John Piper Goes to Nineveh

By | December 4, 2013

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I am happy to report that John Piper has removed the video he filmed in Dubai.  I thank him for doing so.  My post has served its purpose and therefore, not wishing to harm the cause of Christ,  I have removed it.  Thanks to all who have prayed and taken action to effect this change.

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Dee

Great news. Due to your vigilance, the video has been taken down. You are awesome!

That is great news Dee. I would deflect the thanks your way as you and Deb reach many more people than I do. The bottom line is John Piper did the right thing by removing it. I thank him for doing so. I also thank all those who realized the potential damage this could cause and took action to effect change.

JM

I found Pipers video to be very encouraging!

I am glad you found it so JM. As you and I are both residents of Dubai I would like to know if you think His Excellency Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments in the United Arab Emirates would also find it encouraging? Further, it would be interesting to see if FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. would find it comforting to have a Muslim Imam make a similarly worded video in a park in Chicago with the Sears Tower in the background. What say you JM?

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18

Dee

I often wonder what is in the mind of the person who write a cryptic comment like this. Did you mean to imply that you found the first 22 seconds of the video encouraging? If so, how?

M. Joy

Seriously, another conference? What else does John Piper have to say after 30+ years in the ministry? It makes me WEARY to watch this baloney. (But perhaps he is trying to prove to the world that he is not picking up seashells in his retirement – YAWN) Wow – how did our parents and grandparents and all the generations before them live Christian lives without these conference know-it-alls telling them how to live?

Good point M.Joy. American Christianity has really changed from the days of our parents and grandparents. Even from my younger years. For most of my life I attended smaller churches where the pastor spoke Sunday morning, Sunday evening and had a Bible study on Wednesday evening. Most churches do not even meet on Sunday evenings now.

I was talking with somebody yesterday about the ever increasing conference venue. I think that if an individual really wanted to, he could attend a conference every week of the year. Not sure how much it would help your sanctification process but it would keep the money changers happy!

Eagle

Really enjoy reading your posts Todd. On I-Monk last year I called out John Piper on tornadoes before he blogged about it. It was embarrassing…I really see no difference between him and Pat Robertson. The only difference is that one gets excited to hurricanes and earthquakes. The other to tornadoes.

http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/otd-obsessed-with-tornadoes-disorder

Thanks Eagle. The post you have the link to is awesome. You probably aren’t aware that Michael Spencer and Mack Stiles were high school buddies. Mack Stiles was an elder at UCCD and then moved to the Redeemer church plant where he is quite active. I used to exchange emails with him quite frequently. After I challenged him via an email about speaking at C.J. Mahaney’s church I never heard from him again. Stiles and Dever are friends and that friendship is paying off with ever increasing invites to speak at conferences now. Nearly every American in 9Marks churches in the UAE will be taking part in Piper’s Cross Conference. Nice way to get an all expense paid trip home for the Holidays. (I’m just a bit skeptical!)
God’s blessing to you.

Big Blue Fan in Asia

Hey, TW. Thanks for blogging! I especially appreciate your highlighting the sensationalism used by these celebrity “pastors” for their conferences in Dubai. I used to buy into all that hype. I probably even talked like that (Piper in the first video) sometimes, too. Ick. Now I find it quite distasteful. Keep on bloggin’, brother, and using your front-row seat to expose stuff that a lot of us wouldn’t otherwise know about.

Thanks for the comment Big Blue. I too used to buy into the hype. The more I see the more I am convinced that the Evangelical Industrial Complex is in fact a reality. I want nothing to do with it. I want to appropriate in my life what Paul said in I Corinthians 12 is “a still more excellent way” and then he described this way in 1 Corinthians 13. Correct doctrine is good, but something is lacking when you can leave the weak and wounded in the gutter as you pass by on your way to the next conference.