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Sorted by Year: 1987

He Will Turn the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children John Piper | December 27, 1987 | Malachi 4:4-6 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Expositions of Minor Prophets
Everyone Who Believes Is Freed John Piper | December 21, 1987 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Faith
The Sun of Righteousness Will Rise John Piper | December 20, 1987 | Malachi 4:1-3 | Category: Sermons
I Will Spare Them as a Man Spares His Son John Piper | December 13, 1987 | Malachi 3:13-18 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Grace
You Will Be a Land of Delight John Piper | December 6, 1987 | Malachi 3:7-12 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Giving
He Is Like a Refiner's Fire John Piper | November 29, 1987 | Malachi 2:17-3:6 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Holiness of God
Let None Be Faithless to the Wife of His Youth John Piper | November 22, 1987 | Malachi 2:10-16 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Marriage
Exalting Jesus so the Spirit Falls John Piper | November 16, 1987 | Acts 10:36-48 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Holy Spirit
The Glory of Priestly Success John Piper | November 15, 1987 | Malachi 2:1-9 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Pastoral Ministry
The Curse of Priestly Failure John Piper | November 8, 1987 | Malachi 2:1-9 | Category: Sermons | Topic: Pastoral Ministry

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John Stephen Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper January 11, 1946. When John and his older sister were still small, the Pipers moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent the rest of his growing-up years. At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature, and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions as well as composing story-poems (based on the life of a biblical character) for his congregation during the four weeks of Advent each year. At Wheaton, John also met Noel Henry whom he married 1968.

Following college he completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House. Upon completion of his doctorate he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call of the Lord to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years. Together with his people, John is dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. He is also the founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and an increasing number of grandchildren.