Book Review: Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper

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Everyone in the this planet are affected with the coronavirus. Everyone will feel fear, anxiety, pain and even lost in the midst of this chaos. Everyone is looking for relief and escape from this global threat. Counting the odds nor endless entertainment doesnt help. The soul is looking for something solid to hang on to. This hope is beyond this deadly virus. It comes from God and His Word. That’s what Coronavirus and Christ comes in.

It seems fitting that a Christian voice should resonates in our hopeless situation. I’m glad  that voice is John Piper. He quickly wrote a reply to the rest of us as we questioning what God is doing in this crisis. I know there are lots of Christian writers who wrote or will be writing to comfort people through blogs, videos and books. But nothing beats a trusted pastor like John Piper to deliver a biblical message on our predicament.

Coronavirus and Christ  is one solid read drench with excellent insights of John Piper and wisdom from the Scriptures. This book penetrates through the issue and present what this world needs to know: God and what this God is doing during this pandemic.

First, Piper introduced this God as the Bible speaks about Him. It’s not the usual “God is love” routine we already read in other books and sometimes abused in Facebook memes. Piper points us to what it means for God as righteous, holy and good. Want to have a solid foundation to where you can find security? Know the God of the Bible.

Then in the later part of the book, Piper shows us what God is doing during this pandemic. Piper gave six that points to reality. These six will surely shatter you. You might be surprised that Christians are involved in God’s actions in this crisis. God intended for Christians as the “frontliners” of the kingdom.

Coronavirus and Christ must is read and must needed resource that everyone should avail. Let this book hit you hard with Christ exalting and God glorifying truth, that will open your eyes to seek more.  I believe after reading this book, you’ll want more of the Bible and books by John Piper. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

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Do you enjoy checking out different links of articles, deals, promos, videos, audio or perhaps grab some freebies? Then head over my post of a big list of curated content post from various Christian blogs. I know you’ll enjoy discovering great content from other blogs.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, you can download the book for free on PDF, mobi, epub and audiobook format or pre-order the print version by clicking here.

“…playing the odds is a fragile place to put your hope. Odds like 3 percent versus 10 percent, youth versus old age, compromised health versus no history of disease, rural versus urban, self-isolated versus home meeting with friends. Playing the odds provides little hope. It is not a firm place to stand.
There is a better way. There is a better place to stand: a Rock of certainty rather than the sand of probabilities.”

“…knowing that the same sovereignty that could stop the coronavirus, yet doesn’t, is the very sovereignty that sustains the soul in it.”

“The coronavirus was sent, therefore, by God. This is not a season for sentimental views of God. It is a bitter season. And God ordained it. God governs it. He will end it. No part of it is outside his sway. Life and death are in his hand.”

“God’s meticulous sovereignty—whether we live or die—serves his holiness and righteousness and goodness and wisdom. In Christ we are not his dispensable pawns. We are his valued children.”

“Neither Satan nor sickness nor sinful man is sovereign. Only God is. And he is good—and wise and sovereign.”

“confidence in the face of death has emboldened Christ’s people for two thousand years. The truth of God’s wise and good sovereignty has been the stabilizing power for thousands of Christians in the sacrifices of love.”

“Calamities are God’s previews of what sin deserves and will one day receive in judgment a thousand times worse. They are warnings. They are wake-up calls to see the moral horror and spiritual ugliness of sin against God.”

“What God is doing in the coronavirus is showing us—graphically, painfully—that nothing in this world gives the security and satisfaction that we find in the infinite greatness and worth of Jesus. “

8 Free Must-See Christian Films During Community Quarantine

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Since we have all the time in the world at home we should spend it wisely. I got inspired with an article from Reformed Prespectives which listed down Christian films that are fantastic and free. So I listed some of my own favorite films online that never made it to their list. It’s a mix bag of 8 free films nevertheless it’s worth binge watching during the pandemic. All of them are available for free on Youtube as of this posting.

Unpopular – Hosted by Emilio Ramos and produced by Red Grace Media, this 30 minute film explores the message of Christianity that is the gospel. With interviews with the likes of James White and Paul Washer, the film unravels the the unpopular message of the gospel to the world. Unpopular is a great tool to inspire and equip Christians to proclaim the offensive but much needed gospel to this sin filled world.

