John Piper

Justin’s #50 – This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence, John Piper, 178 pages

October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

I recently came into my 26th year of life on this earth. And in those 26 years, I still haven’t found the chance to get married. So, you may be wondering why I read a book called “This Momentary Marriage”? Well two reasons: 1) it was recommended to me and 2) I am always looking to the future, preparing myself as much as I can for that day. I’m not obsessed with it; in fact, I think this is the first book on marriage that I’ve read in a long time. But it is something that I desire and occasionally think about. I think a lot of single people my age have a lofty idea of marriage and what it will be like. John Piper has this uncanny way of demolishing whatever your selfish, preconceived notions of marriage (any subject really) was and points you to the glory of God. What marriage very simply is then, is an earthly covenant that plays out a drama meant to showcase what eternity will someday be like. To explain this even further, the “drama” is the love that Christ will have for His people (the Church) forever and ever and ever.  So, too, […]

Mark’s #35 – Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper (2003)

September 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

As this is not the first time I’ve read Don’t Waste Your Life, I wondered if reading this book again would be beneficial in any way.  As it turns out, I underestimated the book and its impact on my life and soul. Before Crazy Love, before Radical, this book was written to inspire a generation of Christ-followers to radical and joyful risk for the glory of Christ.   As the title suggests, this is Piper’s passionate plea to make our lives count for eternity. As I finished the book today, and the second-to-last chapter about world missions, I realized how deeply Piper’s teachings and thoughts have penetrated and shaped my own thinking and teaching.  I am grateful for any reminder to live for what matters for all of eternity, as this world and its stuff pulls like gravity to distraction and a wasted life. If you haven’t done so, make Don’t Waste Your Life a priority on your reading list. Here’s Lecrae’s rap by the same title to spur you on: Share on Facebook

Mark’s #33 – The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin by John Piper

July 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

This is book one of John Piper’s ‘The Swans are not Silent’ series, which are brief biographical sketches from Church history.  In this book, as the title shows, Piper focused on Augustine, Luther, and Calvin.  The common theme from their lives was their hope, understanding, and proclaiming of the message of God’s sovereign grace and the joy that follows this great truth of theology. None of these biographies are in-depth. All of them have a particular Piperesque slant to their story.  As Piper tries to capture the highlights of their lives, he also labors to show how each life uniquely celebrates an aspect of the doctrines of the sovereignty of God, sovereign joy, the majesty of God’s Word, and what that should mean for Christians today.  As such, these would serve anyone well who is trying to get acquainted with their lives and why it matters that we know about them.   Therefore the book seems to be half biography and half application… and since it is Piper pointing us to application, I would say that is a good thing indeed. In a recent church history series at The Harbor we spoke on each of these men’s lives as well […]

Jim’s #14: This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

June 10, 2011 // 0 Comments

I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite a while (ever since Ally and I got married) and I finally got around to it.  I was not disappointed.  As always, John Piper analyzes the scriptures and brings home the most important (and sadly often overlooked in most marriage books) passages to what marriage truly means. To be honest, the book made me think of Mark’s sermon series and his message during mine and Ally’s wedding.  So much good scripture and the right perspective on what marriage should look like.  Piper’s book is very similar. I also loved Piper’s section on singles.  He brought to life a passage about Eunuchs and the importance of what it means to be single and the reward awaiting them in heaven.  Really impressive and important section.  If you are single, you should really read those chapters.  It will give you a whole new perspective on the stage of life God has you in. All in all, it was exactly what I expected from a Piper book on marriage.  Saturated with scripture, and analyzed amazingly throughout. I can’t say I necessarily agreed with Piper’s stance on divorce completely or how he dealt with that section […]

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