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For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper [Kindle Edition]

Sam Storms , Justin Taylor , Randy Alcorn , Gregory K. Beale , D. A. Carson , Mark Dever , Wayne Grudem , John MacArthur , C. J. Mahaney , R. Albert Mohler Jr. , David Powlison , Thomas R. Schreiner , Bruce A. Ware , Thabiti M. Anyabwile , Jon Bloom , Sinclair B. Ferguson , Scott J. Hafemann , Jr. Hamilton James M. , David Livingston , David Mathis , David Michael , William D. Mounce

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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. 


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  • Publisher: Crossway Books (4 Oct 2010)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savoring every page 2 Dec 2010
By Joel Holtz - Published on Amazon.com
I can vividly recall the very first time I picked up and read a book by John Piper. Now, over 20 years later I join the contributors to this great new book in honoring the man who's probably taught me more about what it means to worship and enjoy God more than any other person.

The contributors to this over 500 page book reads like a theological all-star list .. D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, and Mark Talbot just to name a few.

Also contributing are a few pastors on staff at Bethlehem Baptist, where Piper has served now for 30 years. David Michael, one of those pastors, has an early contribution and indeed, sets the tone early in the book where he writes a four page prayer in chapter one, thanking God for the numerous blessings Piper's ministry has had on him and countless others.

The book covers a variety of topics, including marriage, God's sovereignty, abortion, money, pastoral ministry, marriage, and prayer.

Fittingly, maybe the best chapter in the entire book is Chapter 4, CHRISTIAN HEDONISM by Sam Storms. The phrase is perhaps the most well known and associated with Piper. Storms does a brilliant job of explaining how we delight in and savor what we treasure, and how God is in fact the greatest treasure we have.

Take your time and savor this book.. and then treat yourself with a copy under the Christmas tree.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rich Collection of Serious and Substantial Articles 4 April 2011
By BCRAW - Published on Amazon.com
In my pre-review For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper I cited a quote by Sam Storms:

"Having read this book numerous times (that's what being an editor requires) I can honestly say that it is the finest collection of essays on a variety of themes that has been produced in quite some time."

There I pondered whether this book would live up to Dr. Storm's high praise of it. After having read the entire 500 + pages (no small feat for this slow reader) I can say that I enthusiastically agree with Dr. Storm's assessment! This is quite a book! It is generally very difficult for me to read lengthy books all the way through if I am not encouraged and intrigued by what the pages hold. This book more than kept my attention and kept me coming back for more.

So what specifically was so great about it you ask? Here a few reasons I appreciated it:

1. As Dr. Storms said above, this really is a fine collection of essays from an incredible collection of intelligent and godly men. Each article is serious and substantial in it's own right.

Here is the full list of contents:

A Note to John Piper
Sam Storms and Justin Taylor

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?--Revisited
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 Worshipper
Ray Ortlund

22. The Pastor as Shepherd
Mark Dever

23. The Pastor as Counselor
David Powlison

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

2. Though these are essays in honor of Dr. Piper they are not mere repetitions of what he has said elsewhere. They are serious engagements by the respective authors on topics that are precious to Dr. Piper, but the authors plod their own course and at times interact with Piper's views. Many times the interactions are agreements with and expansions of Piper's thought, but at other times there is respectful disagreement and critical engagement with his thought. At others they are simply the authors on work on the topic with little more than a hat tip in Piper's direction when it serves the article to do so.

3. The topics themselves are broad and reading through this book has encouraged and taught me in many wide-ranging categories. As you can notice from above topics like Christian Hedonism, the Sovereignty of God, Prayer, different aspects of the gospel, the glory of God as central in scripture, marriage, obedience, money, abortion, thinking, preaching, the Trinity, and different aspects of pastoral ministry are all covered. It is quite a feat.

4. It is evident that these authors share a love for the Bible and for the Savior that it points to. Each of these articles is looking at the Scriptures, just as Piper would have it, and deriving their points from it. This is probably the main thing that makes them each so good, not that they are honoring John Piper but that they are honoring God by being in submission to His Word.

