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John Piper
John Piper

John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946, Chattanooga, Tennessee) is a Reformed Baptist minister, author, and theologian, currently serving as senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He oversees the evangelical organization Desiring God, which is named after his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986). Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Chattanooga” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The name Reformed Baptist does not refer to a distinct Christian denomination, but instead is a description of the churchs theological leaning. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      For other types of... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) is a church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. BBC is afiiliated to the Baptist General Conference. ... “Minneapolis” redirects here. ... Look up evangelist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Biography

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Doctrinal distinctives
Prima scriptura
Sola scriptura
Baptist ordinance
Baptist offices
Baptist confessions
Autonomy of the local church
Separation of church and state
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Pivotal figures
John Smyth
Thomas Helwys
John Bunyan
Andrew Fuller
John Gill
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Samuel Sharpe
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Major Baptist Associations
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National Baptist Convention
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Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. When he and his older sister were still young, the Pipers moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where he spent the rest of his youth and graduated from Wade Hampton High School. His father was an itinerant evangelist who actively ministered through international radio and Bible courses until his death in March 6, 2007.[1] Piper has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference? (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991). Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... Look up itinerant in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ...


On January 11, 2006, Piper announced that the month beforehand, he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to a letter sent to his church,[2] he and his doctors believe that the cancer is fully treatable. Piper's reaction to his diagnosis was: "This news has, of course, been good for me. The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. The news of cancer has a wonderfully blasting effect on both. I thank God for that. The times with Christ in these days have been unusually sweet." is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. ...


He married Noël Henry in 1968, and together they have four sons, a daughter, and several grandchildren.


Education

Piper attended Wheaton College (1964-68), where he majored in literature and minored in philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions as well as composing story-poems (based on the life of a Biblical character) for his congregation during the four weeks of Advent each year. Wheaton College is a private Evangelical Protestant, coeducational, liberal arts college in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb 25 miles west of Chicago in the United States. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... Romantics redirects here. ... Advent (from the Latin Adventus, implicitly coupled with Redemptoris, the coming of the Saviour) is a holy season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Christ, also known as the season of Christmas. ...


Following college, he completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, he took as many courses as he could from Daniel Fuller, the most influential living teacher in his life, and through Fuller he discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards, his most influential non-living teacher. A Bachelor of Divinity (BD or BDiv) is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a courses taken in the study of divinity or related disciplines, such as theology or, rarely, religious studies. ... Fuller Theological Seminary, located in Pasadena, California, is the largest multi denominational seminary in the world. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... For other persons named Jonathan Edwards, see Jonathan Edwards (disambiguation). ...


Piper did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House. Upon completion of his doctorate he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel University and Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for six years (1974-80). Main building of the Ludwig Maximilians University Main staircase of the university, Munich The Atrium at the main building The Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (German: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), also known as LMU or simply University of Munich, is a university in the heart of Munich. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... The headquarters of the Cambridge University Press, in Trumpington Street, Cambridge. ... Baker Book House is a Christian book publisher based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Bethel University is a Christian higher education institution with approximately 6,000 students from 36 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. ... For an overview of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, see Minneapolis-Saint Paul. ...


Ministry

In 1980, after what he described as an irresistible call of the Lord to preach, Piper became Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has been ministering ever since. Piper was catapulted onto the evangelical scene after the publication of his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986) and has continued to publish a number of other books further articulating his theological perspective. In 1994 he founded Desiring God Ministries as a ministry of his church to provide all of Piper's sermons and articles from the last 27 years online for free, as well as offering books, CDs, and DVDs and regularly hosting conferences.


Piper's motto in ministry, preaching, and teaching is: "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," and he calls those who live out this motto Christian Hedonists. Piper places a heavy emphasis on the objective and absolute nature of truth and is confident in the Christian's ability to grasp that truth through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Christian hedonism is a doctrine in Christianity which states that God is most glorified when people are most satisfied in Him. ...


Theological views

Christian hedonism

Main article: Christian hedonism

Piper calls himself a Christian hedonist and teaches that "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him"[3] and that God's highest pursuit ("his glory") and man's deepest and most durable happiness come together in one pursuit – namely, the pursuit of joy in God. He discovered this notion in the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis, among others, and then found it also represented in the Bible in such passages as Ps. 16:11; 37:4; Phil. 3:1; 4:4. Christian hedonism is a doctrine in Christianity which states that God is most glorified when people are most satisfied in Him. ... Christian hedonism is a doctrine in Christianity which states that God is most glorified when people are most satisfied in Him. ... For other uses, see Happiness (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Jonathan Edwards, see Jonathan Edwards (disambiguation). ... Blaise Pascal (pronounced ), (June 19, 1623 – August 19, 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher. ... Clive Staples Jack Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar. ...


Calvinism

Piper is a Reformed Baptist[4] and holds to a Calvinist soteriology[5]. He believes that God predestines some people to be saved and he passes over the rest of the population. He holds the view that God loves his children with an effectual love which ensures their salvation and sanctification through Jesus' blood and the Holy Spirit's work. This view is different from double predestination.[6] He believes that God predestined the universe so that it will be the best of all possible universes [7] The name Reformed Baptist does not refer to a distinct Christian denomination, but instead is a description of the churchs theological leaning. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Calvinism is... Soteriology is the study of salvation. ... The Calvinist doctrine of predestination, is the religious doctrine sometimes referred to as double predestination. The term double predestination is usually used in a disparaging way to refer to the Calvinist belief that God has not only appointed the eternal destiny of some to salvation (Unconditional election), but by necessary... The phrase the best of all possible worlds (French:le meilleur des mondes possibles) was coined by the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz in his 1710 work Essais de Théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de lhomme et lorigine du mal (Theodicy). ...


