Ask Pastor John

Ask Pastor John

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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June 17, 2024 12 mins
Bible reading can bring comfort, but Bible reading can also bring fear. How can we rightly embrace both the comfort of God’s promises and the fear of his warnings?
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Paul says that the renewed mind discerns God’s good will “by testing.” What does that testing look like in the thousands of everyday decisions we make?
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June 10, 2024 12 mins
Our boredom in this world is meant to point us to another world — a world where the infinitely interesting God will banish boredom forever.
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No matter how comfortable our friends and neighbors may seem, they are headed for hell unless they repent. So, what words might break through their comfort?
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Why does Paul call Satan “the prince of the power of the air”? Pastor John explores the extent of Satan’s authority and Christ’s decisive victory.
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If God has not chosen to save me, then why would he condemn me for not believing? Pastor John explains the kind of inability that does not remove responsibility.
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Is Shia LaBeouf right to say that Jesus experienced “maximum joy” as he died? Pastor John considers the joy set before Christ and the horrors of the cross.
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“Cross,” “nails,” “spear,” and “thorns” are words that evoke images in our minds — images with tremendous power to dispel lustful thoughts.
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May 20, 2024 10 mins
How should Christians think about sexually explicit material on the page rather than the screen? Pastor John offers ten questions for readers of erotica.
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May 16, 2024 11 mins
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.
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May 13, 2024 12 mins
How can a mom raise boys to become strong and godly men? Pastor John offers counsel for training up the next generation.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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April 29, 2024 14 mins
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.
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April 25, 2024 14 mins
What makes a good sentence? Good sentences are true, clear, authentic, thoughtful, creative, well-timed, clean, loving, and glorifying to God.
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April 22, 2024 10 mins
How can we walk through this world of sin, suffering, and futility with strength and joy? Psalm 90:14 holds the key.
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April 18, 2024 11 mins
In a society steeped in self-worth and self-esteem, how can Christians aim for significance in a way that glorifies Christ?
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Should churches be willing to somehow “bless” same-sex relationships? Pastor John responds to Pope Francis’s concerning proposal.
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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?
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