5. By God's grace John Piper's teachings have been instrumental in my own life and so it was with great interest that I read any part of the book that was more personal or biographical. Some of the authors would take a moment at the beginning or end of their articles to say something about or directly to Piper. These provided glimpses of the personal ministry and influence he has had on many men that might not otherwise be publicly known. Others were more biographical as colleagues at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Desiring God Ministries, or the Bethlehem College and Seminary detailed their personal histories with Dr. Piper and how some of the ministries were started.

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Finally, I'd like to finish with a list of my favorite articles (which were many) with a significant quote or two from each.

I particularly was helped by the following:

Chapter 2 [Livingston]: "What follows is an effort to plot the progress of John Piper's implanted power, like successive upward 'conversions,' from cold to candle to coal plutonium--or in other words, from lost to found to Calvinism to Christian Hedonism."

Chapter 3 [Mathis]: "As I brainstormed the main things I've learned about John, and from him, in the last four years, they brought together realities that we often think of as being in tension or in contradiction rather than in complementary union: 1. Rigorous Study and Reliance on the Spirit, 2. Introversion and Relational Investment, 3. Publishing and Pastoring, 4. Theology and Everyday Life, 5. Productivity and Family, 6. Passion for Truth and Capacities for Kindness, 7. Life for Christ and Death as Gain."

Chapter 7 [Ware]: "What a privilege we have been given in this marvelous gift of prayer by which we enter into closer relationship with and heartfelt dependence upon God, and by which we are allowed--indeed, called--to participate in the outworking of the very eternal plans and purposes of God."

Chapter 8 [Carson]: "We will gain a clearer grasp of the gospel if we hold a clear grasp of the desperate situation the gospel addresses. If we see that we are guilty, we will understand that for the gospel to be effective it must clear us of our guilt; if we are alienated from God, we must be reconciled to him; if we stand under his judicial wrath, that wrath must be propitiated; if we are estranged from one another, we must be reconciled to one another; if the entire created order lies under the curse, the curse must be lifted and the created order transformed; if we are, morally speaking, weak and helpless (as well as guilty), we must be empowered and strengthened; if we are dead, we must be made alive, if the heart of our idolatry is abysmal self-focus and the de-godding of God, God must be restored in our vision and life to his rightful glory."

Chapter 9 [Ferguson]: "Jesus appears as the divine champion, as it were, entering into enemy-occupied territory under the guidance of the Spirit..Rather than overcome Jesus, Satan is comprehensively defeated.... Thus, through his death as it dealt with our guilt and its implications in relationship to God, Christ disarms him who had the power of death, and releases his people from their lifelong bondage to the fear of death."

Chapter 10 [Beale]: "The final judgment that was to occur at the very end of history has been pushed back into history at the cross of Christ.... The resurrection vindicates Christ's innocence, thus overturning the unjust verdict against him. On the other hand, the saints were justly accused of sin and guilt and sentenced to death. Nevertheless, they have been vindicated by Christ's work, declared not guilty but innocent because he suffered the penalty of death due to them and represents them in his resurrected being with his own innocence (i.e. righteousness), which has been vindicated by his own resurrection."

Chapter 11 [Schreiner}: "God's purpose is to bring glory to his name. God's name is honored in both salvation and in judgment. And yet the Scriptures focus on the glory of God in saving his people, and hence it is not surprising to discover that God is particularly glorified in Jesus Christ, and particularly in the salvation he accomplished in his cross and resurrection."

Chapter 13 [Hamilton]: "Perhaps no other metaphor for Yahweh's relationship to Israel could capture the pain of betrayal and the wonder of forgiveness the way that marriage does." "Just as the death of Jesus opened the gates of life, so also the husband's death-to-self love for his wife puts gospel life in his heart. There is an awe-inspiring symbiosis in this, too, for the wife who knows her husband is ready to lay down his life for her will gladly submit to such a man."

