Monday, June 06, 2011
John Piper's Rick Warren Interview and "The Purpose Drive Life" Revisited
Neo-evangelical Calvinistic Pastor John Piper raised eyebrows in 2010 when he invited pragmatic meg-church pastor Rick Warren to speak at his popular annual pastors' conference. As it turned out, Warren was unable to attend the event, but Piper recently conducted an hour and a half follow-up interview with Warren (you can watch the entire interview here). I listened to a large chunk of the interview last week. The conversation primarly revolves around Calvinism and Warren's bestselling book The Purpose Drive Life. Piper had a long list of notes from his reading of the Purpose Drive Life but, in the end, he found little to challenge in Warren's theology and more to appreciate. Tim Challies has written a charitable but firm critique of this interview: "Thinking about John Piper & Rick Warren." Listening to this interview also sent me back to my files to revisit my notes from a mid-week teaching I did back on March 9, 2005 in which I offered a review and response to The Purpose Drive Life when it was at the height of its popularity. This review is now newly posted on my book review page.