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Desiring God

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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What Makes a True Friend?

What makes for a true friend, according to God’s word? Pastor John sketches the nature and importance of friendship across... more

22 Jul 2024 · 12 minutes
God Is Eager to Work for You

God looks throughout the earth, eager to work for those whose hearts are whole toward him. Pastor John unfolds glory... more

18 Jul 2024 · 13 minutes
Will God Judge People for Being Born Muslim?

Will God condemn someone for being born into another religion? Pastor John responds to a former Muslim deeply worried about... more

15 Jul 2024 · 11 minutes
On Repetitive Worship Songs

“For his steadfast love endures forever” appears 26 times in Psalm 136. What might we learn from this psalm about... more

11 Jul 2024 · 11 minutes
Let the Bible Smash Your Bad Theology

If you want more of your thoughts to become captive to Christ, open the Bible and pray, “Anything in my... more

08 Jul 2024 · 9 minutes
The Good Grace of Being American

American citizens enjoy lavish blessings of common grace. Pastor John calls us to give thanks without giving away our far... more

04 Jul 2024 · 12 minutes
Is My Joy Commanded or Spontaneous?

If joy in God is a gift from God, why does he also command us to rejoice? Pastor John takes... more

01 Jul 2024 · 11 minutes
The Next Generation of Missionaries

The local church’s task of sending and sustaining long-term missionaries rests on several deep biblical assumptions. Pastor John shares five.

27 Jun 2024 · 10 minutes
How Your Heart Governs Your Mind

At the root of our sin is not a mind ignorant of God’s ways, but a darkened love, a hardened... more

24 Jun 2024 · 11 minutes
Resurrection Power for Our Pain

In this fallen age, resurrection power does not keep us from pain. Instead, it brings life to others as we... more

20 Jun 2024 · 11 minutes
The Emotional Roller Coaster of Bible Reading

Bible reading can bring comfort, but Bible reading can also bring fear. How can we rightly embrace both the comfort... more

17 Jun 2024 · 12 minutes
Taste Test Your Way to God’s Will

Paul says that the renewed mind discerns God’s good will “by testing.” What does that testing look like in the... more

13 Jun 2024 · 9 minutes
God’s Purpose in Our Boredom

Our boredom in this world is meant to point us to another world — a world where the infinitely interesting... more

10 Jun 2024 · 12 minutes
How Can I Convince Comfortable People to Embrace Christ?

No matter how comfortable our friends and neighbors may seem, they are headed for hell unless they repent. So, what... more

06 Jun 2024 · 12 minutes
Satan, the ‘Prince of the Air’ — What Does That Mean?

Why does Paul call Satan “the prince of the power of the air”? Pastor John explores the extent of Satan’s... more

03 Jun 2024 · 13 minutes
If I’m Not Elect, How Am I Guilty for Not Believing?

If God has not chosen to save me, then why would he condemn me for not believing? Pastor John explains... more

30 May 2024 · 11 minutes
What Shia LaBeouf Gets Wrong About Joy

Is Shia LaBeouf right to say that Jesus experienced “maximum joy” as he died? Pastor John considers the joy set... more

27 May 2024 · 13 minutes
Killing Lust with the Cross of Christ

“Cross,” “nails,” “spear,” and “thorns” are words that evoke images in our minds — images with tremendous power to dispel... more

23 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Ten Questions for Readers of Erotica

How should Christians think about sexually explicit material on the page rather than the screen? Pastor John offers ten questions... more

20 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Warning Our Children of Rebellion

Parents have the God-given duty to warn their children not to rebel against Christ, and some of the most powerful... more

16 May 2024 · 11 minutes
Mom’s Role in Raising Boys

How can a mom raise boys to become strong and godly men? Pastor John offers counsel for training up the... more

13 May 2024 · 12 minutes
The Prayer You Don’t Want Answered

Sometimes, God responds to our sinful requests with a merciful no. But other times, he gives what we ask, brings... more

09 May 2024 · 11 minutes
How Can I Grow in Expressing Affection?

How can Christians grow in expressing their deepest affections for God and others? Pastor John offers eight pieces of counsel... more

06 May 2024 · 12 minutes
Why Does God Allow Satan to Block the Gospel?

God could destroy Satan at any moment. So, why has God allowed Satan to blind the minds of unbelievers from... more

02 May 2024 · 13 minutes
Are Parents to Blame for Prodigals?

Does Proverbs 22:6 promise that children raised by godly parents will become Christians? Pastor John explains the proverb and points... more

29 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
How to Write a Good Sentence

What makes a good sentence? Good sentences are true, clear, authentic, thoughtful, creative, well-timed, clean, loving, and glorifying to God.

25 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
A Daily Morning Exercise

How can we walk through this world of sin, suffering, and futility with strength and joy? Psalm 90:14 holds the... more

22 Apr 2024 · 10 minutes
Am I Confident or Arrogant?

In a society steeped in self-worth and self-esteem, how can Christians aim for significance in a way that glorifies Christ?

