Moldeados Por Dios
Toda la Biblia enseña la verdad y despierta emociones, pero los Salmos están en una categoría propia. No solo despiertan el corazón; lo ponen en primer plano. No meramente invitan a nuestras emociones a responder a la verdad de Dios;...
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Toda la Biblia enseña la verdad y despierta emociones, pero los Salmos están en una categoría propia. No solo despiertan el corazón; lo ponen en primer plano. No meramente invitan a nuestras emociones a responder a la verdad de Dios; ponen nuestras emociones en exhibición. Los Salmos son más que imponentes, son contagiosos. No solo estamos escuchando ideas y sentimientos profundos. Vivimos entre ellos en su desbordamiento. Tocamos almohadas mojadas con lágrimas. Escuchamos y sentimos los gritos de aflicción, vergüenza, arrepentimiento, pena, ira, desaliento y agitación. Pero lo que hace que todo esto sea increíblemente diferente de las penas del mundo es que todo eso, absolutamente todo, se experimenta en relación con el Dios totalmente soberano. Este libro es una invitación. Dios quiere nuestros corazones. Él los tomará como los encuentre. Y luego, con el bálsamo sanador de los Salmos, los moldeara. Acepta su invitación a venir y descansar tu corazón en Él.
The whole Bible teaches truth and awakens emotions, but the Psalms are in a category of their own. They do not just awaken the heart; they put it in the foreground. They do not merely invite our emotions to respond to God's truth; they put our emotions on display. The Psalms are more than commanding - they are contagious. We are not just listening to profound ideas and feelings. We are living among them in their overflow. We touch pillows wet with tears. We hear and feel the unabashed cries of affliction, shame, regret, grief, anger, discouragement, and turmoil. But what makes all this stunningly different from the sorrows of the world is that all of it - absolutely all of it - is experienced in relation to the totally sovereign God. This book is an invitation. God wants our hearts. He will take them as he finds them. And then, with the healing balm of the Psalms, he will shape them. Accept His invitation to come and rest your heart in Him.
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.