His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. Insensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until John Piper shares ten beliefs he brought with him to hospital, and ten deleties from his hospital bed. A different type of betting has emerged — binary bets.
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Piper sets out deeply theological truths but far from presenting the dryly as if writing a textbook he brings them to life wonderfully. Every Christian should be a theologian and this is the ideal book to show how. By far the most valuable book on my shelves, bar the Bible itself! This is the question John Piper poses in The Pleasures of God, and I found it a fascinating one with rich theological implications.
We are used to the idea of God as the angry Judge, the distant Creator, or the weeping, suffering Christ. Where is the joyful God? Surprisingly at least to me , there is quite a lot of biblical support for the notion of a happy God. God does what He pleases; He takes pleasure in His will and actions. And He is completely self-sufficient in the beautiful relationship among the Godhead. If He were to put us, His creation, before Himself, He would be guilty of idolatry.
Again and again Piper drives home his point: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. It is a simple but life-changing truth. Alongside the happier descriptions, Scripture does portray God as the judge and ruler of the earth, a holy God who is deeply affronted by our sin against Him. And how can God take pleasure in everything He does? Did He enjoy crushing His Son for the sin of ungrateful people?
Does He enjoy punishing sinners? Most of the time the apparent contradiction is because we are focusing on the wrong thing. God does not delight in punishing sinners, but He does delight in exalting His holiness. This means that God is not acting under constraint when I ask Him for forgiveness — no, He delights in forgiving me and covering my sin!
God does not get tired of my repetitious, needy prayers — no, He truly enjoys listening to me and fulfilling my needs. God does not weary of His work or regret His decisions; He is not like us.
Piper has a gift for vivid metaphors, like the false idea of God as a trough we have to keep filling up with praise and prayer so that He will be able to fulfill our needs.
He is a river inviting thirsty souls to drink, and there is nothing we can do to sustain or complete Him. We are the needy ones, not Him. This was my first book by Piper and I will certainly be returning to his work. I disagree - half of its content is unrelated directly to the thesis of the book, making it confusing and uninteresting at times. However, even in its off-topic discussions, this text is filled with the God of the Bible - a God who seeks His own Glory with great pleasure, making Him the only God that could make the Gospel Good News.
Much is to be gained from this book, especially the last two chapters and the appendix. Piper writes the way I feel on my best days.
I once thought the guy was a veritable Superman of the faith till I heard an interview of him talking to Mark Dever of 9 Marks Ministries. His writings are his deepest longings. They are ours as well, weather we know it or not. The glory of God for God is his passion; his deepest desire is for us to have the same.
This book, possibly his best yet, deals with those things that God has most pleasure in. Be forewarned, this book is not for lightweights. Piper has a way of clearing some of the clouds of mystery that often surround our understanding of God, and in this book he does it in grand style. The first six chapters have little to do with us, and much to do with Him and Him alone. The last four chapters deal with Gods pleasure in us. After reading the first chapters, these last ones break your heart and build you up knowing your utter depravity and the greatness of God overcoming it.
Get this book, read it and then read it again. It includes a great question section at the back for small group study or personal reflection. Christ did not become man so that the story of his life and work recorded in a bookwould be disregarded in favor of a mystical bypass to God.
This would not honor the Christ of history.
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