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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

2079 Episodes

Warning Our Children of Rebellion

Parents have the God-given duty to warn their children not to rebel against Christ, and some of the most powerful warnings come from stories of failed rebellions.

Published: 16 May 2024

Mom’s Role in Raising Boys

How can a mom raise boys to become strong and godly men? Pastor John offers counsel for training up the next generation.

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

The Prayer You Don’t Want Answered

Sometimes, God responds to our sinful requests with a merciful no. But other times, he gives what we ask, brings misery with it, and then amazingly works good through it.

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

How Can I Grow in Expressing Affection?

How can Christians grow in expressing their deepest affections for God and others? Pastor John offers eight pieces of counsel for those who struggle to speak.

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

Why Does God Allow Satan to Block the Gospel?

God could destroy Satan at any moment. So, why has God allowed Satan to blind the minds of unbelievers from seeing the glory of Christ?

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

Are Parents to Blame for Prodigals?

Does Proverbs 22:6 promise that children raised by godly parents will become Christians? Pastor John explains the proverb and points parents to their ultimate hope.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

How to Write a Good Sentence

What makes a good sentence? Good sentences are true, clear, authentic, thoughtful, creative, well-timed, clean, loving, and glorifying to God.

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

A Daily Morning Exercise

How can we walk through this world of sin, suffering, and futility with strength and joy? Psalm 90:14 holds the key.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

Am I Confident or Arrogant?

In a society steeped in self-worth and self-esteem, how can Christians aim for significance in a way that glorifies Christ?

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

Should the Church ‘Bless’ Same-Sex Relationships?

Should churches be willing to somehow “bless” same-sex relationships? Pastor John responds to Pope Francis’s concerning proposal.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

How Can I Glorify God as I Pray for Myself?

God does everything he does for his glory, including answering our prayers. So, how can we align all our requests with this big, overarching purpose?

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Am I Abusing Caffeine?

How can we tell if we’re abusing caffeine (or any food or drink)? Pastor John offers three questions to guide a Christian’s consumption.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

‘Death Is Yours’ — What Does Paul Mean?

If death belongs to the children of God, as the apostle Paul says, then death not only loses its sting, but it turns around and becomes our servant.

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

The Man Who Died in the Pulpit

On September 22, 1967, V. Raymond Edman collapsed while delivering a chapel message at Wheaton. Pastor John reflects on his college chancellor’s final words.

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

How Do I Forget My Sinful Past?

Some Christians carry an ongoing sense of guilt for sins confessed long ago. What can we do with these stubborn guilt feelings?

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

God Delivers from the Suffering He Ordains

If God is sovereign over our suffering, then we can trust him to strengthen us in suffering, sanctify us through suffering, and ultimately save us from suffering.

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

The Gift of God’s God-Centeredness

From eternity, God has been self-sufficiently happy in himself. And because he has no needs of his own, he is gloriously free to meet ours.

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Should Confidence in Sovereignty Make Me Prayerless?

If our souls are deeply satisfied in God, what room is there for petitionary prayer? Pastor John reframes the question by clarifying the nature of prayer.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Your Most-Asked-About Bible Verse

If God is sovereign over salvation, do the non-elect even have a chance to repent? Pastor John addresses Romans 9:22, your most-asked-about Bible verse.

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

How Much Error Can I Believe and Still Be Saved?

Some biblical truths are essential to believe for salvation — but not all. So, how much error can someone hold and still be saved?

Transcribed - Published: 11 March 2024

Is My Child Transgender Because of Me?

How can parents resist the despair that comes from feeling like failures? Pastor John offers ten words of hope for parents of prodigals.

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

The ‘Ask Pastor John’ Book Is Here

After ten years and two thousand episodes, Tony Reinke has distilled the best of ‘Ask Pastor John’ in a remarkable new book.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

Is Obedience Without Affection Still Love?

If we obey God outwardly but feel no affection for him inwardly, is our obedience still love? Pastor John takes us to the heart beneath God-pleasing obedience.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

How Preachers Grow Graceless

How do preachers guard themselves from hypocrisy? Pastor John traces double-faced preaching to its deepest root: the love of human praise.

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Your Suffering Is Not Meaningless

How did Paul endure such unimaginable sufferings without turning from Christ? Pastor John traces three threads of the apostle’s perseverance.

