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Sex and the Supremacy of Christ [Paperback]

By John Piper (Editor), Justin Taylor (Editor) & Ben Patterson (Contribution by)
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Christians can't just celebrate sex for what God made it to be--they have to fight what sin turned it into. The contributors to this unique volume encourage readers to do both: celebrate and struggle. (Practical Life)

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The Bible has a way of shocking us. If Americans could still blush, we might blush at the words, "Rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love" (Proverbs 5:18-19).

But, of course, sin always tries to trash God's gifts. So we can't just celebrate sex for what God made it to be; we have to fight what sin turned it into. The contributors to this unique volume encourage you to do both: celebrate and struggle.

This book has something for all-men and women, married and single-from contributors like John Piper, C. J. and Carolyn Mahaney, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, Carolyn McCulley, and others.

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Sex and the Supremacy of Christ by John Piper, Justin Taylor & Ben Patterson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Ingram Advance - 06/01/2005 page 115
  • Christian Retailing - 06/06/2005 page 20
  • Christianity Today - 08/01/2005 page 71

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   283
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 14, 2005
ISBN  1581346972  
ISBN13  9781581346978  

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More About John Piper, Justin Taylor & Ben Patterson

John Piper 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.

John Piper has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Coleccion Teologica Contemporanea: Estudios Ministeriales
  2. John Piper Small Group
  3. Lifechange Books
  4. Swans Are Not Silent

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What An Eye Opener  Apr 20, 2006
In the eleven years I have been married I have read many Christian books on dating, marriage, relationships and sexual intimacy. Several of them have been mixtures of psychology and theology at best. Others were solidly grounded in scripture. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ falls into the latter category. In fact, it is unlike any book that I have ever read on the topic of sex.

If you're single, check it out. If you're engaged, check it out. If you're married, check it out. You'll not be able to count on all your fingers and toes the things that you will learn regarding the theology of sex. The bottom line: everything is for God's glory, including sex. Piper, Dever, Mahaney and the other authors do a superb job at explaining how this all pans out in scripture.

Read the rest of the review here.
What kind of persons should Christians be?  Sep 27, 2005
Piper presents the moral issues surrounding homosexuality with a challenge to embrace the principles of faithfulness and love with a goal of glorifying God.
This book needed to be written a long time ago!  Aug 25, 2005
Last Spring, Justin Taylor of Between Two Worlds Blog (and Desiring God Ministries) put out a call for bloggers to review a book he had a part in - Sex and the Supremecy of Christ. I was one of the lucky few who got in early enough to be blessed with the opportunity, and below entails my thoughts on the book.

First, I would like to comment on how appropriate the subject for the book is for Christians today. As Christians, we are called to glorify God in all that we do, and within that fall our sexuality. This is often directly opposed by how the world that surrounds us views sex and sexuality. As yet to be perfected Christians we are impacted by the graphicness and pervasiveness of the inappropriate and negative message that society showers us with on a daily basis. This book serves to begin to balance that out by giving us a clear explanation on God's design for sex.

What I liked best in the book:
First, I greatly appreciate the readability of this book. With authors like John Piper and Albert Mohler, there is always the chance that it could quickly become very heady, making it a difficult read for the entry level reader. This is a book that I think most high school students could read, and I would recommend it for that application.

I suspect this book will be challenging to those who have been taught to be ashamed of sex and sexuality. It is a tragedy that some in the body of Christ have perverted one of God's greatest gifts to us in this way. This book takes great steps to undoing some of that harm, and is a great reference for developing a biblically informed view of sexuality. While it is not specifically written as an apologetic against this, it nonetheless would serve ministries well that are helping people overcome those feelings of shame.

The part I enjoyed reading the most was the section on Martin Luther and his wife. It added a needed lightness to what can sometimes be a heavy subject. It also was great to get a window into the life of one of the most influential Christians of all time.

The section I initially felt I would not find very interesting was Dr. Mohler's segment on homosexuality. I was pleasantly surprised by what he had to say. I almost always find Dr. Mohler interesting, but the past two years I have been filled to the top with data, opinions, and stories about homosexuals and Christians. Dr. Mohler made it interesting, and informative, and I suspect I will read the section again. He did not present anything new to me, but he always has a way of saying things that makes me say "I wish I could have said it that way."

I grew up in the church, and I can honestly say I did not hear much regarding any of the topics covered in this book spoken about at church. Sex was something people talked about in private. Sex was something that jokes were made about. Sex was everybody's dirty little secret. I think this book serves to shine a light in an area of much darkness for Christians throughout the world. I highly recommend the book, front to back, without any hesitation. I suspect I will be buying a few copies to share with some important people in my life who might greatly benefit from it.

What I would do different/like to see changed or added:
My criticisms are very limited. I would love to see this offered as a 3 part paperback series, with a Bible study guide to go with it. That way churches could utilize different segments with different groups or at different times. I honestly don't know if something like that is in the works, but I would suggest it if not.

Piggybacking on my previous idea, a section (or perhaps a separate tool) with sermon outlines would another great blessing for the church. Providing a framework for pastors to introduce these subjects to their congregations would be a wonderful gift. While we all know we should be hearing these kinds of things from our pulpits, all too often we are not, and we can see where that has been getting the church. Anything to enable and encourage pastors to utilize this material in their churches would add to it's impact.

