Posted tagged ‘John Piper’

John Piper: Why Memorize Scripture?

January 5, 2011

Powerful words by John Piper on the importance and practical implications for memorizing Scripture . . .

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John Piper Recites the Book of Philippians

January 2, 2011

This week, I am highlighting the emphasis of Scripture memory from the exhortations and example of John Piper.  I hope this week’s posts will be an encouragement to you!  Unfortunately, the free version of WordPress does not provide the luxury of custom HTML embedding for videos. 😦 But alas, you can watch or listen to John Piper recite the book of Philippians as an encouragement to you.

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Good News for Sinners on Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

How the Gospel-Centered Movement Could Unravel

November 12, 2010

You Need the Gospel Every Day

November 6, 2010

John Piper on the centrality (and necessity) of the gospel. This is SO good.

Safeguarding Mercy Ministry with Gospel Priority

March 19, 2010

Greg Gilbert recently posted an excerpt of this lengthy discussion of D.A. Carson, John Piper, and Tim Keller where Carson asks them how to safeguard mercy ministry from mistakes in the past.  Piper’s and Keller’s responses, transcribed by Gilbert, give good counsel on this important matter of word and deed ministry.  Here’s their responses:

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The Bible Isn’t Boring!

January 18, 2010

Don’t Buy into a Wasted Life

April 2, 2009

I first heard this sermon of Piper back in 2000, and it was sealed in my memory.  Then in 2007, I walked along the beaches where people’s lives are are summed up in a seashell collection. Although John Piper ruined my vacation, he was used by God to keep me from ruining my life with the American dream.  Today, I live in a city with idols on land and sea, full of wealthy people who have retired to enjoy the American Dream–a people on the verge of eternity sipping lemonade on their yacht without the slightest thought of being swallowed up in a grave no amount of riches can redeem save the blood of Jesus. I need to be reminded of what this video communicates that I should . . .

“[C]onduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

– The Apostle Peter

Piper’s Potential Writing Projects

February 5, 2009

John Piper has written some 50+ books (!) in his lifetime, and apparently he is far from putting down the pen. Beginning this week, Piper will be on an eight-week writing leave where he will be working on a seven potential writing projects this year.  They are:

1. Sightings of the Sovereignty of God – in depth look at divine providence
2. Reasonings with Jesus: Thinking for the Glory of Christ – Piper writes:

The idea would be to provide a plea, perhaps especially to younger people, to devote their best mental efforts to understanding and living out the Christian faith.

3. Children’s Book – likely in poetic form
4. Collection of Ruth Poems
5. Race and Diversity in the Church
6. Justification – this time focusing on role of faith (vs. works)
7. Romans – a four-volume set of his 225 (I think) sermons on the book

Let’s pray for Piper and those whose writings have been and continue to be used for the edification of the Church and spread of the Gospel.

If God Is Not There

December 13, 2008

Once again, Shai Linne (bringing lyrics you won’t find in CCM or your everyday sermon).

Steve Lemke on Bethlehem Baptist Church, Baptism, and Church Membership

October 14, 2008

Steve Lemke is not a fan of Together for the Gospel.  The second half of his article is entitled, “Baptists and Presbyterians Not Together: Nine Marks Which Separate Baptists from Presbyterians,” where Lemke lays out his argument for Baptist separation (or, as I would argue, isolation).  Interestingly enough, his first two marks are “soul competency” and “age of accountability”–not exactly bedrock doctrines of the Baptist tradition.  In any case, he proceeds from there to believer’s baptism (mark 3) and baptism by immersion (mark 4).  In the fourth mark, we find yet another major error in Lemke’s presentation–this time it is Bethlehem Baptist Church‘s position on baptism and church membership.

In the pertinent portion of Lemke’s commentary, he writes:

“Piper’s proposed statement did not find general agreement among the church’s elders, and the issue was discussed for several years.  An amended policy was finally enacted in August 2005.  Although expressing preference for baptism by immersion, the amended membership statement expressed the desire ‘not to elevate beliefs and practices that are nonessential to the level of prerequisites for church membership.’  Thus, according to the new policy, ‘Christians who have not been baptized by immersion as believers, but, as they believe, by some other method or before they believed, may under some circumstances be members of this church.'”

Now, for those of you who can remember back in 2005, the debate over baptism and church membership was no private matter.  Documents were made public, and the discussion was one of the most heated in the blogosphere.  I recall in particular one church’s elder body, Clifton Baptist Church, writing a letter to the elders of BBC encouraging them to reconsider the proposed amendment by the elders.

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Ending Abortion a Pipe Dream?

September 1, 2008

Two evangelicals talking about abortion.  One views abortion socially and wants to reduce the number of abortions, the other views abortion theologically and wants to eliminate it.

