Justin Taylor and I are excited that we are now free to talk openly about For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper (Crossway, 2010).We’ve been diligent to protect the secrecy of this project ever since we first sat down three years ago in a Wheaton, Illinois, restaurant to talk and pray about a project that has become very dear to our hearts.
The first obstacle we had to overcome was our sense that John might not be as excited about this book as we were! But we quickly overcame any lingering concerns by reminding ourselves and our contributors that this book is about the fame of God’s name, not that of John Piper. Still, we are unapologetic about wanting to honor John and to express our love and appreciation for his many productive years of ministry.
Two days ago at our National Conference, Sam Storms and Justin Taylor took the stage just before lunch to make an unexpected announcement: after 3 years of undercover communication and composition, a special book had been prepared.
There on stage, Sam and Justin presented to John Piper a book written in his honor: For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper.
Sam began by reading from "A Note to John Piper," the first section of the book, in which he and Justin express (and defend) their hearts in masterminding the project. Then Justin read the name of each of the 27 contributors and the titles of their chapters (see below).
It was a weighty moment—in the happiest sense—filled with heartfelt words, teary eyes, God-centered prayer, and a final chorus of "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" led by Crossway president Lane Dennis.