This evening John Piper wrote a moving short essay: “Putting My Daughter to Bed Two Hours After the Bridge Collapsed.”
While meditating this morning on Romans 9:14-18, I recalled a hymn that John Piper penned to accompany his sermon “The Hardening of Pharaoh and the Hope of the World.” It’s entitled “Is There Injustice With Our God?” Glorious. Check it out.
- It was the most moving sermon I’ve ever heard Piper preach. It compelled me to worship my sovereign God, long to be with Him, and hate what He hates.
- The Gospel Coalition’s site will have audio and video from the conference available for free in about three weeks, but Desiring God has already posted the manuscript and MP3 of Piper’s sermon entitled “The Triumph of God in the New Heavens and the New Earth,” an exposition of Romans 8:18-25.
- The MP3 does not include D. A. Carson‘s introduction in which he gave an anecdote about D. Martyn Lloyd Jones‘ powerful preaching and then described John Piper as the modern-day Lloyd Jones.
I read this article this morning:
- John Piper, “Communing with God in the Things for Which We Contend: How John Owen Killed His Own Sin While Contending for the Truth.” Pages 77-113 in Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, John Owen, and J. Gresham Machen. Vol. 4 of The Swans Are Not Silent. Wheaton: Crossway, 2006.
- This is based on Piper’s presentation at the 1994 Bethlehem Conference for Pastors. An edited manuscript and a link to the MP3 are available here.
I found these two quotations particularly convicting and challenging:
- “Packer says that the Puritans differ from evangelicals today because with them, ‘. . . communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it. When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology—but rarely of their daily experience of God.'”
- “One great hindrance to holiness in the ministry of the word is that we are prone to preach and write without pressing into the things we say and making them real to our own souls. Over the years words begin to come easy, and we find we can speak of mysteries without standing in awe; we can speak of purity without feeling pure; we can speak of zeal without spiritual passion; we can speak of God’s holiness without trembling; we can speak of sin without sorrow; we can speak of heaven without eagerness. And the result is a terrible hardening of the spiritual life.”
Why not celebrate by reading the below transcript or listening to the MP3?
Martin Luther: Lessons from His Life and Labor
by John Piper
This week I’ve had the opportunity to listen to the following MP3s while grading some tests and quizzes:
Thomas Schreiner on TULIP from a conference in March 2006:
- Radical depravity
- Sovereign election
- Particular/single/definite redemption
- Overcoming grace
- Perseverance of the saints
I’ve enjoyed reading Schreiner’s works (e.g., commentary on Romans, Pauline theology), but this was my first time hearing him speak. These MP3s are well worth your time, especially if you disagree with his conclusions. He is a reliable representative for this aspect of Calvinism. (11 other MP3s by Schreiner available here.)
John Piper‘s most recent MP3 from his annual biographical messages: William Tyndale. Moving. Convicting. (as usual)