Book Review: Spectacular Sins

Yesterday evening I was telling Elizabeth that I’d read John Piper’s latest book, Spectacular Sins, on the plane trip to visit my Dad and brother this weekend.  “Spectacular sins?” she queried in response.  “Is John Piper still okay?” So I explained the title — it is not that he is inferring that the sins in […]

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Today’s Quote (9/26/08)

John Piper, Spectacular Sins: All that came into being exists for Christ — that is, everything exists to display the greatness of Christ.  Nothing — nothing! — in the universe exists for its own sake,  Everything — from the bottom of the oceans to the top of the mountains, from that smallest particle to the […]

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Today’s Quote (9/25/08)

John Piper, Spectacular Sins: If God ever forsook his supreme allegiance to himself, there would be no grace for us.  If he based his kindness to us on our worth, there would be no kindness to us.  We are stiff-necked, rebellious, and ungrateful.  Free, inmerited grace is our only hope to be otherwise.

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The (destructive) power of words

When I was in college, I taught a couple of classes at the school that met at my church.  Frequently when one of the children was being disciplined for words that were unkind, profane, or angry, the principal would have the offending student transcribe James 3 a particular number of times.  The greater the offense, […]

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Today’s Quote (9/6/08)

John Piper, God is the Gospel: Gratitude that is pleasing to God is not first a delight in the benefits God gives (though that will be part of it).  True gratitude must be rooted in something else that comes first — namely, a delight int he beauty and excellency of God’s character.  If this is […]

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