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Episode Date
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 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?
Sep 02, 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
How Do I Wait for God?
God works for those who wait for him. But what does it mean to wait for God?
Jul 29, 2020
John Piper Interviews J.I. Packer
In a 72-minute interview, John Piper and J.I. Packer discuss the Puritans, theology, the Christian life, and our heavenly hope.
Jul 28, 2020
How Do I Glorify God in My Daily Life?
God created us to glorify him by enjoying him forever. But how do we fulfill that purpose in the little things, in the small moments, in the day to day?
Jul 27, 2020
Am I Wasting My Life in a Secular Job?
Our vocation doesn’t automatically determine our fruitfulness for Jesus. God uses all kinds of people in all kinds of places to accomplish his purposes.
Jul 24, 2020
How Does God Become Totally for Me?
God won’t settle for anything less than perfection from us. Either we depend on Christ’s perfection in our place, or we keep the entire law.
Jul 22, 2020
How Do I Wage War on My Self-Pity?
At the cross, Christ canceled all our sins through his blood. Now, by the Spirit, we work to conquer every canceled sin.
Jul 20, 2020
A Seriously Happy Puritan: Praising God for J.I. Packer
In this special episode, Pastor John reflects on the life and legacy of J.I. Packer (1926–2020).
Jul 19, 2020
Seven Lessons for Productivity
After fifteen hundred episodes of the Ask Pastor John podcast, Pastor John shares seven lessons that have inspired him to labor faithfully over decades.
Jul 17, 2020
What Does Freedom from the Love of Money Look Like?
Our hearts were never meant to find their meaning in money. God made us for something far more valuable.
Jul 15, 2020
How Can I Disagree with My Husband and Still Submit?
How can a wife disagree with her husband about a decision while still submitting to his leadership in the home?
Jul 13, 2020
How Do I Know If I’m Doing Enough for God?
Before you get overwhelmed by all of the Bible’s commands, remember your right standing with God and focus first on the anchors of faithful obedience.
Jul 10, 2020
Why Do I Need to Be Saved?
At the cross, God not only clears a path for sinners to himself. He also vindicates his righteousness after passing over centuries of sin.
Jul 08, 2020
Why Does ‘Atonement’ Disappear in the New Testament?
The word “atonement” appears all over the ESV’s translation of the Old Testament, but never in the New. Didn’t Jesus make atonement for our sins?
Jul 06, 2020
How Much Patriotism Is Too Much Patriotism?
If Christians are first and foremost citizens of heaven, then is it ever appropriate to show patriotism for a homeland?
Jul 03, 2020
How Can I Be Free from Materialism?
For many Western Christians, materialism has transformed our wants into needs and distorted our view of biblical Christianity. How can we be free?
Jul 01, 2020
Did Moses Think Sinners Could Keep the Law?
The Mosaic law requires obedience over and over again. Does that mean old-covenant believers earned their way to a right standing with God?
Jun 29, 2020
Do I Need to Understand the Trinity to Be Saved?
What does someone need to know about the Trinity in order to have saving faith in Jesus?
Jun 26, 2020
How Do I Find Freedom from Worry?
In the moment when troubles come or worries rise, we need the precious truth of specific promises from God’s word.
Jun 24, 2020
Would God Have Been More Loving Not to Create Anyone?
If God knew before he created the world that millions of people would suffer eternally in hell, would he have been more loving not to create at all?
Jun 22, 2020
Which Characters in Job Can We Trust?
Job is a famously difficult book to understand and apply. But God has not left us without interpretive guides to help us discern the book’s message.
Jun 19, 2020
Update from John Piper and How You Can Help Us
Hear from Pastor John on his latest ministry projects, and learn how you can partner with us to spread joy in Jesus Christ for years to come.
Jun 18, 2020
What Do You See When You Look at the Sky?
All creation rings with its Maker’s praise. If we pause to look and listen, God can show us glory in all that he has made.
Jun 17, 2020
Why Does Christ Want Some Not to Believe?
If God desires all people to be saved, why did Jesus sometimes speak in a way that kept people from believing?
Jun 15, 2020
How Should Christians Respond to Climate Change?
Climate-change activists warn of dire consequences if nations and individuals refuse to care for the environment. How should Christians respond?
Jun 12, 2020
Why Must Our Bodies Get Resurrected?
Our resurrection bodies will allow us not only to experience life without disease and decay, but also to enjoy God in the bliss he intended.
Jun 10, 2020
Does the Law Aggravate Our Sin Nature?