How to Answer The Fool – Thanks to Jeff Durbin and Sye Ten Bruggencate, they took presuppositional apologetics to street level. This film will explain the method and apply it practically on the real people down the street. The film ends with a heated conversation. How to Answer The Fool is your first dip to presuppositional apologetics and will drive you to find more about it.

Through the Eyes of Spurgeon – A real treat for Christians is this documentary that is now available online. Directed by Stephen McCaskell, documentary filmaker with works like Luther and the upcoming Puritan and Epic, this is his debut film. This film explores the man who eventually became the Prince of Preachers. Through the Eyes of Spurgeon presents Spurgeon as you never have seen before.

Leonard Ravenhill Biography: In Light of Eternity – If I ask you who are, in your opinion, the most influential preachers in the 20th century, will Ravenhill make the cut?  This 9 year old documentary produced by I’ll Be Honest shows the life and ministry of Ravenhill . In Light of Eternity‘s running time is 15 minutes but it’s filled to the brim with interviews and sermon clips from Ravenhill that it will stir your soul.

Don’t Waste Your Life…Sentence – John Piper’s book, Don’t Waste Your Life created a big stir to a new generation of Reformed believers. That book sprang T-shirts, ballers, sermon jam videos, and a rap song from Lecrae promoting the message not to succumb to the American dream but to live for Christ. And this documentary, Dont Waste Your Life…Sentence, inspired by the book, is about inmates of Angola prison who were changed by the gospel. Get a glimpse of how they strive to live according to the gospel in this eye opening film with clips  of John Piper preaching  at that prison.

Yembi Yembi: Unto the Nations – Journey along with these ordinary missionaries as they reach out an isolated tribe called Yembi Yembi. Watch as these men of God live, survive, teach, and translate the Bible for a tribe that haven’t heard of the gospel on Papua New Guinea. The finale of Unto the Nations will tug your heart but I won’t give any spoilers.

Robber of the Cruel Streets – George Muller’s name is synonymous with the word “prayer”. He is an inspiration to countless Christians who wants to depend on the Lord’s provision. This bio film produced by Christian History Institute, presents this man of prayer as he fully surrender his life and ministry to God. Robber of the Cruel Streets captures Muller’s heart for God and the orphans of the streets of London.

George Whitefield Documentary – What better way to introduce an influential 18th century preacher than by another influential Christian from  the 20th century, Martyn Lloyd-Jones. In this vintage, 15 minute film produced by MLJ Trust, Lloyd Jones explores the life and times of George Whitefield and how he became instrumental to God by preaching the gospel to his generation.

So that’s my list. What’s your favorite film? Please comment below and let us discuss it.

 

The Quotable Round-Up #117

zlhzkl3Have you watched “American Gospel”? We’ll I did this week and it was excellent. The documentary really nailed the prosperity gospel. It’s 2 hours and 19 minutes full of moving interviews and clips that will open your eyes to the deception of this movement. Here’s some quotes from the film and if you want to get copy of it click here.

“The ultimate gift of the gospel is not these all other things, it’s God Himself. God is both the giver and the gift.”
— Trevin Wax

“If someone doesn’t have the right view of the gospel, they don’t have the right view of anything.”
— Paul Washer

“There’s an assumption that unbeliver’s are seeking after God. When in reality, they are seeking after a God of their own choosing.” — Anthony Wood

“The prosperity gospel is exactly like marrying someone for their money.” — Sean Demars

“The reason why people teach that it’s always God’s will to heal and if it doesn’t the problem is them, is because that’s a good way to manipulate people. Prosperity theology means money.” — Costi Hinn

“One of the quickest way to spot a counterfeit gospel is to ask the question, ‘Who is this gospel about?’ Is this gospel or good news primarily about you and your personal happiness or is it a message about God.” — Trevin Wax

“In terms of biblical Christianity, Christianity is about dying.” — Michael Horton

 

The Freebie Round-Up #16

2njbdw7Its Reformation Week! What better way to celebrate its 501 th year than to have some freebies for you. Dont forget to share this stuff to others. Praying that these resources will point you to Christ goodness and to prepare you to serve others.

FREE “Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation” by Michael Reeves – Luther really changed the world and influence countless individuals. This free resources captures the essence of the movement written as an evangelistic resource by Michael Reeves made possible by Desiring God.

