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Ask Pastor John

By Desiring God

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

  1. 1.
    The Christian Debate over Sexual Identity13 July 2018
    12:33
  2. 2.
    Does God Want Me to Be Happy or Holy?11 July 2018
    9:50
  3. 3.
    Did Paul and Moses Prioritize Mission over Joy in God?9 July 2018
    12:26
  4. 4.
    Does John Piper Add (Joy) to the Gospel?6 July 2018
    12:41
  5. 5.
    Universalism Distorts the Grace of God4 July 2018
    12:35
  6. 6.
    Universalism Is “Alive and Well” — How Do We Oppose It?2 July 2018
    9:38
  7. 7.
    Did C.S. Lewis Warn Against Christian Hedonism?29 June 2018
    13:10
  8. 8.
    What Does It Feel Like to See the Beauty of Christ?27 June 2018
    15:06
  1. 9.
    Is God Glorified in Those Who Reject Him?25 June 2018
    11:29
  2. 10.
    What 40-Year-Old David Platt Would Say to His 20-Year-Old Self22 June 2018
    12:57
  3. 11.
    Isn’t the Joy-Centered Life Just an Emotional Roller Coaster?20 June 2018
    13:05
  4. 12.
    How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?18 June 2018
    15:25
  5. 13.
    Does Scripture Forbid Entrepreneurs from Raising Big Money?15 June 2018
    13:09
  6. 14.
    How Do I Overcome Crippling Self-Consciousness?13 June 2018
    11:33
  7. 15.
    Where Is Satan Most Visibly Active Today?11 June 2018
    12:57
  8. 16.
    A Word to Strengthen Parents of Disabled Children8 June 2018
    11:36
  9. 17.
    How Do I Overcome My Fear of Death?6 June 2018
    10:33
  10. 18.
    Should Christians Save for Retirement?4 June 2018
    9:28
  11. 19.
    Drug Users and Christian Hedonists — Aren’t Both Just Chasing the Next High?1 June 2018
    11:28
  12. 20.
    How Can We Tweet to the Glory of God?30 May 2018
    14:23
  13. 21.
    The Secret to Fighting Anxiety28 May 2018
    8:18
  14. 22.
    Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?25 May 2018
    15:57
  15. 23.
    Is My Joy Essential in Glorifying God?23 May 2018
    10:49
  16. 24.
    Reflections on the Seashells Sermon, 18 Years Later21 May 2018
    18:30
  17. 25.
    How Do I Know If a Sermon Is Too Long or Too Short?18 May 2018
    9:06
  18. 26.
    What Is the Place of Eloquence in Christian Preaching?16 May 2018
    9:57
  19. 27.
    How to Read the Bible — and Preach It14 May 2018
    11:02
  20. 28.
    Piper’s Six-Stage Process for Writing Books11 May 2018
    11:31
  21. 29.
    How Does God’s Sovereignty Not Violate Our Decision Making?9 May 2018
    12:57
  22. 30.
    My Body: Friend or Foe?7 May 2018
    13:20
  23. 31.
    Isn’t God Most Glorified in Me When I Am Most Self-Giving?4 May 2018
    12:38
  24. 32.
    How to Keep Your Faith When You Lose Confidence in a Local Church2 May 2018
    12:56
  25. 33.
    Why Do We See So Few Miracles Today?30 April 2018
    10:26
  26. 34.
    Where the Gospel of Roman Catholicism Fails27 April 2018
    12:29
  27. 35.
    Do Paul’s Missions Leave Us with a Geographic Pattern to Follow?25 April 2018
    11:31
  28. 36.
    Why Will Some of Us Get Fewer Rewards in Heaven?23 April 2018
    10:32
  29. 37.
    Will Profanity Make Us More Relevant in Reaching Our Culture?20 April 2018
    10:21
  30. 38.
    Can We Skip the Parts of the New Testament Not in the Original Manuscripts?18 April 2018
    11:53
  31. 39.
