Weekly Wraps (June 20-26)
John Piper on Blaise Pascal’s birthday and on Christian Hedonism, Louie Giglio on the Holy Spirit, and James MacDonald, Mark Dever, and Matt Chandler on discipleship.
1. Thank you, Blaise Pascal (John Piper) – Piper blogs on Blaise Pascal’s birthday, thanking Pascal for awakening him.
2. Desiring God (Session 2) (John Piper) – Piper preaches another session on Christian Hedonism for Desiring God 2011 Regional Conference at Saddleback Church. Here are some quotes:
Glory is holiness gone public (1:48)
When Jesus stretches out His arms and says, “Look!” He’s loving us. He’s taking us to the fullest joy imaginable. He just happens to be God. He can’t direct us anywhere else for joy. If He directed us anywhere else besides to Himself, He would be cruel. (7:22)
Joy is a warfare. It’s something to be fought for. (17:30)
You should always…be on the quest for your maximum joy in God. (17:45)
Believing in Jesus is a coming to Him to eat and drink for our soul-satisfaction. (23:30)
Evil is tasting God’s all-satisfying fountain and saying “[I] don’t like it,” and turning to the world and spending your life scratching in the dirt of sin and eating dust and liking it. That’s evil. All evil is a rejection of God’s all-satisfying fountain and an enjoyment of something lesser. (25:57)
3. ASPIRE Msg: Louie Giglio – Giglio preaches for Aspire 2011 Pastors’ Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). He talks on the Holy Spirit. Here are some quotes:
God’s purpose is always accomplished through the person of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. (11:58)
There’s a gospel floating around that says: Christ died for you; now you go and live for Him. That’s not a good gospel. The gospel sounds like this to put it simply: Christ died for you, so that He then can come and live His life inside of you. (38:05)
4. Quantity of Disciples or Quality of Discipleship? (James MacDonald, Mark Dever, and Matt Chandler) – MacDonald, Dever, and Chandler discuss quantity and quality. They all agree that quality is first; quantity follows. I agree!