Recently at The Gospel Coalition Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra wrote about when the George Floyd riots came to John Piper’s neighborhood. And how he and others from Bethlehem Baptist reacted to the urban crisis.
“I could have ended up a casualty of a broken family, like so many of the kids around me in inner city Baltimore. But my life was forever changed the year I turned 10. That was the year my dad turned to Jesus.”
This is what the Lord says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you what is best for you,
who directs you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 48:17 NIV
This blog has been very critical over the years of John Piper. It has raised issues with Piper in the context of evangelical scandal and other problems. In addition I have also written about how Neo-Calvinism makes the problem of evil worse. However this post is not about any of those issues. Its about something altogether different. One aspect about John Piper and some who call Bethlehem Baptist home is that they have not fled to the suburbs. In many urban areas people have fled the inner city and live in the affluent suburbs. This has happened in places like Detroit, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Philadelphia and elsewhere. In Minneapolis John Piper and a number of people from Bethlehem Baptist live just a couple of blocks away from Bethlehem Baptist. That is pretty incredible.
When the George Floyd riots erupted in Minneapolis John Piper and others stayed in the city through the tragic event. That is pretty remarkable. The other day at The Gospel Coalition Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra wrote about this and how a number of people from John Piper’s church reacted to the George Floyd riots. You can read about this in, “Riots in John Piper’s Neighborhood.” Its a worthwhile read and a brief post that I wanted to add to this blog.