Being that I just got engaged a month ago yesterday, Em and I decided to pick up this set by Desiring God and work through for the next 14 weeks. Take a look here below.
“Covenant keeping, not the effects of being ‘in love’, is the main point of marriage…and tough-minded covenant keeping is the best soil for the long-term flourishing of tender affections.” – John Piper
The Desiring God Marriage Gift Set brings together a biblical call for an unyielding commitment to covenant keeping and a tender display of John Piper’s affections for his wife Noël.
The set Includes
- This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence (Book)
- Velvet Steel (Poetry Book)
- Marriage, Christ, and Covenant: One Flesh for the Glory of God(Audio CDs)
Also, read Mark Driscoll’s post yesterday on the Sabbath.
From DG Ministry: “John Piper focuses on the supremacy of God by unfolding Calvin’s zeal for the glory of God. God rests lightly on the church’s mind in our time. We are obsessed with ourselves and God takes second place, if that. The experience of his majesty sometimes seems to have disappeared from the modern evangelical world. John Calvin saw a similar thing in his day. His aim was to “set before [man], as the prime motive of his existence, zeal to illustrate the glory of God”—a fitting banner over all of his life and work. “The essential meaning of Calvin’s life and preaching,” writes John Piper, “is that he recovered and embodied a passion for the absolute reality and majesty of God. Such is the aim and burden of this book as well.”
From Me: This small, short little note that John Piper does here in near 60 pages would be a great gift for the great number of people in today’s world, namely America who has no idea of the beauty that is in John Calvin’s example for us in our faith, living for the glory of God. Having a passion for the glory of God in today postmodern culture I personally believe starts by having a passion for the Word of God. Today in the often times of America’s cesspool of sin, they see the Scriptures as a list of guidelines, or a manuel to having a successful life. I so often hear form my old friends, and unbelievers, “Yes! I believe in God” and “Yes, I believe in the Bible!” But as an absolute authority over their life, their life-style, their morals, their families, etc. NO! The importance of Piper’s book on Calvin for 2009, is seeing the majesty of God in the Word of God and how Calvin saw this as an importance over all the Christian life. If you want to tell someone about Calvin, and Calvinism that is short and to the point, then buy one to read, and a few to pass-out to your friends.
For those of you who are interested in John Piper’s new book, here is a video.
- John Piper’s Topic
- John Piper on Why He Invited Sinclair Ferguson
- John Piper on Why He Invited Dan Taylor
- John Piper on Why He Invited Mark Driscoll
- John Piper on Why He Invited Paul Tripp
- John Piper on Why He Invited Bob Kauflin
- John Piper on the Importance of Conferences
- John Piper on Why He Chose This Topic
I saw this video on Justin Taylor’s blog and I had posted t on here last summer but wanted to place it on here once more for those of you who may be reading/watching.
The Desiring God National Conference was held this past weekend. The conference included well known saints such as a pastor of 40 years John MacArthur , well known book writer Jerry Bridges, author Randy Alcorn, an amazing missionary to the Congo Helen Roseveare and pastor/speaker John Piper were the speakers. These individuals spoke on many different topics that people in today’s culture have a hard time to STAND in the Christian life. The speeches given and speaker panels are available in audio and video at Desiring God’s blog.