FREE audio download of “Science and the Bible” by Rob Bowman from Credo Courses – Final day to get the audio format of the lecture, so be use to download it NOW!

*In case you missed these : 5 Christian Podcast You Should Be Listening Right Now7 Awesome Ways to Learn Church History Online for Free, 7 Short But Excellent Christian Books I Have Read, 5 Important Things to Do Before Starting to Read A Book3 Essential Reasons to Re-Read Your Favorite Book. 

FREE e-book “Everyone’s a Theologian” by R. C. Sproul – This free resource is a primer for systematic theology that is a must read for every Christian discussing the Bible.

FREE e-book “Practical Christianity by A. W. Pink –  one of the newest title Monergism has released, Pink expounded the Scriptures to teach the believers on applying it in their lives.

*In case you missed these: Collecting the Past: Delighting Grace Interviews Caleb of Log College Press,  Accessible Apologetics: Delighting Grace Interviews Jason L. PetersenSquad Goals: Delighting Grace Interviews Theron St. JohnTested by Time: Delighting Grace Interviews Dr. Isabelo Magalit.

FREE e-book “Commentary of 1 Thessalonians” by Todd Braye – a collection of 27 sermon manuscripts intended for Filipino pastors now free to download.

FREE 3 e-books about John Calvin from John Piper + free video from Desiring God – A fitting freebie for October 31 celebration, Desiring God offers these e-books and a video absolutely free.

FREE 3 e-books on Martin LutherA biography and two books written by Luther, these will keep you busy till the 31st .

The Digital Round-Up # 17

zkorsnzHello there! Here’s “The Digital Round-Up” to give you some of my favorite freebies, articles and everything in between. What do you think of it? Eclectic? Weird? Interesting? I just want to know. So please, please, please do me a favor and post your comments about this post at the comment section. Thank you and God bless!

FREE “The Greatest Fight” by Charles H. Spurgeon – The Prince of Preachers has something to say to the 21st century pastor and teachers. Grab this free book to know his urgent message.

Government: Mandate of Justice, Not Religion – “A pastoral reflections on the purpose of government…not to promote religion, but to pursue justice.” – Noel Espinosa

A World Without Any Common Sense – Trevin Wax states that in the public square “we have a hard time finding “common ground” because there is no “common sense” regarding what’s at stake.

Extremely Early Testimonies to the Deity of Christ– As news of an artifact that will be unveiled soon that has proof that Jesus is God, there are a much earlier proof from the church fathers that the deity of Jesus is not what the Da Vinci Code or Jehovah’s Witnesses believe.

People Are Basically Good – This post is part of the series “Ten Lies the World Believe” from Grace to You blog.

The good news: Filipinos are still reading books– That’s indeed a good news specially for me who is a literacy advocate.

The Grim Conclusion of the largest-Ever Study of Fake News –  Did you know that false information spreads faster that true information. Well let this very comprehensive study tells you and lots more.  It’s a long read but it has the meat on the subject of fake news.

The History of the AltaVista –  Remember AltaVista? Its a pre-Google search engine that was born in the 90’s when the internet is just in its infancy. For me its the first website I log into in my first internet experience. More than a nostalgic trip, this article recounts how an internet giant rise and fall.

Love Jesus More Than You Love Anything – John Piper

The Digital Round-Up #11

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Happy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you a more abundant grace from God. Lets focus on Christ as He leads us to this promising year. Here’s a collection of stuff that’s specially curated just for you. And Oh please come back often.

Free ebook: This Momentary Marriage by John Piper – download this awesome book in PDF format free. Check out the whole section of online books that are also free.

The Year in Pictures – Boston Globe’s “Big Picture” presents photos of those people, places and events that went viral in 2017.

Best of 2017 – Pocket app (formerly Read Later) presents the most saved article in 2017 by its users.

15 Signs You Need a Social Media Cleanse – we all need some time off online. Here’s the sign that you need one.

Justice League helps Wonder Woman on the streets of Manila – Wonder Woman is up against Darkseid..on the streets of Manila (Not Tokyo or New York). You can check it out in Wonder Woman #37 with awesome artworks of our very own Stephen Jorge Segovia and Carlo Pagulayan.

5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Bestsellers – This is my first time to check Tim Challies Youtube channel and this video is very good.

