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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
© 2019 Desiring God
October 14, 2019
How Do I Follow God’s Will in the Face of Two Good Options?
God may not reveal every detail we want to know about our future, but he does promise to walk with us and direct our steps.
October 11, 2019
What Does the Bible Say About ‘National Coming Out Day’?
Our culture may celebrate sin and stifle truth, but that doesn’t mean we should lose hope. God can still grant an awakening.
October 9, 2019
How Do We Respond When a Pastor Leaves the Faith?
If we believe in the sovereignty of God, then how do we explain friends or prominent leaders who turn their backs on Jesus?
October 7, 2019
How Much ‘Lover’ Language Should We Use in Worship Songs?
Our song choices influence our churches nearly as much as our sermons. If we don’t choose our music with care, we aren’t shepherding well.
October 4, 2019
Should We Call Out False Teachers or Ignore Them?
False teachers threaten churches all over the world. Every Christian, and especially pastors, should know how to respond to their danger.
October 2, 2019
How Do I Submit to My Unbelieving Husband?
A wife’s submission to her husband is qualified submission. She follows Jesus first, and then does whatever she can to honor her husband’s leadership.
September 30, 2019
Is Everyone Punished the Same in Hell?
The Bible describes degrees of happiness for the saints in heaven. Does that mean there are degrees of despair in hell?
September 27, 2019
John Piper’s Most Bizarre Moment in Preaching
If John Piper wants Christians to find their ultimate happiness and joy in God, why hasn’t he ever told a joke from the pulpit?
September 25, 2019
Who Is John Piper?
We make plans and prepare for what’s ahead, but only God orders our steps. Pastor John shares his path toward a lifetime of fruitful ministry.
September 23, 2019
Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?
The Bible commands us to be baptized, but what does the water actually do? Does it save us, like 1 Peter 3:21 appears to say?
September 20, 2019
We’re Back! — Update from John Piper
John Piper recently finished a book on the providence of God — the purposeful sovereignty of a heavenly Father who loves and cares for his children.
September 18, 2019
Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?
Rerun from May 25, 2018. Is the term “reckless” too reckless? Pastor John offers pastors, worship leaders, and congregations ways to think about the popular lyrics.
September 16, 2019
When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up
Rerun from March 14, 2018. When God feels distant, he may be calling us away from a flimsy faith to a tough, unshakable allegiance to Jesus.
September 13, 2019
God’s Sovereign Plans Behind Your Most Unproductive Days
Rerun from March 12, 2018. God’s priorities for efficiency in this life are not ours. His aim is not to provide the most direct route, but to sanctify the traveler.
September 11, 2019
How Does ‘Willful Sinning’ Threaten My Salvation?
Rerun from February 19, 2018. All sin involves the will. But continuing to sin deliberately — with eagerness and persistence — will destroy the soul.
September 9, 2019
Two Strategies to Win the War on Lust
Rerun from January 31, 2018. God calls us to not only resist lustful thoughts, but to fill our minds with the beauties of Christ so that our desires gradually conform to his.
September 6, 2019
What’s the Origin of Desiring God’s Slogan?
Rerun from September 20, 2017. This slogan became the heartbeat of John Piper’s life and the hallmark of Desiring God’s ministry. So where did it come from?
September 4, 2019
When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark
Rerun from August 7, 2017. Members of our churches learn truth not only from the sermons they hear, but also from the songs they sing. Lyrics on Sunday morning matter.
September 2, 2019
Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on Me?
Rerun from January 27, 2017. Although we don’t know how much our loved ones in heaven can watch us, we do know that they would encourage us to fix our eyes on Jesus.
August 30, 2019
How Do I Pray Without Ceasing?
Rerun from September 5, 2016. The command to “pray without ceasing” should motivate rather than intimidate us. Armed with joy and thankfulness, we can overflow in prayer.
August 28, 2019
Should Children Sit Through ‘Big Church’?
Rerun from August 15, 2016. The greatest stumbling block for children in worship is parents who don’t cherish their own worship. We can’t impart what we don’t possess.
August 26, 2019
Can a Christian Blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
Rerun from July 21, 2016. Blasphemy against the Spirit is a willful, determined opposition to the present power of the Holy Spirit. Christians cannot commit that kind of sin.
August 23, 2019
Bikinis and Modesty
Rerun from June 22, 2016. Until we supremely value Christ, our attitude toward clothing will be controlled by forces that don’t honor God.
August 21, 2019
Ten Principles for Personal Productivity
Rerun from April 18, 2016. How can we approach our responsibilities so that we make the most of life for Christ? Pastor John provides ten principles for personal productivity.
August 19, 2019
I Slept with My Girlfriend — Now What?
