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Piper Honors His Father, Speaks of His Fundamentalist Heritage


John Piper honored his father in this message on June 19, 2005, a message which I took in as part of my preparation for preaching on parental instruction this Sunday. Piper rehearses the spiritual legacy he inherited from his father, who he describes as (a) a graduate of Bob Jones University (from where he received a Doctorate of Divinity in 1956), (b) an itinerant evangelist (a ministry which Piper defends), and (c) “the happiest man I’ve never known,” despite a great tragedy Piper relates.

Bill and John Piper

In addition to passing on the spiritual lessons learned from his father—11, to be precise!—Piper addresses fundamentalism several times during the message. He says “we were fundamentalists without the attitude.” He notes that the standards he learned from his dad are essentially the same he practices today, and he defends their importance. He even quotes Dr. Bob Jones Sr.: Do so fast you don’t have time to don’t.” (That’s a description of joyful Christian living even our friend Don won’t argue with, I wager, though he certainly won’t call it Christian Hedonism.) Though Piper speaks very highly of fundamentalists, he does share that it was sad for him and his father to see fundamentalists sometimes wield the truth in an unloving way.

One more thing: about 30 minutes in he throws in a Driscoll-ism that probably would have shocked his dad but which cracked me right up—and it’s accurate.

Piper’s dad impacted him with Bible truth. It’s edifying to hear him rehearse the lessons he learned and fascinating to hear him speak of his fundamentalist heritage.


One Response

  1. […] (in response to the FBF’s 2005 resolution), I thought many would be interested in this post, originally made here on August 30, 2007. Notice that it was preached the very week of the FBF […]

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