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Ask Pastor John

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

 

#2088

Taste Test Your Way to God’s Will

Paul says that the renewed mind discerns God’s good will “by testing.” What does that testing look like in the thousands of everyday decisions we make?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16712998.gif) ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

09 MINS

09:05

13 Jun 2024


#2087

God’s Purpose in Our Boredom

Our boredom in this world is meant to point us to another world — a world where the infinitely interesting God will banish boredom forever.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16709484.gif) ... Read more

10 Jun 2024

12 MINS

12:41

10 Jun 2024


#2086

How Can I Convince Comfortable People to Embrace Christ?

No matter how comfortable our friends and neighbors may seem, they are headed for hell unless they repent. So, what words might break through their comfort?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16706373.gif) ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

12 MINS

12:15

06 Jun 2024


#2085

Satan, the ‘Prince of the Air’ — What Does That Mean?

Why does Paul call Satan “the prince of the power of the air”? Pastor John explores the extent of Satan’s authority and Christ’s decisive victory.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16701631.gif) ... Read more

03 Jun 2024

13 MINS

13:43

03 Jun 2024


#2084

If I’m Not Elect, How Am I Guilty for Not Believing?

If God has not chosen to save me, then why would he condemn me for not believing? Pastor John explains the kind of inability that does not remove responsibility.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16698086.gif) ... Read more

30 May 2024

11 MINS

11:03

30 May 2024


#2083

What Shia LaBeouf Gets Wrong About Joy

Is Shia LaBeouf right to say that Jesus experienced “maximum joy” as he died? Pastor John considers the joy set before Christ and the horrors of the cross.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16694771.gif) ... Read more

27 May 2024

13 MINS

13:06

27 May 2024


#2082

Killing Lust with the Cross of Christ

“Cross,” “nails,” “spear,” and “thorns” are words that evoke images in our minds — images with tremendous power to dispel lustful thoughts.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16691595.gif) ... Read more

23 May 2024

10 MINS

10:36

23 May 2024


#2081

Ten Questions for Readers of Erotica

How should Christians think about sexually explicit material on the page rather than the screen? Pastor John offers ten questions for readers of erotica.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16687658.gif) ... Read more

20 May 2024

10 MINS

10:55

20 May 2024


#2080

Warning Our Children of Rebellion

Parents have the God-given duty to warn their children not to rebel against Christ, and some of the most powerful warnings come from stories of failed rebellions.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16683825.gif) ... Read more

16 May 2024

11 MINS

11:45

16 May 2024


#2079

Mom’s Role in Raising Boys

How can a mom raise boys to become strong and godly men? Pastor John offers counsel for training up the next generation.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16680534.gif) ... Read more

13 May 2024

12 MINS

12:29

13 May 2024


#2078

The Prayer You Don’t Want Answered

Sometimes, God responds to our sinful requests with a merciful no. But other times, he gives what we ask, brings misery with it, and then amazingly works good through it.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16677451.gif) ... Read more

09 May 2024

11 MINS

11:30

09 May 2024


#2077

How Can I Grow in Expressing Affection?

How can Christians grow in expressing their deepest affections for God and others? Pastor John offers eight pieces of counsel for those who struggle to speak.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16674199.gif) ... Read more

06 May 2024

12 MINS

12:05

06 May 2024


#2076

Why Does God Allow Satan to Block the Gospel?

God could destroy Satan at any moment. So, why has God allowed Satan to blind the minds of unbelievers from seeing the glory of Christ?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16671431.gif) ... Read more

02 May 2024

13 MINS

13:29

02 May 2024


#2075

Are Parents to Blame for Prodigals?

Does Proverbs 22:6 promise that children raised by godly parents will become Christians? Pastor John explains the proverb and points parents to their ultimate hope.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16667357.gif) ... Read more

29 Apr 2024

14 MINS

14:49

29 Apr 2024


#2074

How to Write a Good Sentence

What makes a good sentence? Good sentences are true, clear, authentic, thoughtful, creative, well-timed, clean, loving, and glorifying to God.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16664480.gif) ... Read more

25 Apr 2024

14 MINS

14:24

25 Apr 2024


#2073

A Daily Morning Exercise

How can we walk through this world of sin, suffering, and futility with strength and joy? Psalm 90:14 holds the key.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16656751.gif) ... Read more

22 Apr 2024

10 MINS

10:55

22 Apr 2024


#2072

Am I Confident or Arrogant?

In a society steeped in self-worth and self-esteem, how can Christians aim for significance in a way that glorifies Christ?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16653860.gif) ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

11 MINS

11:43

18 Apr 2024


#2071

Should the Church ‘Bless’ Same-Sex Relationships?

Should churches be willing to somehow “bless” same-sex relationships? Pastor John responds to Pope Francis’s concerning proposal.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16650478.gif) ... Read more

15 Apr 2024

12 MINS

12:05

15 Apr 2024


#2070

How Can I Glorify God as I Pray for Myself?

God does everything he does for his glory, including answering our prayers. So, how can we align all our requests with this big, overarching purpose?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16647580.gif) ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

11 MINS

11:30

11 Apr 2024


#2069

Am I Abusing Caffeine?

How can we tell if we’re abusing caffeine (or any food or drink)? Pastor John offers three questions to guide a Christian’s consumption.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16644352.gif) ... Read more

08 Apr 2024

12 MINS

12:51

08 Apr 2024


#2068

‘Death Is Yours’ — What Does Paul Mean?

If death belongs to the children of God, as the apostle Paul says, then death not only loses its sting, but it turns around and becomes our servant.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16640619.gif) ... Read more

04 Apr 2024

12 MINS

12:34

04 Apr 2024


#2067

The Man Who Died in the Pulpit

On September 22, 1967, V. Raymond Edman collapsed while delivering a chapel message at Wheaton. Pastor John reflects on his college chancellor’s final words.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16636850.gif) ... Read more

01 Apr 2024

13 MINS

13:56

01 Apr 2024


#2066

How Do I Forget My Sinful Past?

Some Christians carry an ongoing sense of guilt for sins confessed long ago. What can we do with these stubborn guilt feelings?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16633951.gif) ... Read more

28 Mar 2024

13 MINS

13:36

28 Mar 2024


#2065

God Delivers from the Suffering He Ordains

If God is sovereign over our suffering, then we can trust him to strengthen us in suffering, sanctify us through suffering, and ultimately save us from suffering.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16630459.gif) ... Read more

25 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:11

25 Mar 2024


#2064

The Gift of God’s God-Centeredness

From eternity, God has been self-sufficiently happy in himself. And because he has no needs of his own, he is gloriously free to meet ours.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16626983.gif) ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:28

21 Mar 2024


#2063

Should Confidence in Sovereignty Make Me Prayerless?

If our souls are deeply satisfied in God, what room is there for petitionary prayer? Pastor John reframes the question by clarifying the nature of prayer.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16622933.gif) ... Read more

18 Mar 2024

10 MINS

10:54

18 Mar 2024


#2062

Your Most-Asked-About Bible Verse

If God is sovereign over salvation, do the non-elect even have a chance to repent? Pastor John addresses Romans 9:22, your most-asked-about Bible verse.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16619475.gif) ... Read more

14 Mar 2024

14 MINS

14:39

14 Mar 2024


#2061

How Much Error Can I Believe and Still Be Saved?

Some biblical truths are essential to believe for salvation — but not all. So, how much error can someone hold and still be saved?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/16609172.gif) ... Read more

11 Mar 2024

12 MINS

12:08

11 Mar 2024