Today I bring you a quote from John Piper’s latest book ‘Think’. I’ve only read one chapter and already I’m enticed by Piper’s claim that today’s western church has a dangerous culture of anti-intellectualism as well as a tendency of over-intellectualism which is equally poisonous. He seeks in this book to restore a balance, he says, to show how rigorous thinking leads to more seeing and savouring of Jesus Christ. And he assures readers that thinking is ‘soaked in the scriptures’, and so he starts to take the reader to the Bible, citing two key verses that will underpin the arguments of the book.

‘Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything’ (2 Timothy 2:7)

(The other is Proverbs 2:1-6)

And Piper talks about B.B. Warfield on the connection between knowing God better and time at work thinking hard about the Bible; ‘He reacted with dismay toward those who saw an opposition between prayer for divine illumination and rigorous thinking about God’s written Word. In 1911 he gave an address to students with this exhortation: “Sometimes we hear it said that ten minutes on your knees will give you a truer, deeper, more operative knowledge of God than ten hours over your books. ‘What!’ is the appropriate response, ‘than ten hours over your books, on your knees?’”

Both-and. Not either-or. That’s the vision I am trying to encourage in this book.’

I’m looking forward to getting more stuck in over the duration of the holidays as I seek to think correctly. I don’t think I’m a deep thinker by nature so I’m thankful that when I do start thinking hard, the promise is ‘the Lord will give me understanding in everything.’


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