SERMON: What has sustained John Piper for thirty years?

These notes are from the morning session of the 300 conference we recently had with John Piper. I have set them to auto-publish today, as I have been reliably informed that by now the video and audio of both this talk and the excellent Q and A should be available from pop over and watch it if like me you are getting Piper withdrawal syndrome! I hope you enjoy this talk which was vintage John Piper. He was clearly enjoying himself as he preached one of only a very few messages … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo: On Prayer

During my holiday this week, these videos will be published on autopilot. The interviewer is my friend Brian Mowrey, make sure you go subscribe to his blog, as well as Terry Virgo's right away! These videos were mentioned at the recent TOAM event and complement much of what was said there very well. This segment is on prayer, a subject which Terry is well known for after John Piper mentioned one of his sermons in a Tweet.Watch on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

A prophetic word from John Piper for the new reformed movement

Reformed people often forget that Piper is almost as much of a charismatic as I am! He is no doubt a bit more cautious than me about gifts, but he does believe in them. In this video clip he shares what he describes as a prophetic word that has a warning for the reformed movement today. You can read the transcript or watch it here: … [Read more...]

New John Piper sermon: The Gospel and racial harmony

This past Sunday it was a joy to have John Piper with us at Jubilee Church in London. He seemed to be very much at home with us, and was clearly enjoying preaching one of the very few sermons he will preach this year. We benefitted greatly from this talk as Jubilee continues to aim to break the rule some church growth experts lay down, which argues that a church will always tend towards being largely monocultural. I thank God for the racial harmony and multicolored growth that we have … [Read more...]

Christian Hedonism and Christian Marriage

The final post in my series interacting with John Piper is again on marriage. Seeking the happiness of yourself in the happiness of your wife is key to a joyful relationship. We look forward to hearing from John tomorrow, and in due time I will share notes and video of the sessions here. May all our marriages be informed by this quote:A husband and wife should pursue their own joy in the joy of each other. There is scarcely a more hedonistic passage in the Bible than Ephesians 5:25–30. This t … [Read more...]

Prioritizing your marriage

The single thing that has impressed me most about John Piper is his recent decision to pull back from ministry for a few months, with only a couple of exceptions. This was in order to put his wife first and spend some proper time with her, disengaged from doing ministry for God, a very godly and wise act. Your marriage is your first ministry calling.  God himself should come before everything, but family comes a close second. Do keep remembering the Pipers in your prayers. I have this week been … [Read more...]

Why burning the candle at both ends is sin

Has it ever struck you that trying to avoid sleep so we can accomplish more is as sinful as it is foolish. For sure we can do it for a short time, and there may be times when it is right to do just that. But for many burned out executives, sleep is something to be rationed so they can be more productive.  Actually, as John Piper tells us, God has designed our bodies so we simply cannot play that game without big cost. He has done this for a reason: Psalm 127:2 says, “It is in vain that you rise u … [Read more...]

It's not just your tears God wants

He wants every emotion you are capable of. He wants them all expressed to him, and most of them directed towards him. Last week I blogged about God's challenge to me not to be embarrassed about my crying because of him. Today, I want to extend that challenge again to all of us. God does not want us to be emotionally impaired.  Piper shows us in this short quote that the Psalms are a great place to go for help with this: The Psalms are songs or poems. That’s what the word psalm means. They are me … [Read more...]

How to pray for John Piper this week

Today I thought I would share part of the transcript of an interview I had with John Piper.  In it Piper talks about what he aims for when he is preaching. Please pray for him that this week, as he speaks in London, it will be like this: I just know that what I want is the gift of self-forgetfulness in what I would call a full engagement, a full passion, a full zeal with what’s there in the text, and the reality of God in and through the text. I want to see him, and know him, be engaged by him, b … [Read more...]

Ask John Piper a question this week

When Piper announced his sabbatical, he mentioned that there were three foreign trips that he would be taking. We in the UK are thrilled that a trip to London was one of them. He will be preaching at two leaders conferences and on Sunday morning at Jubilee Church.  His wife and daughter will travel with him and they will get to enjoy some vacation time also.The Ask John Piper series is very popular and he is very good at Q and A times. So we are pleased that he has agreed to take questions at … [Read more...]