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Episode Date
Critical Race Theory, Part 2: The Root Problem (Special Episode)
How should Christians respond to critical race theory? In a special episode, Pastor John explains the theory’s goals, assumptions, and root problem.
Nov 24, 2020
Critical Race Theory, Part 1: The Relationships (Special Episode)
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.
Nov 23, 2020
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.
Nov 20, 2020
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.
Nov 18, 2020
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.
Nov 16, 2020
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?
Nov 13, 2020
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.
Nov 11, 2020
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?
Nov 09, 2020
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?
Nov 06, 2020
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.
Nov 04, 2020
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?
Nov 02, 2020
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?
Oct 30, 2020
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.
Oct 28, 2020
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?
Oct 26, 2020
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?
Oct 23, 2020
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.
Oct 21, 2020
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?
Oct 19, 2020
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?
Oct 16, 2020
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.
Oct 14, 2020
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?
Oct 12, 2020
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?
Oct 09, 2020
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.
Oct 07, 2020
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.
Oct 05, 2020
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?
Oct 02, 2020
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.
Sep 30, 2020
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?
Sep 28, 2020
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?
Sep 25, 2020
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.
Sep 23, 2020
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?
Sep 21, 2020
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.
Sep 18, 2020
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.
Sep 16, 2020
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.
Sep 14, 2020
‘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?
Sep 11, 2020
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?
Sep 09, 2020
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?
Sep 07, 2020
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?
Sep 04, 2020
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.
Sep 02, 2020
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?
Aug 31, 2020
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?
Aug 28, 2020
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.
Aug 26, 2020
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.
Aug 24, 2020
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.
Aug 21, 2020
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.
Aug 19, 2020
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?
Aug 17, 2020
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.
Aug 14, 2020
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.
Aug 12, 2020
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?
Aug 10, 2020
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.
Aug 07, 2020
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?
Aug 05, 2020
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?
Aug 03, 2020
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?
Jul 31, 2020