A packed out house at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando gathered to hear renowned preacher Dr. John Piper deliver the Inaugural Spurgeon Lecture on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Piper, the author of more than 50 books, is the founder and a teacher of desiringGod.org as well as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Piper, a native of Greenville, SC, studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.) and the University of Munich (D.theol.).

“John Piper and Desiring God Ministries has been a huge blessing to the church—celebrating God’s grace in Christ, uniting head and heart, and pointing us to deep satisfaction and joy in God,” said Dr. Don Sweeting, president of RTS Orlando. “In this respect, I think Dr. Piper represents the best of the reformed tradition.”

The Spurgeon Lecture is a hallmark of the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies, which was established on the Orlando campus of RTS in 2012 to honor the legacy of Dr. Roger Nicole (1915-2010). Nicole, a founding editorial board member of Christianity Today, was a distinguished visiting faculty member at RTS from 1989 to 2000. The Spurgeon Lecture, named after the great Reformed Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon, is designed to equip and inform the audience on a broad range of theological, historical and cultural issues.

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