A Peculiar Glory

John Piper. A Peculiar Glory. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2016. 302 pp. $20.98 How is the Bible confirmed by the peculiar glory of God? This critical question is addressed in John Piper’s latest book, A Peculiar Glory. The book is written to nourish and edify followers of Christ and help bring clarity on the matter ofContinue reading “A Peculiar Glory”

THE MARRIAGE COVENANT – An Indissoluble Union

Books on marriage are a dime-a-dozen these days, even from a Christian perspective.  However, only a handful of books on marriage pass the test of biblical fidelity.  John Piper’s book, This Momentary Marriage passes both tests..  In fact, it ranks among the best books I’ve read on marriage to date. Readers familiar with Piper will instantlyContinue reading “THE MARRIAGE COVENANT – An Indissoluble Union”

RISK IS RIGHT – John Piper (2012)

The very notion of risk is a foreign subject to most Americans.  Yet, an important aspect of the Christian life can be summed up in one word: risk.  John Piper argues that risk is essential.  The title of the book is Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It. Readers familiar withContinue reading “RISK IS RIGHT – John Piper (2012)”

SEEING BEAUTY AND SAYING BEAUTIFULLY – John Piper (2014)

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”  So says King Solomon in Proverbs 25:11.  These wise words are the biblical basis for John Piper’s new book, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully.  Nearly fifteen years ago, Dr. Piper embarked on a series of books called, The Swans Are NotContinue reading “SEEING BEAUTY AND SAYING BEAUTIFULLY – John Piper (2014)”

FIVE POINTS – John Piper (2013)

I remember fighting the doctrines of grace during my university days.  Perhaps it was the moniker, “Calvinism” that put me on edge.  I remember believing in perseverance of the saints (inconsistently I might add), but rejecting the other points of Calvinism.  While I affirmed the doctrine of sin, like all Arminians – I refused toContinue reading “FIVE POINTS – John Piper (2013)”

DOCTRINE MATTERS – John Piper (2013)

Over 18 months ago, I accepted the call to serve as the new Senior pastor at Christ Fellowship in Everson, Washington. Early on, I established the benchmarks of what I consider to be ministry that honors God and edifies the people of God.  It is interesting to note that most of these benchmarks emerge inContinue reading “DOCTRINE MATTERS – John Piper (2013)”

GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)

Some books are worth reading again and again.  John Piper’s excellent work is such a book.  God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards is composed of two parts.  Part One is a Personal Encounter with Jonathan Edwards.  Part Two is a republication of Jonathan Edwards magisterial work, The End for Which God CreatedContinue reading “GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)”

JESUS: THE ONLY WAY TO GOD – John Piper (2010)

For several years, we have been drowning in a sea of relativism.  This is certainly no secret to anyone who has strolled the postmodern beach that is littered with tolerance trash and the rubbish of situational ethics.  What comes as a shock is that this relativism is slowly creeping into the church.  Like an unnoticedContinue reading “JESUS: THE ONLY WAY TO GOD – John Piper (2010)”

DESIRING GOD – John Piper

Desiring God is a book devoted to helping readers find their happiness in God.  The theme is that “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him.”  Dr. Piper carefully builds his case for this concept and calls it Christian hedonism.  The issue for the Christian is one of desire.  WillContinue reading “DESIRING GOD – John Piper”

THE PASTOR AS SCHOLAR AND THE SCHOLAR AS PASTOR – John Piper and D.A. Carson (2011)

The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry is a vivid reminder why John Piper and D.A. Carson have had such a powerful influence on my life and pastoral ministry. Far too often, men who enter into pastoral ministry do so with an either-or mentality.  Since they have chosenContinue reading “THE PASTOR AS SCHOLAR AND THE SCHOLAR AS PASTOR – John Piper and D.A. Carson (2011)”