Justin Taylor has written a heartfelt tribute to Sproul and Piper. He compares their similarities and the blessed ways they have both ministered to the Church over the last several decades.
Here’s a snippet from the post:
It’s not merely the God-centered, biblically saturated content. It’s that this deep theology is creatively presented and passionately believed.
These men do not merely teach; they herald, they summon, they exhort, they plead, they yearn.
In a way that’s difficult to describe in a non-clichéd way, the timber of their voices contains both sorrow and joy. And in that sense, I think they echo the tone of their sorrowful-yet-always-rejoicing Savior.
For me personally, I am thankful to God for both these men. It was Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life that God first used to give me a passion to live for God’s glory in all things. It was Sproul’s book Chosen By God which first led me to discover the beauty of the doctrines of grace that permeate the Scriptures.
More than any other person, living or dead, Piper has influenced my theology and and my desire to have a longing passion for God. Every sermon or chapter I read from him leave my soul stirring for more of Christ.
Though his impact has been smaller, Sproul has still challenged me to think carefully, yet deeply about God. He has also inspired me to communicate simply the truths of Scripture. His Reformation Study Bible has helped me in these endeavors.
As Taylor said at the end of his post, to God alone be the glory!