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 Nov 15, 2021
These are excellent brief answers.

 May 11, 2021
Not very useful, as it only has the last 50 episodes available.

 Feb 5, 2020

 Mar 15, 2019
short, punchy, Bible based q&a. Very encouraging!

 Jan 19, 2019


John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?
If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.
Nov 29, 2021
How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?
God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.
Nov 26, 2021
The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving
Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.
Nov 24, 2021
How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?
Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?
Nov 22, 2021
Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?
When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.
Nov 19, 2021
Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation
Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.
Nov 17, 2021
Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains
When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?
Nov 15, 2021
Is Complementarity Merely Functional?
Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?
Nov 12, 2021
One Day Tolerance Will End
We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.
Nov 10, 2021
On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine
Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?
Nov 08, 2021
Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?
Pleasure in God is not complete unless it overflows in praise to God. And praise to God is not sincere unless it overflows from pleasure in God.
Nov 05, 2021
How to Find More Joy in God
Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.
Nov 03, 2021
Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?
Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?
Nov 01, 2021
The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot
Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?
Oct 29, 2021
Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness
The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.
Oct 27, 2021
How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?
Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?
Oct 25, 2021
Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?
Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how do we know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?
Oct 22, 2021
Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?
Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.
Oct 20, 2021
Reckoning with the Message of Job
Until we begin to grasp the infinite worth of God, and the horrific evil of sin, much of the Bible will make no sense — including a book like Job.
Oct 18, 2021
How Do We ‘Dwell in the Shelter of the Most High’?
Psalm 91 offers spectacular promises for the one who “dwells in the shelter of the Most High.” What does dwelling in the shelter of God mean for us today?
Oct 15, 2021
Five Ways Pastors Fail
Countless pastors carry out their ministries faithfully — and some abuse their position and cause many to stumble. What does God have to say to hypocritical pastors?
Oct 13, 2021
Are Non-Christian Marriages Valid in God’s Eyes?
God made marriage to picture the relationship of Christ and his church. Does it follow that a marriage between an unbelieving man and woman is illegitimate?
Oct 11, 2021
Has God Abandoned Me?
God has promised never to leave us or forsake his people. So how do we respond when it feels like he has?
Oct 08, 2021
Parenting Through a Family Crisis
If we’re going to parent well through family troubles, we need to know, first, that our own sin is our worst problem, and second, that Jesus’s blood covers it all.
Oct 06, 2021
Ingredients for a Theology of Feasting
The Bible talks a lot about feasting — far more than about fasting, in fact. So what is feasting, and how might we enjoy it in our Christian lives?
Oct 04, 2021
How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?
We know from the New Testament that Jesus will return in power and glory. What can we do to prepare ourselves for that long-expected day?
Oct 01, 2021
You Don’t Need More Self-Love
Jesus’s command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves isn’t a call to raise our self-esteem. It’s a charge to seek others’ good in the same way we seek our own.
Sep 29, 2021
Should Couples Use Role-Play in the Bedroom?
When the glory of God grows dim in our eyes, bodily appetites become gods. When we lose sight of a big purpose for our lives, sexual urges become too big.
Sep 27, 2021
My Boyfriend Is Spiritually Lethargic — Should I Still Marry Him?
At what point should a Christian woman keep encouraging her spiritually lethargic boyfriend — and at what point should she call it off?
Sep 24, 2021
Does God Love Me?
When do we experience the love of God most deeply? Not when we get whatever we want, but when he does whatever it takes to satisfy us in himself.
Sep 22, 2021
How Do I Stop Rooting My Joy in My Circumstances?
We seem hardwired to be happiest when life goes well, and saddest when life goes poorly. How can we root our joy in Jesus instead of circumstances?
Sep 20, 2021
Should Rich Christians Downgrade Their Lifestyle?
Jesus and the apostles regularly warn against the dangers of wealth. So, should rich Christians take steps to downgrade their lifestyle?
Sep 17, 2021
Prayers That Work
Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.
Sep 15, 2021
How Do We Discern False Teachers?
The Bible repeatedly warns us against false teachers. But how can we actually identify them, especially if their ministry is mainly online?
Sep 13, 2021
John Piper’s 9/11 Radio Interview
On the morning after September 11, 2001, a radio station interviewed Pastor John about the day’s stunning and tragic attack. Listen to the 47-minute recording.
Sep 11, 2021
What Does It Mean to Be Blessed?
The New Testament never pairs the blessing of God with material prosperity in this age. So, what does it really mean to be blessed?
Sep 10, 2021
The Power of Your Personal Testimony
Don’t be intimidated when people far smarter than you level arguments against Jesus. Your personal testimony has power to trump the most sophisticated arguments.
Sep 08, 2021
How Will Love Grow Cold in the End Times?
At the end of this age, “the love of many will grow cold.” What will such coldness look like — and how can we guard ourselves against it?
Sep 06, 2021
Did Christ Already Return?
Does Revelation suggest that Jesus already returned when Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 — and therefore that we should not wait for another coming?
Sep 03, 2021
We Become Like the Videos We Behold
For better or worse, we become what we behold. How should this truth affect our media consumption in the digital age?
Sep 01, 2021
What’s the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?
Both the sluggard and the diligent might take a nap on their day off. So, what distinguishes the laziness of the sluggard from the rest of the diligent?
Aug 30, 2021
God Never Runs Out
Everything in this world eventually runs out: money runs out, health runs out, pleasure runs out, time runs out. But God never runs out.
Aug 27, 2021
How Can I Make Daily Bible Reading Authentic?
How can we prevent Bible reading from becoming a lifeless routine? Pastor John offers three principles for authentic daily devotions.
Aug 25, 2021
How Can I Honor My Parents If I Don’t Respect Them?
God calls his people to show honor to everyone — but not for the same reasons, and not in the same ways.
Aug 23, 2021
Does Christ Rule the Nations Now?
If Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth, does he rule over the nations now? Or is he waiting to exercise his rule until his second coming?
Aug 20, 2021
You Don’t Know God If You Don’t Love Christ
If you want to know whether others love God, ask if they love the Jesus of Scripture. Love for Jesus is the litmus test of love for God.
Aug 18, 2021
Is Death Past, Present, or Future?
According to Paul, Christians have died, will die, and die every day. What do these different deaths mean, and how else does Scripture speak of our dying?
Aug 16, 2021
Six Dangers of Podcasts
Podcasts, including Christian podcasts, have great potential for both good and evil. Pastor John explains six dangers to beware of as you listen.
Aug 13, 2021
Living the Mystery of Joy in Suffering
Christians are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: sorrowful because of the ugliness and horrors of sin, and rejoicing because of the infinite worth of Jesus.
Aug 11, 2021
If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Pursue Holiness?
If Christ already paid for all our sins — past, present, and future — then why do we need to work so hard to put sin to death and grow in holiness?
Aug 09, 2021
Is Sex During Menstruation Sinful?
The Old Testament prohibited a husband and wife from having sex during menstruation. Is that command still in force today?
Aug 06, 2021