“The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World” Book Review

751422The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World by John Piper is a collection of essays which grew out of the 2006 Desiring God national conference.  Contributors include such men as David Wells, John Piper, DA Carson, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll and others.

I really appreciate the fact that Desiring God puts out these books as recaps of their conferences.  I’ve read several and have found all of them to be very helpful including this volume.

The book consists of 6 chapters covering a wide range of topics from culture and truth, to joy and love, the gospel, and the always contentious issue of contextualization.  Each of these chapters is well written, although admittedly some are more difficult to grasp than others.

It’s kind of hard to summarize a book like this, because the topics and the authors are so varied.  What I will share is one of my favorite quotes from John Piper’s chapter.  This is probably more of a testimony to my love for Dr. Piper than anything.  At the end of his chapter on joy and the supremacy of Christ Dr. Piper writes:

I close with a personal plea.  Probably most people reading this book are younger than I am, and many of you are young enough to be my sons or daughters.  I am increasingly aware of that; the older I get, frankly, I like it.  I am not upset about getting older.  If what I have written here is true, I am fast approaching the face of Jesus and the voice saying, “Enter into the joy of your Master.”  This sense of age and nearness to the final river crossing colors how I think about the generation of my children (ages eleven to thirty-four).  I don’t feel like fighting with them.  I feel like pleading: Don’t waste your life on experiments.  There are proven paths.  They are marked out in the Word of God.  They are understandable.  They are precious.  They are hard.  And they are joyful.  Search the Scriptures for these paths.  When you find them, step on them with humble faith and courage.  Set your face like flint toward the cross and the empty tomb-your cross and your empty tomb.  Then, for the joy set before you, may a lifetime of sacrifices in the paths of love seem to you as a light and momentary affliction.

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January 03 2011 05:00 am | Blog

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