Your Bible Is Not Boring

John Piper | May 19, 2017


One day when I was in college, Clyde Kilby, my favorite English teacher, said something to this effect: “One of the greatest tragedies of the fall is that we get tired of familiar glories.” That simple statement sank deep into my consciousness. It made me sad, because I saw how superficial and unresponsive I was to so many wonders around me. It filled me with a longing to not be like that. I did not want to arrive in the Alps, be filled with wonder for a couple days, but by the end of the week be watching television in the chalet. I lamented my ability to actually yawn during Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Which means I loathe the thought of speaking of God’s glory in a way that is so familiar or stale or clichéd that it wakens no sense of wonder. Of course, I realize only God can waken true wonder at his glory. Kilby was right. The fall has left us deeply dysfunctional emotionally. We’re excited by trivia and bored by grandeur. We strain out a gnat to admire and swallow a camel of glory unnoticed. Nevertheless, I want to try to use language that helps us see what…


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