Faith for Future Calamity
Between the ages of 6 and 18, young John Piper attended White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his family made White Oak their church home while John’s father was on the road frequently as a traveling evangelist.
John would preach at the church on a Sunday morning only one time — on New Year’s Eve, 1972. At the time, he was a doctoral student in New Testament at the University of Munich, Germany, home for the holidays and to share the joy of their first son with family.
What remains from the sermon on suffering — “Your Calamity in 1973” — are handwritten sermon notes, now transcribed and added to the DG resource library, making it the second oldest sermon in the archive.
“When I think about what to pray for, or resolve, in 1973,” he says in the sermon, “I can’t bring myself to ask…