John Piper

Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts

College Game Day is in Norman. The hosts just donned masks and portrayed the coaches from the top 4 BCS teams. Each stated their case as to why they should make the title game. Quite premature to this Sooner fan.

Here are posts from this week you may have missed. Enjoy your Saturday.

Dwight McKissic and His Candidate of Choice – “McKissic is calling for a more robust Christian vision for all of life. Candidly Dwight locates issues of abortion, slavery, women’s suffrage, poverty, and historically oppressed people along the same plane.”

Block and Brueggemann on the Election – Block describes the way Brueggemann helped him consider Meaningless Narratives. Incidentally if you have not read Block’s book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

Underneath the Tunic or, What do Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell Have in Common? – “Equal treatment. Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell suffered the same hammer when facing the prospects of offering a different vision for how we talk about others in relationship to our pronouncements as final. For many the hammer is the only tool in the box and everyone who disagrees, or poses a different possibility, becomes the nail. Criticism is egalitarian.”

First to Turn – Friday Photo – Fall colors emerge amidst the holdouts.

Do “Nones” Believe Church is Getting in the Way? – Must the Church be the culprit?

Propaganda, “Rap On” or, Value Other Voices

My ears are old. I confess that when it comes to music I am often stuck in a time warp. My time spent listening to music in those adolescent and teenage years seem decades ago. Indeed they are. But, I still like music from the late 60’s and 70’s. I paid some attention in the early 80’s but I never could be construed as an aficionado.

So, when rap, hip-hop, and now spoken word emerged I confess to a bit of disorientation. I tried to listen. But, it never really caught on with me. I do brand myself an eclectic music lover but generally I do have a couple of glaring omissions that shrink its breadth.

In recent years I have kept an eye on Steve McCoy. Well, on his blog. I enjoy his wide interest in music and his suggestions have rarely disappointed me. I have even noticed him pointing to some of the music from my favorite era on occasion.

Recently Steve called on some to weigh in on a musical artist I had not heard of and whose genre is noticeably absent from my iPod. I don’t fit Steve McCoy’s appeal group. Not prominent. Not a dean. Not an entity head. Read More

Scot McKnight Asks, “Do You Agree with Piper?”

We rarely agree with everything another person says. If we do, we may need to re-evaluate the relationship.

Yesterday I read a brief post by Scot McKnight titled, I Agree with John Piper. He later tweeted the post,

What interested me was his statement, “I agree with John Piper.” Many do. But, in Scot’s recent book, The King Jesus Gospel, he locates the Gospel formula found in Piper – and others who follow such a strain – as more a subplot of The King Jesus Gospel rather than the Main Event.

The provocative nature of this claim seems to turn in part on how the grand story of God found in the Scriptures functions on the grand scale. Read More

New York City, New Orleans, Colorado Springs?

Where is Pat Robertson? If only Jerry Falwell could speak from beyond the grave. And, any peeps out of Piper? For a few days now I have wanted to see what others thought about the absence of sin in Colorado Springs, CO. No, seriously.

After 9/11 certain Christians quickly connected the sins of America to the fall of the Twin Towers. Just a few years later, those same voices were announcing Hurricane Katrina as God’s response to a lack of repentance. On lesser scales several devastating tornadoes have been considered the visitation of God’s judgment on other locales for their sins. Maybe those were attempts to work out Billy Graham’s reported pronouncement that if God did not judge America for its sins, He would need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Read More

The Shape of Piper’s Foundation Laid for Driscoll

“People want to hear what I have to say. It doesn’t matter what I do.”

Newt Gingerich

Permission to treat others poorly often leads to people treating others poorly. It is bad enough when permission is denied and yet people continue to treat others dishonorably. Provide a framework for one’s personal tendencies and the excesses become obvious.

I started down this trek in my last post by suggesting John Piper missed an opportunity to play a helpful mentoring role to Mark Driscoll. Other supporters of Driscoll should not get a “bye” in playing respectful objectors. But Piper’s position is so widely held that the reason for the overall silence from those who readily ring the bell for Driscoll may signal a much larger indictment than should be shouldered by Piper alone.

We may be witnessing little more than a couple of high profile pastors emulating their cultural surroundings. Read More