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Brothers, we are not professionals : a plea to pastors for radical ministry

Author: John Piper
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Broadman & Holman, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. The world sets the agenda of the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Piper
ISBN: 0805426205 9780805426205
OCLC Number: 50637202
Description: xv, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: A word of thanks --
Brothers, we are not professionals --
Brothers, God loves his glory --
Brothers, God is love --
Brothers, live and preach justification by faith --
Brothers, beware of the debtor's ethic --
Brothers, tell them not to serve God --
Brothers, consider Christian hedonism --
Brothers, let us pray --
Brothers, beware of sacred substitutes --
Brothers, fight for your life --
Brothers, let us query the text --
Brothers, Bitzer was a banker --
Brothers, read Christian biography --
Brothers, show your people why God inspired hard texts --
Brothers, save the saints --
Brothers, we must feel the truth of hell --
Brothers, lead them to repentance through their pleasure --
Brothers, magnify the meaning of baptism --
Brothers, our affliction is for their comfort --
Brothers, let the river run deep --
Brothers, don't fight flesh tanks with peashooter regulations --
Brothers, don't confuse uncertainty with humility --
Brothers, tell them copper will do --
Brothers, help your people hold on and minister in calamity --
Brothers, give them God's passion for missions --
Brothers, sever the root of racism --
Brothers, blow the trumpet for the unborn --
Brothers, focus on the essence of worship, not the form --
Brothers, love your wives --
Brothers, pray for the seminaries.
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We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. The world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man.

John Piper pleads with fellow pastors to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry. We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. The more professional we long to be, the more spiritual death we will leave in our wake. For there is no professional childlikeness, there is no professional tenderheartedness, there is no professional panting after God. Brothers, we are not professionals. We are outcasts. We are aliens and exiles in the world. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we wait with eager expectation for the Lord (Phil. 3:20). 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 strong wine of Jesus Christ explodes the wineskins of professionalism. - Back cover.

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