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Let the Nations Be Glad! 2nd Edition [Paperback]

By John Piper (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 28, 2003
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  080102613X  
EAN  9780801026133  

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More than 100,000 sold! Piper's must-read plea for God-centeredness in evangelization points to worship as the church's ultimate goal and proper fuel for outreach.

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More About John Piper

John Piper John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980, is the author of numerous books" "and a senior writer for "World "magazine,"" He received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College, St. Paul, before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

SPANISH BIO: John Piper es pastor de Bethlehem Baptist Church, en Mineapolis. Sus muchos libros incluyen: Cuando no deseo a Dios, No desperdicies tu vida, Lo que Jesus exige del mundo.

John Piper currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota. John Piper was born in 1946.

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Piper honours God  Mar 22, 2007
In August 2006 I noticed a guy who was sitting right behind my wife on an intercontinental flight to Johannesburg, reading a book. Every now and then he was asleep. I thought: "Must be a pretty boring book!" When during that flight both he and I stretched our legs, we introduced ourselves. He is a Baptist minister, flying from the USA via Amsterdam, I am a Reformed one on our way to ou children. He talked enthusiastically about the book and its author (John Piper, Let the nations be glad! (The supremacy of God in missions). He made me read the first line of chapter 1, which hit me right between the eyes: "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is." Wow, I decided to order the book at this sitee and have it airmailed to our address in South Africa - thus paying triple the price of it.

It was well worth it! The clear way in which Piper writes on God's supremacy, not only in missions, but in everything, should make many theologians and church members reconsider their relationship with the Lord and their obedience to the Word of God. They should become praisers!

Piper makes it very clear that idividualism plays no role in spreading the Gospel. The main issue is not the regeneration of men, but the glory of God. God does everything because He delights in Himself. And this delight becomes clear in the regeneration and belief of His new people! He wants to delight in Himself with a PEOPLE that He hath chosen and given to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How many portions of Scripture become crystal clear in this way! Piper has served the Church of Christ with a valuable help, not only in missions. It should be widely studied and applied in Christian living and ministry.

Is there no criticism? Unevitably! The question arose in my mind whether in Chapter 2, para 5, God's covenant and its impact in the life of the Church, is sufficiently taken into consideration in his argument. But such questions keep one, as reader, fresh!

The book has neatly been published by Baker Academic.

I hope that it will find its way to many readers.

Dr. Marten Kuiper
Emeritus professor of the Reformed University of Zwolle (The Netherlands)
and minister of the Free Reformed Church of Twijzel (The Netherlands)
Overrated, poorly written  Jan 11, 2007
This book really deserves 2 stars (not the 1 that I gave it) but it is so overrated by the other reviews that I felt a need to balance it out.

I have not finished this book yet, and will edit this review with more detailed information when I have completed it. Piper has interesting ideas which suffer from his attrocious use with the English language. For one, his obsession with constructing catch phrases from words that all begin with the same letter is corny, and leaves him scrambling to cohere to a malconstrued outline. The writing contains neither the common-man appeal of C.S. Lewis nor the eloquence of great theologeans such as Jonathan Edwards, to whom Piper seems to aspire.

As for the content - Psalms seems to be the bulk of his theology in the first chapter, and what follows is hardly an exigesis: ideas are presented as if from nowhere, while Piper hurls often non-contextual scriptures at them. If this is really the best book available on missions, then Christianity is in big trouble.
God centered examination of missions  Jun 16, 2006
"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship does not." With those startling and counter-cultural words pastor and author John Piper takes us on a journey in search of the biblical motivation for missions: that God be glorified by people from every tongue, tribe, and nation. With an obvious passion for God's supremacy in all things Piper let's the bible speak for itself on topics like worship, prayer, suffering, who is saved and why, and what a "nation" is.

