John Piper uses his dark Calvinistic magic.
He is just predestining God to make truth fit his ideas.
I must say that he is one of the more tolerable evangelical Calvinists out there. But still...
I will be hearing from him in person next week or the week after. Anything I should be particularly interested in or wary of?
I read his book "Desiring God: Confessions of a Christian Hedonist" years ago, when I was still Protestant. I like the book back then, but now I would probably find it very unOrthodox. The thesis of the book is that the purpose of man is to glorify God by
enjoying Him forever. A neat idea that appealed very much to me at the time. But now that I'm Orthodox, I realize that the experience of God is not always pleasant or enjoyable. The experience of God is inextricably linked to the Cross. Of course, Christ enables us to bear our Cross, and the Holy Spirit is our ubiquitous Comfortor. But the Christian life is arduous, and there is no nove theological innovation that can help us escape the struggle.
To be fair, John Piper might not disagree with this. But I am now very leary of all these famous Protestant preachers who keep trying to put their own unique heterodox spin on the ancient Christian Gospel.