There has never been a generation whose view of marriage has been high enough. And this is all the more true today. Though selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God's purpose, his vision for marriage in the Bible frees us from small, romance-intoxicated views. As John 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 is 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.' This Momentary Marriage unpacks the biblical vision for marriage, its unexpected contours, and its weighty implications for married, single, divorced and remarried alike. Reflecting on forty years of marriage to Noel, John Piper exalts the biblical meaning of marriage, exhorting couples to keep their covenant for all the best reasons.
"Frage dich nicht, was die Welt braucht. Frage dich lieber, was dich lebendig macht, und dann geh hin und tu das Entsprechende. Denn die Welt braucht nichts so sehr wie Männer, die lebendig geworden sind." (John Eldredge) Jeder Mann war einmal ein kleiner Junge. Und jeder kleine Junge hat Träume: Träume davon, ein Held zu sein oder ein Entdecker. Träume von kühnen, verwegenen Taten, die vor ihm noch niemand gewagt hat. Träume vom Kampf mit dem Drachen, um die schöne Prinzessin zu befreien. Aber was wird aus diesen Träumen, wenn wir erwachsen werden? Der Mann ist für ein abenteuerliches Leben geschaffen. Ein Mann wird erst dann wirklich glücklich sein können, wenn in seiner Arbeit, in seiner Liebe und in seinem spirituellen Leben das Abenteuer Einzug hält.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer gründete die erste evangelische Kommunität mit gemeinsamem Leben im 20. Jahrhundert - das Bruderhaus des Predigerseminars der Bekennenden Kirche. In "Gemeinsames Leben", seinem meistverkauften Buch, schreibt er über den Wert gemeinsamer geistlicher Übungen. Dabei zeigt er sich als Pionier der Bibel-Meditation und als Vorkämpfer für die Erneuerung der evangelischen Beichte. "Gemeinsames Leben" - ein geistliches Übungsbuch, das jeder gelesen haben sollte, der in der Gemeinschaft mit anderen Christen lebt - sei es in einer Kommunität, in der Gemeinde, dem Hauskreis, aber auch in der Familie. In seiner Einführung erzählt Peter Zimmerling vom Leben im Bruderhaus, erklärt die Hintergründe und theologischen Besonderheiten und die Bedeutung für unser geistliches Leben heute.
"Billige Gnade ist der Todfeind unserer Kirche. Unser Kampf heute geht um die teure Gnade." Für Dietrich Bonhoeffer gibt es keinen lebendigen Glauben ohne Gehorsam. Seit seinem Studienaufenthalt in New York, wo er eine Hinwendung zu einem persönlichen Christusglauben erlebte, sind seine Theologie und Spiritualität geprägt von der Sehnsucht, die Anweisungen der Bergpredigt wörtlich zu nehmen. Die Nachfolge, wie sie die Bergpredigt fordert, zur Mitte und zum Motor seiner Theologie und seines Lebens geworden. Wichtigstes Dokument dieses Strebens ist sein Buch "Nachfolge", eine Auslegung der Bergpredigt, die damals wie heute inspiriert, Jesus zu folgen. Die Einführung von Peter Zimmerling erläutert die Hintergründe des 1937 erstmals erschienenen Buches und zeigt, dass Bonhoeffer Leiter eines Predigerseminars der Bekennenden Kirche wurde, weil ihm damit ein Experimentierfeld zur praktischen Umsetzung seiner Gedanken zur Nachfolge zur Verfügung stand.
