Ask Pastor John: Seven Reasons to Never Send Nude Selfies

Episode 1,000 today. It should be a little out of the norm, and it is. Today we tackle a surprisingly common phenomenon, made super convenient by the technology of the smartphone. Of course we’re talking about sending nude selfies. This is part of a growing conversation in our culture. I recently met with the assistant principle of a large public high school here in the suburbs of Minneapolis, to talk about smartphones and teens. She said to me this, I wrote it down: “In the last year, I’ve been … [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: 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...]

I’m Waiting 31: Helping Your Kids Set Boundaries By Setting Your Own

[display_podcast] This is the eighth and final installment of our amazing interview with Matt Clinton of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Parents – you are more of a model for your kids than you’ll ever know! Matt gives some great practical advice on how to help them set boundaries by actually setting boundaries for yourself. Matt Clinton, Fellowship of Christian Athletes: My daughter, who is only 18-months-old, can already work an iPhone. She already knows how to swipe through the pictures on … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Is It Sinful to Watch Porn with My Spouse?

Welcome back to the Ask Pastor John podcast. Once again we are going to address a sensitive subject today that is not suitable for younger listeners. And sadly this is a question we get a lot — a lot more than you might think Pastor John — somewhere around 30 times over the years. It comes to us sometimes from men, but mostly from perplexed women. Most recently the question comes from an anonymous listener who simply asks: “Pastor John, is it sinful to watch pornography with my spouse before sex? … [Read more...]

Im Waiting 30: Teens, Sex, and Social Media with Matt Clinton

[display_podcast] Matt Clinton of Fellowship of Christian Athletes desires to partner with parents in pouring into their kids to help them navigate through their teenage years. Leslie Salazar Carrillo, Im Waiting: The socio-economic spectrum that you work within is very broad. You deal with very wealthy families as well as impoverished. So, what would you say to parents, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic status, as all their kids are asking, “How am I supposed to live this l … [Read more...]