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Pleasures!!!

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The Pleasures of God is by far one of the great books of our generation. John Piper is not only a clear and easy to follow theologian, he has a zeal and enthusiasm for the Person of God that is contagious.

The genre of this book is hard to peg. Its theology runs deep – very deep, yet it is at the same time devotional; it stretches the intellect but cuts straight to the heart. Piper’s style is truly unique. His convictions are unashamedly Biblical.

The essence of the book may be condensed down to this: God does just as He pleases. Yet this thesis opens a universe of implications and questions, some of which Piper addresses in the book’s ten chapters. They are titled, “The Pleasure of God in His Son, The Pleasure of God in All He Does, The Pleasure of God in His Creation, The Pleasure of God in His Fame, The Pleasure of God in Election, The Pleasure of God in Bruising the Son, The Pleasure of God in Doing Good to All Who Hope in Him, The Pleasure of God in the Prayers of the Upright, The Pleasure of God in Personal Obedience and Public Justice, and The Pleasure of God in Concealing Himself from the Wise and Revealing Himself to Infants.”
The Appendix, “Are There Two Wills in God? Divine Election and God’s Desire for All to Be Saved” is also worth reading and should be considered an eleventh chapter.

Piper’s God is the Sovereign God of the Bible. Although we can only understand what He has revealed, He makes no apology for being God nor for His nature; instead, He glories in Who He is. Because the believer is in union with Him through Christ, we are included in the great love felt between the Persons of the Trinity.

Piper takes the reader through numerous theological and daily issues, like election, why a good God would allow evil, foreign missions, prayer, the holiness of God, the Sovereignty of God, the purpose of Christ’s atonement – and a whole lot more.

I found that this book stretched not only my mind but my soul. World Magazine rightly included this volume on its list of the top 100 books of the Twentieth Century. It will take you a while to journey through these 340 thoughtful pages, but it will be a journey you will long remember

Calling All Men

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Book Review
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David Murrow attempts to answer the question on why men hate going to church. When I first received the book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, I had no idea about how much useful information I would be reading about men and church. Of course this is just one man’s thoughts on Why Men Hate Going to Church, but Murrow has some very good points addressing statistics, marketing, different types of men, and what most men like and don’t like. Some might say its stereotypical and that there is more to the issue than just how church is, but I must agree with this Murrow for the most part and his useful facts and suggestions. Murrow even relates it all the way up to the theology that is being taught in the churches and how men need to hear the Lion of Judah over the Lamb of God.

I am a young single man and even my age group is addressed. Murrow reveals the need for men and and made me want to get a group of my college buddies and go to church after we watch football next Sunday Night.

This book is a must read for pastors! Pastors should build their church with men as the groundwork. This book will be very useful with great statistics and facts on why men hate church and how a pastor can change things to bring more men in. Along with church leaders, women with husbands that don’t attend church should also read this book for great insight on how to address the issue. Two manly thumbs up!