This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence

This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence


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This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence by John Piper

Reflecting on 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781433531118
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 09/30/2012
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 164,066
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, A Peculiar Glory, and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

Noël Piper (BA, Wheaton College) and her husband, John, ministered at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 30 years. She is the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God.

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This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
youthpastor247 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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The_Persistent_Widow More than 1 year ago
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.