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Episode Date
What Makes Women the ‘Weaker Vessel’?
The differences between male and female are not obstacles to overcome or facts to ignore. They are distinct glories that God calls “very good.”
Apr 16, 2021
The Problem with Asking, ‘What’s Wrong with It?’
If we want to follow Jesus, we will need to give up more than just sins. We will also need to give up everything that dulls our hearts for him.
Apr 14, 2021
Hope for Children from Dysfunctional Families
How can children who come from dysfunctional or abusive families begin to embrace the perfect fatherhood of God?
Apr 12, 2021
How Does Chronic Pain Glorify God?
Why might God allow his children to endure years, or even decades, of unremitting suffering? How does such chronic pain bring him glory?
Apr 09, 2021
Escape the World’s Infatuation with Sex
The deepest cure for lust never comes from strategies or accountability. The deepest cure comes from seeing the soul-staggering grandeur of God.
Apr 07, 2021
How Will Heaven Change Our Joy?
Joy isn’t just a nice byproduct of the Christian life, but an essential part of it. From propitiation to glorification, joy animates our life in Christ.
Apr 05, 2021
How Does Easter Change Us?
Christ’s resurrection secures our future hope that we too will rise one day. In the meantime, it also grants us spiritual power for everyday life.
Apr 02, 2021
What You Need More Than Self-Confidence
Everything good in the Christian life grows in the soil of rich, deep, and happy humility.
Mar 31, 2021
What Didn’t Christ Accomplish?
The cross of Christ accomplished everything we need to glorify God by being eternally happy in him. But is there anything the cross didn’t accomplish?
Mar 29, 2021
How Can I Serve the Dying?
When you have the privilege of caring for dying people, how can you minister to their souls in addition to meeting their physical needs?
Mar 26, 2021
What Is the Gospel For?
Forgiveness, justification, adoption, and eternal life are all a means to something even greater: enjoying God himself.
Mar 24, 2021
How Can I Fight Sin Without Losing Sight of Christ?
Christians rest on Jesus not only for justification, but also for sanctification. Both are blood bought. Both are certain.
Mar 22, 2021
I Feel Called to Missions — Should I Date Someone Who Doesn’t?
If I feel called to missions, should I be open to dating a Christian who doesn’t share the same calling?
Mar 19, 2021
Finding Hope in God’s Unfolding Plan
God determines the direction of history down to the smallest detail. But what is his ultimate goal in all his providence?
Mar 17, 2021
Who Is God?
God is the most important and most valuable reality in the entire universe. Who has he revealed himself to be?
Mar 15, 2021
How Can We Know God?
Before we can ask who God is, we need to know where to find the answer. Where can we go to learn the truth about who God reveals himself to be?
Mar 12, 2021
The Courage We Need for Mission
God’s providence isn’t an obstacle to evangelism and missions. It is, instead, our only hope to see the good news of the gospel reach all nations.
Mar 10, 2021
Do We Dishonor God by Neglecting His Gifts?
We dishonor God when we love the gifts more than the Giver. But we also dishonor him when we forget all the gifts he has given.
Mar 08, 2021
John Piper’s Big Book on the Providence of God
John Piper’s newest book, ‘Providence,’ celebrates the all-embracing, all-pervasive, invincible providence of God.
Mar 06, 2021
Why Did Jesus Choose Judas?
If Jesus knew that Judas would betray him in the end, why did Jesus choose Judas as a disciple to begin with?
Mar 05, 2021
Finding the Confidence to Pray
The doctrine of God’s all-governing providence is not a problem for our prayers. It is our only hope for our prayers coming to pass.
Mar 03, 2021
I’m Likely Going to Prison — Now What?
Where is God when I face life-changing consequences for my sin? Can he really work for my good, even in a punishment as severe as prison?
Mar 01, 2021
Should I Ever Pursue My Dreams?
Can we pursue our own dreams while also obeying God? Or do we need to give up our dreams in order to follow what Jesus is really calling us to?
Feb 26, 2021
Protected from False Teaching
Joyful faith in the all-governing providence of God immunizes us against false teaching that exalts man and detracts from the glory due to God alone.
Feb 24, 2021
Who Wrote the Bible?
The question “Who wrote the Bible?” has a double answer: God and man. Humans held the quill, but God ultimately inspired their words.
