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 Mar 15, 2019
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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
What’s the Deepest Desire of My Heart?
The greatest ache of the human heart is not to have wealth, comfort, or power, but to see and savor the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Dec 11, 2019
Does Christmas Create Racial Tensions? (Special Episode)
Why was Jesus born a Jew? The incarnation undercuts all ethnic boasting and throws people from every tribe, tongue, and nation on the mercy of a Jewish man from Nazareth.
Dec 11, 2019
I’m Not Good at My Job — Is the Lord Telling Me to Quit?
If we don’t see much success in a career we thought God called us to, did we misread his call?
Dec 09, 2019
How Can I Revitalize My Church from the Pulpit?
Whether a church is healthy or needs revitalization, every local congregation needs a consistent window to the greatness and glory of God from the pulpit.
Dec 06, 2019
What Happens When We Sing Together
Singing together is never just a formality in a church service. God uses truth in song to sustain, encourage, and recharge his people.
Dec 04, 2019
Why Do I Still Struggle with My Pre-Conversion Sins?
Every believer is already new in Christ, and yet vestiges of our old selves remain. We must fight every day to become who we already are.
Dec 02, 2019
My Life Is Endless Drudgery — How Do I Find Joy in Christ?
The burdens and drudgery of life may feel like walls keeping you from joy. But inside these walls, God Almighty is working for your everlasting good.
Nov 29, 2019
How Do We Feast to the Glory of God?
If God made everything good, then do we honor him just by using what he has made? Pastor John explains the essential steps to God-honoring feasting.
Nov 27, 2019
How Should I Handle My Regrets?
Every single one of us can look over our lives and find failures we regret. How do we deal with remorse in light of God’s mercy?
Nov 25, 2019
Is It Sinful to Watch Sin on a Screen?
Our culture saturates itself with entertainment that hardly gives a passing thought to God. Should Christians consume such media?
Nov 22, 2019
Is the God-Centeredness of God Precious?
When you discover that God is not only perfectly glorious, but that everything he does is for his glory, your life may get flipped upside down.
Nov 20, 2019
How Do I Stay Attracted to My Aging Spouse?
Sexual desire doesn’t begin and end with physical attraction. God made us to cherish inner beauty and glory, not just looks that pass with age.
Nov 18, 2019
Will We Pray in Heaven?
If heaven is a world of love, with no grief or pain or loss, then will we have any need to pray to God once we are there?
Nov 15, 2019
The Key to Our Victory over Sin
Only the grace of supernatural delight can empower us to resist the allure of sin’s constant temptations.
Nov 13, 2019
I Feel No Sexual Attraction — Should I Still Pursue Marriage?
If someone’s sexual desires are low to the point of indifference, should he or she still be open to marriage down the road?
Nov 11, 2019
Why Does the Bible Stress the Power of Jesus’s Name?
The Bible stresses repeatedly the power and greatness of Jesus’s name. But why does it emphasize his name, and not just his person?
Nov 08, 2019
‘I Don’t Believe in Christ — Why Is Faith So Hard?’
If Jesus promises that his yoke is easy and his burden light, then why do some people struggle so much to put their faith in him?
Nov 06, 2019
When Has My Career Become My Idol?
If God created us for good works and wants us to labor diligently, then how do we determine when our career has become an idol?
Nov 04, 2019
Advice for Christians Who Work Sundays
If your job requires you to work on Sundays, how do you honor the Lord’s Day? Pastor John offers three pieces of counsel.
Nov 01, 2019
What Did the Reformation Give Us?
Every Protestant owes a debt of gratitude to the Reformers, especially for one of their most precious gifts to us: expository exultation.
Oct 30, 2019
Should We Stop Reading Dead White Guys?
Christians should judge a book not by the color of its author or the number of its century, but by the God-exalting or God-ignoring content of its pages.
Oct 28, 2019
Should Anyone Say, ‘I Am of Calvin’?
As we sit under preaching in our churches, what matters most is not how eloquent the teacher is, but how much truth shines forth in his content.
Oct 25, 2019
What Makes a Sermon Good?
Sermons are more than a transfer of facts and stories. They are a part of worship that God uses to work miracles in both the preacher and the people.
Oct 23, 2019
Should Stay-at-Home Moms Take a Day Off?
With all the demands on our time, how can young families pace themselves to run the marathon of life without burning out halfway through?
Oct 21, 2019
Are God’s Providence and God’s Sovereignty the Same?
God’s sovereignty is his right and power to do whatever he pleases. God’s providence is his wise and purposeful sovereignty.
Oct 18, 2019
When to Stop Listening to This Podcast
If God has given you elders in your local church and brothers and sisters in Christ, then why should you bother seeking wisdom from this podcast?
Oct 16, 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.
Oct 14, 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.
Oct 11, 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?
Oct 09, 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.
Oct 07, 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.
Oct 04, 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.
Oct 02, 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?
Sep 30, 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?
Sep 27, 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.
Sep 25, 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?
Sep 23, 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.
Sep 20, 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.
Sep 18, 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.
Sep 16, 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.
Sep 13, 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.
Sep 11, 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.
Sep 09, 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?
Sep 06, 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.
Sep 04, 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.
Sep 02, 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.
Aug 30, 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.
Aug 28, 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.
Aug 26, 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.
Aug 23, 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.
Aug 21, 2019