Posts Tagged ‘john piper’

John Piper on the new birth

In books, loving jesus, quotes, theology on July 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

One of the unsettling things about the new birth, which Jesus says we all must experience in order to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3), is that we don’t control it. We don’t decide to make it happen any more than a baby decides to make his birth happen – or more accurately, make his conception happen. Or even more accurately: We don’t decide to make it happen any more than dead men decide to give themselves life. The reason we need to be born again is that we are dead in our trespasses and sins. That’s why we need the new birth, and that’s why we can’t make it happen. This is one reason why we speak of the sovereign grace of God. Or better: This is one reason why we love the sovereign grace of God.

– John Piper, Finally Alive


Piper vs. Wright?

In books, theology on June 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm

For those of you who may be interested in the justification debate between John Piper & N.T. Wright (and a whole host of others…), Trevin Wax put together an overview that was published in Christianity Today this past month.  It is now available at his blog.

Piper’s book responding to Wright.

Wright’s book responding to Piper.

.pdf summary of Piper & Wright’s respective positions.

Kevin DeYoung also posted some good thoughts on the subject a few days ago.

For the record, I’m with Piper on this one, but I have tremendous respect for both men and have benefited from both of their work.

I haven’t died, but I haven’t had a lot of time to blog lately.  More coming soon…

Carson, Keller, & Piper on Mercy + The Gospel

In theology, videos on November 1, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Good, gospel-centered stuff.

HT: Chris McElwee

Evil committed suicide.

In quotes, recommendations, theology on October 26, 2008 at 11:17 pm

In his provocatively-titled new book, Spectacular Sins, John Piper intends to show God’s absolute sovereignty over everything, including evil.  This quote has been stuck in my head for days.

“At the all-important pivot of human history, the worst sin ever committed served to show the greatest glory of Christ and obtain the sin-conquering gift of God’s grace.  God did not just overcome evil at the cross.  He made evil serve the overcoming of evil.  He made evil commit suicide in doing its worst evil (pg. 12).”

3 things you should know about.

In music, recommendations, theology on October 22, 2008 at 8:37 pm

John Piper has some great thoughts about voting here.

His son Abraham is giving away a free ESV Study Bible at his blog.

You can stream the new Ryan Adams & The Cardinals album in its entirety here.