John Piper has had a profound impact on countless men and women over his nearly thirty years of ministry. From his online ministry with Desiring God to his preaching ministry at Bethlehem Baptist to his writing ministry in over thirty books, his faithful service has encouraged and challenged many with God’s Word.
Piper’s influence does not stem from his own abilities and accomplishments, but finds its source in his consistent and humble leading of others to Scripture, where the breathtaking glory of God is displayed in all its wonder. We rejoice and are changed as we encounter glorious truths about God in Piper’s ministry.
It is in this spirit that friends and colleagues of Piper, including Wayne Grudem, D. A. Carson, Randy Alcorn, and others, honor him by presenting essays covering topics central to his ministry: prayer, the sovereignty of God, justification, Jonathan Edwards, Christian Hedonism, and more.
Pastors, scholars, and lay leaders will benefit from this tribute to a man who has labored so faithfully for the fame of God’s name.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: John Piper
1. A Personal Tribute to the Praise of God’s Infinite Glory and Abounding Grace – David Michael
2. Three Doors Down from a Power Plant – David Livingston
3. Who Is John Piper? – David Mathis
Part 2: Christian Hedonism
4. Christian Hedonism: Piper and Edwards on the Pursuit of Joy in God – Sam Storms
5. When All Hope Has Died: Meditations on Profound Christian Suffering – Mark R. Talbot
Part 3: The Sovereignty of God
6. The Sovereignty of God in the Theology of Jonathan Edwards – Donald J. Westblade
7. Prayer and the Sovereignty of God – Bruce A. Ware
Part 4: The Gospel, the Cross, and the Resurrection of Christ
8. What Is the Gospel? – D. A. Carson
9. Christus Victor et Propitiator: The Death of Christ, Substitute and Conqueror – Sinclair B. Ferguson
10. The Role of Resurrection in the Already-and-Not-Yet Phases of Justification – G.K. Beale
Part 5: The Supremacy of God in All Things
11. A Biblical Theology of the Glory of God – Thomas R. Schreiner
12. The Kingdom of God as the Mission of God – Scott J. Hafemann
13. The Mystery of Marriage – James M. Hamilton Jr.
14. Pleasing God by Our Obedience: A Neglected New Testament Teaching – Wayne Grudem
15. The Glory and Supremacy of Jesus Christ in Ethnic Distinctions and over Ethnic Identities – Thabiti Anyabwile
16. Dethroning Money to Treasure Christ above All – Randy Alcorn
17. “Abortion Is about God”: Piper’s Passionate, Prophetic Pro-Life Preaching – Justin Taylor
18. A God-Centered Worldview: Recovering the Christian Mind by Rediscovering the Master Narrative of the Bible – R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Part 6: Preaching and Pastoral Ministry
19. Proclaiming the Gospel and the Glory of God: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards for Preaching – Stephen J. Nichols
20. The Pastor and the Trinity – C.J. Mahaney
21. The Pastor as Worshiper – Ray Ortlund
22. The Pastor as Counselor – David Powlison
23. The Pastor as Shepherd – Mark Dever
24. The Pastor as Leader – John MacArthur
25. The Pastor and His Study – William D. Mounce
Part 7: Ministries
26. The Vision and Ministry of Desiring God – Jon Bloom
27. The Vision and History of the Bethlehem Institute – Tom Steller
Sam Storms (PhD, University of Texas at Dallas) has spent 40 years in ministry as a pastor, professor, and author. He was visiting associate professor of theology at Wheaton College from 2000 to 2004, and is currently senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries and the author of numerous books, including Chosen for Life, Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions, and Kept for Jesus.
Justin Taylor (PhD candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books includingA God-Entranced Vision of All Things andReclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds—hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
“This book is a tribute to one of the extraordinary pastors of our generation, who in many ways broke the mold. He has big thoughts about God in a time when God and his glory have been much diminished in the church. His has been a God-centered ministry. In this he has sometimes been unconventional, but the explanation is always that he has insisted on seeking to be true to the truth of God’s Word. Though highly imaginative and endowed with a poetic sensibility, he has never let his ideas run away with him but has worked hard to make every thought, and himself, captive to Christ. The result has been a full, rich, and extraordinary ministry that has been owned of God. Pastors like this do not come along very often, and when do, we need to take note.” – David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“It would be strange if a bible that honors a dynamic, intelligent, pious, God-centered, learned, kind, devoted, influential, far-traveled, widely published, and hyper-conscientious pastor like John Piper did not occasionally slip into hagiography. And this book does, but only occasionally. Far more, its authors offer the best sort of tribute by seriously engaging the Scriptures to which Piper is committed, earnestly expounding the classic Calvinistic doctrines into which Piper has breathed such life, and zealously promoting the glory of God to which Piper has devoted his ministry. Here is a volume full of thoughtful reflections on central scriptural themes. Jonathan Edwards, the life of prayer, Christ-honoring preaching, pastoral disciplines, pastoral privileges, Christian hedonism, and more. In the end, it is a tribute that, by stressing the themes John Piper has stressed, draws attention away from him to God.” – Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame