christian who doesn’t share the same calling?
19/03/2021 • 12 minutes 14 seconds
Finding Hope in God’s Unfolding Plan
God determines the direction of history down to the smallest detail. But what is his ultimate goal in all his providence?
17/03/2021 • 12 minutes 46 seconds
Who Is God?
God is the most important and most valuable reality in the entire universe. Who has he revealed himself to be?
15/03/2021 • 17 minutes 40 seconds
How Can We Know God?
Before we can ask who God is, we need to know where to find the answer. Where can we go to learn the truth about who God reveals himself to be?
12/03/2021 • 12 minutes 37 seconds
The Courage We Need for Mission
God’s providence isn’t an obstacle to evangelism and missions. It is, instead, our only hope to see the good news of the gospel reach all nations.
10/03/2021 • 12 minutes 14 seconds
Do We Dishonor God by Neglecting His Gifts?
We dishonor God when we love the gifts more than the Giver. But we also dishonor him when we forget all the gifts he has given.
08/03/2021 • 13 minutes 5 seconds
John Piper’s Big Book on the Providence of God
John Piper’s newest book, ‘Providence,’ celebrates the all-embracing, all-pervasive, invincible providence of God.
06/03/2021 • 1 hour 26 minutes 25 seconds
Why Did Jesus Choose Judas?
If Jesus knew that Judas would betray him in the end, why did Jesus choose Judas as a disciple to begin with?
05/03/2021 • 10 minutes 37 seconds
Finding the Confidence to Pray
The doctrine of God’s all-governing providence is not a problem for our prayers. It is our only hope for our prayers coming to pass.
03/03/2021 • 13 minutes 26 seconds
I’m Likely Going to Prison — Now What?
Where is God when I face life-changing consequences for my sin? Can he really work for my good, even in a punishment as severe as prison?
01/03/2021 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
Should I Ever Pursue My Dreams?
Can we pursue our own dreams while also obeying God? Or do we need to give up our dreams in order to follow what Jesus is really calling us to?
26/02/2021 • 10 minutes 49 seconds
Protected from False Teaching
Joyful faith in the all-governing providence of God immunizes us against false teaching that exalts man and detracts from the glory due to God alone.
24/02/2021 • 11 minutes 12 seconds
Who Wrote the Bible?
The question “Who wrote the Bible?” has a double answer: God and man. Humans held the quill, but God ultimately inspired their words.
22/02/2021 • 11 minutes 27 seconds
What Is the Meaning of Life?
When life just doesn’t seem to make sense, or even when it seems void of any meaning at all, what can help us to know our purpose again?
19/02/2021 • 14 minutes 46 seconds
Sustained Through the Hardest Suffering
God’s providence not only governs all things, but it gives us hope in our suffering. We can trust that our all-good God will turn every sorrow to joy.
17/02/2021 • 12 minutes 57 seconds
Why Is Baptism Important?
Jesus commands the church not only to make disciples, but also to baptize them. But why is baptism so important?
15/02/2021 • 14 minutes 10 seconds
My Teen Is Sexually Active — What Can I Do?
What can Christian parents do if they discover that one of their children is living in serious sexual sin? Pastor John offers counsel on where to begin.
12/02/2021 • 14 minutes 25 seconds
The Root of Beautiful Patience
God’s all-pervasive providence is the key that unlocks enduring patience. He is always working more good than we can ever see.
10/02/2021 • 12 minutes 32 seconds
Do My Sins Hinder My Prayers?
Peter tells us that a husband’s prayers are hindered if he dishonors his wife. Is this just a marriage principle, or does sin always obstruct our prayers?
08/02/2021 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
Is My Happiness Moral or Not?
Does the presence or absence of happiness say anything about us morally, or is happiness simply a nonmoral state of affairs?
05/02/2021 • 13 minutes 41 seconds
Escaping the Fog of Triviality
In a culture filled with silliness and superficiality, seeing and savoring the providence of God protects our hearts from trifling with divine things.
03/02/2021 • 12 minutes 45 seconds
Has Porn Already Broken My Future Marriage?
Pornography distorts our souls. But with the transformation of the Holy Spirit and a hard, honest fight, there is still hope for godly intimacy in marriage.
01/02/2021 • 13 minutes 44 seconds
Before You Tweet Criticism: Six Considerations
Social media feeds are often infernos of insults and anger. How can Christians engage online in ways that make much of Christ?
29/01/2021 • 12 minutes 45 seconds
Everything Made Meaningful
Even the tiniest details of history move forward under the providential care of our sovereign, all-good God. Nothing is random. Nothing is meaningless.
27/01/2021 • 12 minutes 6 seconds
Why Did God Create Us?
If God doesn’t need anything in this world in order to be who he is, then why did he create the world at all?
25/01/2021 • 14 minutes 14 seconds
Am I Too Hard on Myself?
God has given us a high and holy calling in Christ. But can a Christian ever be too hard on himself as he strives to live up to that calling?
22/01/2021 • 11 minutes 45 seconds
Trembling at Sin, Marveling at Grace
Seeing and savoring God’s providence in our redemption fills us with wonder and trembling joy. We owe everything to his grace.
