Ask Pastor John

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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
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
Why Will Some of Us Get Fewer Rewards in Heaven?
There will be no envy in heaven. Perfect love will reign. Those who have more will have humility; those who have less will rejoice in others’ gifts.
Apr 23, 2018
Will Profanity Make Us More Relevant in Reaching Our Culture?
Crude language won’t transform the culture. It won’t convict sinners. It may make us more relatable, but in the end it will backfire.
Apr 20, 2018
Can We Skip the Parts of the New Testament Not in the Original Manuscripts?
The first manuscripts of the Bible no longer exist, but that doesn’t need to shake Christians’ faith. Pastor John gives three reasons why.
Apr 18, 2018
Do the Biblical Warnings Against Riches Apply to Most Americans?
The aim of wartime simplicity is not to be as poor as possible, but to use all of our resources for the advancement of the gospel.
Apr 16, 2018
Have I Really Forgiven Someone If I Keep Remembering Their Wrong?
The sign of forgiveness is not that you forget the pain another caused you, but that you relinquish the desire to punish, and instead seek their good.
Apr 13, 2018
How Do I Avoid the Pitfalls of Too Little Introspection and Too Much?
Self-examination can quickly turn into self-condemnation. Pastor John offers three strategies to keep introspection in its proper place.
Apr 11, 2018
When Do We Intervene in Other People’s Conflicts?
God calls Christians to be peacemakers. But when and how should we intervene in other people’s conflicts?
Apr 09, 2018
Does the Bible Portray Women as Emotional and Men as Rational?
Our culture often stereotypes women as hyperemotional and men as rational. But is this a biblical dichotomy?
Apr 06, 2018
How Do I Show Kindness to My Children and Expect Them to Obey?
How do we teach our children to respect our God-given authority, while also treating them with Christlike humility and servant leadership?
Apr 04, 2018
Is the Great Commission for Every Individual Christian?
God may not call you to move to another country to join the Great Commission, but he has called you to play a significant part.
Apr 02, 2018
Does Reformed Theology Impede Racial Reconciliation?
Some have suggested Reformed theology is a hurdle to racial harmony. Pastor John explains why the opposite has been true over decades of urban ministry.
Mar 30, 2018
Dating: Good Jealousy and Bad
Is all jealousy bad? No, God models perfect jealousy, and calls us to have the same zeal for his glory in all we do — even in dating.
Mar 28, 2018
Is It Sinful for My Husband and Me to Pray Against Pregnancy?
God’s highest priority is not for us to have children, but for us to have Christ-exalting faith that overflows in meeting the needs of others.
Mar 26, 2018
Isn’t It Loving to My Family to Prepare for Doomsday?
Has a husband and father failed in his God-given responsibility if his family is suffering when he could have prevented it?
Mar 23, 2018
How to Climb the Corporate Ladder — for Jesus’s Sake
How can we glorify God in our jobs? Pastor John offers ten reflections to help Christians integrate their Christian life with their working life.
Mar 21, 2018
My Midlife Crisis — and Counsel for Yours
Some men may avoid a midlife crisis, but many of us will face one. Pastor John describes his own midlife crisis, and how God carried him through.
Mar 19, 2018
Sex-Abuse Allegations and the Egalitarian Myth
For fifty years, our culture has denied that men have any unique responsibility to care for and protect women. It was a myth, and it isn’t working.
Mar 16, 2018
When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up
When God feels distant, he may be calling us away from a soft, flimsy faith into a tough, unshakable allegiance to Jesus.
Mar 14, 2018
God’s Sovereign Plans Behind Your Most Unproductive Days
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.
Mar 12, 2018
How Do We Avoid Over-Thinking (or Under-Thinking) the Christian Life?
The Bible calls us not to over-think, under-think, think poorly, or think falsely. So how can we avoid slipping into these ruts?
Mar 09, 2018
Do Christians Carry More Emotional Stress Than Non-Christians?
Many believers experience deep emotional stress over the sin and pain in the world. When these emotions become paralyzing, what should we do?
Mar 07, 2018
Christians Are Marrying Later — How Do I Wait in Faith?
Although some singles are delaying marriage for the wrong reasons, many are not. What does God say to those who yearn to marry but have no prospects?
Mar 05, 2018
Will We Be Finally ‘Saved’ by Faith Alone?
Protestants have long championed justification by faith alone. But we distort this truth when we confuse justification and final salvation.
Mar 02, 2018
Do Reproductive Technologies Oppose God’s Design?
What encouragement does God give to those who are the product of reproductive technology and feel like they were abandoned by a biological parent?
Feb 28, 2018