Posts Tagged With: John Piper

From The Gospel Coalition 2011: “The Pastor as Scholar” by John Piper

The Pastor As A Scholar – John Piper from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

I am grateful to the Gospel Coalition for providing these videos of the TGC Plenary Sessions. 

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Needed: Tough and Tender Pastors

Justin Taylor passed along a quote from John Piper on a vision for tough and tender pastors in controversy.  Here’s an excerpt:

It seems to me that we are always falling off the horse on one side or the other in this matter of being tough and tender—wimping out on truth when we ought to be lion-hearted, or wrangling with anger when we ought to be weeping. . . .

Oh how rare are the pastors who speak with a tender heart and have a theological backbone of steel.

I dream of such pastors. I would like to be one someday.

A pastor whose might in the truth is matched by his meekness.

Whose theological acumen is matched by his manifest contrition.

Whose heights of intellect are matched by his depths of humility.

Yes, and the other way around!

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Which Type of Tolerance Marks Your Ministry?

Beware of replacing real truth-based tolerance with spurious professional tolerance. Once upon a time tolerance was the power that kept lovers of competing faiths from killing each other. It was the principle that put freedom above forced conversion. It was rooted in the truth that coerced conviction is no conviction. That is true tolerance. But now the new professional tolerance denies that there are any competing faiths; they only complement each other. It denounces not only the effort to force conversions but also the idea that any conversion may be necessary. It holds the conviction that no religious conviction should claim superiority over another. In this way, peaceful parity among professionals can remain intact, and none need be persecuted for the stumbling block of the cross (Gal. 5:11).3 The aim of this book is to spread a radical, pastoral passion for the supremacy and centrality of the crucified and risen God-Man, Jesus Christ, in every sphere of life and ministry and culture. Increasingly, a ministry under the banner of Christ’s supremacy will be offensive to the impulses of professional clergy who like to be quoted respectably by the local newspaper (John Piper, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, Kindle location 95). 

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The Need for Pastors to Rest

Thabiti Anyabwile writes a helpful article about the pastor’s need for rest.

Ministry veterans like Piper and John Stott among others have come to see the value of regular periods of rest.  I’m freshly grateful to God for a church family that supports my pastoral labors as well as rest from those labors.  I’m deeply thankful for a church family that understands that the church belongs to the Lord and His reign is not threatened when His under-shepherds rest.  When I’m not rested, it’s usually my fault.  I’m either over-extending myself or I’m not being effective with my time.  There are periods where the load is really heavy, but with the encouragement and support I receive I should be rested and fresh most days.

Read the rest here.

(HT: Challies)  

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Links to Help Your Grip (3.29.10)

  • John Piper’s upcoming leave is a humble lesson for us all.
  • Russell Moore’s article warns the church about losing its blood:  “The eclipse of blood in American Christianity has quite a bit to do, I suspect, with American prosperity.”
  • Check out our new Neighbors to the Nations blog, set up for our Neighbors to the Nations Sunday on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church, Lexington, KY.
  • Crossway has released a free chapter on Worship from Driscoll’s "Doctrine"
  • My afternoon at the IMB International Learning Center
  • Hershael York, professor at Southern Seminary and pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky tells us when eschatology matters most (hint: its not in a classroom or backroom debate). 
  • My friend, Mark Combs who is pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Salem, Kentucky, wrote an insightful article on the recent health care legislation passed in Washington, D.C., last week.   
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The Gospel in Six Minutes (John Piper)

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