20/01/2021 • 11 minutes 1 second
Martin Luther King and His Partner in the Cause
Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus.
18/01/2021 • 14 minutes 15 seconds
Is an Audio Bible Sufficient for Devotions?
Is listening to the Bible just as good as reading it? Or do we risk missing something if our Bible intake comes mainly through listening?
15/01/2021 • 10 minutes 47 seconds
Confronting Lukewarm Worship
When we see and savor the providence of God, lukewarm worship gives way to wonder, awe, and holy reverence before our majestic God.
13/01/2021 • 11 minutes 12 seconds
How Do I Bear with Immature Christians?
Faithful pastors long to see their churches grow up in faith, hope, and love. So, how does a pastor bear with those who seem to be going backward?
11/01/2021 • 10 minutes 49 seconds
How Often Should I Question My Salvation?
The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation?
08/01/2021 • 10 minutes 24 seconds
What Difference Does Providence Make?
What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications.
06/01/2021 • 12 minutes 4 seconds
Can I Take a Vaccine Made from Aborted Babies?
Several vaccines in current use are developed from the cells of aborted babies. Can Christians use these vaccines in good conscience?
04/01/2021 • 11 minutes 46 seconds
How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?
Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.
01/01/2021 • 14 minutes 18 seconds
Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead
At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching.
30/12/2020 • 10 minutes 3 seconds
Should We Talk More About ‘Following Jesus’?
In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament?
28/12/2020 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
Is Christmas Too Pagan for Christians?
Christmas offers an opportunity to look upon the incarnation with fresh amazement. But does the timing of our celebration just reflect pagan tradition?
25/12/2020 • 14 minutes 58 seconds
Why Did Christ Need a Body?
In the person of Jesus Christ, we encounter incarnate Deity. But why did he have to take on flesh that first Christmas?
23/12/2020 • 11 minutes 20 seconds
Do We Have the Exact Words of Christ, or a Paraphrase?
Do the Gospels give us the exact words that Jesus spoke, or do they give us a paraphrase that captures his meaning?
21/12/2020 • 12 minutes 52 seconds
Does Joy Come After Suffering, Or in It?
Faith does not shield us from waves of sorrow. But it does plant our feet on a rock of immovable joy. And when the waves leave, the rock remains.
18/12/2020 • 16 minutes 14 seconds
The Sweetness of Christ in 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, Pastor John describes the one reality that shaped everything else for him: the experience of sweeter fellowship with God.
16/12/2020 • 17 minutes 11 seconds
What Happens to Non-Christians Who Take the Lord’s Supper?
What happens when unbelievers eat the Lord’s Supper — either because they think they are believers or because the church has welcomed them to participate?
14/12/2020 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
Christian Marries Non-Christian — How Does a Church Respond?
How should pastors respond to a Christian who marries a non-Christian? And what might repentance look like in such a situation?
11/12/2020 • 10 minutes 8 seconds
Fight Sin Like a Victor, Not a Victim
When Christ gives you new life by the Spirit, you are no longer a victim under sin’s power, but a victor who has the strength to triumph.
09/12/2020 • 12 minutes 35 seconds
How Do I Battle Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter syndrome can make us feel like frauds in the workplace — like we are never good enough and always about to be exposed. How can we respond?
07/12/2020 • 14 minutes 49 seconds
Did Jesus Say We Are gods?
In John 10, Jesus quotes from Psalm 82, saying, “You are gods.” Does this mean human beings are gods, or is something else going on?
04/12/2020 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
What’s Keeping Me from Seeing Jesus?
By nature, we all want to be made much of. Until that craving for praise is laid to rest, we’ll never know the joy of making much of Jesus.
02/12/2020 • 13 minutes 20 seconds
Can I ‘Name It and Claim It’?
God can do far, far more than we can think to ask. But that doesn’t mean whatever we wish lines up with his sovereign plans to bring us good.
30/11/2020 • 15 minutes 38 seconds
Critical Race Theory, Part 2: The Root Problem
How should Christians respond to critical race theory? In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem.
24/11/2020 • 24 minutes 14 seconds
Critical Race Theory, Part 1: The Relationships
Critical race theory is a divisive topic among many Christians today. In a special episode, Pastor John explains why we should be careful in how we talk to each other about it.
23/11/2020 • 22 minutes 43 seconds
Ten Effects of Seeing and Savoring the Providence of God
When we see and savor the all-embracing, all-pervasive providence of God, we cannot help but show the worth of his providence in all of life.
20/11/2020 • 56 minutes 11 seconds
Have You Seen the Providence of God?
Immersing ourselves in the ocean of God’s providence helps us to know him, fear him, trust him, and love him as we ought.
18/11/2020 • 34 minutes 23 seconds
God’s Providence in 2020
In January 2021, John Piper releases his newest book: a 750-page study of the all-embracing, all-pervasive providence of God.
16/11/2020 • 16 minutes 42 seconds
Does God Regret Making Me?