    Do the Biblical Warnings Target the Riches of Middle-Class Americans?16 April 2018
    12:31
  32. 40.
    Have I Really Forgiven Someone If I Keep Remembering Their Wrong?13 April 2018
    12:59
  33. 41.
    How Do I Avoid the Pitfalls of Too Little Introspection and Too Much?11 April 2018
    11:27
  34. 42.
    When Do We Intervene in Other People’s Conflicts?9 April 2018
    8:42
  35. 43.
    Does the Bible Portray Women as Emotional and Men as Rational?6 April 2018
    12:18
  36. 44.
    How Do I Show Kindness to My Children and Expect Them to Obey?4 April 2018
    14:23
  37. 45.
    Is the Great Commission for Every Individual Christian?2 April 2018
    11:04
  38. 46.
    Does Reformed Theology Impede Racial Reconciliation?30 March 2018
    12:12
  39. 47.
    Dating: Good Jealousy and Bad28 March 2018
    10:17
  40. 48.
    Is It Sinful for My Husband and Me to Pray Against Pregnancy?26 March 2018
    7:45
  41. 49.
    Isn’t It Loving to My Family to Prepare for Doomsday?23 March 2018
    10:35
  42. 50.
    How to Climb the Corporate Ladder — for Jesus’s Sake21 March 2018
    12:11
  43. 51.
    My Midlife Crisis — and Counsel for Yours19 March 2018
    13:40
  44. 52.
    Sex-Abuse Allegations and the Egalitarian Myth16 March 2018
    15:17
  45. 53.
    When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up14 March 2018
    11:34
  46. 54.
    God's Sovereign Plans Behind Your Most Unproductive Days12 March 2018
    9:33
  47. 55.
    How Do We Avoid Over-Thinking (or Under-Thinking) the Christian Life?9 March 2018
    11:41
  48. 56.
    Do Christians Carry More Emotional Stress Than Non-Christians?7 March 2018
    11:12
  49. 57.
    Christians Are Marrying Later - How Do I Wait in Faith?5 March 2018
    12:01
  50. 58.
    No One Is Finally ‘Saved’ by Faith Alone — An Explainer2 March 2018
    15:42
  51. 59.
    Do Reproductive Technologies Oppose God's Design?28 February 2018
    12:27
  52. 60.
    In What Way Will Christians Judge Angels?26 February 2018
    10:12
  53. 61.
    Do Cessationists Miss Out on the Full Joys of Christianity?23 February 2018
    9:21
  54. 62.
    On the Day Billy Graham Died21 February 2018
    24:25
  55. 63.
    Can a Devout Roman Catholic Be Genuinely Born Again?21 February 2018
    10:01
  56. 64.
    How Is My Salvation Threatened by “Willful Sinning”?19 February 2018
    11:29
  57. 65.
    Isn't Veganism Closer to God's Original Design?16 February 2018
    10:21
  58. 66.
    In What Sense Did Christ Die for the Non-Elect?14 February 2018
    10:56
  59. 67.
    Avoiding Pride in a World of Selfie Sticks and Social Media Platforms12 February 2018
    8:51
  60. 68.
    Did Jesus Advocate Castration to Break Sex-Addiction?9 February 2018
    9:10
  61. 69.
    How Important Is It to Confess My Sin to Someone Other Than God?7 February 2018
    11:21
  62. 70.
    Did Jesus Say I'd Be Healthier If My Faith Were Stronger?5 February 2018
    9:12
  63. 71.
    How Do I Fight Pride When My Success Is Based on the Failures of My Peers?2 February 2018
    11:53
  64. 72.
    Two Strategies to Win the War on Lust31 January 2018
    13:12
  65. 73.
    Following Christ Is Costly — But How Do You Count the Cost?29 January 2018
    9:05
  66. 74.
    “Let Your Light Shine” — Should I Instagram My Good Works?26 January 2018
    13:13
  67. 75.
    Is This Life Too Short to Determine Our Eternal Destiny?24 January 2018
    10:57
  68. 76.
    Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary?22 January 2018
    8:56
  69. 77.
    Does God’s Happiness Depend on Mine?19 January 2018
    10:51
  70. 78.
    What Value Is the Old Testament to the Christian Life?17 January 2018
    10:46
  71. 79.
    Does God Love the Non-Elect?15 January 2018
    10:25
  72. 80.
    Do Non-Christians Ever Please God?12 January 2018
    9:55
  73. 81.
    What’s Wrong with Dressing Immodestly for Attention?10 January 2018
    12:17
  74. 82.
    To Discouraged Pastors and Their Wives8 January 2018
    13:34
  75. 83.
    Why “Falling Out of Love” Never Justifies Divorce5 January 2018
    10:59
  76. 84.
    Deep Bible Reading Strategies for the Tired and Busy3 January 2018
    10:26
  77. 85.
    A New Year, A New Bible Reading Plan1 January 2018
    11:43
  78. 86.
    I’m Retired and Want to Do Missions — What’s My First Step?29 December 2017
    9:58
  79. 87.
    I’m Retired and Want to Do Missions — What’s My First Step?29 December 2017
    9:58
  80. 88.
    Where Is Heaven Right Now?27 December 2017
    9:50
  81. 89.
    Where Is Heaven Right Now?27 December 2017
    9:50
  82. 90.
    Why Did Jesus Need to ‘Learn Obedience’?25 December 2017
    10:17
  83. 91.
    Why Christmas Never Lives Up to the Buildup22 December 2017
    12:57
  84. 92.
    Do I Love God for His Gifts or for Who He Is?20 December 2017
    11:16
  85. 93.
    Did Jesus Diminish His Divine Power to Become Human?18 December 2017
    12:00
  86. 94.
    Keep Close to the Heart of Christmas15 December 2017
    9:55
  87. 95.
    To Live Is Christ — What Does That Mean?13 December 2017
    9:53
  88. 96.
    What Is the ‘Sin Not Leading to Death’ in 1 John 5?11 December 2017
    9:31
  89. 97.
    Can I Leave and Cleave If We Live with My Parents?8 December 2017
    10:21
  90. 98.
    How to Live Wisely in the End Times6 December 2017
    8:53
  91. 99.
    We Are Accountable for What We Know4 December 2017
    9:03
  92. 100.
    When Do Christians Resist a Government That Kills Its Citizens?1 December 2017
    11:16
  93. 101.
    To Whom Did Jesus Pay Our Ransom?29 November 2017
    9:47
  94. 102.
    Did Public Controversy over the Nashville Statement Hurt the Cause?27 November 2017
    18:09
  95. 103.
    Does Hebrews Tell Us to “Grow Up” Beyond the Gospel?24 November 2017
    10:56
  96. 104.
    How Do You Structure Your Prayer Life?22 November 2017
    14:13
  97. 105.
    Does God Decree Events He Doesn’t Want to Happen?20 November 2017
    12:19
  98. 106.
    How Do I Glorify God in My Job?17 November 2017
    10:02
  99. 107.
    How Do I Process Personal Criticism?15 November 2017
    13:12
  100. 108.
    Why Does Gossip Feel So Good?13 November 2017
    11:19
  101. 109.
    Am I Wrong to Prepare for a Nuclear Doomsday?10 November 2017
    11:21
  102. 110.
    Why Does God’s Sovereignty Make Some Ambitious and Others Apathetic?8 November 2017
    11:57
  103. 111.
    How Do I Love God More Than My Entertainment?6 November 2017
    11:29
  104. 112.
    The Dignity of Those with Dementia3 November 2017
    10:47
  105. 113.
    Six Common Ways Preachers Dishonor God’s Word1 November 2017
    9:47
  106. 114.
    How Do I Know If I’m Loving My Wife Well?30 October 2017
    13:32
  107. 115.
    Church Membership Has Left Me Relationally Jaded27 October 2017
    10:54
  108. 116.
    Is God a Megalomaniac?25 October 2017
    14:35
  109. 117.
