Piper, Carson, Keller Gospel Discussion

Tim Keller, Don Carson and John Piper discuss ministry and the Gospel in a 1 hour video recorded at the 2008 Gospel Coalition Leadership Meeting.  A phenomenal video.  Keller and Piper discuss how mercy ministries to the world can be effective outreach opportunities.  Keller describes how his approach to preaching the Gospel by deconstructing legalism to a libertine culture effectively removes major barriers to the Gospel.  Keller also describes a difficulty in finding pastoral staff who have strong theology, a serious moral trembling, and an experimental heart passion for the person of Christ.  Piper asks Tim to explain Gospel-centeredness, and then raises a question of how a man addicted to pornography can successfully see victory over that sin via a Gospel-centeredness.  Then Carson asks John to explain how God is not a megalomanic by demanding worship and seeking glory.

Coalition Leadership Discussion 2008 >>>

Piper and Machen on Preaching

Quote from John Piper —

`This skepticism about the value of doctrine is owing to bad preaching that is not passionate and clear and interesting and suspenseful and authentic about the glories of God and his way of salvation, and how it all connects to real life.  “The dogma is the drama,” as Dorothy Sayers said, and the reason we don’t show this to people in our preaching and teaching and writing is that we have not seen and felt the greatness of the glory of God an all his teachings.  Preaching doctrine should not be confusing or boring.  Machen says: That error, unquestionably, should be avoided not by the abandonment of doctrinal preaching, but by our making doctrinal preaching real preaching.  The preacher should present to his congregation the doctrine that the Holy Scripture contains; but he should fire the presentation of that doctrine with the devotion of the heart, and he should show how it can be made fruitful for Christian life.

Tozer, a life in contridiction or emotional blackmail?

I recently finished reading Lyle Dorsett’s biography of A. W. Tozer “A Passion for God”, and I have to say there was some disappointment with Tozer’s life. While he pursued his ministry and devotion toward God with amazing vigor, the testimony of his wife and children seems to point to a failure with his role as father and husband.

It’s good advice that we never elevate any one person to a position of flawlessness. We all have flaws, and truth be known, if each of our lives were to be examined and written about, there would be many things in our own lives that could be painted in a very negative light.

One thing is for sure, Tozer’s ministry and books are valuable for Christians.

John Piper and Sean Lucas have weighed in with some wisdom, particularly pay attention to Piper’s comments on emotional blackmail. This is something we should bear in mind, whether Tozer was guilty or not.

Sean Lucas and Pipers comments at Between Two Worlds