By John Piper (Crossway, 2018). 328 pp.
In this book, Piper asks, “What does it mean to preach [God’s] word, and how should we do it?” (p. 15). Piper aims to show “how preaching becomes and begets the blood-bought, Spirit-wrought worship of the worth and beauty of God. . . God’s purpose on earth will advance through Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting, God-centered churches, where the gravity and gladness of eternal worship is awakened and rehearsed each week in the presence and power of expository exultation” (p. 21). Piper’s book will encourage and challenge all who preach God’s Word. As he states, “Preaching is not everything, but it affects everything. It is the trumpet of truth in the church” (p. 307). As Sinclair Ferguson’s endorsement notes, “Here is a book about preaching in which God himself takes center stage. . . [This book] makes us want to be and do better for God. It is simply a must-read for every preacher of the gospel.”
Reviewed by Don Schaeffer for the Winter 2019 issue of Japan Harvest magazine
Reviewer rating is 5 of 5 stars ★★★★★
Don Schaeffer and his wife Hazel serve with the Christian & Missionary Alliance and came to Japan in 1984. They have planted churches in Saitama Ken and served in mission leadership.