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Really? I could read that much? (time for a great quote)

 John Piper wrote in 1981:

Since wisdom is found in the Word of God, we must apply Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 8.33.24 PMourselves in study and meditation to know the Word and do it. “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7). Therefore, we must devote ourselves to know and understand the testimonies of the Lord. And here I commend not only faithful Bible study, but also regular reading of great books on theology and biblical interpretation, books that distill the wisdom of the greatest students of the word over the past 1900 years.

Now, I know what you are thinking: I don’t have the time or the ability to get anywhere in books like that. So I want to show you something really encouraging. When this was shown to me about four years ago by my pastor, it changed my life. Most of us don’t aspire very high in our reading because we don’t feel like there is any hope.

But listen to this: Suppose you read about 250 words a minute and that you resolve to devote just 15 minutes a day to serious theological reading to deepen your grasp of biblical truth. In one year (365 days) you would read for 5,475 minutes.Screen Shot 2014-07-27 at 8.54.06 PM Multiply that times 250 words per minute and you get 1,368,750 words per year. Now most books have between 300 and 400 words per page. So if we take 350 words per page and divide that into 1,368,750 words per year, we get 3,910 pages per year. This means that at 250 words a minute, 15 minutes a day, you could read about 20 average sized books a year!  (from


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Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The Desiring God Conference on C.S. Lewis . . . WOW!

FirefoxScreenSnapz032Wow.  What a great conference!  The 2013 Desiring God conference, entitled “The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life & Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis” was held in Minneapolis and was a great blessing to this old theologian!  Held in the Minneapolis Convention Center from September 27-29, presenters included John Piper, Randy Alcorn (author of “Heaven”), Lyle Dorsett (a noted Lewis scholar), Philip Ryken (president of Wheaton College), and others.  Young people (under 30) made up the almost 3000 attendees.  The worship was amazing, the plenary and breakout sessions encouraging (both intellectually and spiritually).  FirefoxScreenSnapz033This ancient theologian had no responsibilities, so I could just soak it all in.  All of the sessions’ videos will be posted on the website by October 4, a blessing to all who were not able to attend — and a reminder to those of us who want to review what we heard.  Some of the titles of the plenary sessions were:  “Myth Wars: C.S. Lewis vs. Scientism” (N.D. Wilson), “The Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien” (Colin Duriez), “C.S. Lewis and the Care of Souls” (Lyle Dorsett), “Lessons from an Inconsolable Soul: Learning from the Mind and Heart of C.S. Lewis” (John PiperFinderScreenSnapz001), “Inerrancy and the Patron Saint of Evangelicalism: C.S. Lewis on Holy Scripture” (Philip Ryken), “C.S. Lewis on Heaven and the New Earth: God’s Eternal Remedy to the Problem of Evil and Suffering” (Randy Alcorn), and “Lessons from C.S. Lewis for a Life of Joy” (John Piper).  Watch the videos or download the audios.  You won’t regret it!  My heart and mind was drawn more deeply to the eternal, for, as Lewis said, “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”  [Many thanks to my dear wife Linda for her encouragement in letting me go this soul-refreshing event].

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in JOHN PIPER


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“Though He slay me . . .” — A video to challenge our thinking!


The following video by Shane & Shane (with John Piper’s preaching in the middle) is, in my humble opinion, outstanding.

What do you think?


1.  Why don’t we look at our suffering & hardships this way?

2.  What gives you strength to face your trials & challenges?


Posted by on August 27, 2013 in JOHN PIPER


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Desiring God C.S. Lewis Conference — Think about Attending?

I just became aware of the 2013 Desiring God conference for this year.  Here’s a brief intro to the main topic, C.S. Lewis as a Romantic Rationalist!

Here are the conference details.  Join me?

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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in desiring god conferences


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One of Pastor John Piper’s Best Sermons: “DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE!”


This is well worth watching.  It is about 45 minutes long.


1.  What particularly strikes you in Piper’s message?

2.  List several ways that you see believers — including yourself — wasting their lives.


Posted by on April 16, 2012 in CHRISTIAN LIVING, JOHN PIPER


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I believe one of the greatest challenges to Evangelical orthodoxy and biblical faith is something called PROSPERITY THEOLOGY!

Here’s a short video from Pastor John Piper which you might find interesting:


1.  How does a poor theology of suffering support the Prosperity Gospel?

2.  What books or sermons have influenced you in this area of theology?


Posted by on April 15, 2012 in Theological Essay


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In all the hub-bub about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins, a number of us Bible-thumping, Jesus-story-hijacking, toxic Evangelicals have responded with virtual tomes of refutation.  Bell raises significant questions (350 of them by one person’s count!) and has a clear agenda of trying to prove that the traditional view of eternal conscious punishment should be replaced by a much better story.

Frankly, I think Pastor John Piper might have had the best response when he simply tweeted “Farewell, Rob Bell!”  Piper has been castigated for “dismissing Bell from the Evangelical fold.”  I think Bell did that quite well by himself.  Doug Pagitt criticized Piper for such a dismissive comment.  Some of us were castigated for criticizing Bell’s book before it was

"See ya', Rob."

released (the promo video was quite incendiary).   Pagitt skewers Piper for his tweet, accusing him of threatening all young Evangelicals of the penalty of following Bell!

Frankly, I’m going to side with Piper on this one.  Sarcasm can be either hurtful or therapeutic!  Sarcasm has a long tradition in the Scriptures (see the many OT texts which mock idolatry), and is used by the Lord Jesus on several occasions.

Sarcasm might bring someone to their senses, a verbal cup of cold water

thrown in the face as it were.  It might seem like pepper spray, but “peppered by Piper in the puss” might shock one back into Scriptural reality!

Discussion Questions:  What do you think?  Was Piper’s dismissive comment about Rob Bell well-intentioned sarcasm?  Wouldn’t it be GREAT if Dr. Piper responded to this blog with his explanation and comments?!


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