We know that God is committed to saving his people. But does he ever become so frustrated with us that he regrets having made us in the first place?
13/11/2020 • 14 minutes 43 seconds
What Makes Us Want to Move and Travel?
Our cravings can take us to new spouses, new jobs, or even new cities or countries. But there is only one place we’ll find the satisfaction we seek.
11/11/2020 • 9 minutes 38 seconds
My Wife Is More Spiritual — How Do I Lead Her?
As a husband, I know that God calls me to lead my family. But what if my wife is more capable and more spiritually mature than I am?
09/11/2020 • 14 minutes 7 seconds
Am I Completely Surrendered to Christ?
Jesus calls us to renounce all we have to follow him. But how can we gauge if we are fully and completely committed to him?
06/11/2020 • 12 minutes 50 seconds
How Can I Grow in Obeying God?
Unless God enables our obedience, we work and serve in vain. All true obedience flows from the strength he supplies.
04/11/2020 • 11 minutes 52 seconds
I Sought a Prostitute — Am I Doomed?
Proverbs says that no one who visits the “forbidden woman” will return to the paths of life. So, is a man who seeks a prostitute doomed?
02/11/2020 • 12 minutes 56 seconds
When Does God Harden a Sinner’s Heart?
Does God harden sinners’ hearts only in response to their persistent sin, or is their sin a result of his prior hardening?
30/10/2020 • 14 minutes 5 seconds
God’s Good Design in Our Suffering
In this life, we will have trouble. But every trial paves the way to an inheritance with Christ that will satisfy us forever.
28/10/2020 • 10 minutes 53 seconds
Do My Past Sins Work Toward My Future Good?
We know that God works all things together for the good of his people. But does “all things” include even our sins?
26/10/2020 • 12 minutes 37 seconds
How Do We Raise Kids Who Are Not Naive or Cynical?
As Christians, we aspire to live out the paradox of brokenhearted boldness. But how do we teach and model this attitude for our kids?
23/10/2020 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
How Did God Call Me to Himself?
From our perspective, coming to Jesus Christ feels like placing our faith in him. But God himself enabled and awakened that faith in us.
21/10/2020 • 9 minutes 56 seconds
I’m Obsessed with My Appearance — How Can I Stop?
We know outward beauty is insignificant compared to inward beauty. But what should we do if we still feel insecure about our looks?
19/10/2020 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
Are Our Standards for Sexual Purity Too High for Pastors?
Is faultless chastity an appropriate standard for pastors, or are our expectations simply too high?
16/10/2020 • 10 minutes 51 seconds
My Suffering Feels Meaningless — What Can I Do?
Sometimes pain seems meaningless, but in Christ, every millisecond of your suffering is producing for you an eternal weight of glory.
14/10/2020 • 16 minutes 34 seconds
How Can I Love God More Than My Boyfriend?
As a couple’s affection for one another deepens, how can they make sure they are loving God more than each other?
12/10/2020 • 10 minutes 23 seconds
Is My Suffering a Correction for Sin?
When trials come, how can I know whether God is calling me to patiently endure, or whether he wants me to repent of a specific sin?
09/10/2020 • 11 minutes 19 seconds
How Do We Get Tricked into Sinning?
When we obey sin, we obey a liar, a deceiver, a murderer. Sin is a slave master who tricks his subjects into eternal death.
07/10/2020 • 12 minutes 31 seconds
Why Did Demons Ask Jesus for Pigs?
When Jesus comes, he brings deliverance, freedom, grace, and power. But some people prefer what life is like without him.
05/10/2020 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
Why Do I Need to Read the Bible When We Have Bible Teachers Online?
Today more than ever, Christians have access to a wealth of faithful Bible teaching online. So, why do we need to read the Bible for ourselves?
02/10/2020 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
Dismiss the Devil with a Song
Singing together is not merely the prelude to the sermon. When God’s people sing from the heart, more happens than we imagine.
30/09/2020 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
Is Enjoying God the Same as Glorifying God?
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Does that mean enjoying God and glorifying God are the same thing?
28/09/2020 • 13 minutes 1 second
Why Is the Bible So Violent?
The Bible depicts more violence than our modern sensibilities often want to admit. How do we handle these parts of Scripture when we come across them?
25/09/2020 • 12 minutes 56 seconds
How Do I Overcome My Fear of the Future?
In this life, we will have trouble. In this world, we will have reasons to fear. But in Christ, our God is with us through it all.
23/09/2020 • 9 minutes 13 seconds
Why Does It Matter That Christ Was ‘Begotten, Not Made’?
The Nicene Creed speaks of Jesus as “begotten, not made.” What does that mean, and why does it matter?
21/09/2020 • 15 minutes 25 seconds
Money Motivates Me to Work Hard — Is That Okay?
How can we tell if our desire for money is a good, God-given desire, instead of a love for Mammon? Pastor John offers seven ways to discern the difference.
18/09/2020 • 12 minutes 23 seconds
How Do I Tell If I Am Lukewarm?
How can we tell if we are spiritually lukewarm, like the Christians in Laodicea? We can look at our private prayer life.
