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

Episode Date
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