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The Center for Christian Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

John Piper on Fatherhood

by Derek Brown – Jun 19

In a recent interview featured at, John Piper talks with Trilla Newbell about some of the joys and difficulties that attend fatherhood.  Below is an excerpt from Newbell’s article and a link to the video.

Though for many he will always be Pastor John Piper, this spring marked the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in the renowned minister’s life and ministry. Piper, 67, who served as lead pastor at megachurch Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, preached his last sermon as its pastor this spring after 33 years of ministry.

Piper left Minneapolis to spend the year in Knoxville writing and serving his ministry, Desiring God. He is the author of more than 50 books, the founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is considered one of the most influential evangelical pastors and theologians of the 21st century. A 2010 survey of U.S. pastors ranked him among the 10 most influential living preachers, alongside Billy Graham, Rick Warren and Max Lucado.

“When others ask how they can pray (for me), what I want to happen here is for God to give me clarity on what the next 10 years should look like. All I’ve done is preach and lead for the last 30 years, so I don’t know what is next. It will be some proportion of teaching seminary, leading Desiring God, missions and travel and writing,” said Piper.

You can read the whole article here.

You can access the video here.