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John Piper speaks at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on April 25

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  • Dr. John Piper will speak at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on April 25.

    Dr. John Piper will speak at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on April 25.

Mary Guthrie

Dr. John Piper, founder of Desiring God ministry, is the featured speaker in the Jonathan Edwards & The Church lecture series at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on Friday, April 25.

The program begins at 1 p.m. in the ATO Chapel on the Trinity campus, located at 2065 Half Day Road in Deerfield. It is free and open to the public.

He will speak on the topic of "The Glory of God and the Gladness of Man: Essential Affections in Edwards and the Life of the Church." Jonathan Edwards, the pre-eminent pastor-theologian of North American history, probed the affections and religious experience with an intensity unique to the 18th century and beyond. Dr. Piper will discuss how Edwards' work led to the elevation of the affections into the very nature of our Trinitarian God and his sovereign purposes for the universe. He will further present that, when Edwards' vision is grasped, everything in the life of the soul and the church changes.

Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God ministry and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Originally from Greenville, S.C., Piper studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Seminary, and the University of Munich before teaching six years at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn. In 1980, he became pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, and he served there for over 30 years.

Piper is the author of more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at This ministry is founded on the belief that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him and exists to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.

The event is co-sponsored by the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding and the Jonathan Edwards Center, both of which are located on the Deerfield campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. For more information on the event, visit