MARKING 100 MILLION PLAYS FOR ASK PASTOR JOHN

Desiring God | 7/19/2018 | Tony Reinke
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As of yesterday, Ask Pastor John podcast episodes have been played 100 million times.

This milestone is a trivial thing in the story of the universe, but it’s a notable benchmark for the ministry, prompting us to pause for a look back on five and a half years of God’s faithfulness to us, and to thank you for your years of engagement.

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“The APJ numbers are encouraging,” John Piper said this week about the milestone. “But, strangely, the emotional impact of one personal testimony face to face is greater than the numbers. God gives me these testimonies almost everywhere I go. APJ is just part of a constellation of influences people receive from Desiring God, but it is one that people mention to me as much as any other. From moms shuttling their kids to school and playing the podcast on the way, to lawyers building it into their early morning exercise routines, to high school students taking a break from homework, to eighty-somethings whose eyes won’t read anymore.”

The podcast continues because listeners have made it a part of their daily routines and commutes. In your overwhelming interest in the project, we now have 60,000 listener questions (and counting). That’s one of the keys to the success: years of engagement by you — your commutes, donations, prayers, and excellent email questions are central to us crossing this 100 million-play threshold.

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So where did the Ask Pastor John podcast originate?

The podcast has its roots in Ask Pastor John Live, a video live-stream of John Piper answering real-time questions from viewers through Twitter. The live video format, often with Piper holding note cards with questions, was popular for a few years (2008–2010). The format eventually became DG Live, an interview series eventually abandoned for other projects.

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