August 18, 1999No earthquakes in the Bible are attributed to Satan. Many are attributed to God ...
September 2, 2005...God sent Jesus Christ into the world to save sinners. He did not suffer massive shame and pain because Americans are pretty good people. The magnitude of Christ’s suffering is owing to how deeply we deserve Katrina—all of us.
Our guilt in the face of Katrina is not that we can’t see the intelligence in God’s design, but that we can’t see arrogance in our own heart. God will always be guilty of high crimes for those who think they’ve never committed any.
August 1, 2007...When I sat on her bed and tucked her in and blessed her and sang over her a few minutes ago, I said, “You know, Talitha, that was a good prayer, because when people ‘blame’ God for something, they are angry with him, and they are saying that he has done something wrong. That’s what “blame” means: accuse somebody of wrongdoing. But you and I know that God did not do anything wrong. God always does what is wise. And you and I know that God could have held up that bridge with one hand.” Talitha said, “With his pinky.” “Yes,” I said, “with his pinky. Which means that God had a purpose for not holding up that bridge, knowing all that would happen, and he is infinitely wise in all that he wills.”
Talitha said, “Maybe he let it fall because he wanted all the people of Minneapolis to fear him.” “Yes, Talitha,” I said, “I am sure that is one of the reasons God let the bridge fall.”
August 19, 2009...The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction.
March 17, 2011Earthquakes are ultimately from God. Nature does not have a will of its own. And God owes Satan no freedom. What havoc demons wreak, they wreak with God’s permission.
So should a vast swath of the west coast of the United States crumble along the Cascade subduction zone when the "big one" hits that'd be a "gentle reminder", based on John Piper's public theology of catastrophe, that we don't deserve life. But one guy quits being a pastor at the church he co-founded after years of controversy surrounding plagiarism and rigging the NYT best seller list and being an abusive leader who demonizes dissent and all of a sudden that turns into a triumph for Satan? Didn't Piper tell the world what havoc demons wreak, they wreak with God's permission? Where's the John Piper who habitually used catastrophes the caused the deaths of tens of thousands over the last fifteen years as a springboard for reminders that none of us deserve life and we should repent?