Mailbox Review: Future Grace (2.5/5)

Future Grace (Revised Edition)
John Piper (Multnomah, 2012)

Rating: 2.5/5

When one considers that it is, in many cases, uncharitable to criticize a theologian’s (though, perhaps, “pastoral writer” is a more apt term in this case) past writings as Future Grace covernecessarily representing their current thoughts and beliefs, one will recognize the courage of John Piper to bring a seventeen-year-old work back to publication with the unabashed declaration that in the intervening years he has continually consulted it as “my war manual…my coach and my critic.” Whether such courage is more boldness than brashness is harder Continue reading

Mailbox Review: Desiring God

A mailbox review of John Piper’s Desiring God (Revised 25th Anniversary Edition):

Desiring God, for those not already familiar, is a treatise on the deep joy and delight found in the life of the Church. Since the time and writing of Immanuel Kant, believers have consistently struggled with the concern that taking pleasure in the worship and service of God may devalue those things as acts of obedience—that duty and delight are somehow Desiring GodL Meditations of a Christian Hedonism John Piper cover art freeincompatible. Piper assures us that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, says Piper, the Heidelberg Catechism’s formulation of “the chief end of man” (“to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”) could be restated as “to glorify God by enjoying Him forever.”

In this revised edition of Desiring God, I encountered the writings of John Piper for the first time, even as he was revisiting his successful book after twenty-five years in print. Happily, I found it as earnest, approachable, and salient as the first readers must have a quarter of a century ago. Regarding that happy phenomenon, Piper has this to say Continue reading

Rob Bell, John Piper, and Larry David

      Rob Bell recently came out (pun intended), rather enthusiastically, in support of homosexual marriage. Contextually, these comments seem in keeping with the spirit of his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Godand its promo videos, in which Bell speaks of “the way Christians are used to talking about God” (to wit, “orthodoxy”) as an outdated, nonessential relic (he builds an analogy around a broken down Oldsmobile) of a less enlightened age. Bell’s clarified position, while disappointing, is not surprising. Continue reading