So what happened to engage both John Piper and Greg Boyd? (HT: Brian Leport)
The tornado severely damages the convention center roof, shreds the tents, breaks off the steeple of Central Lutheran, splits what’s left of the steeple in two…and then lifts.
John Piper’s interpretation of what happened:
The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin [practicing homosexuals in pastoral ministry]. Turn from the promotion of behaviors that lead to destruction. Reaffirm the great Lutheran heritage of allegiance to the truth and authority of Scripture. Turn back from distorting the grace of God into sensuality. Rejoice in the pardon of the cross of Christ and its power to transform left and right wing sinners. Piper’s full post…
Greg Boyd takes issue with John Piper, especially his use of Luke 13:4-5:
Far from supporting John’s speculation about why a tornado broke a church steeple, it seems to me this passage directly assails it! It makes me want to ask John, “do you think that the folks at Central Lutheran church are more guilty than you or any others living in the Twin Cities?” And the only answer this passage allows us to give is an unequivocal “no!” In the fallen world in which we live, towers sometimes randomly fall; bridges sometimes randomly collapse; and tornadoes sometimes randomly do property damage – even to churches. That’s all there is to be said about it. Greg Boyd’s full post…
John Piper has engaged in recklessness. Of course the practice of homosexuality is against God, but we can’t interpret this tornado as a direct judgment from God, anymore than the man who walked into a Baptist church and shot a pastor to death. What was the evil of this Baptist church?
I can’t remember John Piper writing on that incident.