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piper's narrative poems

If you've been around this blog for any length of time, you know that John Piper has had a pretty incredible influence on me. One of the more under-the-radar aspects of his ministry that has really blessed me is his series of Narrative Poems. Every year, as a Christmas gift to his church, he writes a poem for each week of advent. The poems are mostly stories from the lives of biblical saints or fictional characters who find their lives intertwined with significant events in redemptive history.

I'm about to go on vacation (leave next Friday!) and one of my favorite things to do on vacation is to print off a series of poems and read them. I am almost always moved to tears. This year, I'm taking his series on "Nebuchadnezzar," "Paul's Face," and "The Prodigal's Sister."

Other favorites of mine include "Peter, Annanias, and Sapphira," "The Innkeeper," and "The Loaves and Fishes."