Story Team Weekly: An Identity in Christ Alone

“I looked for my identity in so many different places.”Joseph remembers being called gay for the first time when he was 13—at a church camp. “It was a devastating experience,” he remembers. Then, as before, he channeled his pain into playing the violin, a God-given talent he’d long nurtured, but “I never found my identity in Christ,” he says now. “I looked for my identity in so many different places.”Though raised in a Christian home, Joseph always had a strained relationship with believe … [Read more...]

WWUTT: God Is Love?

1 John 4:16 says, “God is love.” Isn't that beautiful? God is love. He's not just loving, God IS love. So, we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him. (1 John 4:16) So, if God is love, what does that make you?Well, you are evil. Genesis 8:21 says, “The intention of man's heart is evil from his youth.”Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who ca … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Fiercely Loved

“I was basically like a sex slave and a mistress for him.”After being exposed to pornography at a young age, Lorraine found herself wanting to live a life of worldly pleasure. For years she tried to find her fulfillment in sex and in men. Desperate for real love, Lorraine quit college in order to have an affair with a man in Sweden for several months. When that relationship painfully ended, Lorraine was left at her breaking point, searching for a way out.This is her story: “I remember di … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Is It Sinful to Be Pregnant Before Marriage?

Here is a sensitive question we get not infrequently in the inbox, and this time it comes from a nameless female listener, who simply asks this: “Pastor John, is it a sin to be pregnant before marriage?” How do you go about answering such a sensitive question? One way to reframe this question would be to ask: Are the effects of sin, sin? But when I thought that, I thought: No. Even that is not precise enough, is it? Because pregnancy before or outside of a marriage covenant may be owing to a wom … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Did My Lust Cause Our Miscarriage?

Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast with longtime author and pastor, John Piper. Pastor John, here’s the next question on the list, and it’s a heavy one, an email from an anonymous man: “Pastor John, did God cause, or would God cause, my wife to miscarry our child because I have a struggle with lust and pornography? I have a lot of guilt right now, and I don’t know how to think about God’s discipline and punishment for my sin. I’m very confused, please help.” Wow. I see four issues at le … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: A Way Out

“I just remember loading my syringe stronger and stronger each time, just wanting a way out of this, and the only way for me was to kill myself.” For Anthony, the abandonment of his earthly father led him to seek comfort in the atmosphere of gay bars and the rollercoaster high of designer drugs. After hearing the gospel, the darkness that shrouded Anthony’s life was overtaken by the true hope and new life found in Jesus.“I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. And, my mom and dad divorced whe … [Read more...]