Donald Miller – “Just deal with it.”

John Piper – “Don’t mess with that!”

DGNCON08: The Power of Words and the Wonder of God

June 13, 2008

Very apropos conference theme, something we all need to hear, learn, and if possible, attend.

In case you have not seen it, consider Piper’s example in this heart-riveting excerpt from last year’s chapel message at Southern Seminary (produced by Tony Kummer).

May we all use our tongues as a weapon to wield for the purposes of the wonder of God’s great grace.

Blue Collar Theology 28: TBI TULIP Seminar

May 12, 2008

Having wrestled with the doctrines of grace for more than two years as a college student, I became convinced of the sovereignty of God in salvation both through the study of Scripture and the experience in my own life.  Shortly thereafter, one of the most helpful resources I benefited from was the TBI TULIP Seminar which I purchased in cassette form.  These were messages by John Piper on the five points of Calvinism presented in a humble, fair, and faithful manner, and I tended to return to these messages time and again throughout the years.

A couple of months ago, John Piper again held a TBI Seminar on TULIP, and Desiring God has made the messages available in text, audio, and video format.   I want to recommend this seminar to all Blue-Collar Christians because I believe it is one of the most helpful, accessible, and instructive ways of understanding the doctrines of grace.  Here is the links to each session of the TULIP seminar:

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Assumptions – Irresistible Grace
Part 3: Irresistible Grace – Total Depravity
Part 4: Total Depravity – Unconditional Election
Part 5: Unconditional Election
Part 6: Unconditional Election
Part 7: Limited Atonement
Part 8: Perseverance of the Saints
Part 9: Ten Effects of Believing the Five Points of Calvinism

Unfortunately, the majority of what lay people in churches hear these days regarding Calvinism is by those who are vehemently against it, and rarely if ever are the truths accurately and fairly presented.  As a result, those who disagree with the doctrines of grace are not so much disagreeing with the truths so much as they are disagreeing with the caricatures wherein they have been so poorly packaged.  If you want to know what Calvinists believe, listen and read from the Calvinists, such as this seminar by John Piper.  You still might not agree, but at least you will know that your disagreements are with the facts and not with a false representation of them.  For those of you who do believe in the doctrines of grace, you will find this seminar incredibly enriching and encouraging as scores of Scriptures are unfolded for you.  Calvinist and non-Calvinist alike should appreciate the balanced, humble, and accurate approach Piper takes on TULIP.

Desiring God also has two booklets that might be of interest to you (both are $4).  They are:

* What We Believe About the Five Points of Calvinism

* TULIP: The Pursuit of God’s Glory in Salvation (the seminar in booklet form)

Piper on Bunyan’s Life of Suffering and Service

May 8, 2008

One of the greatest blessings of the writing and preaching ministry of John Piper is his commitment to remembering and learning from great men and women in church history. His messages, articles, and books on these saints of old have profoundly affected many today, and we would be well-served to avail ourselves to such pacesetters in the race of faith.

In 1999, John Piper addressed the life of John Bunyan, focusing specifically on his suffering and service. His message can be read or download (MP3) for your benefit. Piper concludes the biographical portion of his message, stating,

So, in sum, we can include in Bunyan’s sufferings the early, almost simultaneous, death of his mother and sister; the immediate remarriage of his father; the military draft in the midst of his teenage grief; the discovery that his first child was blind; the spiritual depression and darkness for the early years of his marriage; the death of his first wife leaving him with four small children; a twelve year imprisonment cutting him off from his family and church; the constant stress and uncertainty of imminent persecution, including one more imprisonment; and the final sickness and death far from those he loved most. And this summary doesn’t include any of the normal pressures and pains of ministry and marriage and parenting and controversy and criticism and sickness along the way.

In the second half of his message, Piper makes five observations from the suffering service of John Bunyan. Here they are:

1. Bunyan’s suffering confirmed him in his calling as a writer, especially for the afflicted church.

2. Bunyan’s suffering deepened his love for his flock and gave his pastoral labor the fragrance of eternity.

3. Bunyan’s suffering opened his understanding to the truth that the Christian life is hard and that following Jesus means having the wind in your face.

4. Bunyan’s suffering strengthened his assurance that God is sovereign over all the afflictions of his people and will bring them safely home.

5. Bunyan’s suffering deepened in him a confidence in the Bible as the Word of God and a passion for Bible memory and Biblical exposition as the key to perseverance.

After reading and listening to the life of such a man as John Bunyan, I cannot help but think of how little I have lived and suffered for the sake of Christ. We need to read about Bunyan in the morning, Brainerd at noon, and Baxter in the evening to keep us sober in the day of spiritual inebriation. May God help us to live for Him that is invisible as we progress to our heavenly home.