John Piper – cautions

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You can read the edited transcript of the audio at Desiring God, here.

Would there be any cautions that you would have for the New Reformed/New Calvinist Movement you referenced earlier?

Yes.

I will give you one that is from a prophetic word given to me yesterday—take it or leave it. I’m cautious when people come to me with these kinds of things. But this rung true, and you can see that it is true without making a claim to special divine authority.

My caution concerns making theology God instead of God God. Loving doing theology rather than loving God.

Sam Crabtree said to me once, „The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” That was very profound. And you might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God. Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God.

Piper interviewed by Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock blogs at adrianwarnock.com. Here’s an interview (Part 4) done in Wales by Adrian Warnock, at the New World Alive Conference 2008, where John Piper discusses his family, his ministry, and among other things – which preachers he personally listens to :

Parts 1, 2, and 3

Here are the links to watch Part 1,  Part 2  („whether you are satisfied in God really makes a difference whether you can glorify God”) and Part 3 (what he learned from George Muller about how he now prays).

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7 comentarii (+add yours?)

  1. Gabi Bogdan
    feb. 28, 2012 @ 01:26:20

    Rodi , did you read „The Pleasures of God” ?

    • rodi
      feb. 28, 2012 @ 08:51:10

      Not yet, is it full of awesome insight from Piper?

      • gabi bogdan
        feb. 28, 2012 @ 15:43:01

        did not read it yet… so many books so little time… 🙂

        • rodi
          feb. 28, 2012 @ 19:53:58

          So have you figured it out already? That even if you lived to ripe old age, you will never be able to read everything you set your mind to ? 🙂
          I have this book, and 4 others of Piper’s that I have not read yet and now that I grabbed it off the shelf I know exactly which 2 chapters I’m going to read first -The Pleasure of God in Election and The Pleasures of God in His Fame. As usual, just thumbing through it it looks like Piper intersperses and weaves stories of „dead saints” like Jonathan Edwards and others throughout and the back of the book has a study guide section so you can actually turn your acquired knowledge into practical living. This is probably a stand alone book, as I have not seen much if any, on the „pleasures of God” from other contemporary authors. However, as I read it I may see once again who influenced Piper in his direction. Happy reading!

  2. Gabi Bogdan
    feb. 29, 2012 @ 00:13:35

    so.. is it an easy read?
    If it is a easy read , I usually get it on kindle…

    • rodi
      feb. 29, 2012 @ 09:28:26

      Gabi, it is very easy to read because as I looked through the book last night, Piper does weave stories to illustrate his points. However, this is a definite basic, „must have” in your library book, to pass around (kind of like ALL of Piper’s books). But if you want to read it right away, go for it. The nice thing about Kindle is you can highlight and save your notes without ever losing them :-). I am going to post an excerpt from the chapter „God’s pleasure in election” later today. What you will like is that in the footnotes, Piper gives dissenting views from the principal (most famous and best arguers) so don’t skip the footnotes. In most books you learn just as much from footnotes as you do from the main body of notes. By the way, the book I have is only 340 pages long, but it is softcover but in hardcover (big) format, so it is not a short book. But it sure is theology rich. Happy reading!

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