In this video, I critique John Piper’s narrow, sectarian take on mere Christianity. ?
How I wrote an article critiquing John Piper … and got attacked by egalitarians
Yesterday I posted an article in which I argued that John Piper’s ill-formed and poorly argued prohibition on women teaching in seminary reveals that he is sexist, i.e. prejudiced against the female sex and gender. I did not anticipate that my argument would receive resistance from egalitarians. Trash! One individual named Henry Imler replied: Heirarchy [sic] […]
John Piper’s Sexism
Yesterday John Piper posted a podcast answer to the question “Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary?” (A hat tip to Matt Mikalatos for tweeting this.) Piper stipulates that his answer to the question of whether women should be teaching in seminaries is predicated on an assumption that complementarianism is true. (Complementarianism is the view […]
Should women be allowed to preach if it is carried out under the authority of a male elder?
This is the question addressed in Pastor John Piper’s most recent podcast. The questioner was concerned about the relevance of 1 Timothy 2:12. Pastor Piper responds by addressing verses 12-14: “12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. […]
If God wants to damn your children, should you agree?
I ended off my last article on John Piper’s new video with the following quote where Piper embraces the possibility that God has willed Piper’s own children be reprobate for God’s greater glory: “I am not ignorant that God may not have chosen my sons for his sons. And, though I think I would give […]
What’s so Calvinistic about John Piper’s “The Calvinist”?
Check out this newly released video which features a long poem courtesy of John Piper, and then let’s talk: The interesting thing is that while this video is titled “The Calvinist”, and thus presumably aims to offer a portrait of theology that is uniquely Calvinist which is then worked out in the life of the […]
Why John Piper shouldn’t work at a battered women’s shelter
“What should a wife’s submission to her husband look like if he’s an abuser?” This question opens a three minute commentary from John Piper. Let’s consider his answer: Okay, now it’s time for a debrief. Piper starts out with an obvious point. What kind of abuse are we talking about? As he says: “Is […]
Rob Bell, the heresy hunters, and the evangelical culture of fear
Apparently there was quite a kerfuffle this week when word got around that Rob Bell’s new (and as yet still unreleased) book Love Wins is, or probably does, or might, support universalism in some way. Apparently it all started when influential blogger Justin Taylor concluded after viewing a two minute promotional video that Bell is a […]
How to hate your enemies: Lessons from the Psalms (Part 2)
We all tend to look at life through rose-colored glasses, at least rose colored where our own assumptions are concerned. As I noted last time round, this is certainly evident in the way that Christians tend to read the psalms, meditating on the praises, thanksgiving and wisdom while screening out all the imprecations. And I […]