16/09/2020 • 11 minutes 36 seconds
What Do You Love Most About God?
Unless the Bible informs what we love most about God, we risk imagining a god in our own likeness, rather than treasuring him for who he really is.
14/09/2020 • 13 minutes 15 seconds
‘Always Learning but Never Arriving’ — Is That Me?
Paul warns us about some who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” What kind of person does he have in mind?
11/09/2020 • 12 minutes 52 seconds
What Is God Accomplishing in My Suffering?
Suffering often feels meaningless in the moment. So how can Christians learn not only to endure trials, but to rejoice in the midst of them?
09/09/2020 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
What Do My Entertainment Habits Reveal About My Soul?
If we cope with stress by watching movies, posting on social media, or consuming other forms of entertainment, what does that say about our souls?
07/09/2020 • 11 minutes 55 seconds
Does Every Sin Cost Me an Eternal Reward?
God promises eternal rewards for his people’s present obedience. But does every sin cost us one of those rewards?
04/09/2020 • 11 minutes 13 seconds
I Feel Unappreciated — How Should I Respond?
Ingratitude can make us feel unwanted and unnoticed. But our Father in heaven sees in secret, and he will more than make up for every thankless deed.
02/09/2020 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
Is My Career in Marketing Vain?
Some marketing succeeds by cultivating consumerism in the human heart. Can a Christian glorify God in that kind of job?
31/08/2020 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
How Do I Recover from an Unbearable Tragedy?
Some tragedies make life feel barely worth living anymore. So is there any hope that we could one day be happy and at peace again?
28/08/2020 • 15 minutes 15 seconds
What Does My Stealing Say About My Soul?
Whether we steal time, money, glances, or anything else, our impulse to take what is not rightfully ours reveals a lot about our view of God.
26/08/2020 • 11 minutes 48 seconds
Will the New Creation Look Like This One?
The new creation will probably seem familiar to us. But there will also be new dimensions of life and joy we can’t even begin to fathom.
24/08/2020 • 14 minutes 41 seconds
Is Angry Prayer Okay?
We have nothing to hide from God since he already knows our hearts. But that doesn’t mean we can do or say whatever we want in prayer.
21/08/2020 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
How Did John Piper Become a Calvinist?
When John Piper entered seminary in 1968, he believed in the self-determining will of man. But then he encountered Philippians 2 and Romans 9.
19/08/2020 • 9 minutes 10 seconds
When Should I Follow My Heart?
If a Christian desires God above all, then shouldn’t he follow his heart? Or are our hearts so deceitful that we can never trust them at all?
17/08/2020 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
Ten Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day
If we are going to grow up into maturity in Christ, we need to feast on Scripture — and not just here and there, but every day.
14/08/2020 • 11 minutes 57 seconds
How Does Christ Change How I Work?
When you come to know Jesus Christ, something about everything in your life changes — including how you approach your vocation.
12/08/2020 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
How Do I Lead Someone to Christ?
To lead someone to Christ is a spectacular gift from God. But what should you actually say and do in the moment?
10/08/2020 • 15 minutes 7 seconds
Do We Need Extrabiblical Texts to Understand the Bible?
Extrabiblical sources can help fill in some details of our Bible study, but all the gold we need to mine for life and godliness is in our English Bibles.
07/08/2020 • 10 minutes 40 seconds
Did God Save Me to Call Attention to Himself?
Over and over in the Bible, God says that he saves us in order to draw attention to himself. Why did God design salvation that way?
05/08/2020 • 8 minutes 16 seconds
Are Christian Couples Required to Have Kids?
The Bible is clear that children are a gift from God. So is there any room for a Christian couple to decide not to have any?
03/08/2020 • 13 minutes 14 seconds
Can a Christian Hedonist Get Depressed?
If we glorify God by enjoying him, how do we think about seasons of darkness in the Christian life, when joy seems far away?
31/07/2020 • 11 minutes 47 seconds
How Do I Wait for God?
God works for those who wait for him. But what does it mean to wait for God?
29/07/2020 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
John Piper Interviews J.I. Packer
In a 72-minute interview, John Piper and J.I. Packer discuss the Puritans, theology, the Christian life, and our heavenly hope.
28/07/2020 • 1 hour 16 minutes 20 seconds
How Do I Glorify God in My Daily Life?
God created us to glorify him by enjoying him forever. But how do we fulfill that purpose in the little things, in the small moments, in the day to day?
27/07/2020 • 11 minutes 53 seconds
Am I Wasting My Life in a Secular Job?
Our vocation doesn’t automatically determine our fruitfulness for Jesus. God uses all kinds of people in all kinds of places to accomplish his purposes.
24/07/2020 • 10 minutes 55 seconds
How Does God Become Totally for Me?
God won’t settle for anything less than perfection from us. Either we depend on Christ’s perfection in our place, or we keep the entire law.
22/07/2020 • 7 minutes 39 seconds
How Do I Wage War on My Self-Pity?
At the cross, Christ canceled all our sins through his blood. Now, by the Spirit, we work to conquer every canceled sin.
