Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Desiring God-- John Piper

I just finished reading John Piper's benchmark book, Desiring God. It took me a long time to finish and I am quick to blame busy-ness but I don't like blaming busy-ness for a bad reading schedule. Earlier this year I made it a goal of mine to read 25 books in 2008. I'm not on schedule.

But I have finally finished this one, and I'm very glad of it, because it's one of the great books on what it really means to be a Christian. John Piper has a uncanny ability to communicate effectively what is in his mind. The topic of this book is something that Piper calls "Christian Hedonism," which at first glance sounds like a contradiction of terms. Piper says that hedonism, living in pursuit of whatever pleasures you, is at the very center of real authentic Christianity. How can that be so? Because seeking after God in every area of your life 100% is ultimately the most pleasurable experience man can have. God doesn't demand (or want) joyless followers. He wants followers who leap in excitement out of their joy for their Master, and gladly follow Him.

It's a great read. And now that I'm done I'm moving on to a different book. Peace Child by Don Richardson, which is the telling of a true story of how the gospel came to impact some tribal people in New Guinea back in the 60's. I'll get back to you when I'm done to tell you how I liked it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Little Things

My last post was real quick because I was so excited to get married. Now I've been married for a month. I love it. I love my wife.

Today Ashley was making me macaroni and cheese and she spilled all the noodles everywhere. It was really funny. We laughed hard for a long time because it was her very first kitchen blunder and there were noodles everywhere. We ended up salvaging some of the noodles-- there were about half that were still edible. The other half she gave to me. We still put in all the cheese and butter and stuff, making it the cheesiest macaroni I've ever eaten.

Married life is just a joy. It's all about enjoying the little things.