Piper is an advocate of Lordship salvation,[8] and while he believes in justification by faith alone apart from works,[9] his teachings emphasize the need for the active perseverance of the believer in faith, sanctification, and enduring sufferings, as this is evidence of God's saving grace. If a believer does not ultimately persevere, that only proves that he or she was never really a believer but a false professor.[10] Lordship salvation is a teaching in Christian theology which maintains that good works are a necessary consequence of being declared righteous before God. ... Sola fide (Latin: by faith alone), also historically known as the justification of faith, is a doctrine that distinguishes most Protestant denominations from Catholicism, Eastern Christianity, and Restorationism in Christianity. ... Perseverance of the saints (or preservation of the saints or eternal security) is a controversial Christian doctrine which maintains that none who are truly saved can be condemned for their sins or finally fall away from the faith. ... For other uses, see Faith (disambiguation). ... Sanctification or in its verb form, sanctify, literally means to set apart for special use or purpose, that is to make holy or sacred (compare Latin sanctus holy). Therefore sanctification refers to the state or process of being set apart, i. ...


Piper does not conform to the regulative principle of worship. He believes that worship is to be focused on the inward spiritual experience, not on the outward form.[11] The regulative principle of worship is a Christian theological doctrine teaching that the public worship of God should include those and only those elements that are instituted, commanded, or appointed by command or example in the Bible; that God institutes in Scripture everything he requires for worship in the Church...


Eschatology

Piper holds a post tribulation view of the second coming of Jesus,[12] at which time he believes that ethnic Israel will be saved someday when the hardening of their hearts is removed at the second coming.[13] He advocates the importance of hoping in the resurrection of the dead at Christ's return.[14] Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      In Christian eschatology, the Post Tribulation... For other uses, see Second Coming (disambiguation). ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all variously describe a resurrection of the dead, usually a resurrection of all people to face God on Judgment Day. ...


Law and covenant

Piper believes that the Law was meant by God to reveal sin and show man's inability to fulfill it,[15] though he also holds that that Christians are to try to fulfill Law.[16][17] The Torah () is the most important document in Judaism, revered as the inspired word of G-d (the vocal is never spelled), traditionally said to have been revealed to Moses. ... For other uses, see Sin (disambiguation). ... Total depravity (also called total inability and total corruption) is a theological doctrine that derives from the Augustinian doctrine of original sin and is advocated in many Protestant confessions of faith and catechisms, including those of Lutheranism,1 Anglicanism and Methodism,2 Arminianism, and Calvinism. ...


He believes that God has only one covenant people, mostly believing Jews in the Old Testament, and now that relationship has been superseded by the church.[18] Thus the Church is rightful inheritor of all the promises made to ethnic Israel (land, kingdom, etc.) and Jews who reject Jesus as Messiah have no divine right of claim on those promises.[19] Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      This article... Note: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh to refer to its canon, which corresponds to the Protestant Old Testament. ... Supersessionism (sometimes referred to as replacement theology by its critics) is a belief that Christianity is the fulfillment and continuation of the Old Testament, and that Jews who deny that Jesus is the Messiah are not being faithful to the revelation that God has given them, and they therefore fall... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... In Judaism, the Messiah (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian ; Aramaic: , ; Arabic: , ; the Anointed One) at first meant any person who was anointed with oil on rising to a certain position among the ancient Israelites, at first that of High priest, later that of King and also that of a prophet. ...


Spiritual gifts

Regarding spiritual gifts, Piper is a continuationist.[20] That is, he believes that the supernatural gifts such prophecy, healing, and speaking in tongues have not ceased and are available today. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are found in the New Testament. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... For other uses, see Prophecy (disambiguation). ... For the Todd Rundgren album, see Healing (Todd Rundgren). ... Released on September 27, 2005 by 845Ent. ...


Gender roles

Piper holds to a complementarian view of gender roles,[21] and he helped edit Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood with Wayne Grudem. Complementarianism is a view among some Christians of the relationship between the genders that differs from egalitarianism or gender-equalism. ... Wayne Grudem Wayne Grudem is a Protestant theologian and author. ...


Miscellaneous

Piper holds to an abstentionist position on the consumption of alcoholic beverages, and he has said, "Total abstinence is the best way to treat alcohol today, but total abstinence should not be a requirement for membership in the local church."[22] Jesus making wine in The Marriage at Cana, a 14th century fresco from the Visoki Dečani monastery. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage (also known as booze in slang term) is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ...


Selected works

Main article: List of books by John Piper
  • Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (Multnomah, 1986; 2nd edition, 1996, 3rd edition, 2003).
  • The Pleasures of God (Multnomah, 1991; Expanded edition, 2000).
  • Let the Nations Be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions (Baker, 1993, 2nd Edition 2003).
  • Future Grace, or, The Purifying Power of Living By Faith In Future Grace (Multnomah, 1995).
  • Brothers, We Are Not Professionals (Broadman & Holman, 2002).
  • Don't Waste Your Life (Crossway, 2003).
  • When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight for Joy (Crossway, 2004).
  • What Jesus Demands from the World (Crossway, 2006).

This page lists books written by John Piper, alongside their publishers and dates. ...

External links

  • Desiring God - 27 years of sermons for free (manuscript, audio, and video), plus articles, books, and more
    • John Piper: God's Glory His Passion, by Tim Ellsworth (Southern Seminary Magazine)
  • Desiring God Radio - Piper's official radio broadcast
  • Piper's columns in WORLD Magazine

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