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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
How Do We Respect Others While Rejecting Their False Beliefs?
How do we respect Buddhist priests? How about imams? Pastor John helps explain how to treat everyone with respect but still make our differences known.
Aug 17, 2018
Piper’s Reflections After a Mainline Church Service
Pastor John shares six tragic observations from a mainline church, and a helpful report card to check our tendencies to make assumptions about God.
Aug 15, 2018
What Can We Learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon?
Jordan Peterson has a bestselling book and a fast-growing following, especially among young men. What should Christians learn from him?
Aug 13, 2018
Why Is My Child Disabled?
God could have prevented every disability we know today, but he didn’t. And he has ten thousand reasons why.
Aug 10, 2018
Three Threats to the Joy of This Generation
God wants his people to have serious joy. But at least three obstacles threaten the joy and the seriousness of this generation.
Aug 08, 2018
What’s the Point of My Life?
All people want to be a part of something larger than themselves. This is no accident. God designed you to join him in his goal of global glory.
Aug 06, 2018
John Piper’s Most-Used Promises
We kill sin with superior promises. John Piper shares his most-used promises and how they have served him over the decades.
Aug 03, 2018
How to Win the War for Morning Devotions
When you wake up more interested in Twitter than God’s word, the battle is not lost. It has just begun. Fight to get into his word.
Aug 01, 2018
The Miracle of Waiting Faithfully
Whether we’re hoping for a job, a spouse, or something else, no one likes to patiently wait. But God transforms us in our waiting.
Jul 30, 2018
How Do I Cling to God — When Life Feels Easy?
We’re needy people. But when life’s going well, we often forget just how needy we really are.
Jul 27, 2018
How Much Joy Can We Really Expect in This Life?
In this life, our indwelling sin clouds our joy in God. But every Christian has the promise of never-ending, ever-increasing joy in God’s presence.
Jul 25, 2018
Make War on Your Urge to Sulk
We all know that anger will only wound those around us. But its silent brother, sulking, can be just as deadly.
Jul 23, 2018
When God Answers ‘No’ to Our Prayers
How do we not let a no from God squelch our joy in him? John Piper offers two anchors of hope to help us remain steady in the struggle.
Jul 20, 2018
How to Navigate Conversations About Sexual Identity
A harvest awaits Christians in the gay community. Sam Allberry shares how he engages LGBT students with the message of Jesus.
Jul 18, 2018
Am I Less Human If I’m Sexually Unfulfilled?
You don’t need sex to be happy. Jesus never married, never had a romantic relationship, never had sex, and he was the most complete man to ever live.
Jul 16, 2018
The Christian Debate over Sexual Identity
Sam Allberry, who has been attracted to the same sex his whole life, gives an insider’s take on the current debates over sexual identity.
Jul 13, 2018
Does God Want Me to Be Happy or Holy?
Does God want us to be happy or holy? John Piper explains how holiness and happiness are not at odds, but work together.
Jul 11, 2018
Did Paul and Moses Prioritize Mission over Joy in God?
If Moses and Paul wished to be personally damned so others could be saved, didn’t they prioritize mission for others over joy in God?
Jul 09, 2018
Does John Piper Add (Joy) to the Gospel?
We don’t receive Jesus in a saving way when we receive him as a ticket out of hell. He’s not a ticket. He’s a treasure — the greatest treasure.
Jul 06, 2018
Universalism Distorts the Grace of God
When everyone gets grace, no one actually gets grace. Michael McClymond explains how universalism expels the biblical view of grace.
Jul 04, 2018
Universalism Is ‘Alive and Well’ — How Do We Oppose It?
What is Christian universalism, and how should we respond? Michael McClymond, author of a new book on the topic, details the basics.
Jul 02, 2018
Did C.S. Lewis Warn Against Christian Hedonism?
Do Christian Hedonists call people to experience a level of joy now that will be available only in heaven?
Jun 29, 2018
What Does It Feel Like to See the Beauty of Christ?
We often miss Christ’s beauty in his word because our hearts are out of sync. Pastor John explains how he prepares his heart to meet God.
Jun 27, 2018
Is God Glorified in Those Who Reject Him?
We know God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. But is God at all glorified in those who reject him?
Jun 25, 2018
What 40-Year-Old David Platt Would Say to His 20-Year-Old Self
David Platt, like all of us, has past regrets and future hopes. Here’s what he would say to his 20-year-old self.
Jun 22, 2018
Isn’t the Joy-Centered Life Just an Emotional Roller Coaster?