This book is readable but full of sound, deep theology. Piper tackles some pretty sticky issues head on delving into the original languages, but not so deeply that a layman can't follow. He kindly but firmly interacts with common misconceptions and differing points of view from his own. I found myself continually challenged throughout reading the book. This is one of those works that requires thought as it is read, but the rewards for pondering Dr. Piper's words are awesome! All followers of Christ should read this book.
Non-Calvinist viewpoint.  Jun 1, 2006
I know how important the notion that God does everything for His own glory is to Piper and his ilk, but I don't buy that idea about God's character, which makes this book just about impossible to get behind, since Piper keeps coming back to that point over and over. The book has some inspiring moments that should motivate people toward at least giving the missionary world a hard look, but the heavily Calvinist theology that undergirds it was a turn-off for me. Piper's a fine writer, however.
My Interactive Book Review - 98%  May 27, 2006
John Piper's works are synonymous with an emphasis on the sovereignty and supremacy of God in all things. "Let The Nations Be Glad" is Piper's application of both towards the area of world missions. The subtitle of the book, in fact, is "The Supremacy of God in Missions." Throughout this short tome, Piper synthesizes two themes, the supremacy of God and the pre-eminence of Christ in all things supported by three pillars, the purpose, power, and price into one coherent theme, the salvation of the elect. Piper also clearly defines what he means by terms including the word `nation.' He cites Scripture throughout the book and in an effort to demonstrate the urgency of the message of salvation, Piper interacts with a number of different `theological' views of eternal punishment, including annihilationism. And in his hope of giving God the glory in all things, Piper makes clear that our view of missions is not necessarily God's view, and our understanding may be limited by our sinful natures.

Piper is also not afraid to deal with that most unfortunate question that often arises from unbelievers - and even some believers: "What about those who have never heard the gospel?" Piper not only answers that question, he answers the usual follow-up: "What if a person knows about God but doesn't know the name of Jesus?" He argues for salvation ONLY for those who have heard the gospel and ONLY for those who profess the name of Jesus as Lord. And he also makes clear that the ultimate goal of the church is NOT missions, it is worship of God. Yet he demonstrates the complementary nature of both when he writes, "Missions exist because worship doesn't," and he further notes, "Worship is the fuel and goal in missions." He concludes with an elaboration of his expressed points regarding worship, prayer, suffering, knowing Christ, and the emphasis on number of groups to hear the gospel as opposed to the number of people to hear it. Piper ultimately argues as he does in virtually all of his writings that these are ultimately under the sovereign hand of Almighty God.

Evaluation: Strengths

The book has a number of strengths that commend it not only to seminary students but to the average layman in the American church. The first three chapters, in fact, are spectacular both in content and argumentation. Unlike some groups who on the surface seem to miss the point of Scripture by emphasizing missions at the expense of worship - and the Southern Baptist Convention's Home Mission Board is high on this list - Piper argues that missions only exist because worship does not. He emphasizes mission work as the fuel that will lead to more and a greater worship of God worldwide. His chapter on prayer stepped on a lot of toes due to its unfortunate misuse as a personal shopping list as opposed to a sweet communion with Jesus the Lord. His analogy of prayer as a walkie-talkie in a war as opposed to an intercom system struck me as an accurate portrayal of both the spiritual war and the communication channel of prayer.
The book also shines because Piper supports his argument with numerous scriptural examples in nearly every chapter. Anticipating the turnabout argument that God condemns self-worship, Piper answers it exactly the way I would though not in so few words: He's God and we're not; end of discussion. But the apex of the book, in my view, is the chapter regarding suffering, something that is misapplied and misconstrued in today's church by friend and foe alike. Some people interpret their own financial mismanagement as `suffering' while others, particularly the Word of Faith movement, equate disagreement with their doctrines as `persecution,' completely forgetting what suffering truly is. Though not citing them by name, Piper invents a hysterically accurate label to describe such a view, "Christian hedonism." And
his interaction with diverse views of Hell seem to inflame both his passion for God and passion for those who would find themselves in a Godless eternity.