20/07/2020 • 12 minutes 17 seconds
A Seriously Happy Puritan: Praising God for J.I. Packer
On the morning of July 17, J.I. Packer passed into glory. Pastor John shares a tribute to the man he looked up to as a father in the faith.
19/07/2020 • 38 minutes 20 seconds
Seven Lessons for Productivity
After fifteen hundred episodes of the Ask Pastor John podcast, Pastor John shares seven lessons that have inspired him to labor faithfully over decades.
17/07/2020 • 19 minutes 17 seconds
What Does Freedom from the Love of Money Look Like?
Our hearts were never meant to find their meaning in money. God made us for something far more valuable.
15/07/2020 • 9 minutes 53 seconds
How Can I Disagree with My Husband and Still Submit?
How can a wife disagree with her husband about a decision while still submitting to his leadership in the home?
13/07/2020 • 13 minutes 38 seconds
How Do I Know If I’m Doing Enough for God?
Before you get overwhelmed by all of the Bible’s commands, remember your right standing with God and focus first on the anchors of faithful obedience.
10/07/2020 • 13 minutes 1 second
Why Do I Need to Be Saved?
At the cross, God not only clears a path for sinners to himself. He also vindicates his righteousness after passing over centuries of sin.
08/07/2020 • 13 minutes
Why Does ‘Atonement’ Disappear in the New Testament?
The word “atonement” appears all over the ESV’s translation of the Old Testament, but never in the New. Didn’t Jesus make atonement for our sins?
06/07/2020 • 10 minutes 57 seconds
How Much Patriotism Is Too Much Patriotism?
If Christians are first and foremost citizens of heaven, then is it ever appropriate to show patriotism for a homeland?
03/07/2020 • 14 minutes 46 seconds
How Can I Be Free from Materialism?
For many Western Christians, materialism has transformed our wants into needs and distorted our view of biblical Christianity. How can we be free?
01/07/2020 • 7 minutes 54 seconds
Did Moses Think Sinners Could Keep the Law?
The Mosaic law requires obedience over and over again. Does that mean old-covenant believers earned their way to a right standing with God?
29/06/2020 • 13 minutes 41 seconds
Do I Need to Understand the Trinity to Be Saved?
What does someone need to know about the Trinity in order to have saving faith in Jesus?
26/06/2020 • 14 minutes
How Do I Find Freedom from Worry?
In the moment when troubles come or worries rise, we need the precious truth of specific promises from God’s word.
24/06/2020 • 10 minutes 49 seconds
Would God Have Been More Loving Not to Create Anyone?
If God knew before he created the world that millions of people would suffer eternally in hell, would he have been more loving not to create at all?
22/06/2020 • 12 minutes 10 seconds
Which Characters in Job Can We Trust?
Job is a famously difficult book to understand and apply. But God has not left us without interpretive guides to help us discern the book’s message.
19/06/2020 • 14 minutes 20 seconds
Update from John Piper and How You Can Help Us
Hear from Pastor John on his latest ministry projects, and learn how you can partner with us to spread joy in Jesus Christ for years to come.
18/06/2020 • 20 minutes 6 seconds
What Do You See When You Look at the Sky?
All creation rings with its Maker’s praise. If we pause to look and listen, God can show us glory in all that he has made.
17/06/2020 • 9 minutes 29 seconds
Why Does Christ Want Some Not to Believe?
If God desires all people to be saved, why did Jesus sometimes speak in a way that kept people from believing?
15/06/2020 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
How Should Christians Respond to Climate Change?
Climate-change activists warn of dire consequences if nations and individuals refuse to care for the environment. How should Christians respond?
12/06/2020 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
Why Must Our Bodies Get Resurrected?
Our resurrection bodies will allow us not only to experience life without disease and decay, but also to enjoy God in the bliss he intended.
10/06/2020 • 8 minutes 5 seconds
Does the Law Aggravate Our Sin Nature?
The Mosaic law raises countless questions for Christians. But how might we begin to understand the function of the law in redemptive history?
08/06/2020 • 17 minutes 5 seconds
What Are the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus gave his disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven so that they could loose and bind. What does that mean for Christians today?
05/06/2020 • 10 minutes 38 seconds
What Do You Say to Evangelicals Who Affirm So-Called ‘Same-Sex Marriage’?
When someone close to you affirms so-called “same-sex marriage,” how do you respond in both faithfulness to Scripture and love for that person?
03/06/2020 • 10 minutes 47 seconds
My Pastors Don’t Preach Against Sin — Is That Okay?
Addressing sin and repentance may sound harsh to some, but genuine biblical preaching names and denounces specific sins.
01/06/2020 • 15 minutes 43 seconds
Does John Piper Deny Personal Assurance?
God gives believers warnings not to strip us of our assurance, but to keep us clinging to Christ and killing sin by the Spirit.
29/05/2020 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
What Are God’s Purposes in a Recession?
God has thousands of purposes in all that he does — including recessions. What does Scripture tell us about God’s designs in our financial uncertainty?
27/05/2020 • 7 minutes 17 seconds
How Much Joy Did the Curse Cost Me?