I would also like to see an online resource with current info and articles pertaining the subjects discussed. There is a very nice list of references, but they are to print materials. The world is changing, and while I see the humor in asking for electronic info from a paper book, I still think it would be a nice addition for those seeking to grow deeper in these subject areas.

Final Analysis:
I give it 5 of 5 stars, with a hearty reccommendation. I suspect this will be an award winning book, topping many book lists and must read lists in the next few years.

This review was originally posted on my blog at
Excellent all around resource  Aug 3, 2005
recommend this book as a solid resource for churches, Christian leaders and individuals to teach and understand a total view of practical and Biblical teaching on human sexuality. Even though the book is a group effort of twelve different writers, it is comprehensive enough to challenge every Christian to grasp the concept that sexuality is not only good, but a God ordained creation for living as the creatures that he has made.

While merely having the word Sex as the first word of any title of a book is sure to gain access to more eyes than not having it there, the title for the interested reader would be best The Supremacy of Christ over Sex. This being a book that comes with John Piper's name as an editor means that the focus will be on what he has termed Christian hedonism and the pleasure of enjoying God's creation, under his redemptive will in Christ, to the fullest extent lawful, to honor God to the greatest extent possible.

Sex, in our time especially, seems to either be either an act of selfishness, guilt or, like the Gnostic heresy of old, a complete separation for the Christian between holy living and action. The purpose of this book is to remind, encourage and develop thought and action in people to embrace sexuality as part of God's world. Even the failings, brokenness, and sin that develop through sex can be redeemed.

The book is divided into five sections covering the theological applications of God and sex and sin and sex in the first two sections. The middle sections of the volume deal with more practical concerns that men and women at various times of life regarding sex, and the book ends with very intriguing histories of Martin Luther and his wife and how the Puritans understood and applied sexuality.

he last section holds interest to me as a reader of history, including church history. The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther's marriage to the former nun Katherine von Bora is described with all its unique joys and foibles. The Luther's are presented as a couple that married out of duty and grew in deep love as their family grew. It is a delightful tale worth checking, especially for what would be shocking to us, 16th century German wedding customs. The book concludes with an attempt to explain the 17thcentury Puritan approaches to sexuality and marriage written by Washington's Capitol Hill Baptist pastor, Mark Dever. Probably no other group suffers today from historical misrepresentation as the Puritans and Dever attempts to change the record a bit by explaining how revolutionary the Puritan approach to marriage was that we are still the beneficiary of it. His attempt to explain the Puritan approaches as a revolution against medieval asceticism helps to explain why marriages in the West developed from loveless matches to passionate matching. Probably no one in history valued the role of the wife towards the success of the growing passion between a Puritan husband and wife.
A Positive Statement about Sex  Jul 26, 2005
This book grows out of the 2004 Desiring God National Conference with it's theme of "Sex and the Supremacy of Christ". It is a collection of essays by various authors--including John Piper, Al Mohler, Mark Dever and Ben Patterson--on subjects relating to the proper Christian view and use of the God-given gift of sex. The essays are grouped into five categories: God and Sex, Sin and Sex, Men and Sex, Women and Sex, History and Sex.

As one might expect with any book that is a collection of essays by different authors, Sex and the Supremacy of Christ is a little uneven because the quality of the essays varies. Unfortunately, the two chapters by John Piper at the beginning of the book--chapters that seemed to be intended to be the backbone of the book as a whole--were the two chapters I found to be the most unconvincing. Piper's first premise is that "sexuality is designed by God as a way to know God in Christ more fully." I suppose this may be true, but I don't think it's something that we're told in scripture, and I find the scripture passages that Piper uses to try to support this statement require quite a bit of stretching to lend any support at all. In my judgment, then, his argument on this point was unpersuasive.

But despite it's "ho-hum" beginning, there are chapters in the book that I found extremely interesting and valuable. Al Mohler's chapter titled "Homosexual Marriage as a Challenge to the Church: Biblical and Cultural Reflections" was very compelling and helpful to me because he approaches the question a bit differently from so much of what I'd read previously on the issue, writing on homosexual marriage--and marriage in general--as a theological matter. I appreciated in particular the points that in order for the church to respond adequately to the challenge that homosexual marriage presents for us, we must have a theology adequate to explain the deceptiveness of sexual sin, and a theology that has an adequate view of the victory over sin that comes through Christ's work.

I suppose it's because I'm a bit of a history buff that my favorite section of the book was the last one: the section on history and sex. I loved the chapter on Martin Luther's teachings on marriage and sex, which examined the way his teachings and life changed the church's view on the institution of marriage. I found the story of his marriage to Katherine von Bora fascinating, and I hadn't realized the influence he had on the Protestant view of sex and marriage as a good gift from God to be enjoyed rather than something given to us simply a means of procreation. There is also an interesting chapter in this section on the Puritans and their view of sex and marriage.

The sections focusing on men and sex and women and sex were quite practical in nature. They would be useful no matter what your marital status, although perhaps what's found in them is not much different than what can be found in many other Christian books on dating, courtship, sexuality, and marriage.

Overall, I'd recommend this book. No matter what your particular circumstances or interests, you will probably find several of the essays that are especially worthwhile to you. I appreciated that the whole of the book is a positive statement about sex and marriage as one of the good things we are given by God to be used as directed by him and as is pleasing to him.

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