Acting the Miracle
Fighting sin is hard. Thankfully, God helps Christians to overcome sin through the miracle of sanctification. This new book, edited by best-selling author John Piper and his trusted colleague, David Mathis, calls readers to &"act the miracle&" God has already...
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Fighting sin is hard. Thankfully, God helps Christians to overcome sin through the miracle of sanctification. This new book, edited by best-selling author John Piper and his trusted colleague, David Mathis, calls readers to &"act the miracle&" God has already worked within all believers. With contributions from popular speakers Kevin DeYoung, Ed Welch, Russell Moore, and Jarvis Williams, this compilation draws on a wealth of wisdom derived from God&'s Word and personal experience in order to encourage Christians to strive for holiness without falling into the trap of legalism. Here is a practical resource from leading evangelicals that helps Christians to pursue godly living.
EDWARD T. WELCH (M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in counseling psychology, University of Utah) is a licensed psychologist and faculty member of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has written many books on such subjects as addiction, depression, and anxiety and contributes frequently to the Journal of Biblical Counseling.
Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, across the street from Michigan State University. A graduate of Hope College and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, he serves on the executive team of RCA Integrity, a renewal group within the Reformed Church of America. DeYoung is coauthor of Why We're Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. He has also written Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will.
John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).
At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.
Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.
John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).
In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."
John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.
John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
Russell D. Moore is dean of the school of theology and senior vice president for academic administration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as the executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement and is a regular columnist for Baptist Press. He has served on the pastoral staffs of two churches and was an aide to a United States congressman. He and his wife, Maria, and three sons live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dr. Jarvis J. Williams is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, he served as an assistant professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2012 and as an associate professor of New Testament and Greek from 2012-2013 at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky.
He has authored a number of books including Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul's Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul's Conception of Jesus's Death? and One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology. he has also written Sunday School material for The Gospel Project. Dr. Williams has also served as an interim pastor of churches in Kentucky, and he preaches often in churches and at conferences throughout the country.