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October 3, 2012

Wheaton Archives and Special Collections Acquires Papers of John Piper

The Wheaton College Archives and Special Collections recently acquired the papers of theologian and pastor John Piper.

The papers include more than 16 cubic feet of physical and electronic materials and are comprised of Piper’s spiritual journals, sermon manuscripts, correspondence, and historical items related to Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he has served for more than 30 years.

Piper, a 1968 graduate of Wheaton College, donated the papers last spring. Associate Professor David Malone, who heads the Archives and Special Collections, says portions of the papers will be made available to the public within the next few months.

Malone says the materials will provide researchers with rich insights into American Protestantism through the records and documents of a widely influential figure.

“American religion, and particularly Protestantism, has always had large figures, whether Charles Finney or Jonathan Edwards, or individuals closer to our time, like Billy Graham or Bishop Fulton Sheen. These people become the embodiment of some aspect of American religion,” Malone says.

“Studying John Piper’s life and ministry through his eyes—as he preaches Christ crucified, engages the world around him, and articulates his joys and struggles through these documents—will provide scholars with great opportunities to understand this moment in Christian history,” he adds. “These papers are a fine addition to similar collections we steward in Wheaton’s archives.”

More information on the holdings of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections, including the Piper papers, may be found at archon.wheaton.edu.