Seventh Annual Gaffin Lecture

March 12, 2014

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Dr. John Piper will be speaking at the seventh annual Gaffin Lecture on Theology, Culture, and Mission.

Dr. John Piper, former Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN, will be speaking at the seventh annual Gaffin Lecture on March 12, 2014 at 10:30am. Dr. Piper's lecture will be "The New Calvinism and the New Community: The Doctrines of Grace and the Meaning of Race."

This event will be live-streamed here.

Registration for this event has closed.

Due to the popularity of this event among Westminster students, staff, and alumni, the event will not be made open to the general public. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Gaffin Lecture on Theology Culture and Missions is a lecture in biblical or systematic theology to honor the work of Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., professor of Biblical and systematic theology, emeritus.  Past lectures have been given by Drs. Bruce Waltke, Robert Letham, Paul Wells, Al Mohler, D. A. Carson, and David Wells.


A Brief Biography:

Excerpted from desiringGod.org

John Stephen Piper was born January 11, 1946, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. At Wheaton John also met Noël Henry whom he married in 1968.

Following college, he completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968–71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.

“The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply.”

John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971–74). 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 to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ — a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org.

Dr. Piper has written numerous books, including: Desiring God; Five Points; Brothers, We are not Professionals; Bloodlines; Don't Waste Your Life; and Future Grace; all of which and more are available at the Westminster Bookstore.