    How Much of My Happiness Is Settled By Factors Outside My Immediate Control?23 October 2017
    7:59
  110. 118.
    How Martin Luther Built a Brand That Changed the World20 October 2017
    34:26
  111. 119.
    What are the Best Reformation Biographies?18 October 2017
    10:48
  112. 120.
    Why the Reformation Remains Relevant After 500 Years16 October 2017
    12:06
  113. 121.
    Is Anyone Born a Racist? Or Is it Learned?13 October 2017
    12:05
  114. 122.
    Is Knowing God’s Sovereignty Important to My Daily Life?11 October 2017
    15:02
  115. 123.
    God Is Holy and Righteous — Are Those the Same?9 October 2017
    9:32
  116. 124.
    Ephesians 1:18: Who Will Receive the Riches of Heaven?6 October 2017
    8:56
  117. 125.
    Confronting Emotional and Verbal Abuse in the Home4 October 2017
    12:32
  118. 126.
    Is It Harmful to Date in High School?2 October 2017
    10:42
  119. 127.
    The Great Marriage Killer29 September 2017
    10:15
  120. 128.
    Reading Is Agonizing for Me — How Can I Study the Bible in Small Bits?27 September 2017
    11:54
  121. 129.
    The Lord’s Supper — Somber or Cheerful?25 September 2017
    9:25
  122. 130.
    What Does It Mean to ‘Abide in Christ’?22 September 2017
    12:16
  123. 131.
    What’s the Origin of Desiring God’s Slogan?20 September 2017
    10:20
  124. 132.
    Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite?18 September 2017
    12:11
  125. 133.
    Does God Control All Things All the Time?15 September 2017
    11:29
  126. 134.
    Popular Author Stumbles — What Should We Do With His Books?13 September 2017
    10:14
  127. 135.
    Are We Called to Thank God for Our Severest Suffering?11 September 2017
    15:50
  128. 136.
    John Piper’s Prayer in the Path of Hurricanes9 September 2017
    9:10
  129. 137.
    What Is the Kingdom of God?8 September 2017
    10:26
  130. 138.
    Are Small Churches Less Fruitful?6 September 2017
    10:42
  131. 139.
    How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children?4 September 2017
    11:59
  132. 140.
    Has Marriage Become My Idol?1 September 2017
    11:18
  133. 141.
    Did God Choose Me Because He Loved Me or Love Me Because He Chose Me?30 August 2017
    10:44
  134. 142.
    Six Questions to Ask Before You Binge on Netflix28 August 2017
    12:06
  135. 143.
    Is Wartime Living the Same as Minimalism25 August 2017
    14:21
  136. 144.
    If Someone Doesn’t Like Me, Have I Ruined My Christian Witness?23 August 2017
    10:52
  137. 145.
    Am I Single Because I’m Defective?21 August 2017
    9:29
  138. 146.
    Local Atheist or Modern Pharisee — Who Is the Greater Threat?18 August 2017
    7:50
  139. 147.
    How to Stay Christian in College16 August 2017
    13:33
  140. 148.
    Our Wedding Date Is Set — Why Not Have Sex Now?14 August 2017
    11:06
  141. 149.
    Is God’s Grace Really Free, or Does It Cost Me Everything?11 August 2017
    11:43
  142. 150.
    Retirement Homes and Caring for Aging Parents9 August 2017
    10:40
  143. 151.
    When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark7 August 2017
    12:53
  144. 152.
    Do All Religions Lead to God?4 August 2017
    10:00
  145. 153.
    Should a Single Parent Get Married?2 August 2017
    11:10
  146. 154.
    My Best Life Now?31 July 2017
    12:15
  147. 155.
    Does John Piper Overplay Bible Literacy?28 July 2017
    11:18
  148. 156.
    Should We Memorize Catechisms or Scripture?26 July 2017
    8:36
  149. 157.
    Why the Coming Kingdom of Christ Is Really Bad News24 July 2017
    9:36
  150. 158.