Evaluation: Weaknesses

But though interesting and illuminating, the book suffers from a number of problems and, in my view, fallacies of argumentation. The most noteworthy, in my view, concerns whether or not a person needs to know Jesus' name in order to be saved. I am not arguing for universalism, but Piper seems to limit God's sovereignty on this particular issue. On page 156, Piper argues against Millard Erickson by saying that Paul's comment `How shall they hear without a preacher' (Romans 10:14) mitigates Erickson's argument regarding general revelation through nature. Piper fails to consider two things: 1) If a person has a Bible in front of him, he does not necessarily need an ordained minister to explain it since God will award the diligent seeker; 2) by reading the text, the person has the words of a preacher, the ultimate preacher, in fact, Jesus Christ. Piper seems to be saying that without a missionary, a person cannot read the Bible in his own natural language and have any hope of understanding it. While I do not diminish the role of the Holy Spirit in influencing the believer, I do believe that it is possible to be saved without ever sitting down personally with another Christian to explain the text. Piper's view seems to not take into account a fuller canon of Scripture than when Paul wrote Romans.

Piper also comes across as flip in the discussion of eternal torment. Proponents of annihilation apparently include not only the Jehovah's Witnesses but also some evangelical names like John R.W. Stott. Piper seemed to mimic John MacArthur on this particular issue by restating his opinion enough that Scripture apparently justified it. While I am in agreement with Piper regarding eternal torment and in opposition to Stott's `the punishment exceeds the crime' view, I did feel Piper should have been more theological in his polemic. This same criticism applies towards his loud argument that the number of groups is more important than the number of people. I've often wondered on this question, "Why are we in the position of having to choose? Why not both?" Finally, I felt his statistics regarding modern Christian martyrs were inflated beyond reason. Simple math ought to indicate that we are not losing between 150,000 and 200,000 Christian martyrs every single year. Such a level of extinction would wipe out the entire population of the United States in 150 years, and though we do not send all of the missionaries, we certainly send the majority of Christian missionaries in the countries he named.


What is there to say about a book that makes you make feel bad about your pathetic prayer life? Actually, it pushes me towards a more active prayer life based on New Testament principles. It is easy to forget in the protective and `sanctified' bubble of a seminary campus that we are training for war where the casualty rate is much higher than it is in the physical confrontation in Iraq. But suffering is also what life on this earth is all about despite the detractors wearing Rolexes on television who are tearing down their barns to build bigger ones for their abundance and fail to see that we are called to suffer. I find myself failing miserably in this area as well. Suffering is not something we have to seek; invariably, it will come to us. But the way we do seek it is by living a holy life, not laughing at the off-color joke, and actually living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is a fair question to consider, "Since I'm not suffering, am I really a Christian?" And though that may be extreme, it certainly may affect the aspect of eternal reward.

I find a different reflection concerning what I believe to be a meaningless point in the book, the nature of eternal Hell. It seems this argument centers around semantics and embedded theology on the part of the proponent regardless of one's view. That said, does it really make a difference whether Hell is a literal fire of brimstone or is a metaphor for separation from God? If it is a metaphor, it is clear that fire is the closest metaphor for eternal darkness that God could use to communicate the nature of Hell. But a more somber reflection seems to me, "Why do some believe in annihilation?" And the answer is clear: the notion of a literal eternal fire is too depressing to contemplate or consider. The argument that Hell is `too severe' (Pinnock, Stott) for the crime betrays a lack of belief in God, in my view. What human has the right to say whether a punishment from God, to say nothing of a reward from God, is `fair?' I don't believe anyone does. This argument, in fact, boomerangs on Piper in his argument for groups over people. I don't think this can be exegetically defended despite his best efforts. Paul was the apostle to the GENTILES. Sure, there are numerous Gentile groups, but Paul did very little towards Israel except write a three-chapter inspired defense of God's promises to Israel. He didn't drop the Gentiles and go seek Jewish converts.

And what about my worship? Piper's point drew me in from the very first page. Not just the priority of worship, but how? What is right? How is God exalted and praised biblically and properly? And do I fulfill His command to worship in `Spirit and truth?' (John 4:24).


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