18 Apr 2024 · 11 minutes
Should the Church ‘Bless’ Same-Sex Relationships?

Should churches be willing to somehow “bless” same-sex relationships? Pastor John responds to Pope Francis’s concerning proposal.

15 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
How Can I Glorify God as I Pray for Myself?

God does everything he does for his glory, including answering our prayers. So, how can we align all our requests... more

11 Apr 2024 · 11 minutes
Am I Abusing Caffeine?

How can we tell if we’re abusing caffeine (or any food or drink)? Pastor John offers three questions to guide... more

08 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
‘Death Is Yours’ — What Does Paul Mean?

If death belongs to the children of God, as the apostle Paul says, then death not only loses its sting,... more

04 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
The Man Who Died in the Pulpit

On September 22, 1967, V. Raymond Edman collapsed while delivering a chapel message at Wheaton. Pastor John reflects on his... more

01 Apr 2024 · 13 minutes
How Do I Forget My Sinful Past?

Some Christians carry an ongoing sense of guilt for sins confessed long ago. What can we do with these stubborn... more

28 Mar 2024 · 13 minutes
God Delivers from the Suffering He Ordains

If God is sovereign over our suffering, then we can trust him to strengthen us in suffering, sanctify us through... more

25 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
The Gift of God’s God-Centeredness

From eternity, God has been self-sufficiently happy in himself. And because he has no needs of his own, he is... more

21 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
Should Confidence in Sovereignty Make Me Prayerless?

If our souls are deeply satisfied in God, what room is there for petitionary prayer? Pastor John reframes the question... more

18 Mar 2024 · 10 minutes
Your Most-Asked-About Bible Verse

If God is sovereign over salvation, do the non-elect even have a chance to repent? Pastor John addresses Romans 9:22,... more

14 Mar 2024 · 14 minutes
How Much Error Can I Believe and Still Be Saved?

Some biblical truths are essential to believe for salvation — but not all. So, how much error can someone hold... more

11 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
Is My Child Transgender Because of Me?

How can parents resist the despair that comes from feeling like failures? Pastor John offers ten words of hope for... more

07 Mar 2024 · 13 minutes
The ‘Ask Pastor John’ Book Is Here

After ten years and two thousand episodes, Tony Reinke has distilled the best of ‘Ask Pastor John’ in a remarkable... more

05 Mar 2024 · 15 minutes
Is Obedience Without Affection Still Love?

If we obey God outwardly but feel no affection for him inwardly, is our obedience still love? Pastor John takes... more

04 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
How Preachers Grow Graceless

How do preachers guard themselves from hypocrisy? Pastor John traces double-faced preaching to its deepest root: the love of human... more

29 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Your Suffering Is Not Meaningless

How did Paul endure such unimaginable sufferings without turning from Christ? Pastor John traces three threads of the apostle’s perseverance.

26 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
Why Did God Stigmatize the Disabled?

In Leviticus 21, God forbids men with physical defects from participating as full priests. How do we reconcile this prohibition... more

22 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Enjoying God in His Gifts

How do we enjoy pizza, friendship, or any other good gift without committing idolatry? Not only by enjoying God more... more

19 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
What’s the Essence of Love?

How do Paul’s travel plans relate to the Trinitarian depths of God’s love? Pastor John shows how ultimate reality undergirds... more

15 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Political Flag-Waving Isn’t Enough

Christians have not only the right but the calling to speak truth to power. But such speech differs greatly from... more

12 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Does Hidden Sin Bring Physical Suffering?

The wrath of God is gone for those who are in Christ. But does God still sometimes bring physical suffering... more

08 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
How Should I Choose a College Major?

What factors should Christian students consider when choosing a college or major? Pastor John gives five guidelines for those who... more

05 Feb 2024 · 13 minutes
Do I Have a Hard Heart?

How can we know if our heart is hard toward God? Pastor John diagnoses hardness of heart, and gives a... more

01 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Was Jesus Confused by the Cross?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Do these haunting words from Jesus suggest he was confused by... more

29 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
What Would World War III Mean for Missions?

We live in a time of mounting global tensions, of wars and rumors of wars. What hope do we have... more

25 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
Strategies for Building a Reverent Church

In a day starving for transcendence, how might church leaders arrange every element of the Sunday gathering to promote joyful... more

22 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Leading a Church out of Casual Culture

How might churches move away from casual culture toward heartfelt, happy reverence on Sunday morning? Pastor John shares five steps... more

18 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
On Coffee-Sipping in the Sanctuary

Is it wrong to drink coffee during corporate worship? Pastor John moves beyond mugs to the heart of the issue.

15 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
Should Christians Make Bucket Lists?

From college grads to retirees, many people love to keep bucket lists. Should Christians? Pastor John puts rest and recreation... more

11 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
How Do I Find the Main Point of a Psalm?

