Last week Desiring God posted an article that contains the message John Piper delivered while visiting Google in California. If you didn’t see it then, you must see it now. Continue reading . . .
Last week Desiring God posted an article that contains the message John Piper delivered while visiting Google in California. If you didn’t see it then, you must see it now.
My hope in these few minutes is to listen carefully to four people who have been troubled by the self-exaltation of Jesus and of God in the Christian Scriptures, and then to offer a serious answer to their objections that has not only been satisfying to my mind, but a great source of joy and worship of Jesus Christ.
Erik Reece is writer in residence at University of Kentucky, Lexington. In 2009 he published a book titled An American Gospel. That May he did an interview on NPR with Terry Gross. In the interview, she pointed Mr. Reece to page 28 of his new book where he quotes Jesus from Matthew 10:37-39. The quote goes like this:
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Then she reads Reece’s next line: “Who is the egomaniac speaking these words?” And she asks him, “Would you elaborate on that reaction?”
Here is his reply:
Well, it just struck me as, “Who is this person speaking 2000 years ago, a complete historical stranger, saying that we should love him — who we are really incapable emotionally of loving — more so than we should love our own fathers and sons?” It just s