Because of the fall, we are by nature dead to joy in God. Because of the cross, we can experience more joy in God than we ever could have had in Eden.
25/05/2020 • 10 minutes 57 seconds
Do My Sins Ruin God’s Plan for My Life?
Some sins unalterably change the course of our lives, leaving us to live with the consequences. Do these sins sabotage God’s best plan for us?
22/05/2020 • 12 minutes 28 seconds
The God over Viruses
If we say God is sovereign, does that mean he’s in charge of everything — even down to the tiniest molecule?
20/05/2020 • 9 minutes 21 seconds
Does Christ Govern Every Storm?
Jesus stilled a storm for his disciples two thousand years ago, but does that necessarily mean he controls every single storm today?
18/05/2020 • 13 minutes 9 seconds
Am I Living by Faith or Unbelief?
The Bible calls us to walk by faith, but how can we actually know if we are living by faith instead of unbelief?
15/05/2020 • 11 minutes 30 seconds
Could a Recession Serve Our Joy?
Sometimes it takes a recession to dig up the roots of our lives and replant them in soil that causes us to bear the fruit of generosity.
13/05/2020 • 9 minutes 46 seconds
What Is Hyper-Calvinism?
Doctrinal systems can help us summarize the Bible’s teaching, but they are never a substitute for Scripture itself.
11/05/2020 • 13 minutes 1 second
What’s the Comfort If the Coronavirus Is Judgment?
Even in the most bitter providences, Christians have comfort to offer. The gospel is best news in the world for the hardest moments in the world.
11/05/2020 • 17 minutes 20 seconds
What Is Grace?
We often define “grace” as “undeserved favor.” But the grace of God has another meaning in the Bible that is filled with encouragement and comfort.
08/05/2020 • 10 minutes 33 seconds
How Can I Receive Christ?
The help Jesus offers isn’t a commodity you can buy with money or morality. To have the Son, you must receive him by faith.
06/05/2020 • 11 minutes 15 seconds
Is the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Really Important?
Are Calvinism and Arminianism just points of debate for theologians, or do they actually have real-life implications on our relationship with God?
04/05/2020 • 15 minutes 5 seconds
How Should We Dress for Church?
How we dress for church will depend on our vision of God, our understanding of God’s people, and our grasp of what is at stake when we gather.
01/05/2020 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
What Are the Spiritual Dangers of Technology?
Technology can make our lives easier and more efficient than ever. But it can also slowly numb our affections to the things that matter most.
29/04/2020 • 9 minutes 34 seconds
Is the Christian’s Heart Deceitfully Wicked?
Is the Christian heart still wicked and deceitful? Or does God give us a completely new heart at the new birth?
27/04/2020 • 8 minutes 3 seconds
What Sins Disqualify a Pastor for Life?
Should churches ever consider calling a pastor who has committed adultery in the past? And if so, how should they evaluate his repentance?
24/04/2020 • 12 minutes 17 seconds
Sovereign Comfort for Uncertain Times
When crisis hits, Jesus Christ remains on his throne. He reigns supreme, and he will never leave nor forsake his people.
22/04/2020 • 10 minutes 54 seconds
Why Do We Confess If Our Sins Are Already Forgiven?
If Christians are already fully forgiven, justified, and united with Christ, then why do we need to continually confess our sins to God?
20/04/2020 • 12 minutes 16 seconds
Is God Humble?
As we seek to put away pride and become more humble, is there any humility in God for us to imitate? Or is humility fitting only for creatures?
17/04/2020 • 12 minutes 12 seconds
More Precious Than Praise and Possessions
How we handle our possessions in this world and the praise of man not only shapes our lives now, but determines our fate for eternity.
15/04/2020 • 12 minutes 31 seconds
Fighting Loneliness in the Coronavirus Outbreak
God created us to live in community, not to self-isolate. But when we do experience loneliness, to what promises can we turn?
14/04/2020 • 9 minutes 56 seconds
I’m Afraid of Surrendering to Christ — What Can I Do?
The life Jesus promises when you follow him far surpasses anything you might have to give up. There is no greater joy than in walking with him.
13/04/2020 • 12 minutes 5 seconds
Why Do We Celebrate Easter?
If Jesus remained in the grave, then his followers have no hope. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Christ is risen.
10/04/2020 • 11 minutes 21 seconds
Why the Sovereignty of God Is Good News
The doctrine of God’s sovereignty does not sit on the periphery of theology. Without the sovereignty of God, we have no gospel.
09/04/2020 • 8 minutes 20 seconds
Coronavirus and Christ (Audiobook)
What is God doing through the coronavirus pandemic? He is not silent about what he is doing in the world. He has given us the Scriptures. In this special edition of APJ, Pastor John narrates his first-ever audiobook entitled Coronavirus and Christ.
08/04/2020 • 2 hours 7 minutes 35 seconds
How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?
Whether you became a Christian at age 5 or 85, God worked in you, by his Holy Spirit, to open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of Jesus Christ.
06/04/2020 • 11 minutes 30 seconds
Is It a Sin to Back Out of a Commitment?
