Piper out, Schreiner in

You’ve probably heard by now that John Piper is taking a leave of absence from his church and all speaking/writing engagements. Unfortunately, this means that he will no longer be one of the plenary speakers at this year’s national ETS conference, the theme of which is “Justification by Faith.” That is unfortunate since N.T. Wright will be one of the other plenary speakers and it would have been fun to have both of them involved.

But, ETS has announced that Tom Schreiner will be stepping in to take Piper’s place. What do you think? Tom has written extensively on the subject, but I’m not personally familiar with most of his books. Do you think he’s a good replacement for Piper? If you were on the nominating committee, is there anyone that you would have suggested instead?

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on April 28, 2010, in New Testament, Salvation and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While I think Schreiner is as competent as Piper it will still not be as interesting as a Wright-Piper meeting. There was more tension there. Schreiner does not have the personal involvement that Piper had with Wright. It will be good, but not as good.

  2. Not that I am up on the Wright/Piper debate but after having taken the Pauline Epistles class with Schreiner at Western last year I think Schreiner will be an excellent replacement. Brian is right that it probably won’t have the personal involvement and probably a little less of the polemics that the Wright/Piper conversation would have had. But I wonder if that will allow it to be a better actual academic discussion.

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