Chapter 14 [Grudem]: "I suspect that just as Satan accuses Christians and wants them to feel false guilt and false accusation, so he also seeks to keep them from the great joy of knowing the favor of God on their daily activities, of knowing that God is pleased with their obedience." "When we disobey God, we can experience his love as a disapproving, disciplinary love that flows from his fatherly care for us."

Chapter 15 [Anyabwile]: "What the Scripture teaches about the glory of God in ethnic difference must be set alongside another truth. Namely, that Jesus Christ is supreme over our ethnic identities."

Chapter 16 [Alcorn]: "Jesus gave us a choice: a life wasted in the pursuit of wealth on earth, or a life invested in the pursuit of wealth in heaven."

Chapter 20 [Mahaney]: "Our pneumatology must never take precedence over--and in fact cannot be understood apart from--the gospel of Jesus Christ"

Chapter 22 [Powlison]: "Pastor, you are a counselor. Perhaps you don't think of yourself that way. Perhaps you don't want to be a counselor. But you are one."

Chapter 23 [Dever]: "The image of God's people without a leader, being like sheep without a shepherd, is meant to be a pathetic image, one that would bring to mind the confusion, fear, and slow, meandering self-destruction of the flock."

Chapter 24 [MacArthur]: "There we see two sides of spiritual leadership in perfect balance: the tenderness of compassionate, motherly care alongside the fortitude and strength of fatherly supervision."

Chapter 25 [Mounce]: "Bible study can be one of the greatest idols of all times if we stop at study and do not move on to loving the author." "If my students are going to move from exegesis to proclamation, they needed to see me do it. If your students are going to love God, they need to see you love God more than academic degrees, books published, or the praise of men."
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 3 Feb 2011
By Justin Eason - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book is over 500 pages long, but there are a lot of essays that you can read on your own leisure. The essays are not connected to one another (except in their praise of Piper) so you can read one and come back and read another later without any review.

Great stuff on John Piper's personal relationships and insight into his daily personality that book readers and conference attenders never see.

Favorite essays include,
"Who is John Piper" by David Mathis
"The Mystery of Marriage" by James Hamilton
"The Pastor as Counselor" by David Powlison.
"Dethroning Money to Treasure Christ Above All" by Randy Alcorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Privilege to Read this Love gift to John Piper 14 Feb 2014
By Emily Lamott - Published on Amazon.com
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You get a number of extraordinary writers all in one book. So much wisdom and thoughtful comments given lovingly to John Piper. Great read!!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Fame of God's Name 20 Dec 2012
By Dr. David Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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Three years ago, Sam Storms and Justin Taylor came up with a great idea. They would collaborate on a book that honored the life and ministry of John Piper. Anyone familiar with Piper's pastoral ministry and prolific writing will recognize the mammoth undertaking that stood before Storms and Taylor. But they went to work, securing an army of pastors and theologians who agreed to write on their assigned topic.

This is an almost impossible book to review. Each chapter stands alone and appropriately honors the life and legacy of John Piper. The book is composed of seven parts:

Part One: John Piper

Part Two: Christian Hedonism

Part Three: The Sovereignty of God

Part Four: The Gospel, The Cross, And The Resurrection of Christ

Part Five: The Supremacy of God In All Things

Part Six: Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Part Seven: Ministries

Readers familiar with Piper will immediately recognize these emerging themes and consider each theme an accurate reflection of his life, theological passion, and ministry.

Looking back through the book, I think Jon Bloom's comments concerning John Piper is probably an accurate reflection of every contributor: "John Piper's influence on my life is incalculable. Because of John I am more deeply in love with Jesus and his church. My marriage, my children, my prayers, my love of Scripture, my vocation, my possessions, where I live, how I lead, what I read - all have been profoundly influenced by him."

For the Fame of God's Name is an inside look at what makes John Piper tick. But more important, this work magnifies the sovereign plans and purposes of a great and majestic God - the God who is "most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." This work is a feast for the intellect and a boon for the soul. Pastors and parishioners alike will benefit from this treasure trove.
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