We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I ordered it yesterday. I am grateful to a Brit†friend for letting me know about Piper, whose church in Minnesota he attended last week while on a cross-country road trip. The high points of his trip? Meeting Piper, and camping in Glacier National Park.
Itís been few long years since Iíve turned those pages, but I turned them to the last. Itís a seductive idea to any fool-for-Christ that a believer should pursue their pleasure in service of God, but there are at times a different perspective in the Scriptures: Davidís anguished resolve to serve God in the Psalms; Jobís undeserved torment; and the admonition found in the book of Romans, et al, to rejoice in suffering, because suffering brings perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. These are a sober reminder to the person of faith who would forget the purpose of God is not the plan of men. There are times when such service seems more like the fortunes of war. Does Piper address this in his work? Iíve forgottenóitís been too many years since I've been between those coversóbut it would be a fool for Christ indeed who believed the path of faith in God a seductive pleasure. Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. The rest a wise man would leave to God.