How can we discern the main point of not only a single verse, but an entire paragraph, section, or even... more

08 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
The Good News of God’s Faithfulness to God

God’s faithfulness to God may not sound like good news. But the foundation of our hope rests on God’s zeal... more

04 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
Read the Bible with Us in 2024

On the first day of a new year, Pastor John commends a yearlong Bible-reading plan and invites listeners to join... more

01 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
My Bible Reading Feels Flat — What Can I Do?

Sometimes, perhaps even often, we read Scripture with our eyes, grasp its truth in our minds, yet feel little pleasure... more

28 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Four Reasons Christmas Is Special

Christmas is a day for marveling. Pastor John shares four earth-shaking, soul-satisfying reasons to glory in the coming of the... more

25 Dec 2023 · 11 minutes
Looking Back at 2023, Looking Ahead to 2024

As a new year nears, Pastor John marvels at God’s grace from 2023 and shares exciting plans for the months... more

21 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Make the Bible Part of Your Everyday in 2024

What makes regular Bible intake not only helpful for the Christian life, but crucial? Pastor John gives ten reasons to... more

18 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Feast on the Bible’s Grammar

The word “therefore” appears almost five hundred times in the New Testament. And every one of them is a doorway... more

14 Dec 2023 · 17 minutes
How John Piper Marks Up His Books

Pastor John never reads a book — even novels — without a pencil in hand. What does he do with... more

11 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Make Your Life Count: Twelve Rules for Teens

How can teens make their lives count? From dating wisely to failing well, Pastor John offers twelve rules for teenage... more

07 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Go to the Ant

We know God inspired the Bible, but we sometimes forget that he also spoke creation into existence. How might we... more

04 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
How to Study the Bible on a Topic

How can normal Christians learn to study the Bible on a topic? Pastor John models his own approach as he... more

30 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
Learning for Those Who Don’t Love Learning

The apostle Peter calls Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. But how might we grow in... more

27 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How Thanksgiving Shapes Your Life Story

At the heart of our unbelief lies not only our refusal to glorify God, but our refusal to thank him.... more

23 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How Does Learning Deepen Joy?

What role should emotions play in Christian education? If we take our cue from Scripture, appropriate feelings will be central,... more

20 Nov 2023 · 15 minutes
Learning in a World Blind to God

God communicates through not just his word, but also his world. Christian learning presses deeply into the Bible, but the... more

16 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How to Lead Teens Deeper into Their Bibles

How can youth leaders lead teens deeper into their Bibles? By teaching with an eye on language, a heart for... more

13 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How Can I Return to Normal Life After Tragedy?

Seasons of affliction, however painful or even deadening they may feel, do not last forever. God will restore the souls... more

09 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Hoping in God When Our Heroes Die

Godly pastors and leaders are a tremendous gift to Christ’s church. So, how do we keep hoping in God when... more

06 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
How Can I Kill My Selfishness?

If you want to kill your selfishness, focus on more than your selfishness. Fill your soul to overflowing with Christ.

02 Nov 2023 · 13 minutes
What Do We Celebrate on Reformation Day?

Over five hundred years after Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, what do we celebrate on Reformation Day? Pastor John traces five of... more

30 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Is My Painting Hobby a Wartime Waste?

When do our hobbies glorify God, and when do they become a wartime waste? Pastor John offers three guiding questions... more

26 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Should We Consult with Dead Ancestors?

What do the Scriptures say about communicating with dead ancestors? Pastor John explains four truths about God and the sufficiency... more

23 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Can Pro-Life Advocates Lie to Save Lives?

With so much at stake in the fight against abortion, can pro-life advocates use doctrinal falsehoods to persuade parents to... more

19 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
John Piper on ChatGPT

Intelligence without affection is barren, mechanical — even artificial. Pastor John reflects on his ministry in the light of developing... more

16 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
Is It Sinful to Be Unhappy?

Given Paul’s command to “rejoice always,” do we sin when we lack joy? Pastor John offers a simple answer with... more

12 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Is Joy a Choice or a Feeling?

Genuine joy in God is far deeper than a choice we make. Even so, our actions can help or hinder... more

09 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
What Old Testament Promises Are for Me?

Can new-covenant Christians claim old-covenant promises? As long as we keep some key distinctions in mind, we not only can,... more

05 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Evidence for the Cross and Resurrection

God has not left us without evidence for the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. But evidence alone will never open... more

02 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Does God Love Us Simply for His Glory?

God-centered theology can raise all kinds of questions about God’s love for us. Pastor John asks and answers nine of... more

28 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
If Sin’s Penalty Is Eternal, Why Isn’t Jesus Still Suffering?

If the penalty for sin is eternal punishment, how could Jesus’s finite sufferings pay the price of our redemption?

