Piper Speaks of the Passion of Jesus Christ

Last week, Piper made clear where he stands on the question of who killed Christ. This week, in an article called The Unparalleled Passion of Jesus Christ, he explains the death of Christ further - do go over there and read the whole thing - this is just an excerpt.UNPARALLELED DESIGNChrist's passion was unparalleled in human history because it was planned and predestined by God for our salvation. Beneath all the controversy over who actually killed Jesus, the deepest truth is: it was God who … [Read more...]

Piper Friday (Romans 8) God DID Punish Sin in Jesus

I seem to have stirred up a lot of interest with my post on God Killing Christ. I thought I'd ask John Piper to spring to my defence! This is very much how I see this verse, do you agree with what John Piper says in What the Law Could Not Do, God Did, Sending Christ?Romans 8:1-4Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it … [Read more...]

Piper Friday – Building Our Lives on the Bible

In a sermon entitled Building Our Lives on the Bible Piper stresses the vital place of building our lives on the Bible - it seemed appropriate to share this quote with you as we have been looking at the place of doctrine and Scripture, thanks to the T4G statement challenge."We are a people of the Book. We know God through the Book. We meet Christ in the Book. We see the cross in the Book. Our faith and love are kindled by the glorious truths of the Book. We have tasted the divine majesty of the … [Read more...]

John Piper Friday – Using Our Mouths to Impart Grace

I am convinced that everything Piper says here about speech applies equally to blogging. The trouble with blogging is it has all the immediacy of speech with all the permanence of writing! We should be even more careful about what we write online than we are about what we say offline. In this sermon on Ephesians 4, Piper gives us some clear instruction, to whch we would do well to listen." . . . let's step back and ask what Paul might mean by calling language evil or corrupt or unwholesome or … [Read more...]

Piper Friday-Expositional Listening

Justin Taylor linked to a great article by John Piper on how to listen to preaching. The whole article is, like everything by Piper, well worth a careful read, but I will here list his ten suggestions on how to prepare yourself for listening to the Sunday sermon:Pray that God would give you the good and honest heart . . . set aside some time before you go to bed Saturday night, and then again when you get up Sunday morning to pray like this.Meditate on the Word of God. Read portions of your … [Read more...]

Piper Friday and a Link to the Full Text of "Preaching as Expository Exultation" from T4G

John Piper has published the full text of his sermon from the Together for the Gospel Conference over at the Desiring God website. I have already shared my response to the mp3 of this sermon Pop over to the desiring God site and read the whole sermon there, but for this week's Piper Friday, here is an extract:What you believe about the necessity of preaching and the nature of preaching is governed by your sense of the greatness and the glory of God and how you believe people awaken to that … [Read more...]

My Reaction to Hearing Piper's Together for the Gospel Talk

I have to admit that today, when I played the first of my T4G MP3 downloads, the tears started before Piper had even begun to speak. Even Mahaney's introduction seemed soaked in the Holy Presence of the Spirit of God. I have shared others' notes and reactions to Piper at T4G in another post, but here are some quotes that stood out to me in addition to some of the ones I have already reported.First of all, right at the beginning Piper speaks of how, when George Whitfield saw the state of the … [Read more...]

More from John Piper on exposition and exultation

After THAT talk at T4G, I found that this article from John Piper from a few years ago explains a bit more about what he is looking for in preaching :-"Whatever you think of the drums, the electric guitar and bass and amplification and T-shirts and platforms cluttered with wires and mikes and speakers, it is unmistakable-the dominant theme of these songs is God-the character of God, the power of God, the mercy of God, the authority of God, and the fatherhood of God. And the hoped-for effect of … [Read more...]

Piper Friday: More Reactions to THAT Message at T4G

The light along the journey blog: has some great quotes which capture something more of the atmosphere of John Piper's sermon (see also Challies summary) which sounds like it was the highlight of the whole Together for the Gospel conference. The blogger begins by admitting "I had to keep wiping away tears." He then says, "At the risk of being melodramatic, I would encourage you, I would beg you, to order an MP3 of this message when it later becomes available. Written words cannot convey even a … [Read more...]

Dr. John Piper Friday Worship is a War to Value Christ

In light of some of the Worship wars recently, I thought I would find something from the man I see as the heir to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones mantle. These words are so good that I will simply allow him to speak for himself. The full article is well worth a read. He is preaching from Philippians 1. As usual, all emphasis is mine. Somehow these words make all the worship wars melt away . . . . The intensification of worship as an inner, Godward experience of the heart is seen in the words of Jesus … [Read more...]