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John Piper Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

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In a letter to church members and supporters, pastor and author John Piper has announced that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late December.

Various tests "incline the doctor to think that it is unlikely that the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, and that it is possible with successful treatment to be cancer-free," Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, wrote. He says he will undergo a radical prostatectomy in early February.

"This news has, of course, been good for me," Piper wrote. "The most dangerous thing in the world is the sin of self-reliance and the stupor of worldliness. The news of cancer has a wonderfully blasting effect on both. I thank God for that. The times with Christ in these days have been unusually sweet."

Piper, who spoke this week to the Passion 06 rally of Christian college students in Nashville about glorifying God in suffering, gave a sermon in 1980 titled "Christ and Cancer," which is available on his Desiring God website. Other updates may appear on Between Two Worlds, the blog of Desiring God executive editor Justin Taylor.

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