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

Why Did God Stigmatize the Disabled?

In Leviticus 21, God forbids men with physical defects from participating as full priests. How do we reconcile this prohibition with Jesus’s approach to the disabled?

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

Enjoying God in His Gifts

How do we enjoy pizza, friendship, or any other good gift without committing idolatry? Not only by enjoying God more than his gifts, but also by enjoying him in them.

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

What’s the Essence of Love?

How do Paul’s travel plans relate to the Trinitarian depths of God’s love? Pastor John shows how ultimate reality undergirds the love between the saints.

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Political Flag-Waving Isn’t Enough

Christians have not only the right but the calling to speak truth to power. But such speech differs greatly from mere political flag-waving.

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

Does Hidden Sin Bring Physical Suffering?

The wrath of God is gone for those who are in Christ. But does God still sometimes bring physical suffering in response to unconfessed sin?

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

How Should I Choose a College Major?

What factors should Christian students consider when choosing a college or major? Pastor John gives five guidelines for those who don’t want to waste their lives.

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

Do I Have a Hard Heart?

How can we know if our heart is hard toward God? Pastor John diagnoses hardness of heart, and gives a remedy for remaining soft to God’s Spirit.

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

Was Jesus Confused by the Cross?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Do these haunting words from Jesus suggest he was confused by the horrors of the cross?

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

What Would World War III Mean for Missions?

We live in a time of mounting global tensions, of wars and rumors of wars. What hope do we have for the future of missions should conflict continue to build?

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

Strategies for Building a Reverent Church

In a day starving for transcendence, how might church leaders arrange every element of the Sunday gathering to promote joyful Godward reverence?

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

Leading a Church out of Casual Culture

How might churches move away from casual culture toward heartfelt, happy reverence on Sunday morning? Pastor John shares five steps for preachers.

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

On Coffee-Sipping in the Sanctuary

Is it wrong to drink coffee during corporate worship? Pastor John moves beyond mugs to the heart of the issue.

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

Should Christians Make Bucket Lists?

From college grads to retirees, many people love to keep bucket lists. Should Christians? Pastor John puts rest and recreation within a biblical mindset.

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

How Do I Find the Main Point of a Psalm?

How can we discern the main point of not only a single verse, but an entire paragraph, section, or even chapter of the Bible?

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

The Good News of God’s Faithfulness to God

God’s faithfulness to God may not sound like good news. But the foundation of our hope rests on God’s zeal to display the worth of his name.

Transcribed - Published: 4 January 2024

Read the Bible with Us in 2024

On the first day of a new year, Pastor John commends a yearlong Bible-reading plan and invites listeners to join him from Genesis to Revelation.

Transcribed - Published: 1 January 2024

Appeal from John Piper

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Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

My Bible Reading Feels Flat — What Can I Do?

Sometimes, perhaps even often, we read Scripture with our eyes, grasp its truth in our minds, yet feel little pleasure in our hearts. What can we do in such moments?

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

Four Reasons Christmas Is Special

Christmas is a day for marveling. Pastor John shares four earth-shaking, soul-satisfying reasons to glory in the coming of the Son of God.

Transcribed - Published: 25 December 2023

Looking Back at 2023, Looking Ahead to 2024

As a new year nears, Pastor John marvels at God’s grace from 2023 and shares exciting plans for the months ahead.

Transcribed - Published: 21 December 2023

Make the Bible Part of Your Everyday in 2024

What makes regular Bible intake not only helpful for the Christian life, but crucial? Pastor John gives ten reasons to make the Bible part of your everyday.

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

Feast on the Bible’s Grammar

The word “therefore” appears almost five hundred times in the New Testament. And every one of them is a doorway to life and love.

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

How John Piper Marks Up His Books

Pastor John never reads a book — even novels — without a pencil in hand. What does he do with it, and why won’t he use a pen?

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Make Your Life Count: Twelve Rules for Teens

How can teens make their lives count? From dating wisely to failing well, Pastor John offers twelve rules for teenage followers of Christ.

Transcribed - Published: 7 December 2023

Go to the Ant

We know God inspired the Bible, but we sometimes forget that he also spoke creation into existence. How might we begin to learn from both of God’s books?

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

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