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'
Rarely is humility exalted as a fundamental element of true leadership. Yet, despite what some popular leadership proponents may allege, an honest and discriminating look into contemporary business culture confirms what the Scripture proclaims: God is opposed to the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. Christian leaders, then, must make every effort to … Continue reading Staying the Course: Humility and Christian Leadership
Pastors need to be courageous. Many of Paul's exhortations to Timothy highlight this truth. Timothy, though sincere, gifted, and discipled by the most eminent of apostles, apparently lacked courage in some areas (2 Timothy 1:7), and was perhaps even guilty of over-correcting and being too harsh with the way he instructed those who were not … Continue reading The Righteous are Bold as a Lion
Prior to D.A. Carson's biography of his father, few of us had ever heard of Tom Carson. He did not pastor a large congregation, he did not preside over a college or seminary, he did not leave a legacy of voluminous writings, he was not a sought after conference speaker; in a word---in his son's … Continue reading Ministry and Perfectionism – Reflections on 'Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor' by D.A. Carson