Barnabas Piper works for Lifeway Christian Resources, pens a column for World Magazine, and is the author of the recently released The Pastor's Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity. He's also the youngest son of the highly influential John Piper, an experience which he wrestles with and reflects upon in his book. In the first part of an interview with The Christian Post, Piper recalls the first time he understood his identity as a "pastor's kid," the discussions he's had with his brothers about being John Piper's sons, and the spiritual legacy he's inherited from his father.
Note: Transcript has been edited for length and clarity.
CP: For those who are unfamiliar with your father or what he teaches, can you describe him for us? more >>
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"He did break the law. We agree with that," said Mariela Lopez, his daughter, according to WRAL News, "But he deserves human rights, he does not deserve to be treated like an animal. It is an emergency. He is sick. He needs attention. He needs a family." more >>