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Ask Pastor John
Desiring God

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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What’s the Difference Between Faith and Hope?

The biblical authors often intertwine faith and hope, yet they also distinguish them. So what is the difference between these... more

19 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Why Do So Many Reject Jesus?

When the light of Christ shines upon the darkness of our sin, we either run to Christ as the only... more

17 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
Who Will Judge the World?

Scripture speaks of the Father judging the world, the Son judging the world, and sometimes even the word of Christ... more

15 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
How Are We Born Again?

The new birth is a sovereign work of the Spirit, but it is a work bound to the word. The... more

12 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
How Money Fears Kill Our Worship

When we trust God with our money, we not only enjoy freedom from worry, but we magnify the shepherd, Father,... more

10 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
What Makes Christian Love Different?

What makes Christian love different from non-Christian love? It is rooted in the cross of Christ, sustained by the Holy... more

08 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Overly Righteous’?

Ecclesiastes tells us not to be “overly righteous,” but Jesus calls us to a righteousness that exceeds even that of... more

05 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Gospel Drift — and How to Avoid It

You don’t have to commit great sins in order to fall away from Jesus. You just have to neglect your... more

03 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
Why Did Jesus Need to Suffer and Die Publicly?

Did Jesus have to die a public, agonizing death, or could he have saved us by living sinlessly and dying... more

01 Aug 2022 · 13 minutes
Does God Ever Tempt Us to Sin?

God clearly tests his people, but does he ever tempt them to sin? Pastor John explores the distinction between tests... more

29 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Trembling Before God on Sunday

Hundreds of times, God tells us to “fear not.” So why does he also call us to work out our... more

27 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
Is My Humorous Personality a Liability?

Sober-mindedness keeps us from the silliness that is allergic to serious moments, but it also keeps us from the somberness... more

25 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
Are Eternal Rewards and Inheritance the Same?

Peter assures us of an inheritance kept safe in heaven; Jesus calls us to lay up treasures in heaven. Are... more

22 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Fighting for Faith in the Entertainment Age

In an age inundated with entertainment, how do Christians stay awake to the glory of Christ and help others do... more

20 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Should Non-Christians Pray for Faith?

Saving faith is the gift of God, who opens blind eyes and raises dead hearts. So what can unbelievers do... more

18 Jul 2022 · 11 minutes
How Do I Prioritize My Busy Life?

Sometimes, busyness and stress are reasons to realign our priorities. Other times, they are invitations to pray that God would... more

15 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Learning to Follow God’s Will

God doesn’t give us a blueprint for our futures, but he does give us biblical trajectories by which we can... more

13 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
The Key to Knowing God’s Will

How do “spiritual wisdom and understanding” fill us with the knowledge of God’s will for our daily lives? Pastor John... more

11 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
Does God Send ‘Strong Delusions’ into the World?

In our sin, we refuse to hear the truth, receive the truth, believe the truth — until God intervenes to... more

08 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
God’s School of Prayer

When God puts us in the flames of suffering, he often intends to rescue us from self-sufficient comfort and awaken... more

06 Jul 2022 · 9 minutes
Politics, Patriotism, and the Pulpit

We need pastors who will regularly remind us that our greatest allegiance is not to any political party, ethnicity, or... more

04 Jul 2022 · 13 minutes
Who Is the Man of Lawlessness?

Paul teaches that Jesus will not return until “the man of lawlessness is revealed.” Who is this man of lawlessness?

01 Jul 2022 · 12 minutes
Roe v. Wade Has Ended — Our Pro-Life Work Has Not

The Christian pro-life cause goes far deeper than legislation. We aim not only to change laws and behavior, but to... more

30 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
Sustain Your Prayer Life with Sleep

Satan will try to put us to sleep in prayer. And he does so, most commonly, by tricking us into... more

29 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Is God Present or Absent in Hell?

Is God present in hell, as John seems to say in Revelation 14:10 — or is he absent, as Paul... more

27 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
What’s the Center of Our Holiness?

Scripture describes the process of sanctification in many different ways. How can we weave the various strands together into one... more

24 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
God’s Love and My Sickness

Because Jesus loved Lazarus, the Gospel of John tells us, he did not come to him right away, but lingered... more

22 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Crucial Texts for Our Hardest Battles

When temptation strikes, we need more than a vague sense of God’s goodness — we need specific promises. Pastor John... more

20 Jun 2022 · 16 minutes
Is God More Honored or Dishonored in the World?

If God aims to be glorified in this world, why is human history and the daily news filled with so... more

17 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
The Pervasive Problem of Loving Money

The love of money often lives where others least suspect, like in the hearts of Pharisees, miracle workers, and those... more

15 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
How Do I ‘Wrestle’ in Prayer?

Paul speaks of wrestling in prayer, and many of us use his phrase. But what might our prayer lives actually... more

13 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Counsel for Wives with Harsh Husbands

“Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” Paul writes. But what can a wife do if... more

10 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
Eight Essentials for Christian Living

How does God bring us from the grace of new birth to the glory of heaven? Pastor John explains eight... more

08 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
Did Jesus Tell Us to Give to Every Panhandler?

Jesus tells us to give to those who ask, but Paul warns the church against giving to the lazy. How... more

06 Jun 2022 · 13 minutes
Did Jesus Disregard the Sacrificial System?

If there is no forgiveness without shed blood, how could Jesus forgive sins apart from the sacrificial system and prior... more

03 Jun 2022 · 12 minutes
Prayer in the Age of Global Hate

In an age of hate, Christians testify to God’s grace by praying for all kinds of people: high and low,... more

01 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
How Will I Find My Ministry Calling?

When God grants us a ministry, does his leading come to us through internal impulses, external affirmation, or some combination... more

30 May 2022 · 11 minutes
Should We Pray for Unbelievers or for Evangelists?

Does Scripture ever command us to pray for unbelievers, or does it only command us to pray for the evangelists... more

27 May 2022 · 12 minutes
The Easiest Step of Love

Prayer is the easiest step of love, and it is also the most powerful. God can do far more for... more

25 May 2022 · 11 minutes
Have I Sinned If I Fall Short of Excellence at Work?

God is honored when we do our jobs with technical excellence, and he is also honored when we give ourselves... more

23 May 2022 · 13 minutes
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Did Jesus Tell Us to Give to Every Panhandler?
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Jesus tells us to give to those who ask, but Paul warns the church against giving to the lazy. How might we... more