book recommendation

John Piper is making a book recommendation other than the Bible.  Same Kind of Different As Me.

My lovely wife read Same Kind of Different As Me last year and also recommends it highly.

here are some lines that Piper mentioned:

  • “Denver and I are not preachers or teachers but sinners with a story to tell.”
  • “You never know whose eyes God is watchin’ you through.”
  • “I hope people will recycle the love they’ve been givin’ to somebody that’s not easy to love.”
  • “This earth ain’t no final restin’ place, so in a way we is all homeless.”
  • “Just tell ’em I’m a nobody tryin’ to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody.”
  • “How do you live the rest of your life in jus a few days?”

Glory of God

here is a message from John Piper about why he finds the Glory of God to be the central point of the Bible and all creation.

fascinating stuff.  the intro:

How does the Bible orient us around the glory of God?

I’m just overwhelmed, and have been for 40 years, with the centrality in the Bible of the glory of God.

It is presented to us pervasively as the goal of all existence.

  • We were created for the glory of God (Isaiah 43:7).
  • “Whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

So it should be pervasive, right down to whether I just took that last swig of water for the glory of God. And here’s another one. [Drinks another sip of water.] So thank you, Father, for this. Please sustain my throat.

It’s amazing how pervasive in the Bible is the language of the glory of God.

the Bible isn’t boring

John Piper on the Bible

God’s gift to you this year

Jeff Mangum taught out of Psalm 19 last Sunday to complete the two part series on the value of God’s word.

how would it change our daily routine if we really believed what David said in this Psalm about the word of God, (especially the part that I bolded below)?

7(G) The law of the LORD is perfect,[c]
(H) reviving the soul;
(I) the testimony of the LORD is(J) sure,
(K) making wise(L) the simple;
8(M) the precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the LORD is(N) pure,
(O) enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules[d] of the LORD are(P) true,
and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than(Q) gold,
even much
(R) fine gold;
(S) sweeter also than honey
and drippings of
(T) the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
(U) in keeping them there is great reward.

John Piper has some New Year’s advice for us too.

Give Yourself to the Word

God has a gift for you in 2010. An infinitely valuable gift—his word. Receive it. Hold it fast. Give yourself to it. Amen.

But most of us won’t. why is that?

difficult stuff

I saw this and resisted posting it because it is so difficult.

from @johnpiper last night:

Three minutes on how I would counsel those seeking divorce or remarriage. http://ow.ly/UG7B

follow the link and this is how he starts:

Well, let’s lay the foundations for just a moment. This is just so huge and so painful and so difficult. Death is way easier to handle than divorce, right?

rougher after that, but necessary and true.

egomaniacal God

John Piper’s message to Passion 2010 is excellent.

(BTW, one of the photographers at Passion 2010 this year was my Austin Stone peep and fellow photographer, Scott A. Wade. He is so talented. love his work. I won a family picture session from him in a drawing that I need to collect at some point.)

Back to Piper’s message. Is God unacceptably egotistical? why or why not? what is all this business about seeking all this glory for himself?

I love this condensed version of the whole story and point of creation. please go read the whole thing. here in a nutshell is why this question is so important:

God’s God-Centeredness as the Test

What I have found in my own life, and in the life of many others, is that God’s God-centeredness is the test of whether our own God-centeredness is real: Do I rejoice in God’s unwavering commitment to uphold and display his glory—do I rejoice in God’s God-centeredness? Or am I God-centered only because deep down I believe God is man-centered, so that my supposed God-centeredness is really man-centeredness, even me-centeredness?

Does my opposition to God’s God-centeredness reveal that my supposed God-centeredness is just a cover for wanting myself at the center, and the use of God to endorse that because he is so centered on me?

do something risky with your life

here is John Piper talking about the stoning of Stephen and its application for us.

Hat tip to m cubed