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 Oct 13, 2018


John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?
We often say that our dead loved ones are with Jesus now. But Paul seems to say that Christians will meet Jesus at the second coming. Which is right?
Dec 19, 2018
How Will Christ ‘Reconcile’ Unbelievers to Himself?
Colossians 1:20 says that Christ will reconcile “all things” to himself. Does that include demons and unbelievers?
Dec 17, 2018
Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?
Gift giving, done rightly, doesn’t distract from the meaning of Christmas. Pastor John puts Christmas gifts in biblical context.
Dec 14, 2018
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?
If we think Christ cannot compete with Santa in the hearts of our children, we don’t know the real Christ.
Dec 12, 2018
How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?
When we say “Jesus Christ,” we should be thinking “Jesus the Messiah”: the promised Priest, King, and Prophet, the one God anointed to redeem us.
Dec 10, 2018
I Will Die Young — How Do I Fight for Hope?
When the prognosis is an early death, how can we live in a courageous manner that honors God and refuses to be jaded toward him?
Dec 07, 2018
My Friend Claims She’s Gay — What Do I Say?
What do you say when a professing Christian is ready to embrace the gay lifestyle? Pastor John offers a place to start.
Dec 05, 2018
How Do Introverts Guard Against Selfishness?
Instead of seeing introversion as a fatalistic limitation, ask, “How can I make my peculiar personality bent a means of grace to others?”
Dec 03, 2018
Why Is the Ministry Called ‘Desiring God’?
Why did Pastor John name his book and ministry “Desiring God” instead of “Enjoying God,” “Delighting in God,” or “Rejoicing in God”?
Nov 30, 2018
What Will Become of Christian Hedonism After You’re Gone?
What will happen to Christian Hedonism in generations to come? Pastor John shares eight dangers for young Christian Hedonists.
Nov 28, 2018
What Does Christian Hedonism Add to Reformed Theology?
Christian Hedonism does not revise Reformed theology. Rather, it clarifies one of the central assumptions of Reformed theology.
Nov 26, 2018
Should I Ever Go Through the Motions in Worship?
Is there an alternative between empty, duty-driven worship and spontaneous, joyful worship? Pastor John gives six marks of a middle way.
Nov 23, 2018
Do I Need to ‘Hear from God’ Before I Make a Decision?
We all want to know we are making the right decisions. To decide wisely, do we need to hear from God beyond what he has already written?
Nov 21, 2018
How Do I Respond to Blasphemous Thoughts?
All of us experience harassing thoughts. Where do these thoughts come from? And how do we respond?
Nov 19, 2018
Seven Ways This Podcast Will Kill Your Joy
This podcast could bring life and joy, or it could be a deadly weapon in the enemy’s hands. Pastor John explains how not to use Ask Pastor John.
Nov 16, 2018
What Comes First: My Obedience to Jesus or My Joy in Jesus?
Does our obedience or our joy come first? Pastor John explains that joy-driven obedience is the only obedience worth pursuing.
Nov 14, 2018
How Do I Pray for Healing and Honor God’s ‘No’?
Our greatest hope in prayer is not getting what we asked for, but rather in the goodness of our Father, who always gives what is best for his children.
Nov 12, 2018
Does My Sexual Past Make Me Unsavable?
Our past sexual sin is not beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness — unless we don’t give it up. It’s not too late to turn and receive God’s mercy.
Nov 09, 2018
Does Jesus Commend Dishonesty in Luke 16?
What was Jesus commending in the parable of the dishonest manager, and what are the implications for Christians today?
Nov 07, 2018
How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering?
God designs all our weaknesses — even those that leave us unable to do anything. And one of his purposes in our weaknesses is to sanctify the strong.
Nov 05, 2018
Do Gender Roles Apply Beyond Marriage?
God designed us as male and female for his glory. And he intends for us to reflect him in every relationship, not just marriage.
Nov 02, 2018
What Is Union with Christ?
What does it mean to be united to Christ? John Piper shows how we can begin to mine the riches of this doctrine from Scripture.
Oct 31, 2018
Is It Sinful to Gamble on Fantasy Sports?
Gambling your money — whether at a slot machine or with your fantasy team — is not just unwise. It is sin. Pastor John gives seven reasons why.
Oct 29, 2018
How to Read the Bible for Teenagers
When the teenage years come, we get to teach our kids how to move from reading the Bible to studying it. Here are seven places to start.
Oct 26, 2018
How Do I Question Someone’s Salvation at the End of His Life?
How do we approach the deathbeds of professing Christians whose faith we are not sure is real? Pastor John offers four ways to love them.
Oct 24, 2018
I Didn’t Treasure Christ When I First Believed — Was I Unsaved?
