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Ask Pastor John

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

How Can Satan Harm Christians?

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Scripture is clear that Satan is not ultimately sovereign — God is. But under that sovereignty, in what ways can Satan still harm God’s people?

Dec 02 2022

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Amusing Ourselves from Death

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

Nov 30 2022

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Give Young Christians a Chance to Lead

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Our churches grow in wisdom and maturity when the young honor the old, the old listen to the young, and all clothe themselves with humility.

Nov 28 2022

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Should We Seek to Suffer?

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Suffering may be the price of Christian love, but it is not the aim of Christian love. Our aim is to do as much good as we can on the lowly path of service.

Nov 25 2022

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Pray Your Way into Thanksgiving

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

Nov 23 2022

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How Does Baptism Save Us?

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

Nov 21 2022

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Do Unbelievers Get a Second Chance After Death?

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In 1 Peter 3:19, we read that Christ “went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey.” What might Peter mean?

Nov 18 2022

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How Do I Pray from the Misery of My Sin?

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There is no distress that puts you beyond the good news that God brings — not even the distress caused by your own sin.

Nov 16 2022

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Let the Nations Be Glad! — Thirty Years Later

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

Nov 14 2022

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What If I Don’t Have a Spiritual Gift?

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Paul and Peter charge Christians to use our spiritual gifts for the good of the church. But what if we don’t seem to have any spiritual gifts?

Nov 11 2022

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What Makes My Gift a Spiritual Gift?

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

Nov 09 2022

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What Makes My Life Christian?

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How can Christians live so that, at bottom, we can say with Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me”?

Nov 07 2022

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Should I Charge Other Christians for My Expertise?

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Christ bids his people both to wisely get and freely give, and he supplies us with the grace we need to discern when to do what with our talents.

Nov 04 2022

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Christ’s Death Was No Accident

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The death of Christ was no accident. He came to be crucified, that he might hang the sins and sufferings of those he loves with him there.

Nov 02 2022

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How Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins?

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

Oct 31 2022

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Christian Unity in Three Steps

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

Oct 28 2022

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Step One in Preparing to Suffer

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We ready ourselves to suffer well when we look our life dead in the eye and say with Paul, “I count it all as loss compared to Christ.”

Oct 26 2022

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Is Suffering a Paradox for Christian Hedonists?

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

Oct 24 2022

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How Much Speculation Should We Bring into Sermons?

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

Oct 21 2022

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The Relational Pain of Ministry

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Christian ministry is relationally painful. Friends in the ministry can leave and never return, as even the apostle Paul experienced near the end of his life.

Oct 19 2022

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By Tburgo - Jan 16 2020
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This challenges my way of thinking and it’s often questions I would ask anyway

Recommend Highly!

By Bkpage - Jun 24 2019
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This podcast answers so many important questions and teaches so much!