    Glorifying God in Unshakable Grief21 July 2017
    10:12
  151. 159.
    “My Life Feels Pointless”19 July 2017
    10:04
  152. 160.
    Does My Sex Life Affect My Prayer Life?17 July 2017
    8:41
  153. 161.
    “I Had An Abortion”14 July 2017
    13:08
  154. 162.
    Soul Care for Exhausted Young Mothers12 July 2017
    10:05
  155. 163.
    Does God’s Pursuit of His Glory Ever Detract from His Love?10 July 2017
    7:35
  156. 164.
    Should I “Dream Big” for God When I Have a Huge Ego?7 July 2017
    8:35
  157. 165.
    How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?5 July 2017
    8:12
  158. 166.
    Can I Remarry If My Spouse Dies? Should I?3 July 2017
    8:48
  159. 167.
    How Would You Lead an Overly Patriotic Church?30 June 2017
    9:20
  160. 168.
    Should Patriotism Have a Place in Church?28 June 2017
    9:08
  161. 169.
    How Is Jesus Both Joy and Master?26 June 2017
    11:11
  162. 170.
    How Do I Study a Specific Topic in the Bible?23 June 2017
    10:08
  163. 171.
    Jesus Said He’d Return Soon, So Where Is He?21 June 2017
    12:38
  164. 172.
    How Can I Better Study a Bible Passage?19 June 2017
    8:31
  165. 173.
    What Can We Say to Friends Facing Suffering?16 June 2017
    10:40
  166. 174.
    How Do I “Give My Life to God”?14 June 2017
    9:41
  167. 175.
    I Know God Loves Me, but Does He Like Me?12 June 2017
    13:05
  168. 176.
    Did Israel’s King Consult with a Witch?9 June 2017
    8:27
  169. 177.
    When Do I Unfollow My Pastor?7 June 2017
    9:29
  170. 178.
    How Do I Escape Regret over Hurt I’ve Caused?5 June 2017
    8:37
  171. 179.
    How Do I Follow Big Sections of Scripture?2 June 2017
    11:39
  172. 180.
    The Only Solution to Spiritual Blindness31 May 2017
    7:44
  173. 181.
    What’s the Point of Your New Trilogy of Books?29 May 2017
    10:18
  174. 182.
    God’s Work in Your Depression26 May 2017
    10:12
  175. 183.
    Will You Ever Write a Piper Bible Commentary?24 May 2017
    10:37
  176. 184.
    My Sin Feels Good in the Moment — Why Stop?22 May 2017
    14:03
  177. 185.
    Can We Be Legalistic About Not Being Legalists?19 May 2017
    11:37
  178. 186.
    Is Body Image My Idol?17 May 2017
    11:06
  179. 187.
    Will You Write More Biographies?15 May 2017
    14:16
  180. 188.
    What’s the Difference Between ‘Foolish’ and ’Sinful’?12 May 2017
    8:40
  181. 189.
    Can I Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Confess Wronging Me?10 May 2017
    11:23
  182. 190.
    Is Homosexuality Really the Worst Sin?8 May 2017
    8:49
  183. 191.
    Why Does John Piper Complicate Saving Faith?5 May 2017
    10:59
  184. 192.
    Explaining Hell to Our Children3 May 2017
    14:13
  185. 193.
    How Will God Judge What I Do Today?1 May 2017
    12:09
  186. 194.
    Is John Piper Happy?28 April 2017
    9:43
  187. 195.
    Three Strategies for Overcoming the Superficial Life26 April 2017
    9:47
  188. 196.
    God Made Me — So Doesn’t He Owe Me Salvation?24 April 2017
    8:58
  189. 197.
    Does the Bible Prescribe Alcohol to the Depressed?21 April 2017
    8:45
  190. 198.
    Is Male Headship a Lost Cause?19 April 2017
    9:46
  191. 199.
    How Do I Love My Unbelieving Spouse?17 April 2017
    11:46
  192. 200.
    The Glory of Good Friday14 April 2017
    12:38

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