John Piper Friday – Piper on Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Back in March of 2006, I wrote a long post which referred to John Piper’s article about Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I thought I would use this Piper Friday to highlight Dr. Piper’s article once more. You can read Piper’s whole article over on his website. Piper begins by sharing two quotes that in some ways seem contradictory. Unless, that is, you are a preacher. For many of us the passion of our life is to preach in such a way that many are saved and helped, and yet we are conscious that true … [Read more...]

JOHN PIPER FRIDAY – Ethnic Diversity and Affirmative Action for Pastoral Appointments

UPDATEMuch of the discussion on this issue is now occurring over at blogs belonging to Thabiti Anyabwile and Justin Taylor - Why not pop over and join in? John Piper is never one to shy away from controversy or difficult subjects. This week has been no different. He has sent out an e-mail entitled How and Why Bethlehem Pursues Ethnic Diversity that is also published on his website—the main point of which is that he is looking specifically for non-white people who could be appointed to the p … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Brainerd's Mistake, World Mission's Gain

While I believe Piper is arguably one of the greatest preachers alive, he is also a fantastic biographer. I found these words very encouraging. It is amazing to realize that one man's moment of foolishness directly led to a course of action which would arguably inspire the entire modern missions movement! God truly is sovereign—even over our unwise mistakes. As someone who is prone to foot-in-mouth disease myself (and more serious failures of tongue control) it is good to know that even w … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Charles Simeon and John Wesley

Today I want to bring you quotes from a talk given by John Piper about Charles Simeon. We begin with a description of Simeon's recollection of a conversation he had with the Arminian, John Wesley, when he was a young man. The conversation is instructive about how we should deal with people we disagree with and about how sometimes moderates from both sides of a theological debate are closer than we realise. "Sir, I understand that you are called an Arminian; and I have been sometimes called a … [Read more...]


I love the short biographical talks Piper gives. Today, I want to share with you some quotes from a talk given by John Piper about C. H. Spurgeon He preached over 600 times before he was 20 years old. His sermons sold about 20,000 copies a week and were translated into 20 languages. The collected sermons fill 63 volumes equivalent to the 27 volume ninth edition Encyclopedia Britannica, and "stands" as largest set books by a single author in the history of Christianity.Even if his son, Charles, … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Fear Shot Through With Joy

Today I want to bring you a quote from a sermon by John Piper: The Present Effects of Trembling at the Wrath of God. Thanks to the wonders of the new Desiring God website, you can watch, read, or listen to the full sermon there.This quote expresses the results of a view of God that is balanced between fear and joy. Too many Christians veer into one or the other extreme. Sometimes we see only the kindness of God and imagine that he is some kind of sugar daddy in the sky who is all sweetness and … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – The Power of the Spoken Word and Treasuring Jesus

Hi, my name is Adrian Warnock and I am a's been three days since I last posted on my blog ...Yes, I know posts have been appearing in this time, but I cheated by writing them earlier and having my editorial assistant publish them and post a couple of links whilst I was away!Anway, despite my addiction to the written word, I am a great believer in the power of the SPOKEN word. I believe that there is a reason why the Bible says that faith comes by HEARING the word of … [Read more...]

DG06 National Conference mp3s Now Available

This is Adrian's editor, Annette. The mp3s of the Desiring God 2006 National Conference are now available. (HT Scott Burness.) The transcripts (except for John Piper) are not yet available, even though both "read" and "listen" are listed below. I believe that, for now, if you click "Read" you will be taken to the page where the transcript will eventually be located once it has been made available. On that page, you will also find access to the audio. However, for direct access to the audio, … [Read more...]

DG06 – Final Session – John Piper

Tim Challies has not yet published on this session, so again here are some quotes from New Attitude on the closing session:"Tears welled up in Piper’s eyes as he talked about the cross: I don’t like getting angry at people in evangelical churches. This is not fun. It’s heart-breaking. But what can you do when they attack the center with blasphemous cynicism? Nothing is more crucial for humanity than to escape the omnipotent wrath of God. It’s not the goal of the cross, but it’s infinitely necessa … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – A Charismatic Mandate

This week I want to direct your attention to an article from 1991 in which Dr. John Piper makes the most charismatic statements I have seen anywhere in his material, and argues for his position very clearly. If you are interested in a more extended explanation of Piper's views, there is also a fourteen-part sermon series on the gifts entitled, "Are Signs and Wonders for Today?" which he preached in 1990. Piper is not your typical charismatic, but is more open to gifts than many assume of him. I … [Read more...]