John Piper

John contributes commentary and other pastoral reflections to WORLD. He is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. John has authored more than 50 books, including Don't Waste Your Life. John resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Follow him on Twitter @JohnPiper.

Coronavirus and Christ

Coronavirus | A poem by John Piper
by John Piper
Posted 4/23/20, 12:44 pm

My God, my King, my Emperor,
    My all-designing Engineer,
My Rider through the skies, with roar
    And speed and help, my Charioteer,

My Judge, my Advocate, Release,
    My Doom Averted and my Ransom Met,
My Execution and my Peace,
    My Friend, my willing Surrogate,

My wind-borne Life, my Health, my Death,
    My Door to Paradise, my Gain,
My everlasting Lungs, my Breath,
    My final Thorn, my End of pain,

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Burying vs. burning

Death | A preference and a proposal for Christians to choose burial instead of cremation
by John Piper
Posted 7/08/17, 09:38 am

In the latest issue of WORLD Magazine, four graduates of our 2017 World Journalism Institute college class report on a growing trend in the U.S. funeral business: cremations outnumbering burials. But is cremation Biblical? What follows, courtesy of, is the best article I’ve read on the topic.

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A sacred schizophrenia

Faith & Inspiration | A meditation on self-denial presented to the 2017 graduates of Boyce College
by John Piper
Posted 5/27/17, 10:15 am

On May 12, John Piper delivered the commencement address at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Among the 147 graduates was his daughter Talitha. Below, we present Piper’s speech in its entirety, courtesy of —Mickey McLean

I want to make plain to all the graduates today that, if you are a Christian, you will spend the rest of your life on this earth with a spiritual condition that may be called sacred schizophrenia.

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