If our affections are the thermometer of our relationship with God, how can we remain stable through all our emotional ups and downs?
Jun 20, 2018
How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?
Security, comfort, and wealth aren’t the primary guides for our job decisions. God is. But how do we discern his will?
Jun 18, 2018
Does Scripture Forbid Entrepreneurs from Raising Big Money?
A bank account with seven, eight, or nine zeros is not necessarily sinful. But it is dangerous for hearts that easily treasure dollar signs.
Jun 15, 2018
How Do I Overcome Crippling Self-Consciousness?
An excessive self-focus leads to either discouragement or pride. So what steps can we take to conquer the curse of self-consciousness?
Jun 13, 2018
Where Is Satan Most Visibly Active Today?
Wherever saving truth is hated, distorted, and muted, Satan is at work. Our best weapon against him is to tell and live the truth.
Jun 11, 2018
A Word to Strengthen Parents of Disabled Children
Caring for a disabled child often goes unthanked and unrecognized in this world. But God sees every sacrifice, and he will reward you.
Jun 08, 2018
How Do I Overcome My Fear of Death?
Everything we need in life and death was bought by the blood of Jesus. We have nothing to fear — not even death.
Jun 06, 2018
Should Christians Save for Retirement?
The Bible doesn’t have a category for retiring from ministry. We may retire from a paid vocation, but never from loving and serving others.
Jun 04, 2018
Drug Users and Christian Hedonists — Aren’t Both Just Chasing the Next High?
Both drug users and Christians feel ups and downs. But the parallels end there. Pastor John gives five reasons why the experiences are different.
Jun 01, 2018
How Can We Tweet to the Glory of God?
Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat — they allow us to say more words to more people than ever before. So how can we use them for an eternal purpose?
May 30, 2018
The Secret to Fighting Anxiety
Worry gains us nothing. As soon as we discover we have a problem, God has already been working on it, and the solution is on the way.
May 28, 2018
Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?
Is the term “reckless” too reckless? Pastor John offers pastors, worship leaders, and congregations ways to think about the popular lyrics.
May 25, 2018
Is My Joy Essential in Glorifying God?
Our enjoyment of God is not only a response to God’s glory — it is the way we glorify him. Therefore, joy in God is not optional.
May 23, 2018
Reflections on the Seashells Sermon, 18 Years Later
Eighteen years after OneDay 2000, Pastor John reflects on a sermon that roused thousands of young people to not waste their lives.
May 21, 2018
How Do I Know If a Sermon Is Too Long or Too Short?
Is there an ideal sermon length? Pastor John gives five factors to consider when trying to decide how long to preach.
May 18, 2018
What Is the Place of Eloquence in Christian Preaching?
From alliteration and assonance to metaphors, imagery, and illustrations — what role does creativity, imagination, and rhetoric have in preaching?
May 16, 2018
How to Read the Bible — and Preach It
Good sermons and good Bible reading push into a writer’s words, grammar, and logic to embrace all the glorious realities behind them.
May 14, 2018
Piper’s Six-Stage Process for Writing Books
After writing over fifty books, Pastor John explains his six-stage process, from gathering the initial idea to seeing the project come to life.
May 11, 2018
How Does God’s Sovereignty Not Violate Our Decision-Making?
How does God’s sovereignty not make us robots? Pastor John explores the relationship between God’s sovereignty and the human will in seven steps.
May 09, 2018
My Body: Friend or Foe?
True freedom from body hatred does not come from finally liking what we see in the mirror. It comes from being swept up in the greatness of God.
May 07, 2018
Isn’t God Most Glorified in Me When I Am Most Self-Giving?
Enjoying God and loving our neighbors are not competing goals. True love is the overflow of joy in God that meets the needs of others.
May 04, 2018
How to Keep Your Faith When You Lose Confidence in a Local Church
Christian community is a precious gift from God. But our love for the community must never replace our love for the Lord of the community.
May 02, 2018
Why Do We See So Few Miracles Today?
There were fewer miracles in the Bible than many of us think, and there are more miracles today than many of us know.
Apr 30, 2018
Where the Gospel of Roman Catholicism Fails
Protestants insist that God imputes Christ’s righteousness to believers, while the Catholic Church claims that he imparts it. What’s the difference?
Apr 27, 2018
Do Paul’s Missions Leave Us with a Geographic Pattern to Follow?
Paul’s missionary journeys do not mandate how we should do missions today, but we can certainly learn from the methods he used.
Apr 25, 2018