The Mosaic law raises countless questions for Christians. But how might we begin to understand the function of the law in redemptive history?
Jun 08, 2020
What Are the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven?
Jesus gave his disciples the keys to the kingdom of heaven so that they could loose and bind. What does that mean for Christians today?
Jun 05, 2020
What Do You Say to Evangelicals Who Affirm So-Called ‘Same-Sex Marriage’?
When someone close to you affirms so-called “same-sex marriage,” how do you respond in both faithfulness to Scripture and love for that person?
Jun 03, 2020
My Pastors Don’t Preach Against Sin — Is That Okay?
Addressing sin and repentance may sound harsh to some, but genuine biblical preaching names and denounces specific sins.
Jun 01, 2020
Does John Piper Deny Personal Assurance?
God gives believers warnings not to strip us of our assurance, but to keep us clinging to Christ and killing sin by the Spirit.
May 29, 2020
What Are God’s Purposes in a Recession?
God has thousands of purposes in all that he does — including recessions. What does Scripture tell us about God’s designs in our financial uncertainty?
May 27, 2020
How Much Joy Did the Curse Cost Me?
Because of the fall, we are by nature dead to joy in God. Because of the cross, we can experience more joy in God than we ever could have had in Eden.
May 25, 2020
Do My Sins Ruin God’s Plan for My Life?
Some sins unalterably change the course of our lives, leaving us to live with the consequences. Do these sins sabotage God’s best plan for us?
May 22, 2020
The God over Viruses
If we say God is sovereign, does that mean he’s in charge of everything — even down to the tiniest molecule?
May 20, 2020
Does Christ Govern Every Storm?
Jesus stilled a storm for his disciples two thousand years ago, but does that necessarily mean he controls every single storm today?
May 18, 2020
Am I Living by Faith or Unbelief?
The Bible calls us to walk by faith, but how can we actually know if we are living by faith instead of unbelief?
May 15, 2020
Could a Recession Serve Our Joy?
Sometimes it takes a recession to dig up the roots of our lives and replant them in soil that causes us to bear the fruit of generosity.
May 13, 2020
What Is Hyper-Calvinism?
Doctrinal systems can help us summarize the Bible’s teaching, but they are never a substitute for Scripture itself.
May 11, 2020
What’s the Comfort If the Coronavirus Is Judgment?
Even in the most bitter providences, Christians have comfort to offer. The gospel is best news in the world for the hardest moments in the world.
May 11, 2020
What Is Grace?
We often define “grace” as “undeserved favor.” But the grace of God has another meaning in the Bible that is filled with encouragement and comfort.
May 08, 2020
How Can I Receive Christ?
The help Jesus offers isn’t a commodity you can buy with money or morality. To have the Son, you must receive him by faith.
May 06, 2020
Is the Calvinist-Arminian Debate Really Important?
Are Calvinism and Arminianism just points of debate for theologians, or do they actually have real-life implications on our relationship with God?
May 04, 2020
How Should We Dress for Church?
How we dress for church will depend on our vision of God, our understanding of God’s people, and our grasp of what is at stake when we gather.
May 01, 2020
What Are the Spiritual Dangers of Technology?
Technology can make our lives easier and more efficient than ever. But it can also slowly numb our affections to the things that matter most.
Apr 29, 2020
Is the Christian’s Heart Deceitfully Wicked?
Is the Christian heart still wicked and deceitful? Or does God give us a completely new heart at the new birth?
Apr 27, 2020
What Sins Disqualify a Pastor for Life?
Should churches ever consider calling a pastor who has committed adultery in the past? And if so, how should they evaluate his repentance?
Apr 24, 2020
Sovereign Comfort for Uncertain Times
When crisis hits, Jesus Christ remains on his throne. He reigns supreme, and he will never leave nor forsake his people.
Apr 22, 2020
Why Do We Confess If Our Sins Are Already Forgiven?
If Christians are already fully forgiven, justified, and united with Christ, then why do we need to continually confess our sins to God?
Apr 20, 2020
Is God Humble?
As we seek to put away pride and become more humble, is there any humility in God for us to imitate? Or is humility fitting only for creatures?
Apr 17, 2020
More Precious Than Praise and Possessions
How we handle our possessions in this world and the praise of man not only shapes our lives now, but determines our fate for eternity.
Apr 15, 2020
Fighting Loneliness in the Coronavirus Outbreak
God created us to live in community, not to self-isolate. But when we do experience loneliness, to what promises can we turn?
Apr 14, 2020
I’m Afraid of Surrendering to Christ — What Can I Do?
