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Daily audio clips of John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.
2088 Episodes
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?
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?
Our boredom in this world is meant to point us to another world — a world where the infinitely interesting God will banish boredom forever.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“Cross,” “nails,” “spear,” and “thorns” are words that evoke images in our minds — images with tremendous power to dispel lustful thoughts.
How should Christians think about sexually explicit material on the page rather than the screen? Pastor John offers ten questions for readers of erotica.
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.
How can a mom raise boys to become strong and godly men? Pastor John offers counsel for training up the next generation.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What makes a good sentence? Good sentences are true, clear, authentic, thoughtful, creative, well-timed, clean, loving, and glorifying to God.
How can we walk through this world of sin, suffering, and futility with strength and joy? Psalm 90:14 holds the key.
In a society steeped in self-worth and self-esteem, how can Christians aim for significance in a way that glorifies Christ?
Should churches be willing to somehow “bless” same-sex relationships? Pastor John responds to Pope Francis’s concerning proposal.
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?
Comments (43)

Ricky Mason

I'm glad I could find your podcast here! Grace and peace to you...

Dec 5th

Jaymie Nelson

Beautifully spoken, Pastor John. Roman's 8:3--that is Christmas!

Dec 30th

May Liszt

I disagree with the pastor. Look at the history of Israel, how they were punished for legalizing sins.

Oct 30th


thanks pastor beautiful... :)

Jun 28th

Shouna Vue

How do I submit a question for Pastor John Piper?

Jan 14th
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Jonathan Clemens

Very useful insight, even when I don't always agree.

Jan 13th

Shouna Vue

amen!! thank you Jesus

Sep 11th

Dhishan Kudwalli (Dinky)

Aug 20th

Dhishan Kudwalli (Dinky)

God. Sin. Christ. Faith.

Aug 13th

Dhishan Kudwalli (Dinky)

Pure Jewels up for grabs. Such great wisdom. God be with you.

Aug 2nd

Steven McLendon II

So good and so true.

Apr 9th

Rachel Lynne

thank you pastor John! this was very helpful and now I have some great verses to help me when I am struggling with this issue!

Feb 10th


thanks so much for this Pastor John , I really needed to hear this . I'm a single mom and head of the household , it can be a bit much at times . Although I'm not married I really had a great understanding with this commentary.

Jan 8th
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Tone Mckie

very informative

Dec 5th
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esther dampson

im 17 and I've been feeling the conviction to give up secular television ever since june 2019 the month I started taking my walk with Christ seriously and I was wondering what would you suggest I do in place of watching tv I want to find my fulfillment and Joy and contentment in Christ only not in secular entertainment.

Nov 22nd
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Riaan van der Westhuizen

Every young man pursuing a woman, MUST hear this! Thank you Pastor John.

Oct 3rd

Amy Rouse

So comforting given some of the extremely harmful technology man is creating and dispersing today to the harm of God's creation! Regarding Babel: I understood the reason God chose to disperse the people is because they disobeyed His command to fill the earth (Gen. 9). They instead migrated east and congregated in one location, defying God, so He did what they refused to do. Is this a correct understanding?

Aug 10th

Stu Cook

Thank you Pastor John for tackling this subject in a sensitive manner. One of the ways I am finding helpful in reminding myself of my stature in Christ before God, is to focus more on God's love for me rather than my imperfections before Him. It's a daily battle, but it is one that gets gradually easier the more I focus upon how loved I am by God instead of my efforts before Him.

Jun 27th

Stu Cook

Thank you, Pastor John, for your understanding on this subject. I have only recently heard of these terms so to hear you speak about them so fluidly and fluently gives me a greater understanding of the two should they ever arise in conversation.

Jun 25th

Stu Cook

Thank you Pastor John for your wisdom on this subject. It helps clear things up if and when we are asked questions like this what we are able to respond to best glorify God.

May 22nd