25 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
Six Reasons Jesus Left Earth After Easter

Why did Jesus leave earth after his resurrection? Pastor John gives six reasons for Jesus’s ascension to the Father’s right... more

21 Sep 2023 · 10 minutes
Even If Our Faith Is False, Aren’t Christians Happier People?

If Christ has not been raised, Paul says, then Christians are “of all people most to be pitied.” But why... more

18 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
What Does Piper Mean by ‘Satisfied’?

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” What does Pastor John mean when he... more

14 Sep 2023 · 14 minutes
Christ, Our Sabbath Rest at Work

Christ is our rest on Monday as well as Sunday. But how do we experience the peaceful rest of Jesus... more

11 Sep 2023 · 12 minutes
How Can I Become a Humbler Calvinist?

The doctrines of grace are designed to destroy human boasting. So, what can we do if we find our theology... more

07 Sep 2023 · 11 minutes
Will We Work in Eternity?

At least six biblical pointers give us reason to expect some kind of work in the age to come. But... more

04 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Ten Authors for Your Soul

Rich doctrine makes the heart sing. So, where might Christians start if they want to read time-tested, soul-deepening books?

31 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Why John Piper Reads Books

With so many demands on our time, why should we carve out precious minutes for books? Pastor John gives seven... more

28 Aug 2023 · 9 minutes
I Don’t Feel God’s Love — What Can I Do?

When life is hard and heaven seems silent, how can God’s people still feel his love? Pastor John offers six... more

24 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
Ten Reasons You Need Unconditional Election

How important is unconditional election for the Christian life? Pastor John offers ten reasons why Christians need this crucial doctrine.

21 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Ten Criticisms of John Piper’s Preaching

Anyone who preaches for long will find his preaching criticized — sometimes unfairly, but often wisely. Pastor John shares ten... more

17 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Do Christians Really Suffer in America?

If Jesus and his apostles promised that faithful Christians would suffer, how can comfortable disciples make sense of their experience?

14 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
How Can I Explain Christian Joy to Unbelievers?

The Bible rings with the language of pleasure and joy in God. But how can we explain that pleasure and... more

10 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Why Does God Choose the Foolish?

World evangelization would spread more quickly, it may seem, if God had chosen the wise and powerful. So, why did... more

07 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Resisting the Inner Skeptic in Our Bible Reading

When doubts disrupt our Bible reading, how can we resist the inner skeptic? Pastor John offers six ways to fight... more

03 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Can I Still Have Joy in Seasons of Doubt?

Seasons of doubt may afflict our minds and shake our hearts, but they need not take our joy. Beneath the... more

31 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
How Does God’s Joy Become My Joy?

The New Testament seems to connect the person of the Holy Spirit with the joy we experience as believers. But... more

27 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
Fifty Years of Theological Battles

If you want to prepare for the unknown controversies of tomorrow, know your Bible deeply, thoroughly, confidently, joyfully.

24 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual?

Some Christians identify spirituality with gifts like speaking in tongues and healing. Does that view match the Bible’s own description... more

20 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
How Are We Being Saved Right Now?

If we are in Christ, then God has saved us from our sins in the past, and he will save... more

17 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
How Can I Encourage Without Flattering?

How can we celebrate the good we see without succumbing to flattery? Pastor John traces a key distinction between godly... more

13 Jul 2023 · 11 minutes
What Do We Give to God?

God is self-existent and self-sufficient, far beyond any need or lack. So, what can we give to God when we... more

10 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
What Does It Mean to Serve God?

The command to “serve the Lord” appears all through Scripture — but Scripture also assures us that God has no... more

06 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Learning to Forgive Family

For some, forgiving family from the heart may be one of the hardest steps of obedience. Pastor John offers five... more

03 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
On Sibling Rivalries

Sibling rivalries have fractured families since Cain and Abel. So, how does God work redemptively between siblings, and how might... more

29 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
Manhood and Womanhood in Parachurch Ministry

Increasingly, parachurch ministries are allowing women to occupy positions of spiritual authority once reserved for men. Do they have biblical... more

26 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
What Will We Remember in the New Creation?

In Isaiah, God promises that “the former things shall not be remembered” in the new creation. Will we really have... more

22 Jun 2023 · 14 minutes
Better Than Scrolling Your Phone in the Morning

Why do so many of us reach instinctively for our phones in the morning? Pastor John identifies six temptations and... more

19 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Dangers in Exposing Cultural Sins

How can a preacher faithfully call out a culture’s sins while still sounding the dominant note of amazement at the... more

15 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
The Sick Love of Controversy

How can we recognize what Paul calls “an unhealthy craving for controversy” in ourselves and others? Pastor John identifies six... more

12 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
How Much Should Pastors Make?