The life Jesus promises when you follow him far surpasses anything you might have to give up. There is no greater joy than in walking with him.
Apr 13, 2020
Why Do We Celebrate Easter?
If Jesus remained in the grave, then his followers have no hope. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. Christ is risen.
Apr 10, 2020
Why the Sovereignty of God Is Good News
The doctrine of God’s sovereignty does not sit on the periphery of theology. Without the sovereignty of God, we have no gospel.
Apr 09, 2020
Coronavirus and Christ (Audiobook)
What is God doing through the coronavirus pandemic? He is not silent about what he is doing in the world. He has given us the Scriptures. In this special edition of APJ, Pastor John narrates his first-ever audiobook entitled Coronavirus and Christ.
Apr 08, 2020
How Do I Know If the Holy Spirit Is in Me?
Whether you became a Christian at age 5 or 85, God worked in you, by his Holy Spirit, to open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of Jesus Christ.
Apr 06, 2020
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 83,000 people and killed nearly 3,000? 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
How Do I Battle Subtle Temptations to Lust?
Victory over pornography use is no small thing, but that doesn’t mean our battle is over. God lays claim to every impulse in our hearts, however small.
Dec 16, 2019
Will All Nations Be Reached Before Christ Returns?
Did the biblical writers expect Jesus to return at any moment, or were they waiting for certain events to take place before the end would come?
Dec 13, 2019
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’?
Aug 28, 2019
Can a Christian Blaspheme the Holy Spirit?
Aug 26, 2019
Bikinis and Modesty
Aug 23, 2019
Ten Principles for Personal Productivity
Aug 21, 2019
I Slept with My Girlfriend — Now What?
Aug 19, 2019
Has My Sexual Sin Made Me Unsavable?
Aug 16, 2019
Why Do Christians Fast?
Aug 14, 2019
What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually?
Aug 12, 2019
Where Did Satan’s First Desire for Evil Come From?
Aug 09, 2019
How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life?
Aug 07, 2019
Will God Ever Give Us More Than We Can Handle?
Aug 05, 2019
Watershed Differences Between Calvinists and Arminians
Aug 02, 2019
Don’t Waste Your Mornings
Jul 31, 2019
How Do I Take My Thoughts Captive?
Jul 29, 2019
What Is God’s Glory?
Jul 26, 2019
Is Drinking Alcohol a Sin?
Jul 24, 2019
Would You Attend a Gay Wedding?
Jul 22, 2019
Can a Born-Again Christian Lose Salvation?
Jul 19, 2019
How Do I Live Like a Son Rather Than a Slave?
Jul 17, 2019
How Does ‘Christ Live in Me’ (Galatians 2:20)?
Jul 15, 2019
Does Jesus Teach Us to Sell All Our Possessions?
Jul 12, 2019
How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?
Jul 10, 2019
I’m Terrified of Giving Birth — Should I Still Pursue Marriage?
Jul 08, 2019
How Do I Survive This Midlife Crisis?
Jul 05, 2019
Is God Just as Sovereign over Damnation as Salvation?
Jul 03, 2019
What Is a Father’s Role in Caring for an Infant?
Jul 01, 2019
Would God Be Less Glorious If He Never Created?
Jun 28, 2019
Is God Angry at Me When I Sin?
Jun 26, 2019
The Heart of the Calvinist-Arminian Divide
Jun 24, 2019
What Is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Jun 21, 2019
How Do I Trust God with the Eternal Destiny of My Child?
Jun 19, 2019
Does God Ever Soften a Heart He Has Hardened?
Jun 17, 2019
How Should a Husband Treat His Quarrelsome Wife?
Jun 14, 2019
Should My Boyfriend and I Travel Alone?
Jun 12, 2019
Do Human Technologies Ever Threaten Divine Sovereignty?
Jun 10, 2019
Was Job a Man or a Myth?
Jun 07, 2019
Why Does God Discipline Some Christians with Death?
Jun 05, 2019
How Do I Kill My Pride?
Jun 03, 2019
Do I Need to Love Myself More?
May 31, 2019
How Much Authority Does Satan Have in the World?
May 29, 2019
Are Christians Righteous or Unrighteous?
May 27, 2019
Should We Postpone Children While I Finish My Degree?
May 24, 2019
Why Is It Better That Christ Went Away (John 16:7)?
May 22, 2019
Will Marriage Cure My Lust?
May 20, 2019
Can an Elect Person Die Without Hearing the Gospel?
