Month: May 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Passion: The Bright Light of Glory by Louie Giglio, John Piper, Beth Moore, Francis Chan, Judah Smith, Christine Caine

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Think of a greatest hits album for Passion Conferences throughout the years, and that pretty much sums up this book.

I graduated from college in 2000 and social media was confined to email and Napster. Thankfully, Giglio and the team were able to still spread the fire of God’s name and renown to college students and university campuses from the grassroots to the interwebs today.

Highlights from the book:

  • John Piper’s classic message “Boast Only in the Cross” – still a favorite all-time sermon of mine.
  • Francis Chan’s illustration of demonstrating grace to his daughter who had failed an exam (he decides to take her out on a dinner date and express grace as an undeserved reward for what was an obvious failure deserving of punishment).
  • Christine Caine’s illustration of her daughter grabbing a flashlight and asking “Can we please go find some darkness?”
  • Piper’s “Passion for The Supremacy of God” (again, all-time favorites) and his definition of evil:

“Tell me, what is evil? What is the definition of evil, that which appalls the universe, that causes the angels of God to say, “No! It can’t be!” According to Jeremiah 2:12-13, evil is looking back at God, the fountain of all-satisfying, living water, and saying, “No, thank you,” and turning to the television, sex, parties, booze, money, prestige, a hoseu in the suburbs, a vacation, a new computer program, and saying, “Yes!” That’s evil.


As someone who is 14 years removed from college graduation, I am still living in the echoes and reverberations of the ripple effect that was Passion 2000. I wasn’t even at Shelby Farms, but I’m so glad the words of those messages and so many messages since, have been preserved for decades to come.

I was wondering about Voddie Baucham’s early Passion messages as they were noticeably missing from this collection.




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