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Episode Date
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.
Apr 03, 2020
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.
Apr 01, 2020
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?
Mar 31, 2020
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?
Mar 30, 2020
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.
Mar 27, 2020
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?
Mar 26, 2020
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.
Mar 25, 2020
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.
Mar 23, 2020
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.
Mar 20, 2020
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.
Mar 18, 2020
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?
Mar 16, 2020
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.
Mar 13, 2020
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.
Mar 11, 2020
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?
Mar 09, 2020
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?
Mar 06, 2020
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.
Mar 04, 2020
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?
Mar 02, 2020
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?
Feb 28, 2020
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.
Feb 28, 2020
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.
Feb 26, 2020
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?
Feb 24, 2020
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.
Feb 21, 2020
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?
Feb 19, 2020
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?
Feb 17, 2020
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?
Feb 14, 2020
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?
Feb 12, 2020
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.
Feb 10, 2020
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.
Feb 07, 2020
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.
Feb 05, 2020
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.
Feb 03, 2020
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.
Jan 31, 2020
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.
Jan 29, 2020
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?
Jan 27, 2020
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?
Jan 24, 2020
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.
Jan 22, 2020
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.
Jan 20, 2020
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.
Jan 17, 2020
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?
Jan 15, 2020
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.
Jan 13, 2020
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?
Jan 10, 2020
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.
Jan 08, 2020
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.
Jan 06, 2020
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.
Jan 03, 2020
Are Personal Resolutions Effective or Futile?
Are New Year’s resolutions helpful, are they harmful, or are they just a setup for eventual failure?
Jan 01, 2020
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).
Dec 30, 2019
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?
Dec 27, 2019
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.
Dec 25, 2019
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?
Dec 23, 2019
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?
Dec 20, 2019
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.
Dec 18, 2019