Christian Hedonism and Assiduous Attentiveness


Foundations, Permeations, and Aspirations
of Bethlehem College & Seminary

Chancellor John Piper is on writing leave, but he pre-recorded this message to the faculty of Bethlehem College & Seminary for its first in-person meeting of the 2020-21 school year which took place on Thursday, August 13, 2020. In this message, he re-anchors the faculty in the essentials of Christian Hedonism and the “Education in Serious Joy” that make Bethlehem College & Seminary distinctive among its peers. The message is about an hour in length with the first half delivering on expectations raised by the title, with the rest a special Look At The Book-styled exegesis of 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 culminating in his conclusion, “Christian Hedonism is biblical.”

For those whose lives have been influenced by John Piper’s ministry, it is a Niagara of refreshment in the doctrine that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” To those considering college or seminary education—and the generous contributors who will support their scholarships in the season ahead—it is a compelling case for the extraordinary, Bible-saturated, intellectually-rigorous, debt-free, education available at Bethlehem College & Seminary. We hope you will find time to consider and share this message in part or in whole.