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John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Location:

Minneapolis, MN

Description:

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Twitter:

@desiringGod

Language:

English


Episodes

The God Who Turns Hearts to God

12/1/2021
The story of Elijah on Mount Carmel shows that God rules over fire and rain, bulls and rocks — and even over every human heart.

Duration:00:10:22

Does Righteous Anger Kill Our Joy?

11/29/2021
If we allow anger to come quickly and stay long, it will eventually consume love, consume gratitude, consume mercy, and consume true perceptions of reality.

Duration:00:14:09

How Do I Write a Personal Mission Statement?

11/26/2021
God has reasons for everything he does — and an ultimate purpose driving it all. Personal mission statements help us align all of life with that great purpose.

Duration:00:20:38

The Glorious Duty of Thanksgiving

11/24/2021
Gratitude is a duty — we ought to thank God for the grace he has given. But genuine Christian gratitude is far more than mere duty.

Duration:00:07:07

How Can I Serve My Disabled Friends?

11/22/2021
Jesus healed people with deep, lifelong disabilities. So should we pray that he would heal loved ones with disabilities like Down syndrome or cerebral palsy?

Duration:00:12:46

Is Violent Crime Under God’s Providence?

11/19/2021
When we don’t understand God and his ways, we can still rest here: God is always totally sovereign, and God is always infinitely good.

Duration:00:11:15

Only Jesus Knows the Full Force of Temptation

11/17/2021
Jesus never lied, stole, coveted, grumbled, lusted, or sinned in any other way. And that means Jesus alone knows the full force of temptation.

Duration:00:13:50

Parenting Young Children Through Life’s Pains

11/15/2021
When suffering overshadows the life of a family, how can parents help their children embrace God’s all-good, all-wise, all-governing providence?

Duration:00:11:40

Is Complementarity Merely Functional?

11/12/2021
Are God’s callings for men and women merely functional and practical, or do they flow from something deeper in his design?

Duration:00:13:05

One Day Tolerance Will End

11/10/2021
We live in the day of salvation, the day of patience, the day of tolerance. But when Jesus returns, that day will end forever.

Duration:00:10:27

On Cigarettes, Vaping, and Nicotine

11/8/2021
Despite the warnings, cigarette smoking and other forms of nicotine use persist. How concerned should parents be about whether their teens smoke, chew, or vape?

Duration:00:11:00

Does God Command Our Praise for His Sake or Ours?

11/5/2021
Pleasure in God is not complete unless it overflows in praise to God. And praise to God is not sincere unless it overflows from pleasure in God.

Duration:00:11:30

How to Find More Joy in God

11/3/2021
Joy in God was never meant to be a solitary pursuit. Joy sends us out to serve — and serving fills us up with joy.

Duration:00:09:10

Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?

11/1/2021
Few of us feel as attractive as we would like, and some of us feel downright ugly. Why does God allow such unattractiveness in a world that prizes physical beauty?

Duration:00:13:53

The Church’s Calling in an Age of Recreational Pot

10/29/2021
Fifteen states have now legalized the recreational use of marijuana. What message might God be sending to the church in an age of legal pot?

Duration:00:12:00

Finding a Life of Gospel Boldness

10/27/2021
The boldest people in the world are those who can look into the face of God, in all of his holiness and power, and know that he is for them in Christ.

Duration:00:14:00

How Do You Find Meaning in the Bible’s Narratives?

10/25/2021
Whether Old Testament or New Testament, stories fill the pages of Scripture. How can we begin to discover God’s meaning in the Bible’s narratives?

Duration:00:17:13

Is Stress Making Me More Holy or More Sinful?

10/22/2021
Life’s pressures have a way of exposing hidden sins and introducing new temptations. So how do we know if pressure is making us more holy or more sinful?

Duration:00:10:48

Would I Trust Jesus More If I Had Seen Him?

10/20/2021
Many wish they could have seen Jesus in person as he walked on the earth. But to have the four Gospels is even better than being there.

Duration:00:14:32

Reckoning with the Message of Job

10/18/2021
Until we begin to grasp the infinite worth of God, and the horrific evil of sin, much of the Bible will make no sense — including a book like Job.

Duration:00:12:28