Piper’s Christian Hedonism is difficult for a lot of people to grasp at first, but it is absolutely essential to understanding the gospel. He is influenced heavily by Augustine, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, and C. S. Lewis (all of whom he quotes regularly and liberally). He takes these great intellectuals (and many others) and makes them easier to understand. He puts the cookies on the lower shelf.
My only critique . . . at times (not uncommonly), Jesus is not the hero of his messages. He can get quite caught up in much practical application, that the motivation can be lost. But, on his better days, the glory and splendor of Christ can be revealed in unique ways that I have rarely heard.
In my opinion, he’s a better writer than most prolific writers, and a much better speaker/preacher than a writer. Everything he says is worth listening to. I particularly recommend his biography series.
Ok, for the main links:
- Desiring God, 27 years of preaching, all online for free! Plus, a whole lot more!
- Monergism, lots of great resources here, too.
- Desiring God Radio
- World Magazine articles
- 9Marks blog entry about Piper
Well, that will get you started, for sure. Are you familiar with Christian Hedonism? What do you think? Are you a Christian Hedonist? Have you converted others?