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Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

John Piper

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

John Piper

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A Plea To Pastors For Radical Ministry

John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the secularisation of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.

Pastors are being side-tracked by the professionalising of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the pastor - because it is not the mentality of the slave of Christ and has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. Brothers we are not professionals, we are outcasts, aliens and exiles in this world. Our citizenship is in Heaven and you cannot professionalise the love for his appearing without killing it - and it is being killed.
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A Plea To Pastors For Radical Ministry

John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the secularisation of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.

Pastors are being side-tracked by the professionalising of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the pastor - because it is not the mentality of the slave of Christ and has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. Brothers we are not professionals, we are outcasts, aliens and exiles in this world. Our citizenship is in Heaven and you cannot professionalise the love for his appearing without killing it - and it is being killed.
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John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the the secularisation of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.


Pastors are being sidetracked by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is the not the mentality of the pastor. Why? Because it is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. It has nothing to do with the essence and heart of ministry.


The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. There is no such thing as professional childlikeness, professional tender - heartedness and professional panting after God.


Brothers we are not professionals, we are aliens and and exiles in this world. Our citizenship is in heaven and you cannot professionalize the love for his appearing without killing it - and it is being killed.


The world sets the agenda of the professional man. God sets the agenda of the spiritual man. The only similarity between the two is that someone else is writing an agenda for you.




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Meet the Author

John Piper

John Stephen Piper was born 11 January 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper. The Pipers soon moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist who also ministered through international radio and Bible courses. John has written a tribute to his mother, who died in 1974, in the booklet, What's the Difference (Crossway Books, 1990) which is also chapter one of the book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Crossway Books, 1991).

At Wheaton College (1964-68), John majored in Literature and minored in Philosophy. Studying Romantic Literature with Clyde Kilby stimulated the poetic side of his nature and today he regularly writes poems to celebrate special family occasions and rich, biblical truths. At Wheaton John also met Noel Henry whom he married in 1968.

Following college, John completed a Bachelor of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California (1968-71). While at Fuller, John discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards.

John did his doctoral work in New Testament Studies at the University of Munich, Munich, West Germany (1971-74). His dissertation, Love Your Enemies, was published by Cambridge University Press and Baker Book House (and is now available through Crossway). Upon completion of his doctorate, he went on to teach Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for six years (1974-80).

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for 33 years, until 2013. Together with his people, John was dedicated to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ - a mission he continues now for the wider church through the ministry of desiringGod.org. John says of his ministry:
"The ministry of preaching is the central labor of my life. My prayer is that through that ministry and everything else I do the great glory of our God and Savior Jesus Christ would be magnified as more and more people come to live out the obedience of faith more and more deeply."

John is the author of over 50 books and now frequently travels to speak, and writes regularly, through Desiring God.

John and Noel have four sons, a daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

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Brothers, we are blessed to have this book
4 stars By Charles, Sep 14 2012
I read this book with my minister and mentor and was both greatly encouraging for my relationship with God, but also practically in ministry. The book is deceivingly dense and on the whole, the chapters get progressively longer, however, John Piper covers almost every aspect of ministry and his writing is filled with a love of Christ and saturated with God's Word. In particular, the chapter on prayer has shaped the way I pray.
For those serving the Lord in ministry, this book is a must have.
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  • Catalogue Code 199345
  • Product Code 1857928938
  • EAN 9781857928938
  • Pages 304
  • Department Academic
  • Category Leadership
  • Sub-Category Church Leadership
  • Publisher Christian Focus Publications
  • Publication Date May 2008
  • Sales Rank #8921
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.385kg

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