Rerun from March 31, 2016. Unmarried couples who sleep together lose something precious. But if Christ is their treasure, his grace still reigns over their shame.
August 16, 2019
Has My Sexual Sin Made Me Unsavable?
Rerun from February 29, 2016. Pastor John extends biblical counsel to those who struggle with sexual sin and worry that they may be beyond repentance.
August 14, 2019
Why Do Christians Fast?
Rerun from February 8, 2016. Fasting is a way of saying with our stomach and our whole body how much we need and want and trust Jesus.
August 12, 2019
What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually?
Rerun from January 11, 2016. Husbands take their cues from Christ, who gave himself up for the church. How can Christian men serve their wives and kids while leading them?
August 9, 2019
Where Did Satan’s First Desire for Evil Come From?
Rerun from December 14, 2015. We may not be able to explain how Satan became evil, but we do know that God did not compromise his goodness or glory in allowing Satan’s fall.
August 7, 2019
How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life?
Rerun from December 7, 2015. Should I stay and send, or should I go to the mission field? Pastor John gives seven factors to keep in mind when weighing a calling to missions.
August 5, 2019
Will God Ever Give Us More Than We Can Handle?
Rerun from September 28, 2015. Many Christians say, “God will never give us more than we can handle.” But the truth of that statement depends on two key words.
August 2, 2019
Watershed Differences Between Calvinists and Arminians
Rerun from August 11, 2015. The five points tease out the differences between Calvinists and Arminians, but how can parents teach them to their kids simply and clearly?
July 31, 2019
Don’t Waste Your Mornings
Rerun from July 10, 2015. Checking our phones first thing in the morning won’t prepare us for the day ahead. Our routine should set our eyes on, and strengthen us in, God alone.
July 29, 2019
How Do I Take My Thoughts Captive?
Rerun from March 3, 2015. Left to ourselves, we cannot discern or remove the flaws in our thoughts. But God’s word and the Holy Spirit can renew our minds.
July 26, 2019
What Is God’s Glory?
Rerun from July 22, 2014. We love to talk about it, but can we define it? God means for us not only to see his glory profusely, but to speak about it precisely.
July 24, 2019
Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin?
Rerun from October 23, 2013. Alcohol consumption is permissible and can be a blessing, but it is also fraught with dangers.
July 22, 2019
Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
Rerun from October 10, 2013. Christians do not celebrate what dishonors Christ. Pastor John gives five reasons why he would not attend a so-called same-sex wedding.
July 19, 2019
Can a Born-Again Christian Lose Salvation?
Rerun from May 31, 2013. A born-again person cannot be unborn again. If God has called you by name, he is faithful to keep you until the end.
July 17, 2019
How Do I Live Like a Son Rather Than a Slave?
God has called us sons and daughters, but his people sometimes talk as if we were still slaves. What does it mean to talk like children of God?
July 15, 2019
How Does ‘Christ Live in Me’ (Galatians 2:20)?
When we are saved, we’re united to Christ by the Spirit. Our old self — our unbelieving, rebellious, sin-loving self — dies, and we live by the Spirit.
July 12, 2019
Does Jesus Teach Us to Sell All Our Possessions?
Jesus said, “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.” Are we disobeying Jesus if we don’t literally give away all that we have?
July 10, 2019
How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?
How can we forgive others who have hurt us deeply? Pastor John gives three practical suggestions for pursuing forgiveness.
July 8, 2019
I’m Terrified of Giving Birth — Should I Still Pursue Marriage?
The fall has made childbirth painful and dangerous. But in Christ, the deepest dangers of the curse have been removed.
July 5, 2019
How Do I Survive This Midlife Crisis?
God keeps his children through midlife crises by empowering them to keep fighting to be kept.
July 3, 2019
Is God Just as Sovereign over Damnation as Salvation?
What role does God play in the redemption and damnation of sinners? Is he just as sovereign over both?
July 1, 2019
What Is a Father’s Role in Caring for an Infant?
A godly father will want to show God the Father to his children. He will want to model for them the heart of Jesus.
June 28, 2019
Would God Be Less Glorious If He Never Created?
If God created the world to display the fullness of his attributes, would he have been less glorious without creation?
June 26, 2019
Is God Angry at Me When I Sin?
We go from a rebel against the King to a child of the King. God’s attitude toward us completely changes. But does he still get angry at us when we sin?
June 24, 2019
The Heart of the Calvinist-Arminian Divide
Both Calvinists and Arminians see grace as powerful and necessary, but not in the same way. Pastor John gets at the heart of the theological divide.
June 21, 2019
What Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
If you are a Christian, then you have the Holy Spirit. But is this the same as being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Pastor John explains the difference.
June 19, 2019
How Do I Trust God with the Eternal Destiny of My Child?
