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The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is immense. Reflecting on over forty years of marriage, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christ's covenant-keeping love for the church.
He aims to lift the church's low view of marriage to something infinitely greater, namely, a vision of Jesus's unswerving allegiance to and affection for his bride. This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced, and remarried alike. Now available in paperback with a freshly redesigned cover.
Number of Pages: 191
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)|
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Reflecting on forty years of matrimony, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage over its emotion, exhorting couples to keep their covenant as a display of Christs covenant-keeping love for the church. Now available in paperback.
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Dont Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
Noël Piper (BA, Wheaton College) and her husband, John, ministered at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 30 years. She is the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God.
NicolaNorth Vancouver, BCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great bookMarch 30, 2015NicolaNorth Vancouver, BCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I really enjoyed the challenge that this book presented me. To consider marriage as an earthly reflection of the spiritual relationship between Christ and his Church has empowered me to raise my view of marriage to a much higher level than we see played out in the world around us. He is not scared of writing about tough topics and I admire him for stressing that his views are his views and that not everyone will sit comfortably with them
BigFanWaAge: 25-345 Stars Out Of 5Continue to give to friends prior to marriageMarch 6, 2014BigFanWaAge: 25-34Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5my spouse and I continue to recommend this book to couples before they get married. It is short, and to the point without lacking content. This book, paired with some practical conversations about expectations, finance, and family backgrounds makes for a complete premarital course.
The Persistent Widow1 Stars Out Of 5This Theology Ignores the Reality of AbuseJanuary 24, 2013The Persistent WidowJohn Piper and his marriage views turn a blind eye to the reality of domestic abuse present within the church. As much as it seems he would like to pretend otherwise,there are wicked, abusive, mentally disturbed people who find a comfortable environment within the church, largely because of teachers like him. Piper's insistence that someone should be bound by vows that their spouse unrepentently and continuously breaks is unreasonable. Certianly, he requires that couples take vows in the marriage ceremonies at his church. I ask WHY? If one party to the covenant unrepentantly breaks the vows, the other is still bound to them. He doesn't allow divorce for adultery, either. In a violent marriage,a person is subjected to violence by the very one who vowed to love and protect them. How is this a picture of Christ's love for his church? It is a perversion and grieves God. I would like to ask readers, how would you feel if this abuse was to happen to one of your loved ones? Shouldn't we have the same empathy for all of Christ's people that we have for our own flesh and blood?
His books are widely distributed in the church and used to furthur guilt and oppress Christ's people. A theology with no empathy towards the suffering of others cannot be from God, no matter how fancy the cover looks.
I would recommend David Instone Brewer's Book, Divorce and Remarriage in the Church, Barbara Roberts book, Not Under Bondage and Jeff Crippen's book, A Cry For Justice:How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church. If you are not aware of what domestic violence is, try Lundy Bancroft's book,Why Does He Do That. A quick internet search will turn up many results, so the people of God have no excuse to not address this issue. Neither does John Piper.
CherylMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Best book yet on marriage!December 28, 2012CherylMichiganAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After 30 years of marriage, I found this the most Biblically balanced book I have read. A must read for all those entering into a Christian marriage.