Feb 22, 2021
What Is the Meaning of Life?
When life just doesn’t seem to make sense, or even when it seems void of any meaning at all, what can help us to know our purpose again?
Feb 19, 2021
Sustained Through the Hardest Suffering
God’s providence not only governs all things, but it gives us hope in our suffering. We can trust that our all-good God will turn every sorrow to joy.
Feb 17, 2021
Why Is Baptism Important?
Jesus commands the church not only to make disciples, but also to baptize them. But why is baptism so important?
Feb 15, 2021
My Teen Is Sexually Active — What Can I Do?
What can Christian parents do if they discover that one of their children is living in serious sexual sin? Pastor John offers counsel on where to begin.
Feb 12, 2021
The Root of Beautiful Patience
God’s all-pervasive providence is the key that unlocks enduring patience. He is always working more good than we can ever see.
Feb 10, 2021
Do My Sins Hinder My Prayers?
Peter tells us that a husband’s prayers are hindered if he dishonors his wife. Is this just a marriage principle, or does sin always obstruct our prayers?
Feb 08, 2021
Is My Happiness Moral or Not?
Does the presence or absence of happiness say anything about us morally, or is happiness simply a nonmoral state of affairs?
Feb 05, 2021
Escaping the Fog of Triviality
In a culture filled with silliness and superficiality, seeing and savoring the providence of God protects our hearts from trifling with divine things.
Feb 03, 2021
Has Porn Already Broken My Future Marriage?
Pornography distorts our souls. But with the transformation of the Holy Spirit and a hard, honest fight, there is still hope for godly intimacy in marriage.
Feb 01, 2021
Before You Tweet Criticism: Six Considerations
Social media feeds are often infernos of insults and anger. How can Christians engage online in ways that make much of Christ?
Jan 29, 2021
Everything Made Meaningful
Even the tiniest details of history move forward under the providential care of our sovereign, all-good God. Nothing is random. Nothing is meaningless.
Jan 27, 2021
Why Did God Create Us?
If God doesn’t need anything in this world in order to be who he is, then why did he create the world at all?
Jan 25, 2021
Am I Too Hard on Myself?
God has given us a high and holy calling in Christ. But can a Christian ever be too hard on himself as he strives to live up to that calling?
Jan 22, 2021
Trembling at Sin, Marveling at Grace
Seeing and savoring God’s providence in our redemption fills us with wonder and trembling joy. We owe everything to his grace.
Jan 20, 2021
Martin Luther King and His Partner in the Cause
Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus.
Jan 18, 2021
Is an Audio Bible Sufficient for Devotions?
Is listening to the Bible just as good as reading it? Or do we risk missing something if our Bible intake comes mainly through listening?
Jan 15, 2021
Confronting Lukewarm Worship
When we see and savor the providence of God, lukewarm worship gives way to wonder, awe, and holy reverence before our majestic God.
Jan 13, 2021
How Do I Bear with Immature Christians?
Faithful pastors long to see their churches grow up in faith, hope, and love. So, how does a pastor bear with those who seem to be going backward?
Jan 11, 2021
How Often Should I Question My Salvation?
The Bible instructs believers to examine themselves, but does it tell us to what extent or how often we should question our salvation?
Jan 08, 2021
What Difference Does Providence Make?
What difference does seeing and savoring the providence of God make? Pastor John explains why providence overflows with practical implications.
Jan 06, 2021
Can I Take a Vaccine Made from Aborted Babies?
Several vaccines in current use are developed from the cells of aborted babies. Can Christians use these vaccines in good conscience?
Jan 04, 2021
How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?
Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory.
Jan 01, 2021
Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead
At the end of another year, Pastor John reflects on 2020, the world of Ephesians, and the need for a new tidal wave of God-centered teaching.
Dec 30, 2020
Should We Talk More About ‘Following Jesus’?
In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament?
Dec 28, 2020
Is Christmas Too Pagan for Christians?
Christmas offers an opportunity to look upon the incarnation with fresh amazement. But does the timing of our celebration just reflect pagan tradition?
Dec 25, 2020
Why Did Christ Need a Body?
In the person of Jesus Christ, we encounter incarnate Deity. But why did he have to take on flesh that first Christmas?
Dec 23, 2020