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Publication Date: 2009
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
Piper's main message is that the Lord promises that he will fill the dedicated Christian with the strength to make perseverance in service not only possible but outright guaranteed. One passage he uses to support this is Isaiah 46:3-4, which states, "[You] have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age, I am he, and to grey hairs I will carry you."
Relating short biographies of Charles Simeon, Ralph Winter, Polycarp, and Raymond Lull, Piper demonstrates how people focused on serving the Lord can live very long lives and be fruitful for many decades beyond what is now considered the time of retirement. His essay can be read in about half an hour, and, indeed, it does cause one to start "rethinking" the whole concept of "retirement." Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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