“Thank you C.J. I chose to be here. Nobody forced me. He is a pretty persuasive guy but I really, really wanted to be here. And therefore when the opportunity arose I snatched it. And I’m thankful for it.
I wanted to be here because I am excited about what God is doing in this church plant. I’ve been following it from a distance. And I’m thrilled with what is in the offing here in the mix of this city. I’m excited to be here secondly because I love Sovereign Grace and what God is doing in it across the country and the world.
And most emotionally significant, I’m glad to be here because C.J. is right, he is my friend and he has meant a lot to me over the years both at the encouragement level of preaching and professional life – though nobody in the ministry is a professional – but even more at the personal family level of caring. So it is real easy for me to stand here and be with you. It is what I want to do.”
-John Piper, speaking at C.J. Mahaney’s church in Louisville, KY. February 17, 2013.
Photo of the scheduled speakers at Piper’s Cross Conference as seen on the internet on July 2, 2013. (Editors note: In transferring my blog to a new host this photo was lost and it appears to have been removed from the Web. You will have to take my word for it – Mahaney was listed as a speaker but was subsequently quietly removed.) Below is the revised speaker list. The blue question mark is where Mahaney’s photo used to be.
Photo of the scheduled speakers at Piper’s Cross Conference as seen on the internet on July 11, 2013.
Notice anybody missing? Yep, Piper’s good friend C.J. Mahaney has disappeared. Piper, in a move reminiscent of the T4G boys attempt to quietly change their statement of support for Mahaney – unannounced and hopefully unnoticed, seems to have dumped Mahaney from the conference without making any public notification of the deletion.
Once again I must question the integrity of the “leaders” in the neo-reformed movement.
“Integrity and honesty in unbelievers is like the seashell of holiness. There is beauty still, but no life. Vestiges of Imago.” -John Piper, https://twitter.com/JohnPiper/status/186754953954598912