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Ask Pastor John podcast

Ask Pastor John

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

 

#50

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14819011.gif) ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

12 MINS

12:29

18 Oct 2021


#49

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14813638.gif) ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

10 MINS

10:42

15 Oct 2021


#48

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14808866.gif) ... Read more

13 Oct 2021

16 MINS

16:27

13 Oct 2021


#47

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14803259.gif) ... Read more

11 Oct 2021

11 MINS

11:45

11 Oct 2021


#46

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14799005.gif) ... Read more

08 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:19

08 Oct 2021


#45

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14794731.gif) ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:18

06 Oct 2021


#44

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14789363.gif) ... Read more

04 Oct 2021

11 MINS

11:48

04 Oct 2021


#43

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14785234.gif) ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

10 MINS

10:51

01 Oct 2021


#42

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14780893.gif) ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:44

29 Sep 2021


#41

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14776590.gif) ... Read more

27 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:03

27 Sep 2021


#40

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14772044.gif) ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

15 MINS

15:06

24 Sep 2021


#39

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14767831.gif) ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:31

22 Sep 2021


#38

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14763374.gif) ... Read more

20 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:18

20 Sep 2021


#37

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14758369.gif) ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

13 MINS

13:53

17 Sep 2021


#36

Prayers That Work

Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14751479.gif) ... Read more

15 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:38

15 Sep 2021


#35

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14747220.gif) ... Read more

13 Sep 2021

10 MINS

10:27

13 Sep 2021


#34

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14744626.gif) ... Read more

11 Sep 2021

47 MINS

47:49

11 Sep 2021


#33

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14742812.gif) ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:40

10 Sep 2021


#32

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14737951.gif) ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

14 MINS

14:19

08 Sep 2021


#31

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14734073.gif) ... Read more

06 Sep 2021

11 MINS

11:49

06 Sep 2021


#30

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14729496.gif) ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

10 MINS

10:52

03 Sep 2021


#29

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14725233.gif) ... Read more

01 Sep 2021

09 MINS

09:02

01 Sep 2021


#28

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14714447.gif) ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

12 MINS

12:33

30 Aug 2021


#27

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14710318.gif) ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

11 MINS

11:51

27 Aug 2021


#26

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14705732.gif) ... Read more

25 Aug 2021

15 MINS

15:31

25 Aug 2021


#25

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14698927.gif) ... Read more

23 Aug 2021

12 MINS

12:08

23 Aug 2021


#24

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14694132.gif) ... Read more

20 Aug 2021

11 MINS

11:43

20 Aug 2021


#23

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14690213.gif) ... Read more

18 Aug 2021

13 MINS

13:52

18 Aug 2021


#22

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?![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14686361.gif) ... Read more

16 Aug 2021

11 MINS

11:21

16 Aug 2021


#21

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.![image] (https://feed.desiringgod.org/link/10715/14682383.gif) ... Read more

13 Aug 2021

12 MINS

12:54

13 Aug 2021