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Monday, October 29, 2012

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
by John Piper

Product Details
  1. Paperback: 287 pages
  2. Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (September 15, 2002)
Point: Pastors are not professionals. We are clay pots for the Master’s service.

Path: Through a series of thirty articles, John Piper challenges the pastors of the 21st century to take up the duty with which they have been entrusted. Pastors are to passionately proclaim the crucified and risen Son of God, Jesus Christ.

Sources: Each article has a different focus and different background. It would be safe to say that Piper relies regularly on men such as John Bunyan, David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Charles Spurgeon.

Agreement: I thoroughly appreciate this work and the passion which it conveys. Piper is not concerned about perfect presentation, or flawless performances. He wants to see pastors stand up and boldly live as unashamed followers of Christ.
He takes a stand for justification, prayer, study, biblical languages, wartime living, missions, love of all, and the unborn.

Disagreement: There are certain areas in which I disagree with Piper (on his argument and application of baptism, etc.) but I deeply respect him. None of my disagreements would keep me from wholeheartedly endorsing this book.

Personal App: Am I living a life of pastoral vision, study, and care? Or am I merely making a profession out it?

Favorite Quote: “WHY Christians do what they do is just as important as what they do” (33).

Stars: 5 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a leader in the church. This is on my shelf of “once-a-year” books along side of C. J. Mahaney’s “Humility,” “Living the Cross Centered Life,” Hendrickson “Living By the Book” and some others.

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:8)