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)”

THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING – John Piper (1990)

Some books merit a quick scan.  Others deserve a careful read.  Few books need to be read over and over.  The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper is such a book.  This is my fourth time through Piper’s powder keg. Part One – Why God Should be Supreme in Preaching Part one followsContinue reading “THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING – John Piper (1990)”

FOR THE FAME OF GOD’S NAME – Sam Storms and Justin Taylor, Ed. (2010)

Three years ago, Sam Storms and Justin Taylor came up with a great idea.  They would collaborate on a book that honored the life and ministry of John Piper.  Anyone familiar with Piper’s pastoral ministry and prolific writing will recognize the mammoth undertaking that stood before Storms and Taylor.  But they went to work, securingContinue reading “FOR THE FAME OF GOD’S NAME – Sam Storms and Justin Taylor, Ed. (2010)”

THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)

A good friend of mine made a very important statement a number of years ago: “We need to learn  to worship God with the mind.”  Unfortunately, his statement was met with harsh criticism.  The complaint reflected an all too common anti-intellectual approach that has gripped the church for decades.  R.C. Sproul has rightly stated, “WeContinue reading “THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)”

THE REASON FOR SUFFERING

“The ultimate reason that suffering exists in the universe is so that Christ might display the greatness of the glory of the grace of God by suffering in himself to overcome our suffering.  The suffering of the utterly innocent and infinitely holy Son of God in the place of utterly undeserving sinners to bring usContinue reading “THE REASON FOR SUFFERING”