“The laborer deserves his wages” — including those who labor in preaching and teaching. But how might a church decide... more

08 Jun 2023 · 12 minutes
Can Single Men Pastor?

In Paul’s elder qualifications, he seems to assume that pastors will be married. So how should churches assess the qualification... more

05 Jun 2023 · 11 minutes
Why Do We Pray for Our President?

Why does Paul call Christians to pray for kings and other political rulers — and what specifically might we ask... more

01 Jun 2023 · 10 minutes
Hope for the Fragile and Fragmented

In a world filled with wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines, a right understanding of the end times... more

29 May 2023 · 13 minutes
The Joy of Jesus’s Return

When Jesus returns, he will magnify the radiance of his glory by multiplying our own joy in that glory. We... more

26 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Why God Wills Suffering for the Children He Loves

If we’re going to rejoice in even the worst circumstances, then we need clear and strong reasons for why God... more

24 May 2023 · 15 minutes
Upcoming Changes to APJ

Tony Reinke shares two upcoming changes to ‘Ask Pastor John’ in light of a brand-new John Piper sermon podcast called... more

23 May 2023 · 3 minutes
Go to Work, Go to Church — Christ Is Coming Back!

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles draw some profound connections between the glorious second coming and our ordinary... more

22 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Death Can Only Make Me Better: Remembering Tim Keller (1950–2023)

On May 19, 2023, Tim Keller entered the reward of his Master. In this special episode of Ask Pastor John,... more

19 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Popular Blunders About Christ’s Return

Discussions of the second coming often spiral into speculation — or misconception. Pastor John explains five mistaken beliefs about Christ’s... more

19 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Five Ways to Find Wisdom

In the midst of a busy life, how can we find the time to read great Christian books? We might... more

17 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Nicotine, Amphetamines, and Holy Concentration

God does not give us a list of foods and drinks we can and cannot consume. Instead, he gives us... more

15 May 2023 · 15 minutes
A Beautiful Savior for the Unattractive

If we are going to find lasting satisfaction in the beauty of Christ, despite the pain of rejection, four massive... more

12 May 2023 · 13 minutes
The Hardest Act in Parenting Teens

Headship calls a man to put away his anger and initiate reconciliation — no matter how much of the fault... more

10 May 2023 · 10 minutes
The Path from Orthodoxy to Demon Theology

The movement from orthodoxy to demon theology happens sometimes slowly and sometimes suddenly — but always because love for Christ... more

08 May 2023 · 11 minutes
‘Nothing Is to Be Rejected’ — Including Pot?

“Nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,” Paul says. So can Christians enjoy pot if they... more

05 May 2023 · 12 minutes
What Makes You Happiest?

What is the deepest source of your joy — what God gives to you, or who God is for you?

03 May 2023 · 5 minutes
Can I Be Saved If I Never Evangelize?

Will a professing Christian go to hell if he never shares the gospel? Pastor John gets to the heart and... more

01 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Should Men Still Pray with Lifted Hands?

Paul desired that “in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands.” Should men in the church today still... more

28 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
Our Joyful Duty

At the core of Christian Hedonism is the glorious reality that the duty God requires of us is the path... more

26 Apr 2023 · 10 minutes
Caring for Families with Cross-Dressing Children

Should parents allow children to cross-dress? Pastor John explains why this cuts across the grain of God-created reality and how... more

24 Apr 2023 · 11 minutes
Should the World Like Us or Hate Us?

Jesus promised that his followers would be “hated by all,” but Paul said pastors must be “well thought of by... more

21 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
Why Did Jesus Use Spit and Mud to Heal?

Jesus could have healed the man born blind with a simple command; instead, he used spit and mud. Why?

19 Apr 2023 · 7 minutes
Does My Sexual Past Disqualify Me from Pastoring?

If a man has a history of fornication, is he disqualified from the office of pastor — or can he... more

17 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Overcoming Fear

If God has really given us “a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control,” then why... more

14 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
The Gospel’s War Against Our Fears and Insecurities

In the face of every fear and insecurity, the gospel says, “In Christ, God is for you — always and... more

12 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Should We Despise the Vile — or Love Them?

In Psalm 15, David tells us to despise the vile; in Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to love them. How... more

10 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
If God Desires All to Be Saved, Why Aren’t They?

God “desires all people to be saved,” Paul tells us — but clearly not all people are saved. Does this... more

07 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Christ’s Plan for the Globe — and You

Christ’s global purpose to ransom people from every tribe and tongue can be summed up in his words, “I have... more

05 Apr 2023 · 12 minutes
Is Work a Blessing or a Curse?

God gave work as a blessing in the beginning, but we live now on the other side of the fall.... more

03 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
Best Commentaries on the Whole Bible

Alongside his personal study of Scripture, what whole-Bible commentaries has Pastor John found most helpful over the years?

31 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
How Do I Find My Identity?

If you want to settle the question of personal identity, don’t ask “Who am I?” Ask, “Whose am I?”

29 Mar 2023 · 10 minutes
Can Satan Put Thoughts into Our Heads?

We know the devil can tempt us and attack us and try to deceive us, but can he put thoughts... more

27 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
Does God Read Every Thought?

