Similarities and Distinct Emphases of John Piper and Doug Wilson

Jonathan Parnell

Joe Rigney, Instructor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College and Seminary, has assembled a list of resources from John Piper and Doug Wilson that characterize their similarities, influences, and distinct emphases.

C. S. Lewis

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Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage: Quotes from Ramez Atallah

Jonathan Parnell

Session 6, Ramez Atallah on "Pastoring with Vision, Creativity, and Courage in Hard Places" —

  • "Obligated, eager and not ashamed. These should characterize a church with the gospel."
  • "A Christian leader has to have a vision — he must see things other people don't see and empower them to capture it and incarnate it."
  • "When I came to understand the gospel for the first time, I knew that this was…
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Leading the Church: Quotes from Doug Wilson

Jonathan Parnell

Session 5, Doug Wilson on "Father Hunger" in Leading the Church —

  • "Remember the good newsness of the gospel. The gospel is outside of us. It is for us, but is external to us."
  • "We must always remember the gospel because we are tempted to forget the gospel in throughout the busyness of ministry."
  • "We are privilege to carry around our sin the same way David carried Goliath's head."
  • "The…
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Being and Building Men for the Local Mission: Quotes from Darrin Patrick

Jonathan Parnell

Session 3, Darrin Patrick on "Being and Building Men for the Local Mission" —

  • "When you become a leader of men, you plug your life into an ampiflier and everyone hears it."
  • "There's nothing more destructive for people who are trying to know God than legalism."
  • "You don't obey for your acceptance, you obey from your acceptance."
  • "You don't measure your maturity by comparing yourself with others. You judge maturity…
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Lessons Learned from His Father: Quotes from Crawford Loritts

Jonathan Parnell

Session 2, Crawford Loritts on "Lessons Learned from His Father" —

  • "Greatness is not pop or fad. Greatness has a staying power."
  • "Manhood is not a private matter. It is a public thing. A man aspires to be the desired destination at which others arrive."
  • "This summarizes my dad: Stepping up, never walking away, if it belongs to you, you do something with it."
  • "There is a correlation between being…
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Leading the Home: Quotes from Doug Wilson

Jonathan Parnell

Session 1, Doug Wilson on "'Father Hunger' in Leading the Home" —

  • "Begin with gospel, walk in the gospel, end with the gospel."
  • "Fatherhood in the home and pastoral care in the church are analogous activities. This makes sense only if they are related activities."
  • "When Paul considers the leadership of the church he doesn't first refer to a rigorous MDiv program."
  • "Is there anything that the Father has which…
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This Week's Sermon: "Let's Be Rich Toward God"

Jonathan Parnell

Jesus tells us a story about a fool in Luke 12.

This fool was a rich man — a productive farmer who built big barns to store his increase. And there's nothing necessarily wrong with that. We need productive farmers in this world.

But if it's not riches that makes this man a fool, what is it?

Expounding this story and giving personal application, John Piper explains the heart matter…

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Read Your Bible More and More

John Piper

Don’t rest on past reading. Read your Bible more and more every year. Read it whether you feel like reading it or not. And pray without ceasing that the joy return and pleasures increase.

Three reasons this is not legalism:

  1. You are confessing your lack of desire as sin, and pleading as a helpless child for the desire you long to have. Legalists don’t cry like that. They strut.
  2. You…
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Christianity Without Discipleship Is Christianity Without Christ

Jonathan Parnell

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Discipleship means adherence to Christ, and, because Christ is the object of that adherence, it must take the form of discipleship.

An abstract Christology, a doctrinal system, a general religious knowledge on the subject of grace or on the forgiveness of sins, render discipleship superfluous, and in fact they positively exclude any idea of discipleship whatever, and are essentially inimical to the whole conception of following Christ.

With an abstract…

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