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Know Your Evangelicals:
John Piper

Posted By Joe Carter On December 15, 2006 @ 1:15 am In Know Your Evangelicals | Comments Disabled

piper.jpgName: John Piper
Why you’ve heard of him: Dr. Piper is one of the most influential and popular preacher/authors in American evangelicalism.
Position: Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church [1] in Minneapolis, MN; Host of the daily radio program Desiring God; Founder of Desiring God [2] ministries.
Previous: Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Bethel College [3], St. Paul, MN
B.A., Wheaton College [4]
B.D., Fuller Theological Seminary [5]
Dr.theol., University of Munich [6]
Denomination: Baptist (Baptist General Conference [7])
Books: Piper is the author of over twenty books, including Love Your Enemies: Jesus’ Love Command in the Synoptic Gospels and the Early Christian Paraenesis [8](1991); Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist [9](1986); Don?t Waste Your Life [10] (2003); A God Entranced Vision of All Things [11] (2004); and The Passion of Jesus Christ [12](2004); What Jesus Demands of the World [13] (2006)
Assessment: Piper’s life goal and ministry have been focused on spreading “a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.” [14] His writing and preaching have had a significant impact on many young Christian leaders, including pastors, seminarians, and members of the bands Third Day [15] and Switchfoot [16]. Espousing a concept he calls “Christian Hedonism [17]“, Piper carries on the tradition of a complete God-centered worldview that he picked up from the Puritan preacher Jonathan Edwards [18], one of his most significant influences. As noted by Al Mohler [19], who called Let the Nations Be Glad [20] “the most important book on missions for this generation”, Piper has also had a major impact on the state of modern world missions.
[Special thanks to Justin Taylor [21] for his input on this entry.]
(This is #26 in the Know Your Evangelicals [22] series.)

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[1] Bethlehem Baptist Church: http://www.bbcmpls.org/

[2] Desiring God: http://www.desiringgod.org/

[3] Bethel College: http://www.bethel.edu/

[4] Wheaton College: http://www.wheaton.edu/

[5] Fuller Theological Seminary: http://www.fuller.edu/

[6] University of Munich: http://www.uni-muenchen.de/

[7] Baptist General Conference: http://www.bgcworld.org/

[8] Love Your Enemies: Jesus’ Love Command in the Synoptic Gospels and the Early Christian Paraenesis : http://www.amazon.com/dp/0801071178/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[9] Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist : http://www.amazon.com/dp/0880708697/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[10] Don?t Waste Your Life: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581344988/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[11] A God Entranced Vision of All Things: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581345631/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[12] The Passion of Jesus Christ : http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581346085/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[13] What Jesus Demands of the World: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1581348452/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[14] “a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.”: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermons/ByDate/1995/926_A_Passion_for_the_Supremacy_of_God_for_the_Joy_of_All_Peoples/

[15] Third Day: http://www.thirdday.com/

[16] Switchfoot: http://www.switchfoot.com/bandmain.htm

[17] Christian Hedonism: http://www.desiringgod.org/library/what_we_believe/christian_hedonism.html

[18] Jonathan Edwards: http://www.yale.edu/wje/html/life_of__edwards.html

[19] Al Mohler: http://www.evangelicaloutpost.com/archives/000836.html

[20] Let the Nations Be Glad: http://www.amazon.com/dp/080102613X/?tag=evangeoutpos-20

[21] Justin Taylor: http://theologica.blogspot.com/

[22] Know Your Evangelicals: http://www.evangelicaloutpost.com/archives/000790.html

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