This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence [NOOK Book]

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The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is?and has always been?gargantuan. Reflecting on over 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 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 ...

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Overview

The chasm between the biblical vision of marriage and the common human conception is—and has always been—gargantuan. Reflecting on over 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 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, Piper’s book on marriage holds even greater appeal.

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Piper—a pastor, poet and parent—offers a biblical interpretation of and scriptural model for marriage. Piper has honed his distinctive voice—apparent even in his books—over 30 years of public speaking, teaching and preaching, but it's one most narrators ignore or find too challenging to interpret and integrate in their rendition; Grover Gardner makes an admirable effort, but listeners might find his tone incongruent with Piper's. Even if his reading lends a slightly removed and abstract feel to the work, Gardner manages to convey the author's remarkably insightful revelations of the mystery of God's marriage paradigm. A Crossways hardcover. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433520594
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 4/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 140,027
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He taught biblical studies at Bethel College in Minnesota for six years, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. Piper is the author of more than 30 books including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, and Spectacular Sins.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    A Must For Christian Couples

    As a soon-to-be husband as well as a youth pastor, I wanted to read this to see Piper's perspective on marriage. If you are unfamiliar with John Piper, he basically has the same premise of each of his books, glorifying God by enjoying Him forever, revealed in different ways. Here, Piper unpacks how we might glorify God in marriage. He goes beyond the cliches of "men are visual, physical, and think in boxes" and "females are relational." Piper begins with, and focuses on throughout the book, the reality of marriage not as being in love but rather as an analogy or picture of Christ and the Church. Whether you are single, about to marry, or have been married for decades, this book will encourage you to live for Christ in all His glory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Refreshing

    With all of the false ideas of what love and marriage are to be, this book is a refreshing commentary. Piper clearly shares the teaching of Scripture, that marriage is a reflection of Christ's relationship with his Church. As believers in Jesus, we're to live out this reflection both to the glory of God and as a testimony to those around us.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    John Piper and his marriage views turn a blind eye to the realit

    John 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.

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