May 17, 2019
Should a Gay Couple, Once Converted, Stay ‘Married’?
May 15, 2019
Is It Sinful to Want to Die?
May 13, 2019
Should We Expect Revival or More Social Decay?
Scripture tells us that the last days will bring an upsurge of evil in the world. Does that mean we should stop expecting revivals to take place?]]>
May 10, 2019
How Does the Gospel Speak to Self-Hate?
The Bible has a lot to say about the issue of self-hate. Where should we begin if we’re talking to a non-Christian who struggles in this area?]]>
May 08, 2019
Does Christ’s Righteousness Cover My Joylessness?
May 06, 2019
Does God Direct All the Details of My Life?
May 03, 2019
What Does It Mean to Live ‘in the Flesh’?
May 01, 2019
Is Cremation Okay If I Give My Body to Science?
Apr 29, 2019
Does Junk Food Dishonor God?
Apr 26, 2019
I Want Jesus to Be My Treasure — Is the Wanting Enough?
Apr 24, 2019
My Joy Is So Short-Lived — How Do I Make It Last?
Apr 22, 2019
What’s the Significance of Simon Carrying Jesus’s Cross?
Apr 19, 2019
Where Was the Holy Spirit on Good Friday?
Apr 17, 2019
Is There Any Place for Fear in the Christian Life?
Apr 15, 2019
How Does God Answer Today’s Skeptics?
Apr 12, 2019
How Do Christians Survive in Middle-Class America?
Apr 10, 2019
What Is the Sovereignty of God?
Apr 08, 2019
Why Have Kids If They Might End Up in Hell?
Apr 05, 2019
I’m Eager to Pastor Now — Should I Skip Seminary?
Apr 03, 2019
Why Did Jesus Need to ‘Become Superior’ to Angels?
Apr 01, 2019
How Much Can Christians Learn from Non-Christians?
Mar 29, 2019
He Killed His Wife and Children — Can He Really Be Forgiven?
Mar 27, 2019
Does the Old Testament Alienate the Disabled?
Mar 25, 2019
Why Does God Choose Some and Not Others?
Mar 22, 2019
Money, Mardi Gras, and Something Far Better: Stories from South America
Mar 20, 2019
How Do I Resist Smartphone Overuse?
Mar 08, 2019
Can a Coin Flip Reveal God’s Will for My Life?
Feb 27, 2019
My Girlfriend Affirms Homosexual Love — Is This a Deal-Breaker?
Feb 25, 2019
What Does Jesus Mean by ‘I Never Knew You’?
Feb 22, 2019
My Husband Is Passive — What Can I Do?
Feb 20, 2019
How Do I Break My Entertainment Addiction?
Feb 18, 2019
How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?
Feb 15, 2019
I’m an Anxious Person — How Do I ‘Rest in Christ’?
Feb 13, 2019
How Can I See the Beauty of God?
Feb 04, 2019
Is Street Evangelism Better Than Building Relationships?
Feb 01, 2019
Why Global Missions Requires Healthy Churches
Jan 30, 2019
Should Hell Motivate Our Missionaries?
Jan 28, 2019
I Feel Trapped in My Job — What Should I Do?
Jan 25, 2019
How Your Career Could Crush You
Jan 23, 2019
Is Investing in Stocks Any Better Than Gambling?
Jan 21, 2019
Did Jesus Endorse Polygamy in the Parable of the Ten Virgins?
Jan 18, 2019
Why Is God Withholding Marriage from Me?
Jan 16, 2019
Are Calvinists Inconsistent with Romans 9?
Jan 14, 2019
How Can We Prioritize Our Marriage over Work and Kids?
Jan 11, 2019
When Does Bible Neglect Become Sinful?
Jan 09, 2019
I’m Tired and Busy — How Do I Make Time for the Bible?
Jan 07, 2019
I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?
Jan 04, 2019
Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019
Jan 02, 2019
How Do I Make the Most of Daily Bible Reading?
Dec 31, 2018
Can a Christian Survive in Silicon Valley?
Dec 28, 2018
How Do I Welcome Christ at Christmas?
Dec 25, 2018
What Makes Christmas So Controversial?
Dec 23, 2018
What Is the Rapture?
Dec 21, 2018
Will We Meet Jesus as Soon as We Die?
Dec 19, 2018
How Will Christ ‘Reconcile’ Unbelievers to Himself?
Dec 17, 2018
Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?
Dec 14, 2018
What Should I Tell My Kids About Santa?
Dec 12, 2018
How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?
Dec 10, 2018