Here is John Piper’s brief response:
John MacArthur indeed called Piper’s thoughts on tongues and prophecy “an anomaly”–the interaction about Piper begins about 42 minutes into their second Q&A.
There are many areas of doctrine in which well-respected, godly theologians hold opposing views, and the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit are just one of them. Again, we are thinking here of the best and most gospel-centered of the continuationists. Why focus on this area now when it threatens to inhibit unity and further divide true believers? Why not focus on baptism or eschatology or another issue?
(MacArthur explains, at length, that “In the New Testament, a factious man was someone who taught doctrine contrary to what was handed down from the apostles (1 Tim 6:3; 2 Tim 1:13). Calling for the correction of error in the church is not creating disunity. That disunity exists by virtue of the doctrinal defection. In fact, it is the call for a return to sound doctrine that is the effort of true unity, because real, biblical unity centers on doctrinal truth and is motivated by love.”)
Later he writes:
MOOCs–massively open online courses–are all the rage in some circles, believed to be on the verge of putting all but the most elite college campuses out of business over the next decade. Although I agree that online learning has the potential to augment and transform traditional education delivery methods, I’m not convinced that colleges en masse will go the way of the dinosaur anytime soon (unless their leadership is corrupt or incompetent). For one, MOOCs have a drop out rate of about Continue Reading…
Collin Hansen has a great interview with John Piper on compensation for pastors, including honorariums from outside engagements and writing income. Here’s one of his questions and an excerpt of Piper’s answer.
When did you first realize you would need some plan to handle the money earned from your speaking and writing? Were you ever tempted to keep the money for yourself?
With the successful sales of Desiring God starting in 1987, I saw that there could be substantial income from writing and speaking. I resolved that I should not keep this money for myself but channel it to ministry. I never doubted that the Lord would provide us with a salary that would be sufficient for our family. So I saw no reason to keep the money that came in Continue Reading…
Tim Challies has begun what apparently might be a multi-part interview with John MacArthur about his recent controversial Strange Fire conference. Here’s an example of a question, and an excerpt of MacArthur’s response.
In his review of your book, Thomas Schreiner says that you painted with too broad a brush and failed to acknowledge some of the good qualities of the reformed continuationist movement. He says, “The clarion call of warning should be modified with clearer and more forthright admissions that many charismatics adhere to the gospel and are faithful to God’s Word.” How would you respond?
Certainly, I would affirm that there are charismatics who adhere to the true gospel, and I acknowledge that point in the book. Here are a couple examples:
Hats off to Jamie Dean for an outstanding cover story in World magazine about child sexual abuse within Christian communities (families, churches, ministries) and the enormous cost of not reporting incidents to the appropriate secular authorities. As Dean writes, “Adults may not intend to fail victims of sexual abuse, but experts say churches make a common mistake of trying to handle abuse allegations on their own.”
The news is breaking that Douglas Phillips of Vision Forum Ministries has resigned. This post should not be interpreted as a desire to heap scorn upon Mr. Phillips, his family, or the things he has courageously stood for over the years. On the contrary, while the circumstances which precipitated his resignation are sad, his resignation letter is in many ways a model of public repentance. It has become common in our day for those in positions of authority to “transition” from their duties in obscure ways, without any public acknowledgment of missteps, poor judgment, or wrongdoing. But Mr. Phillips made no attempt to be evasive. He put his behavior in biblical categories, without any attempt to “spin” himself in a positive light.
“On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther tacked up 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. With this act, he hoped to provoke a discussion among the scholars about the abuses of the indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church. He was not trying to create a public furor by any means, but within a fortnight, these theses had spread through the country like wildfire. The last thing Luther had in mind was to start some kind of major controversy, but nevertheless major controversy did begin.” —R.C. Sproul
In honor of Reformation Day, Ligonier Ministries is offering the downloadable edition of R.C. Sproul’s ten-part series Luther and the Reformation for free. (Both audio and video.) Check it out! And Happy Reformation Day!
Andrew Wilson, pastor in Eastbourne, UK and author of If God, Then What?, writes an even-handed review of Mark Driscoll’s latest missive, A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future?. An excerpt:
At the center of the book, however, is an unresolved tension that threatens to scuttle the whole volume. On the one hand, Driscoll insists that, in order to pursue “resurgence,” the various tribes in contemporary evangelicalism need to unite around the gospel, choose our battles wisely, and allow all sorts of disagreement over non-essential matters (116). The tribes that he, John Piper, Bill Hybels, Steven Furtick, John MacArthur, Joel Osteen, Stanley Hauerwas, Scot McKnight, Andy Stanley, T. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Albert Mohler represent all agree on the non-negotiables of evangelicalism (95-96 and following)—an observation I suspect will astonish some of these leaders!—and we should Continue Reading…