1. Dr. Piper has had a tremendous influence on the shape of my current theological bent, but I find several contradictions in this sermon of his: What Happens in the New Birth? Ouote 1: "In the new birth, the Holy Spirit supernaturally gives us new spiritual life by connecting us with Jesus Christ through faith." In this quote, Piper says that the new birth, new spiritual life, comes after connecting with Jesus Christ through faith. Quote 2: "This seems to say that God is as free as the wind in causing regeneration." Then this seems to put regeneration (a term I believe Piper is using for the New Birth) before faith. Quote 3 (taken from a related sermon: How I can Hope? New Birth!): "The goal of God in the work of regeneration is to create in our heart a living hope. "Born anew unto a living hope." But if God's aim in regeneration is to beget a new little babe who hopes in the mercy of God, then God must have a hopeful message ready for that little babe to believe when he's born. And that message is the good news that Jesus died and rose again for the salvation of sinners." 2. I must admit, Piper is not totally clear.