Treasuring Christ is a key ingredient to saving faith. But what if you don’t remember treasuring him when you were converted?
Oct 22, 2018
My Girlfriend Is Pregnant — What Do I Do Next?
A premarital pregnancy means a couple has chosen sin over God. But it doesn’t mean they need to continue to make that choice.
Oct 19, 2018
Does Premarital Pregnancy Nullify ‘Unequally Yoked’?
God clearly calls believers to marry only believers. But does a premarital pregnancy introduce an exception?
Oct 17, 2018
Why Does Piper Avoid Politics and What’s Trending?
In general, Pastor John avoids talking about politics, breaking news, and hot trends. Why doesn’t he address such cultural issues more often?
Oct 15, 2018
Why Does John Piper Journal?
God does not require any of us to keep a journal. But journaling may help some of us see Christ, love Christ, and become like Christ.
Oct 12, 2018
Does Depression Disqualify a Pastor?
At what point, if any, does depression or joylessness disqualify a pastor from ministry? Pastor John gives several factors to consider.
Oct 10, 2018
When You Sin at Home: Learning to Pause and Repent
Many of us spend our days running around with few breaks. So how do we repent of our sins when we find it hard to pause even for a moment?
Oct 08, 2018
How John Piper Became a ‘Christian Hedonist’
How does our passion for happiness fit with God’s passion for glory? Pastor John lived with this tension for years, until he found Christian Hedonism.
Oct 05, 2018
Are We Fighting Against Sin or for Joy?
Should we focus on fighting against our sin? Or should we focus on fighting for pleasure in God, which will in turn kill our sin?
Oct 03, 2018
Should We Raise Our Hands in Worship?
Should we lift our hands during musical worship, or keep them in our pockets? Pastor John shares some principles from Scripture and his own experience.
Oct 01, 2018
How to Raise Children in a Pornographic Culture
What can parents do to protect their children from pornography? Pastor John shares eleven ways to guard our families.
Sep 28, 2018
My Funding Dried Up — Is This My Sign to Leave the Ministry?
If my funding dries up, is this God’s sign that I should leave the mission field? Pastor John suggests three ways to interpret a lack of funding.
Sep 26, 2018
What Part Does God Play in Positive Social Change?
When good happens in society — a government is fixed, slavery is abolished, or minorities are given equality — is God secretly at work?
Sep 24, 2018
Should I Attend the Wedding of a Couple Already Living Together?
Whether we attend the wedding of a couple living together or decide to stay home, we are saying something. So what exactly should we say?
Sep 21, 2018
How Do I Teach ‘Christian Hedonism’ to My Kids?
Children don’t need to use the label “Christian Hedonism,” but parents can help them grasp what it means to be happy in God.
Sep 19, 2018
Should I Ever Take an Action I Don’t ‘Have Peace’ About?
Peace and calm are not the only factors in determining what we should do. Pastor John explains what else should govern our decisions.
Sep 17, 2018
Five Ways Jesus Changes Our Relationship to the Old Testament
How do Christians know which Old Testament laws apply to them? Pastor John explains five ways Jesus shapes our approach to the Old Testament.
Sep 14, 2018
What Is the Place of Faith in My Unanswered Prayers?
When God consistently answers prayers with “no,” many of us wonder if our faith is the problem. So what role does faith play in unanswered prayers?
Sep 12, 2018
What Hope Does God Offer in My Depression?
God promises hope to the downcast, fullness of life to the broken, and joy to the depressed. Here are five passages to turn to when darkness falls.
Sep 10, 2018
Ministering Without R.C. Sproul
R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord on December 14, 2017. Burk Parsons shares what it’s like to live and minister without him.
Sep 07, 2018
Real Sermons Are Not Lectures or Moral Stories
Pastors are not merely teachers or lecturers. They are shepherds to needy sheep. Burk Parsons describes the kind of sermons a shepherd should give.
Sep 05, 2018
How Do I Feed My Joy in Jesus Every Morning?
If Christ is not our supreme treasure, something else will gladly take his place. So how do we preserve our joy in God through the day?
Sep 03, 2018
How Do I Choose Good Books and Grow My Library?
Millions of books compete for our attention, but only a fraction of them are worth reading. So where do we start when trying to grow our library?
Aug 31, 2018
I Have Chronic Fatigue — How Do I Not Waste My Life?
How do people not waste their lives if a chronic illness has stolen their strengths, taken their time, and put them in bed all day?
Aug 29, 2018
How Self-Esteem Ruins Bible Reading
A relentless pursuit of self-esteem can increase your confidence and soothe your emotions. And it can also ruin your Bible reading.
Aug 27, 2018