Item description for Spectacular Sins: And Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ by john piper...
Overview Piper delivers powerful biblical reassurances to bolster trust in the sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Christ when evil and tragedy come. This resource is a joy-infused declaration which states that because everything occurs through Christ and for Christ and his glory, Christians are forever secure in him.
John Piper delivers powerful biblical reassurances to bolster readers' trust in the sovereignty of God and the supremacy of Christ when evil and tragedy come.
If God governs the sinful acts of men, then does the devastation caused by those terrorists, dictators, murderers, cheats, and abusers discredit Jesus' words: "All authority in heaven and earth belongs to me"? When heart-rending news comes of the latest accident, illness, or natural disaster, can we really believe that in Jesus, "all things hold together"?
Though God has not answered all of our questions about sin and suffering, there are things he wants us to know, things he declares in his Word-such as what's at stake in the "spectacular" sins of others and the horrible tragedies of this life; their global purpose, both historically and today; and what these events say to us personally.
As John Piper works through these biblical truths, this book will bolster readers' trust in the utter sovereignty of God such that they'll be less timid in their witness and less afraid of whatever may come. It is also a joy-infused declaration that because everything occurs through Christ and for Christ and his glory, they are forever secure in him.
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John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.
SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.
John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.
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One of my 2009 Christmas presents Jan 2, 2010
This book had been on my wish list for a while, and my wife snagged it for me for Christmas '09. Quick words that describe my reaction: Good, not great. I wasn't left breatlessly desiring more, but I benefited from reading. Insightful, yet repetitious. In a book this short, you don't have to remind me at the beginning of each chapter what your book is about. I wanted to tear out the first page of each chapter of the book because of this. There were some great moments in the book--Piper describing how God turned sin and evil on its collective head by using the apparant tragedy of the crucifixion to fulfill His purpose is a great example. Piper does a great job pointing out how even evil does not escape God's sovereign hand. There is no chaos with Him. Due to its brevity and cost, this is a great value, and recommended read.
Great Little Book About Why There is Evil Dec 9, 2009
Once again, I was not disappointed by Pastor Piper. This small book by Dr. Piper should be read by any of us who wonder why there is so much suffering in the world. It is a question I have often been asked by students and others. I believe reading Spectacular Sins will not only provide you the theologically correct answers, but can also give a sense of peace in knowing that our sovereign God has the entire universe in absolute complete control. The book concludes very appropriately with a powerful prayer. "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." Genesis 50:20
Thought-Provoking and Challenging Nov 30, 2009
John Piper does not shy away from controversial subjects, especially when the future health of the church is at stake. The reality of suffering and God's sovereign plan in and through it are the core issues in Spectacular Sins, and Piper deals with them masterfully. This short book is filled with punch, from the incredible introduction, which sets the earnest tone of the entire work, to the prayer at the end. Piper warns the church that we need this theology to weather the storms that are coming, whether they be personal tragedies, or broader cultural challenges. Lightweight thoughts about God and His plan will simply not do. To speak this way of God's sovereignty is uncomfortable for many, for many think it puts God too close to being the author of evil. But Piper carefully shows from Scripture in story after story in the Bible how God is at work in and through evil to accomplish his purposes. This is seen nowhere better than in the betrayal, arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. The greatest sin ever committed was turned by God for the salvation of His people. And this was not something He developed on the fly, rather, it was His plan from the foundation of the world.
This book will make you think deeply and for many, it will bring them to an expansive view of God's power which will lead to worship, repentance and rock-solid trust in God.
Macro View of Sin in the World with a Sovereign God Nov 23, 2009
Very good book and put together very nicely. Piper did a great job of articulating his message clearly and keeping it compact enough so that he is not redundant. This is derived from a sermon series he did (still his own writing though).
Piper walks through how God is completely sovereign in ordaining (he uses this to allow some flexibility by either saying causing or permitting) sin to happen and take place for His ultimate and supreme purpose. Similar to Sproul's comments on their not being a rouge molecule within all of creation.
Why would this matter though? That's why Piper has written the book. Suffering will come to the church, especially in the last days and Pipers wants the church to be grounded and stand firm in the knowledge that He is over all sin, calamity, evil, hardship, trial, suffering, or persecution that could possibly happen so that we (the church) may not lose heart. Ready this, but read it not for academic sakes, read it to shepherd your heart in the truth of knowing and remembering that which is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise....God's sovereignty for the sake of glorifying Jesus Christ.
Just in Case: Piper does not attempt to answer the origin of sin. He files this in the category of the unknowable's (Deut. 29:29). He also will not completely attempt to answer the origin of Satan. Lastly, Piper does not blame God for sin, nor does he state that God is making man sin into each intricate detail. That is not the purpose of this book, and be sure you do not come away thinking that or coming to it looking for these.
Spectacular Aug 17, 2009
Spectacular Sins was an insightful read in which our whole essence of our existence is for the glorification of Christ Jesus; and to be able to have that direct relationship with the heavenly Father through His Son. I would recommend the book to be read and discussed within a group setting; for it will likely result in some very stimulating exchanging of ideas between each other in the group. Thank you.