Read Less Piper hit the evangelical scene after the publication of his book Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (1986) and has continued to publish dozens of other books further articulating this theological perspective.
John Stephen Piper is one of the most influential Calvinistic Baptist Christian preachers and authors of the 21st century, currently serving as Pastor for Preaching and Vision of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Piper attended Wheaton College (1964–68) majoring in literature and minoring in philosophy.
Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated his poetic side, and today he regularly composes poetry to celebrate special family occasions as well as annually composing story-poems (based on the life of biblical characters) for his congregation during the four weeks of Advent.
In college he originally subscribed in the Pre-med program, only to decide to go into ministry during a bout of sickness.
He also completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Lewis, Edwards and Fuller are all noted influences in Piper's life and ministry.
While at Fuller, he took several courses from Daniel Fuller and through him discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards. Piper did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Germany (1971–74) under Leonhard Goppelt.His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House.Upon completion of his doctorate, he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel University and Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, for six years (1974–80).This view says that the Bible teaches that a husband is called to lovingly lead, protect and provide for his wife and family, and that the wife should joyfully and intelligently affirm and submit to her husband's leadership.He also says that the Bible teaches that men are to bear the primary responsibility to lead the church and that therefore only men should be elders.Piper along with Wayne Grudem was co-editor of one of the books in this area, called Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.