The Quotable Round-Up # 41

Here are some of the quotes from the book “The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage” which is part of the series titled “The Gospel for Life”. If you enjoy this quotes, please feel free to share this post over your social media. God bless you and enjoy your week!
“Marriage is based in the complementarity of the sexes, and the very real possibility that marriage relationships produce children. Same-sex couples cannot, by definition, produce what society needs: children. This isn’t to be harsh or critical of same-sex attracted persons in general. It is to communicate, however, that the nature of same-sex relationships are never marital, and thus not biblical in any imaginable scenario.”– Russel Moore and Andrew Walker, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“Marriage is created and defined by God in the Scriptures as the sexual and covenantal union of a man and a woman in lifelong allegiance to each other alone, as husband and wife, with a view to displaying Christ’s covenant relationship to his blood-bought church.”– Russel Moore and Andrew Walker, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“Those who believe that God has spoken to us truthfully in the Bible should not concede that the committed, lifelong partnership and sexual relations of two men or two women is marriage. It isn’t. God has created and defined marriage. And what He has joined together in that creation and that definition cannot be separated and still called marriage in God’s eyes.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The husband displays the sacrificial love of Christ’s headship, and the wife displays the submissive role of Christ’s body. The mystery of marriage is that God had this double (of wife and husband) display in mind when He created man as male and female. Therefore, the profoundest reality in the universe underlies marriage as a covenantal union between a man and a woman.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The good news of Jesus is that God saves heterosexual sinners and homosexual sinners who trust Jesus, by counting them righteous because of Christ, and by helping them through His Spirit to live lives pleasing to Him in their disordered brokenness.”– John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The heart of Christianity is that God saves sinners through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The best news in all the world is that Jesus Christ died and rose again so that the most bizarre sexual predator—homosexual or heterosexual—can be rescued from his path of destruction, washed, justified, sanctified, and given a place in God’s all-satisfying presence by faith in Jesus Christ. This is the heart of our message.”- John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage
“The recognition of so-called same-sex marriage would be a clear social statement that motherhood or fatherhood or both are negligible in the public good of raising children. Two men adopting children cannot provide motherhood. And two women adopting children cannot provide fatherhood. But God ordained from the beginning that children grow up with a mother and a father, and said, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exod. 20:12). Tragedies in life often make that impossible. But taking actions to make that tragedy normal may be worth prohibiting by law. That’s a factor to consider.”- John Piper, The Gospel and Same-Sex Marriage (The Gospel for Life Series) #biblicalmarriage #samelsexmarriage #russelmoore #andrewwalker #johnpiper #thegospelandsamesexmarriage

The Quotable Round-Up #31

Hello guys! Here’s your weekly dose of quotes featuring the book “God’s Word, Our Story” published by Crossway. Enjoy and God bless!

“Here is the great starting point for all of us  when we are dealing with the living God—a reverential, humble,  glad recognition that we are dependent, God is independent; we  are contingent, God is absolute; we are defined, God is the definer;  we are held in being by his will, he is absolute being.” — John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Jesus sealed the new  covenant by his blood. The day of failure will soon be over. Till  then, we are sealed by the Spirit and are fighting sin by his power.” –John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“God does not exist for the sake of our enjoying biblical stories; biblical stories exist for the sake of our enjoying God.”- John Piper, God’s Word, Our Story

“Unfortunately, many of us are barely literate when it comes to  the flow of redemptive history. We go to our Bibles for something  to help us deal with our circumstances rather than to see how  God is dealing with the world. But the Bible is not about us; it’s  about God and his plan to redeem his fallen, miserable world, and  restore it to the glory he first sang into being at creation.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Our prayer life  should be shaped and grounded in Scripture as often as possible,  as we respond to scriptural promises and statements about God.” — Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“Immersion in God’s Word teaches us to pray the same way  immersion in language teaches a baby how to speak the language  of her parents.”- Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“God’s people do not need to be powerful culturally or in power  politically to be obedient to him and accomplish his purposes in  the world. All they need to do to glorify him and join the great  sweep of redemptive history is to be faithful to the One who has  called them by his own name.”–Kathy Keller, God’s Word, Our Story

“When you become a Christian, your conviction of sin and your  experience of grace go all the way to the bottom—all the way  to that uttermost foundation. Christ goes there, and no matter  what happens, that foundation doesn’t change.”–Tim Keller, God’s Word, Our Story