We know God will accomplish his purposes for good, but he doesn’t promise our children’s eternal good. How can we be satisfied in God with this unknown?
June 17, 2019
Does God Ever Soften a Heart He Has Hardened?
When we think God has hardened someone’s heart, we should not assume that the hardening is permanent. God can and does break in and save.
June 14, 2019
How Should a Husband Treat His Quarrelsome Wife?
“Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.” What are readers of Scripture supposed to learn from a proverb like this?
June 12, 2019
Should My Boyfriend and I Travel Alone?
Is it wise for a girlfriend and boyfriend to travel together and stay in the same hotel? Should they? Pastor John gives three reasons why they shouldn’t.
June 10, 2019
Do Human Technologies Ever Threaten Divine Sovereignty?
At any moment, God can put a complete stop to the plans of man. Rebellious human plans never threaten a sovereign God.
June 7, 2019
Was Job a Man or a Myth?
Job is a profound book on human suffering, worthy of a lifetime of study. But was Job himself a real, historical character? And does it matter?
June 5, 2019
Why Does God Discipline Some Christians with Death?
Why would God take some of his children home as a means of discipline when he could have prevented their sin another way?
June 3, 2019
How Do I Kill My Pride?
Faith kills pride by forcing us to look away from ourselves to God to receive the gift of salvation that we could never earn on our own.
May 31, 2019
Do I Need to Love Myself More?
Jesus said we should love our neighbors as ourselves. How is this kind of self-love different from the mantra we hear in advertising and social media?
May 29, 2019
How Much Authority Does Satan Have in the World?
All Satan’s power is by permission. He has no authority to do anything God does not permit for infinitely wise purposes.
May 27, 2019
Are Christians Righteous or Unrighteous?
Are Christians righteous or unrighteous? Pastor John explains two forms of righteousness in Scripture that get to the core of the gospel.
May 24, 2019
Should We Postpone Children While I Finish My Degree?
Deciding when to start a family can be complex. Pastor John shares how he and Noël decided, and what biblical truths should inform the process.
May 22, 2019
Why Is It Better That Christ Went Away (John 16:7)?
It’s better for us that Jesus is gone. He said so when he left. But why is Christ’s physical absence from us better for us than his physical presence?
May 20, 2019
Will Marriage Cure My Lust?
Sex in marriage, just like other physical gifts from God, is not an absolute cure for lust, but it can be a great help in the battle.
May 17, 2019
Can an Elect Person Die Without Hearing the Gospel?
Letting the truth of election deter evangelism isn’t only illogical, but unbiblical. Pastor John shows how election moves us to action, not inaction.
May 15, 2019
Should a Gay Couple, Once Converted, Stay ‘Married’?
The union of two men or women is not “gay marriage.” It’s no marriage. When they come to Christ, that former relationship has no binding authority.
May 13, 2019
Is It Sinful to Want to Die?
Pain surrounds us in this world, and for those in Christ, the exact opposite awaits us after we die. Is it sinful to want to die and be with Jesus?
May 10, 2019
Should We Expect Revival or More Social Decay?
Scripture tells us that the last days will bring an upsurge of evil in the world. Does that mean we should stop expecting revivals to take place?
May 8, 2019
How Does the Gospel Speak to Self-Hate?
The Bible has a lot to say about the issue of self-hate. Where should we begin if we’re talking to a non-Christian who struggles in this area?
May 6, 2019
Does Christ’s Righteousness Cover My Joylessness?
Jesus is our substitute, the one who became sin so we might be saved. So does his righteousness also cover our joylessness?
May 3, 2019
Does God Direct All the Details of My Life?
God’s sovereign control is complete, not partial. He governs every aspect of nature, every aspect of history, and every aspect of personal life.
May 1, 2019
What Does It Mean to Live ‘in the Flesh’?
Over ninety times, Paul speaks of “the flesh.” So what does this word mean to the apostle? Pastor John forms a definition from two key passages.
April 29, 2019
Is Cremation Okay If I Give My Body to Science?
We testify to the hope of resurrection when we choose burial over cremation. But if we first donate our body to science, is cremation okay then?
April 26, 2019
Does Junk Food Dishonor God?
When it comes to food, many of us are in greater danger of judging people where we shouldn’t than of eating what we shouldn’t.
April 24, 2019
I Want Jesus to Be My Treasure — Is the Wanting Enough?
Our satisfaction in God will be in measure, not in fullness, until the day we see him face-to-face.
April 22, 2019
My Joy Is So Short-Lived — How Do I Make It Last?
God promises lasting joy. But what should we do when we feel full on Sunday but empty by Monday?
April 19, 2019
What’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross?
Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell us that Simon of Cyrene helped carry Jesus’s cross. What’s the significance of this story?
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