John Piper’s Five Points: towards a deeper experience of God’s grace

Piper explains in this short video why he has written his latest short book on Calvinism. Whether you are a Calvinist or not, this little book will help you understand what this leading Reformed preacher believes, and why it has comforted him over the years.  He is know dusty dry theologian, but a passionate pastor. “I do not begin as a Calvinist and defend a system. I begin as a Bible-believing Christian who wants to put the Bible above all systems of thought. But over the years — many years of … [Read more...]

John Piper’s approach to charismatic abuses

Further to his previous comments on Strange Fire, John Piper has released two audio clips that speak about his response to charismatic abuses. You will enjoy these, I am sure. I know I did. … [Read more...]

John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference

Just a couple of hours ago John Piper has posted the following to SoundCloud. Highlights below.Piper strongly affirms that he has benefited from MacArthur's ministry Piper confirms that he does indeed advocate obedience to 1 Corinthians 12:31, "earnestly desire the higher gifts," 1 Corinthians14:1, "earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy," and 1 Corinthians 14:39, "earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues," and personally … [Read more...]

Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

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See also the following posts: Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur’s Strange FireChristians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley a … [Read more...]

Strange Fire: John MacArthur claims no good has come out of the Charismatic Movement

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I've just listened to most of the first session of the Strange Fire Conference. My connection was spotty, so I missed some of it.I know that wisdom would probably dictate that I should wait, listen to it all, even read his book, then respond to it as a whole.But, my brothers have just been insulted. How can I not rise to their defence immediately?As I suspected there was no attempt to demonstrate from Scripture that the charismatic view of matters like prophecy was wrong.MacArthur did … [Read more...]

Does unbelief in a pastor’s children disqualify him?

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I was reading 1 Samuel 8:1-3 this morning where it speaks of Samuel's children not following his ways.Many modern pastors have experienced a similar problem when their children walk away from The Lord. Some over the years have been asked to resign as a result. The reason for this comes from Titus 1:6 and 1 Timothy 3:4. These two verses speak of the need for children of elders to not be rebellious, and in many english translations, that they be believers.Some have argued that no matter what … [Read more...]

John Piper’s Final Pastoral Sermon – God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead

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John Piper preached his last sermon as the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist church this Easter. And he very appropriately pointed to the Great Shepherd, who is the true pastor of us all.Surely this was a fitting end to a pastoral ministry with massive impact all over the world but its depth was felt most at Bethlehem:It’s Easter. And it’s the last day of my office as shepherd in this flock. We could not have chosen a better day to finish. God raised your Great Shepherd from the dead!The most imp … [Read more...]

John Piper on George Herbert

Surgeons can do their works without words. Pastors can't. But the great aims of our work are not decisively brought about by our word but by God.But the way we use words matters. The content clarity and spirit in which we use words are critical.George Herbert emphasised the poetic nature of much of God's communication in the Bible.Paul planted. Apollos watered. God gave the growth. The way you plant and water makes a difference.Herbert chose preaching in a small church rather than an … [Read more...]

John Piper on healing

John Piper has been getting us all in the mood for his pastor's conference next week by speaking about the gifts of the Spirit in short videos shared online.  Today I want to share the one on healing.  Here are some excerpts from it: "I dont see any reason that any [of the gifts] should in principle be eliminated from present experience, at least the possibility of God giving it at any time. So I would say, yes there is a gift of healing . . . the Holy Spirit gives them according to his s … [Read more...]

John Piper on prophecy

John Piper has been sharing a series of short videos on him speaking about the gifts of the Spirit. The first was on tongues. I now want to share what he had to say on prophecy. Here are some excerpts to whet your appetite: "I have been significantly influenced by Wayne Grudem's book on prophecy . . .I think our tendency is to despise what the New Testament treats as prophecy . . . Prophecy in the New Testament doesn't seem to have the same scripture quality, inerrant, inspiration and authority … [Read more...]


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