Honesty, integrity, and reliability should characterize every Christian. Since God delights in truth, so should his people.
03/04/2020 • 10 minutes 7 seconds
Plan for Something Greater Than Retirement
Retirement is not the last chapter of life — eternity is the last chapter. And the hope of being with Jesus forever should shape our final years on earth.
01/04/2020 • 12 minutes 1 second
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus
Little hearts need the hope and security of a big God. What can parents tell kids and teens in the middle of a pandemic?
31/03/2020 • 13 minutes 14 seconds
Public, Private, Online, Homeschool?
When Christian parents have a number of educational options for their children, what biblical principles help us decide what’s best?
30/03/2020 • 9 minutes 38 seconds
What’s Next for an Aging Pastor?
God never wastes his children. If you devote yourself to serving the Lord, he will never leave you without significant opportunities for good works.
27/03/2020 • 10 minutes 29 seconds
How Do I Fight My Coronavirus Fears?
The coronavirus is a wake-up call for everyone. Have we built our lives on a fragile foundation, or do we have true, unshakable hope in Jesus Christ?
26/03/2020 • 16 minutes 15 seconds
Grace for Our Hardest Moments
Jesus may not give us everything we want, or even everything we think we need. But he will give us everything we truly need — all the way to the end.
25/03/2020 • 11 minutes 54 seconds
Are IVF Babies Knit Together by God Too?
No technology can ever thwart God’s sovereignty. His oversight extends even to those advancements that seem to take his place.
23/03/2020 • 11 minutes 26 seconds
A Word to Men Who Demean Their Wives
God calls husbands to provide and protect, not demean and belittle. Husbands must lead, but always with gentleness and grace, especially in the home.
20/03/2020 • 15 minutes 29 seconds
Jesus Didn’t Die for Our Present Prosperity
Jesus doesn’t want disciples who seek him merely for what he can provide. He wants disciples who treasure him for who he is.
18/03/2020 • 12 minutes 42 seconds
Jesus Came to Bring Violence — but What Does That Mean for Us?
Jesus told his disciples, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” What kind of sword does the Prince of Peace bring?
16/03/2020 • 8 minutes 46 seconds
How Do I Take Risks Without Being Unwise?
Jesus calls us away from self-protection and toward taking risks of love. To follow a sacrificial Savior is to give and sacrifice with him.
13/03/2020 • 10 minutes 25 seconds
John Piper’s Death-Row Plea
Jesus does not discriminate. He offers the bread of life to anyone who calls on his name — even to those who have committed unspeakable crimes.
11/03/2020 • 12 minutes 4 seconds
Am I Mainly the Product of My Background?
Are we free to be who we want to be, or are we instead the products of our backgrounds and environments?
09/03/2020 • 11 minutes 6 seconds
If God Is Sovereign, Are My Prayers Pointless?
If all of God’s plans stand, and all of his purposes come to pass, is praying for what we want pointless?
06/03/2020 • 11 minutes 5 seconds
Will Suffering Weaken My Ministry?
Suffering is not a hindrance to the spread of the gospel. Suffering is, very often, God’s means of spreading the gospel where it has never gone before.
04/03/2020 • 12 minutes 38 seconds
How Do I Care for My Depressed Wife?
How can a husband cultivate an atmosphere of holy joy at home if his wife struggles with chronic sadness or depression?
02/03/2020 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
How Can Couples Heal After Adultery?
After adultery, couples may feel like their marriage is ruined beyond repair. What biblical realities can help them begin to find healing?
28/02/2020 • 14 minutes 2 seconds
How Do We Make Sense of the Coronavirus?
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.
28/02/2020 • 16 minutes 7 seconds
How Can I Jumpstart My Prayer Life?
Prayer offers us a lifeline to our Lord, a vital connection we need every day. But unless we plan ahead, we will be prone to wander.
26/02/2020 • 10 minutes 33 seconds
How Much Victory Can I Expect over Sinful Desires?
The new birth brings an awakening of delight in Christ and increasing victory over sin. But how much delight and victory should Christians expect?
24/02/2020 • 12 minutes 8 seconds
How Do I Bless My Children Before Bed?
If you want to raise your children to know and love Jesus, then a regular rhythm of blessing may prove to be a helpful habit of grace.
21/02/2020 • 11 minutes 19 seconds
Why Is My Theology Not Changing My Life?
If I believe all the right things, then why does my growth in holiness seem so tedious and slow?
19/02/2020 • 9 minutes 56 seconds
Should Christians Attend Alcoholics Anonymous?
Alcoholics Anonymous, and programs like it, seem to genuinely help hurting people. But what do such programs miss that Christians can’t overlook?
17/02/2020 • 10 minutes 24 seconds
Can We Love Both God and Pleasure?
If the Bible says that loving pleasure is a sign of ungodliness, then can we really make joy and pleasure essential to our pursuit of God?
14/02/2020 • 10 minutes 43 seconds
How Do I Let Go of Anger over Past Wrongs?
How do we lay down our anger, our bitterness, our grudges against those who have wronged us and gotten away with it?
