Between Two Worlds: Piper: What Jesus Demands from the World
Justin Taylor is telling the world that John Piper’s new book, What Jesus Demands from the World, is now available online as a free PDF download from Desiring God’s website.
I started browsing the book when it was first available on Crossway’s website, and I immediately flagged it for myself as a must-read, based on this wonderful thought from the very start of the introduction:
The aim of this book is God-glorifying obedience to Jesus. To that end I am seeking to obey Jesus’ last command: “Make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus’ final command was to teach all his commandments.
The Impossible Final Command
Actually, the final command was more precise than that. He did not say, “Teach them all my commandments.” He said, “Teach them to observe all my commandments.” You can teach a parrot all of Jesus’ commandments. But you cannot teach a parrot to observe them. Parrots will not repent, and worship Jesus, and lay up treasures in heaven, and love their enemies, and go out like sheep in the midst of wolves to herald the kingdom of God.
Amen! Now go download the book. Then go buy the book. Somewhere in there, read the book. And email me and say “James, have you read it yet? No? Shame on you!”