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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
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?
Oct 15, 2021
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?
Oct 13, 2021
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?
Oct 11, 2021
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?
Oct 08, 2021
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.
Oct 06, 2021
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?
Oct 04, 2021
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?
Oct 01, 2021
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.
Sep 29, 2021
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.
Sep 27, 2021
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?
Sep 24, 2021
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.
Sep 22, 2021
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?
Sep 20, 2021
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?
Sep 17, 2021
Prayers That Work
Jesus promises spectacular responses to our prayers, but only if our desires are shaped by his word abiding within us.
Sep 15, 2021
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?
Sep 13, 2021
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.
Sep 11, 2021
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?
Sep 10, 2021
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.
Sep 08, 2021
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?
Sep 06, 2021
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?
Sep 03, 2021
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?
Sep 01, 2021
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?
Aug 30, 2021
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.
Aug 27, 2021
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.
Aug 25, 2021
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.
Aug 23, 2021
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?
Aug 20, 2021
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.
Aug 18, 2021
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?
Aug 16, 2021
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.
Aug 13, 2021
Living the Mystery of Joy in Suffering
Christians are sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: sorrowful because of the ugliness and horrors of sin, and rejoicing because of the infinite worth of Jesus.
Aug 11, 2021
If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Pursue Holiness?
If Christ already paid for all our sins — past, present, and future — then why do we need to work so hard to put sin to death and grow in holiness?
Aug 09, 2021
Is Sex During Menstruation Sinful?
The Old Testament prohibited a husband and wife from having sex during menstruation. Is that command still in force today?
Aug 06, 2021
Controversy Is Essential — and Deadly
Controversy is essential — and deadly. Slowly, we can begin to care more about defending the truth than enjoying the truth.
Aug 04, 2021
How Do We Pray in the Spirit?
What do Paul and Jude mean when they command Christians to pray “in the Spirit” — and what would it mean to pray “out of the Spirit”?
Aug 02, 2021
If We Read Our Bibles, Why Do We Need Sermons?
The Bible is perfect; preachers are not. So, why listen to the sermons of fallible men when we can read God’s infallible word for ourselves?
Jul 30, 2021
How to Argue Like a Calvinist
John Newton cherished the doctrines of grace. And he knew that the best way to commend them was with a spirit of graciousness.
Jul 28, 2021
Doing Math to the Glory of God
Why learn math — especially if studying math feels agonizing? Pastor John addresses an 8-year-old boy struggling to persevere in school.
Jul 26, 2021
Can I Marry a Woman Half My Age?
The Bible doesn’t say how old Christians should be when they marry — or how close in age. So, can a Christian marry someone significantly younger?
Jul 23, 2021
The Strong Murder the Weak Every Day in America
Killing an unborn child is illegal if the mother wants the baby — but legal if she doesn’t. The rights of the weak rest in the hands of the strong.
Jul 21, 2021
How Much Media Is Too Much Media?
In a media-saturated age, obedience to Jesus requires intentional detachment from the patterns of the world — especially its patterns of entertainment.
Jul 19, 2021
Will I Suffer More If I Follow Jesus?
Those who follow Jesus may suffer more in this life than those who don’t. But from the standpoint of eternity, they will suffer infinitely less.
Jul 16, 2021
The Supremacy of God in Preaching: Conclusion
People are starving for the grandeur of God. Christian preachers, more than all others, should know this truth — and shape every sermon accordingly.
Jul 15, 2021
Faith Won’t Survive Without Friends
We all need people who will remind us that Christ is far better than sin, and that unrepentant sin destroys. Without friends, our faith won’t survive.
Jul 14, 2021
Does the Bible Say I Am Unique?
God made everybody, knitting each of us intricately in our mother’s womb. Does that mean we are each unique, unlike any other person God created?
Jul 12, 2021
Will God Really Praise Us?
If God deserves all glory and praise, what does Scripture mean when it mentions God’s glorifying and praising us?
Jul 09, 2021
Why Comfortable Christians Go Prayerless
Until we come awake to the great spiritual war that surrounds us, we will never truly know the privilege and power of prayer.
Jul 07, 2021
Do Angels Walk Among Us Today?
Hebrews tells us that, by showing hospitality to strangers, “some have entertained angels unawares.” Does this suggest that angels walk among us in human form?
Jul 05, 2021
On Codependent Dating Relationships
God made us to need other people — but not to be codependent on them. So, how can we tell the difference between healthy need and disordered neediness?
Jul 02, 2021
Why Would God Create a Baby to Live for Two Minutes?
With eternity in view, any span of life is a vapor. However long we live, our time here is preparation for the endless days of heaven.
Jun 30, 2021
Should We Watch for Signs from God?
Some Christians seem to be always on the lookout for signs from God in creation or circumstances. Does the Bible encourage us in that search?
Jun 28, 2021
Should Christians Visit Cemeteries?
Should Christians make a habit of visiting loved ones’ graves? And if we do visit, how can we honor Christ in the cemetery?
Jun 25, 2021