12/02/2020 • 12 minutes 41 seconds
Would God Be Just as Glorified If We Were His Slaves?
God gets maximum glory from his people, not when we work for him out of begrudging duty, but when we run to him out of sheer delight.
10/02/2020 • 10 minutes 59 seconds
How Do I Find a Good Church?
If you live near a number of gospel-preaching churches, how do you decide which body is best for you to join? Pastor John suggests nine steps.
07/02/2020 • 10 minutes 47 seconds
How Do I Grow in Wisdom?
How do I become a sage who overflows with godly wisdom? Pastor John recommends a path too few of us choose to tread.
05/02/2020 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
Should My Husband Pray with Me More?
We all need private, regular communion with God. But the Bible presents a vision for prayer that reaches well beyond our personal quiet times.
03/02/2020 • 11 minutes 24 seconds
Should We Call Female Leaders ‘Pastors’?
The New Testament doesn’t apply the term “pastor” to any leader in the church, but only to qualified men who oversee and teach the flock.
31/01/2020 • 11 minutes 9 seconds
Who Is Yahweh?
The God of our Bibles is more glorious than we can even begin to imagine. And it all begins with this fact: God absolutely and simply is.
29/01/2020 • 10 minutes 27 seconds
Is John Piper Popular Because He Makes Christianity Look Intelligent?
What happens when a preacher saturates himself with the Scriptures, walks into a pulpit, and overflows with a God-entranced vision of all things?
27/01/2020 • 9 minutes 40 seconds
Did My Dad Die Because I Lacked Faith?
James tells us that we have not because we ask not. But do we still lack sometimes because we don’t ask with enough faith?
24/01/2020 • 9 minutes 36 seconds
Is Something Evil Only If It Harms Others?
Evil goes beyond the harm we commit against other humans. Evil is preferring anything above God, even if we harm no one in the process.
22/01/2020 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
What Is the State of Race Relations in the Church?
Our perceptions of race relations in the church are of some importance. God’s vision for where race relations are heading is of infinite importance.
20/01/2020 • 10 minutes 40 seconds
Is a Similar Sense of Calling Required for Marriage?
Most fundamentally, marriage is not a convenient matchup of vocations, but a covenant that displays the love Jesus has for his church.
17/01/2020 • 10 minutes 18 seconds
How Should I Parent My Non-Christian Teen?
Should parents require non-Christian teens to attend church with them? And if so, how do they avoid creating hypocrites of their kids?
15/01/2020 • 9 minutes 29 seconds
Are Hell and the Cross Overkill for Sin?
The cross will seem like an overreaction as long as man is big and God is small. The essence of sin is not harm done to man, but indignities done to God.
13/01/2020 • 12 minutes 58 seconds
How Do We Respond to Claims That Christianity Is Dangerous?
How should Christians live in a culture that increasingly views our faith as bigoted, immoral, and even dangerous?
10/01/2020 • 13 minutes 27 seconds
What Every Marriage Needs Most
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.
08/01/2020 • 9 minutes 36 seconds
How Do I Respond to Sexual Dreams?
What do sexually illicit dreams reveal about our souls? Pastor John offers biblical principles for understanding dreams and practical ways to overcome them.
06/01/2020 • 12 minutes 1 second
What Should I Expect My First Time Through the Bible?
What can you expect when you set out on a journey through the entire Bible? Pastor John offers three cautions and nine life-transforming hopes for every Bible reader.
03/01/2020 • 11 minutes 53 seconds
Are Personal Resolutions Effective or Futile?
Are New Year’s resolutions helpful, are they harmful, or are they just a setup for eventual failure?
01/01/2020 • 8 minutes 21 seconds
I Have a New Journaling Bible — How Should I Mark It Up?
Journaling Bibles can be a great way to go deeper in God’s word, but many feel paralyzed, not knowing what to write (or not).
30/12/2019 • 11 minutes 50 seconds
How Concerned Should Christians Be with Consumerism?
In our good concern for what and how we consume, how do Christians keep from being consumed by ethical consumerism?
27/12/2019 • 9 minutes 29 seconds
Why Was Christ Born into This World?
The wonder and glory of Christmas will never dry up because the manger lets loose waterfalls of mercy that will flow forever.
25/12/2019 • 20 minutes 26 seconds
Should I Use Christmas Dinner for Evangelism?
As we gather around the dinner table this Christmas, how might we share the gospel with family who don’t understand the meaning of Jesus’s birth?
23/12/2019 • 8 minutes 35 seconds
Does the Bible Forbid My Nativity Set?
The second commandment forbids using an image or likeness of God in worship. Does that mean we should take down our nativity sets?
20/12/2019 • 11 minutes 34 seconds
How Do I Banish Low Thoughts of Christ?
The Christ who took on flesh and dwelt among us never had a beginning. He existed eternally before, and will be forever after.
18/12/2019 • 15 minutes 34 seconds
How Do I Battle Subtle Temptations to Lust?
Victory over pornography use is no small thing, but that doesn’t mean our battle is over. God lays claim to every impulse in our hearts, however small.