Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Book Notes: Supremacy of God in Preaching

I decided to pick up and read back through John Piper's book on the supremacy of God in preaching. The short book (109 pages) is the print edition of several lectures that Piper gave on the issue of keep God Himself front and center in all that we preach. I really appreciated His reminder that the deepest need of every human being is for their Maker. That as biblical preachers, we are called to proclaim the greatest and wonder of God, first because it is true, and second because it is needed.

God is the greatest being in the universe, and the preacher stands alone against the tidal wave of cultural pressure to elevate everything else other than God to the throne of our hearts. But everything else we pursue will leave us wanting more because it is ultimately idolatry - reducing the grandeur of God by replacing God with some menial substitute. Thanks, Dr. Piper, for the reminder that the proclamation of God's greatest, goodness, and glory are the primary call of the preacher.

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