John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is simultaneously a challenging and encouraging read. Pastoral ministry is serious work. It is not to be taken casually or viewed as a less strenuous alternative to a other professions. It is a glorious, demanding, painful, thrilling, satisfying endeavor with eternal ramifications. Pastors are charged with the accurate handling of God’s … Continue reading Two Lessons Learned from John Piper's 'Brothers, We are Not Professionals'
Piper on Pressure and Productivity
A quote has been firmly wedged in my mind since I finished John Piper's Brothers we are not Professionals that I thought I would share with you. It has been tremendously helpful to me as I have let it simmer in my heart over the past few days. In the chapter, Brothers, Read Christian Biography, … Continue reading Piper on Pressure and Productivity
Preparing for the Pulpit: Piper and Edwards on the Ministry of Preaching
I'm a high school pastor. During the course of any given week, I usually teach/preach, on average, 2-3 times, one time being during our Sunday morning fellowship group. But this week I get the special opportunity to address the whole church body. I will continue in our Summer's series on the Psalms with a message from Psalm 63 entitled, Satisfied … Continue reading Preparing for the Pulpit: Piper and Edwards on the Ministry of Preaching
‘The Roots of Endurance’ by John Piper
I love biographies. I love John Piper. So I really love biographies written by John Piper. The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon and William Wilberforce is the third book (of four) in the Swans are not Silent biography series. Piper, each year, hosts a pastor's conference at his church. … Continue reading ‘The Roots of Endurance’ by John Piper