Experience the Lifelong Pleasures of Knowing God! Satisfaction…Happiness…Joy. According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential. Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God. Piper reveals that there really is no need to choose between duty and delight in the Christian life. In fact, for the follower of Jesus, delight is the duty as Christ is most magnified in His people when they are most satisfied in Him. Constantly drawing on Scripture to build his case, Piper shows why pursuing maximum joy is essential to glorifying God. He discusses the implications of this for conversion, worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and suffering. Piper beckons us to approach God with the hedonist’s abandon. Finally, we are freed to enjoy Jesus—not only as our Lord and Savior, but also as our all-surpassing, soul-satisfying Treasure. Desiring God may turn your Christian world upside down. And that will be a good thing, for the glory of God, and for your deepest joy. Includes a study guide for individual and small group use. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Author: J. Robin Maxson
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Release Date: 2012
Not everyone will marry or should, but virtually all single adults think about marriage. And all make decisions that either maintain their singleness or attempt to change it. This book, by the authors of the groundbreaking Decision Making and the Will of God, offers an in-depth tutorial to help singles apply biblical principles to the critical choices they confront: Do I want to get married? Are there good reasons to remain single? What sort of person should I consider as a potential spouse? How do I look for a mate? What should I do if no spouse shows up? What is God's role in the decision-making process? This comprehensive volume will equip readers to make wise choices about marriage according to the will of God. It's also an invaluable resource for parents, counselors, and pastors.
Author: D. A. Carson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Themelios is an international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Themelios is published three times a year online at The Gospel Coalition (http://thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/) and in print by Wipf and Stock. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well. Themelios began in 1975 and was operated by RTSF/UCCF in the UK, and it became a digital journal operated by The Gospel Coalition in 2008. The editorial team draws participants from across the globe as editors, essayists, and reviewers. General Editor: D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Managing Editor: Brian Tabb, Bethlehem College and Seminary Consulting Editor: Michael J. Ovey, Oak Hill Theological College Administrator: Andrew David Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary Book Review Editors: Jerry Hwang, Singapore Bible College; Alan Thompson, Sydney Missionary & Bible College; Nathan A. Finn, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Hans Madueme, Covenant College; Dane Ortlund, Crossway; Jason Sexton, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Editorial Board: Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School Lee Gatiss, Wales Evangelical School of Theology Paul Helseth, University of Northwestern, St. Paul Paul House, Beeson Divinity School Ken Magnuson, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Jonathan Pennington, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary James Robson, Wycliffe Hall Mark D. Thompson, Moore Theological College Paul Williamson, Moore Theological College Stephen Witmer, Pepperell Christian Fellowship Robert Yarbrough, Covenant Seminary
Author: Barry Milazzo
Publisher: Charisma Media
Release Date: 2015-05-05
With a happy family and millions in assets, Barry Milazzo seemed to have it all. Like that fairytale egg, his second child, Bryson, was suddenly shattered by catastrophic brain-injury. It was predicted that he would never walk or speak, and he would be virtually uneducable. An unwanted divorce resulted in his raising his children alone. Financial ruin came and he lost his family home. Shocking episodes of bullying and abuse caused his impaired son to threaten suicide. Finally, physical disease and collapse nearly ended this single father's life. Tempted to curse God and die in the face of unbearable pain, he chose to rely fully upon God, discovering timeless Scriptural truths which are passed on to the reader in this book. "...we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves, so that we might not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us." 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 All The King's Horses will empower you not only to endure, but embrace your trials with hope and faith. Barry shares his journey with brutal honesty rarely seen in Christian books, yet with charm and wit. This inspiring story will make you laugh and it will make you cry. One thing you will not be able to do is put this book down. "I found this to be one of the most honest and uplifting books I've read in a long time. No matter what caused your Humpty Dumpty brokenness, there is indeed a King who can put us back together again. You will come to know and love King Jesus more as you read this book." Steve Brown - Best Selling Author - Radio Broadcaster and Founder of Key Life Ministries
Marriage is one of the most significant commitments any person can make in this life. Amongst the myriad of preparations you can make, what is most important for a lasting, healthy relationship? Understanding that marriage is not eternal—but its fruit is—Mike and Anne Rizzo, seasoned marriage counselors, turn our gaze Godward. A vertical focus, on the Creator of marriage, becomes the best foundation for building a beautiful, life-long bond with your future spouse. How does Scripture's bridal paradigm play into your daily relationship, and what is the ultimate goal of your union? Practical and visionary, Vertical Marriage will help you evaluate your relationship, establish a marital vision, understand God's unique design for your marriage and future, and set expectations for the nitty-gritty details of life together. For use with a marriage counselor or independently, Vertical Marriage is a premarital manual designed for engaged couples and those already married who desire to establish a powerful partnership of eternal significance.