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John Piper on Marriage

This Momentary Marriage and Velvet Steel, companion books from John Piper, are now available.this_momentary_photo3

Even in the days when people commonly stayed married “’til death do us part,” there has never been a generation whose view of marriage was high enough, says Piper in This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence.

Though selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God’s purpose for marriage, it is found in God’s Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing us from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views.

Reflecting on God’s Word and forty years of matrimony, Piper explains:

Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.

“If you are married, this is why,” says Piper. “If you hope to be, this should be your dream.”

Endorsements for This Momentary Marriage

“Theologically, this book exalts human marriage as a metaphor for the ultimate love story in Christ. Practically, it applies that glorious vision of grace to our daily experiences in marriage, singleness, parenthood, and the most universal of human realities—sin. This book opens our eyes and guides our feet with the grace of Christ.”
-Ray Ortlund, Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville

“This is not a ‘how to’ book on marriage. Instead, this is a ‘why to’ book. And that’s what this culture desperately needs.”
-Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

“John Piper’s new book on marriage is an instant classic. It is at once biblical and devotional, the fruit of seasoned theological reflection and four decades of ‘momentary’ marriage.”
-Andreas Köstenberger, author, God, Marriage & Family

“This book is a treasure in an era when the common perspective on marriage has been more shaped by sitcoms and self-help books than by Scripture. Dr. Piper lifts our hearts and minds to God’s vision for marriage. Embracing God’s design and purposes for marriage can make our homes tastes of heaven.”
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author and Revive Our Hearts radio host

“Miss the radical message of this book and you’ll miss the joyful point of marriage. Heed the surprising call of this book and you’ll appreciate the sacred privilege of marriage that our culture fails to see.”
-Larry Crabb, author

“A highly original contribution to Christian teaching on marriage. A copy should be put into the hands of every couple preparing for lasting and loving wedlock.”
-Chuck Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship

This book grew out of John Piper’s forty years of experience in marriage and many years of parenting, pastoring, and studying Scripture. It is filled with rich, practical wisdom about the nature of marriage as a wonderful but temporary gift from God. I have taught about marriage for over thirty years, and I still found much that I could learn from this book.”
-Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary

“The reason this book is so delightful is that it sets marriage within the matrix of the Bible’s fundamental themes: the glory of God, the outworking of justification, the relationship between this life and the life to come, how husbands and wives are to interact with each other this side of the cross, and much more of the same. This is not another little ‘how to’ book—yet if its God-centered and gospel-centered theology is genuinely absorbed, so many of the ‘how to’ questions will be robustly answered.”
-D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Velvet Steel: The Joy of Being Married to You

velvetsteel_photo1Beyond the tough love of covenant-keeping is a warmth and tenderness that can’t be denied. So while This Momentary Marriage focuses on the theological meaning of marriage, its companion volume, Velvet Steel, reveals the rich, emotional dimension.

Within these pages Piper shares a series of poems written for his wife, Noël, during the first forty-two years of their relationship, beginning with the day of their engagement. He provides readers with a taste of one man’s tender affections for his wife—poems that he hopes will stir readers’ affections for their own spouses and ultimately for the Maker of marriage.

You can browse these poems at Crossway.org.

April 16, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Crossway Staff @ 7:36 pm | 1 Comment »

Tim Keller on the Power of Resurrection

By Nancy Guthrie

It’s just the way I am. And I’m too old to change. That’s the way many of us feel about ourselves. We fear we are trapped in the patterns of our personality, with no hope to ever change.

In the piece by Tim Keller in the collection of writing about the cross and resurrection, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, Tim Keller speaks to this hopeless surrender to our sin-sick ways, drawing back the curtain on why the resurrection of Jesus is such good news for those of us who fear we can never change.

“The difference between knowing Christ and knowing the power of his resurrection,” says Keller, “is the difference between knowing a person and resembling a person . . . It is not about relationship but about supernatural character growth.

When Paul says, “I want to know him,” it means, “I want to be with him,” but when he says, “I want to know the power of his resurrection,” it means, “I want to be just like him.”

