John Piper’s Farewell Sermon

This weekend marks the first Sunday in 33 years that John Piper will not be the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota. As previously reported, the 67-year-old writer, speaker and church leader now plans to devote most of his efforts to his ministry website DesiringGod.org and Bethlehem College and Seminary. On Easter Sunday, he preached his last sermon at the church; you can go here to watch Piper’s final message to his congregation, "God Raised Your Great Shepherd from the Dead, a Farewell Sermon" ….

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Watchman

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Watchman commented…

Good riddance. I mean, goodbye Mr. Piper. Your "farewell" tweet about Rob Bell, your take on God's divine purpose for tornadoes, and your form of masculine Christianity will not be missed. Nevertheless, you have created a ministry that has somehow blessed many conservative Christians. Wish you the best. And, Godspeed.

Watchman

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Watchman replied to Tyler Gehman's comment

I often find those who preach the most about grace (Piper, MacArthur), often show it the least. Pharisees were also good at preaching one thing and doing another.

Tyler Gehman

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Tyler Gehman replied to Watchman's comment

Sometimes preachers focus more on God's love than His holiness. Sometimes preachers focus more on God's holiness than His love. We can't ignore either one.

Jesus is the one who got it right when He said "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11.

That's such a weird balance.

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Brooke

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Brooke replied to Watchman's comment

agreed. I think it's a necessary tension.

Brant S

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Brant S commented…

I don't often agree with John Piper, but he's still a brother in Christ.

Esther Aspling

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Esther Aspling commented…

We can learn from people, even if we don't always agree.

http://forthisisthetime.blogspot.com/

Evan Dixon

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Evan Dixon commented…

It's always unfortunate when strong, biblical preachers like Piper - who have blessed generations of believers with excellent Scriptural exegesis - are disregarded and even maligned because they've chosen to emphasize the radicality and offensiveness of the Gospel.

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