John Piper has Crossed the Line

I could take it when he went postal on N. T. Wright, I can roll with the punches when he attacked Rob Bell.  But now John Piper has re-written lyrics to a Bob Dylan song.  There is something just sort of wrong about that.  Although I do appreciate the fact that he quotes Paul, Jesus, and Bob in that order. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a huge Dylan fan, often describing myself as Bobsessive.  So this “remix” comes as a shock to the system.

Piper writes:

You may be emergent now and worship on a rug,
You may think that doctrine is a bourgeois drug,
You may call yourself Reformed, with a torn pair of jeans,
You may specialize in church for cool libertines.

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody . . . .

Words fail me… I Guess it could be worse.  Piper could have remixed Rainy Day Women #12 & 35:  “Everyone Must Get Reformed!”

11 thoughts on “John Piper has Crossed the Line

  1. I saw the title and was drawn in like a moth to the flame…

  2. I was offended by his attacks on Bell and Wright. But, now he has gone too far! What would make it better is if Bob responded to Piper’s outright blasphemy!

  3. Or maybe a song on the Old Testament, Tangled up in Jews.

  4. Hmmm…I wonder what Piper thinks of Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues.

  5. He was hatin’ on Bono last week, too. I’m not impressed, especially since you pointed he looks like Dana Carvey…

    • can you repeat exactly, just for the books, what John Piper said about Bono? For me it seemed almost a comliment on his deep theological insides putting him on the level of C.S. Lewis…. did I miss something else?

    • Glad I could be a godly guide for you. “Hey, Mr. Shofar Man, play that ram’s horn for me. I’m not Jewish, and Jerusalem’s where I’m going to….”

  6. Is there a problem in remixing a song? What is your problem exactly with that remix?

    • Ede, this is an old post that bordered on humor (note the tag). Apparently that was lost over time. I love Bob and Bono, and you can remix them any way you want.

      To quote Bob: “No, and I ain’t lookin’ to fight with you, Frighten you or tighten you, Drag you down or drain you down, Chain you down or bring you down, All I really want to do, Is, baby, be friends with you.”

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