At every moment, God knows the thoughts and intentions of every human heart. Pastor John explores six vast implications of... more

24 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
John Piper’s Conversion Story

The book of Romans interprets life — and it also transforms life. Pastor John shares how Romans has shaped him,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
How to Glorify God in Business Success

How can a Christian business leader speak about his success in a way that makes God, not him, look great?

20 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
Is Venting the Same as Complaining?

Is there really a difference between complaining about our problems and venting about them — or are we just kidding... more

17 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
Christian Hedonism in Two Minutes

What is the simplest, shortest definition of Christian Hedonism? Pastor John explains in two minutes why pursuing joy in God... more

15 Mar 2023 · 2 minutes
How Does Childbirth Save Women?

Women, Paul says, “will be saved through childbearing.” How does childbirth save women — and what about women who never... more

13 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
I’m Stuck in Sexual Sin — Should I Excommunicate Myself?

Those who play the victim to their sexual lusts act like slaves, like dogs eating their vomit, like washed pigs... more

10 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
1 Percent of a Book Can Change Your Life

Even if you remember only one sentence of a book, that one sentence can create an immeasurable moment, a flash... more

08 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Is ‘De-Gendering’ a Sin?

What might Scripture say to a woman who desperately wants to become a man? Pastor John offers six reasons why... more

06 Mar 2023 · 12 minutes
Are Christians Obligated to Vote?

Are Christians who have the opportunity to vote obligated to do so — or can we abstain from the whole... more

03 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
Why Christians Don’t Need Holy Shrines

Seven times in the book of Hebrews, the author captures the heart of Christianity in a simple, wonderful command: draw... more

01 Mar 2023 · 12 minutes
Do Angels Carry Our Prayers to God?

No angel, no saint, and not even Mary herself can improve the access to God we already have through Christ... more

27 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
Was Paul Really the World’s Worst Sinner?

In 1 Timothy 1:15, the apostle Paul claims to have been “the foremost” of sinners. Is Paul speaking in hyperbole... more

24 Feb 2023 · 11 minutes
Overcoming Fear and Passivity in Evangelism

How can we become bolder in evangelism? Pastor John shares a story of his stumbling attempts to love a neighbor,... more

22 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Was God at Work in My Pre-Conversion Life?

When we look with eyes of faith on our pre-conversion life, we find abundant reason to thank God for his... more

20 Feb 2023 · 11 minutes
How Could God Be Jealous?

The jealousy of God shows his zeal for his own worth — and it also shows his zeal for our... more

17 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
The God-Centeredness of God Unlocks the Gospel

The biblical mindset puts God and his glory, not man and his desires, at the center of the universe. And... more

15 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
I Shipwrecked My Faith — Am I Doomed?

Is there any hope for the recovery of a shipwrecked faith? Pastor John offers four reasons shipwreck need not be... more

13 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Sinners or Saints — How Should We Speak of Christians?

Should we speak of Christians as saints or sinners? Pastor John explores why Paul addresses Christians as saints dozens of... more

10 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
Why We Share the Gospel

What drove the apostle Paul to win people to Christ? He longed to taste the joy of the gospel not... more

08 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
Preaching the Gospel of the Happy God

Sound preaching comes from those who live in the presence of God-centered glory and long to echo his infinite worth.

06 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
Can I Really Trust My Interpretation of the Bible?

“The law is good, if one uses it lawfully,” Paul says. But how can we tell if we are using... more

03 Feb 2023 · 11 minutes
How to Keep Your Eyes on Christ

How can we guard against drifting in the Christian life? By looking and looking and looking at Jesus.

01 Feb 2023 · 12 minutes
How Can I Have a Good Conscience?

You do not need to walk in sinless perfection in order to have a good conscience. You just need to... more

30 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
Did Paul Oppose Fiction?

The apostle Paul strongly warned Timothy and Titus against the “myths” of his day. What might he have to say... more

27 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Turn Down the Noise and Listen to Jesus

If we’re going to listen to Jesus and not drift away from him, we likely will need to turn down... more

25 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Where Do You Draw Lines for Ministry Partnerships?

Where should pastors and other Christians draw lines for ministry partnerships? Pastor John shares the degree of unity he has... more

23 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Were Abortions Induced on Old Testament Adulteresses?

Does Numbers 5:22 suggest that women guilty of adultery were punished with miscarriage? And if so, how does this passage... more

20 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Fight for Delight by Planning Your Devotions

If we don’t have a plan for when, where, and how we will read the Bible, our devotions will probably... more

18 Jan 2023 · 5 minutes
Eight Counsels for Those Thinking of Quitting

Every pastor receives criticism. But at what point might criticism become so serious or sustained that a pastor should consider... more

16 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
When Does Despondency Become Sin?