Look at the deadness in your life. Look at the anger. How is that going to be turned into forgiveness? Look at the insecurity. How is that going to be turned into confidence? Look at the self-centeredness. How is that going to be turned into compassion and generosity? How? The answer is that the dead stuff gets taken over by the Spirit of God . . . The minute you decide to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, the power of the Holy Spirit comes into your life. It’s the power of the resurrection—the same thing that raised Jesus from the dead.”


NANCY GUTHRIE has a passion for sharing God’s Word through her growing national and international Bible-teaching ministry. She has worked in the Christian publishing industry for more than two decades and is the author of Holding On to Hope, The One-Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better, and Crossway’s Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.

April 8, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Life / Doctrine,Sanctification,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 10:01 am | 0 Comments »

Paul David Tripp’s “A Shelter in the Time of Storm”

Check out this video clip with Paul Tripp about his new book, A Shelter in the Time of Storm:

Psalm 27 is a psalm of trouble and worship, of difficulty and beauty, of the evil of people against people, and of the mercy of God. It is honest about life in this fallen world, placing joyful and self-sacrificing worship right next to the trouble that is the psalm’s background theme.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm takes readers through this roller-coaster-ride of a psalm in fifty-two meditations. These meditations are designed to fill hearts with a patient hope that grows stronger as the trouble-spotted days go by.

See also Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy (July 08).

April 6, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News,Video | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:10 pm | 1 Comment »

He “Descended Into Hell”

By Nancy Guthrie

Whenever I recite the Apostle’s Creed in a congregation, I tend to hold my breath to see how the person who typed in the PowerPoint will handle the “I believe in . . . the holy catholic church.” Too many times it is mistakenly capitalized and I cringe. And it is obvious why the mistake is so often made. The term “catholic” in our day has come to denote a denomination rather than it’s true meaning describing the universal nature of the church of Jesus Christ.

I have to admit that I have often wondered exactly what the creed means when we say that Jesus, “descended into hell.”  And I’m guessing I am not alone. That’s why I included a piece by J. I. Packer in the collection of writing on the cross and resurrection, Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross. Packer helps us understand.

The English is misleading, for “hell” has changed its sense since the English form of the Creed was fixed. Originally, “hell” meant the place of the departed as such, corresponding to the Greek Hades and the Hebrew Sheol. That is what it means here, where the Creed echoes Peter’s statement that Psalm 16:10, “thou wilt not abandon my soul to Hades” (so RSV: AV has “hell”), was a prophecy fulfilled when Jesus rose (see Acts 2:27–31). But since the seventeenth century, “hell” has been used to signify only the state of final retribution for the godless, for which the New Testament name is Gehenna.

What the Creed means, however, is that Jesus entered, not Gehenna, but Hades—that is, that he really died, and that it was from a genuine death, not a simulated one, that he rose.

Packer also explains why this is significant for us:

What makes Jesus’ entry into Hades important for us is . . . simply the fact that now we can face death knowing that when it comes we shall not find ourselves alone. He has been there before us, and he will see us through.


NANCY GUTHRIE has a passion for sharing God’s Word through her growing national and international Bible-teaching ministry. She has worked in the Christian publishing industry for more than two decades and is the author of Holding On to Hope, The One-Year Book of Hope, Hoping for Something Better, and Crossway’s Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.

April 1, 2009 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church History,Jesus Christ,Life / Doctrine,The Church Fathers,Theology | Author: Crossway Staff @ 12:50 pm | 1 Comment »

ESV German/English Parallel Bible


The ESV German/English Parallel Bible is now available.

This Bible positions two columns of Scripture on each page: the widely used Luther 1984 German text on the left, and the ESV English language text alongside it on the right. It also features textual notes for both translations in the back and is contained in a durable hardcover format.

  • Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • 2,432 pages
  • Double-column, verse-by-verse layout with German and English side by side
  • Textual notes in both languages
  • Black letter text

Here’s a sample page:


| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV,News | Author: James Kinnard @ 11:56 am | Comments Off »