Magazine article The Christian Century

Twisters Not Random, Says Calvinist Preacher Piper

Magazine article The Christian Century

Twisters Not Random, Says Calvinist Preacher Piper

Article excerpt

An author and preacher popular in Calvinist circles says it is no accident that recent killer tornadoes followed paths that ravaged some communities while others were spared.

"Why would God reach down his hand and drag his fierce fingers across rural America killing at least 38 people with 90 tornadoes in 12 states and leaving some small towns with scarcely a building standing, including churches?" John Piper of Desiring God Ministries wrote in his blog on March 5.

Piper, pastor for preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, said it is wrong to ascribe power capable of causing an estimated $2 billion worth of property damage to Mother Nature or the devil.

"God alone has the last say in where and how the wind blows," Piper said. "If a tornado twists at 175 miles an hour and stays on the ground like a massive lawnmower for 50 miles, God gave the command."

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Piper made a similar connection in 2009 when tornado-force winds hit part of downtown Minneapolis just as the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was voting at its national convention there to permit the ordination of gays or lesbians in partnered relationships. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.