Everyone passes through seasons of despondency — seasons when the soul is troubled and hope feels thin. But when does... more

13 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
How Do I Push Truth from My Head to My Heart?

How can we push the truth of the Bible from our heads to our hearts, so that our times of... more

11 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Getting the Tone Right on Sunday Morning

Given the pain of this world, the joy of salvation, and the glory of God, what kind of tone should... more

09 Jan 2023 · 11 minutes
Is Intermittent Fasting Sacrilegious?

Some people find intermittent fasting helpful for losing weight. But is fasting for merely physical purposes a sacrilegious use of... more

06 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
The Bible’s Main Road Out of Discouragement

The psalmists show that darkness and discouragement are part of the normal Christian life. And they also show a crucial... more

04 Jan 2023 · 10 minutes
John Piper’s Favorite Things

Pastor John, like the rest of us, has his likes and dislikes. From movies and soft drinks to breakfasts and... more

02 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Can I Be a Nurse for a ‘Gender-Reassignment’ Surgery?

If a hospital asks a Christian nurse to participate in a “gender-reassignment” surgery, should she agree — or should she... more

30 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
Beat a Path to the Word in 2023

Strong Christians read the Bible, memorize the Bible, meditate on the Bible, and live on the Bible. They make intentional... more

28 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
How Do I Put Away My Desire for Praise?

A desire to do good can easily become a desire to look good. So how do we put away our... more

26 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
The Christmas We Needed

The best gift anyone can receive at Christmas is deliverance from our two greatest enemies: sin and Satan.

23 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
What Makes for a Good Musical Worship Experience?

A good musical worship experience involves head and heart, truth and affections. It will lead people to know their God... more

21 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
‘Though He Slay Me’ — Why the Silence on This Verse?

“Though he slay me, I will hope in him.” Why has Pastor John barely mentioned these remarkable words of Job... more

19 Dec 2022 · 18 minutes
Does God Still Save the Lost Through Visions?

Does God save the lost through visions today — or does someone need to hear the gospel to be saved?

16 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
John Piper’s 2022 Year-in-Review

Pastor John discusses personal and ministry highlights from 2022, including podcasts, books, global outreach, and a new goal for ‘Look... more

14 Dec 2022 · 19 minutes
Good and Bad People-Pleasing

How can we find freedom from living for the opinions of people? Pray for and pursue a big vision of... more

12 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
How Can I Cast My Cares on God?

Casting your cares onto God begins with believing that he really is the infinitely powerful, all-wise, always-good God he reveals... more

09 Dec 2022 · 14 minutes
Satan Cannot Scare You into Hell

Satan may oppress you, attack you, and rage against you. But if you are in Christ, he holds no power... more

07 Dec 2022 · 9 minutes
Build Structures to Serve Your Calling

How can leaders prevent the pressures of running an organization from squeezing out opportunities for face-to-face work and ministry?

05 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
How Can Satan Harm Christians?

Scripture is clear that Satan is not ultimately sovereign — God is. But under that sovereignty, in what ways can... more

02 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
Amusing Ourselves from Death

Outside of Christ, the fear of death is a slave master that holds everyone in bondage — even those who... more

30 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
Give Young Christians a Chance to Lead

Our churches grow in wisdom and maturity when the young honor the old, the old listen to the young, and... more

28 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Should We Seek to Suffer?

Suffering may be the price of Christian love, but it is not the aim of Christian love. Our aim is... more

25 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
Pray Your Way into Thanksgiving

How can we aim to be done with anxiety and enjoy peace in any circumstance? By bringing every circumstance to... more

23 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
How Does Baptism Save Us?

If God saves his people through faith alone apart from works, why does Peter say that baptism now saves us?

21 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?

In 1 Peter 3:19, we read that Christ “went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did... more

18 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
How Do I Pray from the Misery of My Sin?

There is no distress that puts you beyond the good news that God brings — not even the distress caused... more

16 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Let the Nations Be Glad! — Thirty Years Later

Thirty years after ‘Let the Nations Be Glad!’ was published, Pastor John reflects on the book’s beginnings and its lasting... more

14 Nov 2022 · 8 minutes
What If I Don’t Have a Spiritual Gift?

Paul and Peter charge Christians to use our spiritual gifts for the good of the church. But what if we... more

11 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
What Makes My Gift a Spiritual Gift?

If God has given helpful skills to both believers and unbelievers, what makes the difference between a merely natural ability... more

09 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
What Makes My Life Christian?

How can Christians live so that, at bottom, we can say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live,... more

07 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Should I Charge Other Christians for My Expertise?

