After more than 26 years of being associated with Bethlehem, I can say that Pastor John’s preaching has been his primary influence on me. But a close second are his books. And of his books, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist lays the foundation for all the rest that are to come.
Through April 7, you can buy a copy of the newest edition of Desiring God for only $5.
A live-streamed web broadcast will take place every Thursday in April at noon (live Eastern Standard Time, rebroadcast at noon during Central, Mountain and Pacific Times), where Pastor John will take questions on two chapters of Desiring God.
Reading the Bible and seeing God as sovereign and good has been massively important in my life in how I understand and respond to disability and disease. And God has also used Pastor John to help me when he speaks or writes specifically on the issue of suffering:
For (the Apostle Paul) any suffering that befell him while serving Christ was part of the “cost” of discipleship. When a missionary’s child gets diarrhea, we think of this as part of the price of faithfulness. But if any parent is walking in the path of obedience to God’s calling, it is the same price. What turns sufferings into sufferings “with” and “for” Christ is not how intentional our enemies are, but how faithful we are. If we are Christ’s, then what befalls us is for his glory and for our good whether it is caused by enzymes or by enemies (emphasis mine). John Piper, Desiring God, p. 260.
If the notion of Christian hedonism just seems strange (or even blasphemous) to you, buy the book, read the first two chapters of Desiring God and join in the live-streamed discussion on April 7. You might think about God’s interest in your happiness in an entirely new way.
You can also read an earlier edition of Desiring God online for free.