Tag Archives: John Piper

John Piper: Christian Celebrity

10 Jun

A dear brother often voices his distaste for the Christian celebrity mindset. Today, John Piper posted on how we should avoid unholy ‘hero-worship’ of pastors, teachers etc, but that it is right when someone sees “evidence of God’s grace, and admires them for Christ’s sake…

What is the meaning of the attention given to well-known pastors? What does the desire for autographs and photographs mean? The negative meaning would be something akin to name-dropping. Our egos are massaged if we can say we know someone famous. You see this on blogs with words like “my friend Barack” and the like. And I presume that, for some, an autograph or a photo has the same ego-boost….

Here is one small contribution. In spite of all the legitimate warnings against hero worship, I want to risk waving a flag for holy emulation—which includes realistic admiration. Hero worship means admiring someone for unholy reasons and seeing all he does as admirable (whether it’s sin or not). Holy emulation, on the other hand, sees evidences of God’s grace, and admires them for Christ’s sake, and wants to learn from them and grow in them.

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The battle with sin

10 Feb

 In his book Battling Unbelief John Piper gives some great insight into the fight against sin:

Battling unbelief is another way of saying “living by faith in future grace”. The unbelief is the failure to trust the promises of God that sustain our radical obedience to the future…

Battling unbelief and fighting for faith in future grace means that we fight fire with fire. We throw against the promises of sin the promises of God. We take hold of some great promise God made about our future and say to a particular sin “Match that!” (Rom 8:13 – putting to death the deeds of the body)

John Piper on Barack Obama

22 Jan

As many seem to look to Obama as some sort of world-hero, JP shares some thoughts on the new US President.

“I am writing these thoughts on the evening after the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States. I cried twice today. There were two points when I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all. Once was when I prayed with some brothers after Obama’s speech and was overcome with the sinfulness of my own racist background. The other was in trying to express my emotion to an African-American brother about what this must mean for him.

As much as I reject Obama’s stance on abortion, I am thankful to the bottom of my soul that an African-American can be President of United States. The enormousness of it all is unspeakable. This is God’s doing… the Obama presidency is God’s doing. “He removes kings and sets up kings” (Daniel 2:21).

And I pray that President Obama has eyes to see… God has been merciful to us as a nation. Our racial sins deserved judgment a thousand times over. God does not owe America anything. We owe him everything. And instead of destruction, he has given us another soft landing…

O that Barack Obama would see the mercies of God and look to the One whose blood bought everlasting life for all who trust him. The parables of God’s mercy are everywhere. The point of them is this: God is a just and patient Ruler, and Jesus Christ is a great Savior. Turn. Turn. Turn, O President of the United States and passengers of this planet.”

By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org

John Piper – God’s plan included sin

14 Sep

Piper shows how God’s plan to glorify his Son through the cross included sin from before the beginning.

Strategic Righteousness and a Heart for the Nations

10 Sep

I’ve just been away at UCCF’s Forum Conference for Christian Union Leaders. John Piper opened up the book of Ruth in a way which was both biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

Ruth is a book about the providence of God for his people in the darkest of times, so that they will not lose hope.

I was particularly struck by his handling of the plan hatched by Naomi and Ruth to secure Boaz as kinsman-redeemer. Under God’s sovereignty, we are called to plan to do whatver we see as the right, wise, God-honouring thing while accepting that as still sinful creatures, our wills are not yet perfectly aligned with God’s will. God works through our feeble human effors to accomplish his great purpose of glorifying himself, for the joy of all peoples through Christ.

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/3212/Audio/

Also, in response to those who say that in the OT God is only interested in the Jews, note that he took a gentile Moabite woman and encorporated her in the the line of Christ Ruth 4:13-22. Christ, God made man, came from the nations for the nations, so that no-one can boast.