Christ bids his people both to wisely get and freely give, and he supplies us with the grace we need... more

04 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
Christ’s Death Was No Accident

The death of Christ was no accident. He came to be crucified, that he might hang the sins and sufferings... more

02 Nov 2022 · 10 minutes
How Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins?

Christian love labors to overlook the sins of others, just as Christ went to the cross to forgive us, not... more

31 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Christian Unity in Three Steps

Real differences exist between real Christians. But where we lack unity of conviction, we can share unity of humble, sacrificial... more

28 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Step One in Preparing to Suffer

We ready ourselves to suffer well when we look our life dead in the eye and say with Paul, “I... more

26 Oct 2022 · 11 minutes
Is Suffering a Paradox for Christian Hedonists?

When Christ died, so did our sin-loving selves. Now, God sends suffering to weed out the sin that lingers and... more

24 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
How Much Speculation Should We Bring into Sermons?

Preachers are emissaries of God’s revealed truth. So how should we talk about parts of the text we don’t understand?

21 Oct 2022 · 10 minutes
The Relational Pain of Ministry

Christian ministry is relationally painful. Friends in the ministry can leave and never return, as even the apostle Paul experienced... more

19 Oct 2022 · 10 minutes
How Do People Shipwreck Their Faith?

Jesus, Paul, Peter, and the author of Hebrews all describe people who begin well in the Christian life before eventually... more

17 Oct 2022 · 9 minutes
How Can I Learn to Receive Criticism?

No one likes to receive criticism, even when it’s well-intended. How can we learn to control our emotional responses and... more

14 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Becoming Unshakable in a World of Pain

We all face crises, and without grace, we find our world collapsing in the midst of them. But there is... more

12 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
Is Any Part of Life Morally Neutral?

Scripture calls us to do everything for the glory of God. Does that mean no action we take is morally... more

10 Oct 2022 · 11 minutes
Will My Spouse Be My Best Friend in Heaven?

What will the relationship between husband and wife be like in the age to come? Pastor John explains how the... more

07 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
How Do I Persist in Prayer?

How can Christians always pray and not lose heart? In part, by remembering the generous heart of God and his... more

05 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
How Do I Pray for My Husband’s Salvation?

How can a wife go on praying for her unbelieving husband after years, or even decades, of no evident change?

03 Oct 2022 · 13 minutes
How Do I See the Glory of Christ?

How can we see the glory of Christ? Renounce the praise of man. Devote yourself to Scripture. Turn to Christ... more

30 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
What’s the Real Problem with Fearing Man?

Why is the fear of man such a big problem? Because those who fear men cast their vote against the... more

28 Sep 2022 · 10 minutes
How to Live Fearlessly

How can Christians live fearlessly? Replace the fear of man with the fear of God. Fear man — live fearfully.... more

26 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
I Want to Be Baptized — My Husband Opposes It

Godly submission does not require that a woman do everything her husband says. Before she is a wife who submits... more

23 Sep 2022 · 11 minutes
Am I Called to Ministry? Five Tests

How do we know if we are able to bear the heavy calling of being the aroma of life to... more

21 Sep 2022 · 9 minutes
What Should We Think of Flashy Pastors?

Pastors who flaunt their riches will not draw anyone to the hope of the gospel. They will draw men and... more

19 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
Who’s More Sinful: Men or Women?

Men and women may face temptations peculiar to their sex, but we both share a deep, common depravity and a... more

16 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
The Godly Woman’s Charm

Hope in God clothes a woman with a beauty that will never fade, never perish, and never cease to be... more

14 Sep 2022 · 8 minutes
How Much Jewelry Is Too Much Jewelry?

How might we as parents teach our daughters, even at young ages, how to express their femininity without flaunting their... more

12 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Does God Call Us to Submit to Everyone?

God calls church members to submit to their pastors, wives to their husbands, employees to their bosses. But is there... more

09 Sep 2022 · 12 minutes
Who Are My Enemies?

“Love your enemies,” Jesus says. But who are our enemies? The answer is broader than we might imagine.

07 Sep 2022 · 8 minutes
My Husband Left Me — How Do I Respond?

In the wake of great betrayal, how do we respond with love and forgiveness without minimizing the evil of the... more

05 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
How Do I Address My Spouse’s Ongoing Sin?

Peter tells wives to win their husbands “without a word.” Does that mean a wife should never confront her husband... more

02 Sep 2022 · 13 minutes
Overcoming Anger in the Home

How can a father governed by anger begin to recover kindness and tenderheartedness? By freshly embracing God the Father’s forgiveness... more

31 Aug 2022 · 8 minutes
Can I Be Angry with God and Be Holy?

Is heartfelt anger toward God ever righteous, or even morally neutral — or is such anger always sinful?

29 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Is Double Predestination Biblical?

Does the Bible teach that God has predestined some to disobedience and destruction, just as he has predestined some to... more

26 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
The Two Greatest Questions in the Universe

What are the two greatest questions in the universe? Pastor John explains by looking at 1 Peter 2:11–12.

24 Aug 2022 · 12 minutes
How Do Passions Wage War Against the Soul?

When do innocent desires of the flesh become threats to the soul? When they cross over from serving God’s will... more

22 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
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
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