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 Nov 15, 2021
These are excellent brief answers.

 May 11, 2021
Not very useful, as it only has the last 50 episodes available.

 Feb 5, 2020

 Mar 15, 2019
short, punchy, Bible based q&a. Very encouraging!

 Jan 19, 2019


John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Episode Date
The God Who Dwarfs Big Tech
Pastor John commends Tony Reinke’s new book — a panoramic, penetrating theology of technology, tethered to God’s infallible Scriptures.
Jan 26, 2022
Is Technology Holy or Worldly?
How can Christians live faithfully in the day of Big Tech? In ‘God, Technology, and the Christian Life,’ Tony Reinke explores God’s relationship to the innovations of our age.
Jan 25, 2022
Did Bathsheba Sin with David?
Does the story of David and Bathsheba suggest that Bathsheba was a willing partner in his adultery, or that David took her against her will?
Jan 24, 2022
I Enjoy Being Alone — Is That Unloving?
God made some Christians to enjoy spending a lot of time alone. But what makes the difference between a Christian loner and a self-centered loner?
Jan 21, 2022
When Life Shrinks to the Size of Our Problems
The God of the universe cares about every problem you have, no matter how small. And he wants to draw you up into purposes far greater than your problems.
Jan 19, 2022
How the Lottery Preys on the Poor
Pull-tabs and scratch games incentivize risky, destructive behaviors, especially among those who can least afford to play.
Jan 17, 2022
I Have Multiple Disabilities — How Do I Not Waste My Life?
What might it look like for a Christian with significant disabilities to live a productive, spiritually fruitful, God-glorifying life?
Jan 14, 2022
Should I Become a Preacher?
Should I become a preacher? Pastor John’s own road to the pastorate shows that God often makes preachers in unexpected ways.
Jan 12, 2022
Should I Leave an Inheritance for My Children?
If Scripture doesn’t obligate parents to leave a financial inheritance to their children, how might Christians decide what to do with their money?
Jan 10, 2022
Why Does God Hide Himself from Christians?
God will never leave or forsake his children. But for our lasting good, he may sometimes hide his face and allow us to walk through seasons of darkness.
Jan 07, 2022
Let God’s Word Dwell in You Richly This Year
When we memorize and meditate on God’s word, we create a deep, transforming connection between the Bible, our minds, and our hearts.
Jan 05, 2022
What Is an Idol?
The Bible describes idols as actual objects people worship, but today many use the language of “idolatry” more broadly. So what is an idol?
Jan 03, 2022
Is Sanctification the Pursuit of Perfection?
In our pursuit to be holy as God is holy, how do we move past our failures to obey without feeling condemned in the process?
Dec 31, 2021
What Desiring God Wants to Be Known For
The ministry of Desiring God is fueled by the prayers and financial gifts of God’s people. If you have been blessed by our resources in 2021, would you consider becoming a monthly partner?
Dec 29, 2021
End-of-Life Medical Intervention — or Not?
God may use medicine to lengthen our lives, but he will always use habits of grace, like prayer and Bible reading, to sustain our faith in suffering.
Dec 27, 2021
Why Is Christmas Precious to You?
We miss the miracle of what Christmas is if we forget why Christmas happened: God the Son became man — to die in our place.
Dec 24, 2021
History Ended at Christmas
Christmas is not just another bend in the river of redemptive history. Christmas marks the end of the river and the arrival of the ocean.
Dec 22, 2021
Do the Non-Elect Have a Chance to Repent?
The Bible teaches both the absolute sovereignty of God and the genuine accountability of man. And nowhere are they considered contradictory.
Dec 20, 2021
Is It Normal to Have a Divided Heart?
No Christian consistently longs for God, which is one reason God gives us prayers like Psalm 86:11: “Unite my heart to fear your name.”
Dec 17, 2021
The God Who Brings Us into Everlasting Pleasure
Those who live for joy in God now will possess joy in God forever. And until then, God pledges his protection over body and soul, through life and death.
Dec 15, 2021
Can We Really Give God More or Less Glory?
Christians sometimes talk about giving God “some” glory, “more” glory, or “most” glory, but are those really biblical categories?
Dec 13, 2021
How ‘Progressive’ Can a Christian Get?
None of us has an infallible understanding of the Bible, but at what point does open contradiction of Scripture call into question someone’s profession of faith?
Dec 10, 2021
God’s Plan When Our Plans Fail
God, in his grace, does not keep us from trouble and pain. But he does order and measure our trouble and pain — and then uphold us through it all.
Dec 08, 2021
How Can I Resist a Critical Spirit?
A love for excellence can easily grow into a hypercritical spirit. How can we resist the tendency to focus mostly on the failures of others?
Dec 06, 2021
John Piper’s Ministry in One Bible Text
John Piper’s ministry has been marked by rigorous attention to God’s word paired with deep delight in God’s word — a double emphasis captured in Psalm 119:97.
Dec 03, 2021
The God Who Turns Hearts to God
The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.
Dec 01, 2021
Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?
If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.
Nov 29, 2021
How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?
God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.
Nov 26, 2021
The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving
Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.
Nov 24, 2021
How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?
Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?
Nov 22, 2021
Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?
When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.
Nov 19, 2021
Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation
Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.
Nov 17, 2021
Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains
When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?
Nov 15, 2021
Is Complementarity Merely Functional?
Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?
Nov 12, 2021
One Day Tolerance Will End
We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.
Nov 10, 2021
On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine
Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?
Nov 08, 2021
Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?
Pleasure in God is not complete unless it overflows in praise to God. And praise to God is not sincere unless it overflows from pleasure in God.
Nov 05, 2021
How to Find More Joy in God
Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.
Nov 03, 2021
Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?
Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?
Nov 01, 2021
The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot
Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?
Oct 29, 2021
Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness
The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.
Oct 27, 2021
How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?
Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?
Oct 25, 2021
Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?
Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how do we know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?
Oct 22, 2021
Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?
Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.
Oct 20, 2021
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.
Oct 18, 2021
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