I just have to add here at the beginning that I have never seen anything like this before. This man who has written scores of books, and continues to write, just last year (2010) he wrote 4 new books. For a list of his books click here. He also offers many of this books online at his website DesiringGod (at no charge). He has authored 4,300 articles!!! I will be posting some of them here, occasionally. John Piper is the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where this Friday night they will host an ‘All night of prayer’ at their downtown campus. He has pastored at Bethlehem since 1980.
…in this classic message; John Piper uses (only) Bible verses for the first 16 minutes of the message. He also recounts how Bible memorization and recital affected his ministry. This is one powerful message to download and listen to from time to time and pay close attention to minute 19.
You can read the transcript for the message at DesiringGod.org. But I encourage you to listen to at least the first 20 minutes of the video for something we have never seen done before.
Over on Justin Taylor’s blog Between Two Worlds, you can listen to a recent 18 minute video in which John Piper addresses the importance of the Bible:
How Important Is the Bible?
John Piper suggests five questions you can ask of anything to determine its importance:
- What would happen if it did not exist?
- What would you give to have it or keep it?
- What does it make possible?
- How does it weather critics and detractors?
- How much effort should be given to spread it and preserve it?
In the link to the video below he answers these questions at a breakfast gathering at Lausanne: