Deep Help from a Dead Friend

John Piper writes:

Few people have helped me with the interconnection of thinking and feeling more than the eighteenth-century New England pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards. I told my story of his influence in my life in the book God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards.1 Here I will pay another debt.

1 John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards (Wheaton, IL: Crossway,


“Edwards set the pattern for us in seeking to awaken the affections, not with entertainment or hype but with clear views of truth. In other words, he made the work of thinking serve the experience of worship and love.

‘I should think myself in the way of my duty to raise the affections of my hearers as high as possibly I can, provided that they are affected with nothing but truth, and with affections that are not disagreeable to the nature of what they are affected with.’6

What an amazing example he was of the both-andstrong emotions for the glory of God based on clear biblical views of the truth of God.”

6 Jonathan Edwards, “Some Thoughts Concerning the Revival,” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards,
vol. 4, The Great Awakening, ed. C. C. Goen (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1972), 387.

Revealing the feebleness and non-fecundity of my mind I say: I am unable to think of what further to write and so thus ends this post.