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Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry Paperback – September 15, 2002
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This is a collection of 30 articles, some of which were written for the GBC magazine, that Piper has written to church leaders. Those of us who have subscribed to his email sermon series and read his "fresh words" will see some old friends here. All the better. This material deserves to be seen by everyone in vocational ministry.
Powerful and pithy, Piper delivers 30 easy-to-read, important-to-do challenges from the bible for today's Pastors. Challenge, reminder, encouragement all find healthy dosage within this book.
If you can't wait to read his forthcoming "Counted Righteous In Christ" book, there's a teaser in one of the chapters.
The book also represents a slight shift as Piper uses the English Standard Version as his main bible. Those with their ear to the ground on such matters saw it coming.
Among the topics he covers include:
1. Do not put your trust in man. Fear God instead.
2. We are dependent on God - our job is to wait for Him and let Him work mighty things through us as He chooses.
3. We cannot produce fruit apart from God. Time spent in prayer is not wasted time.
4. Good thoughts on the importance of reading good books.
5. The dangers of legalism.
6. Our afflictions can be used to comfort others.
7. Live a simple lifestyle so that others may simply live.
8. Pastoral ministry is serious business.
While the book's contents may be familiar to several readers, it doesn't hurt to be reminded periodically of the basics, lest we stray from the faith.
All in all, a good read.
What John Piper has written in "brothers, we are not professionals" is a very needed book, especially in Westren Christianity. And his address "brothers" is clearly a reference to the New Testament expression "brethren", and so, calling it sexist is unwarrented, unless you view the Bible as also being sexist.
A friend once told me that some of Martin Luther's hearer's derided him for teaching the plain gospel, the basics concerning salvation in Christ; they were of the attitude that "we've heard this all before" and yet, Martin Luther's response was something like this, "When you start acting this way, I'll stop talking this way." And I think that is a good illustration for what I see John Piper doing today.
It is obvious that the majority of the American Christian Culture is not dominated by and founded on the basic principles upon which this pastor speaks, but rather is more and more dominated by worldly practices and attractions. We are not called to imitate the world as we engage God and Christ in worship, we are called to imitate Christ as we engage this world on God's behalf. But... too many of us do just the opposite, and I thank God that there are men like John Piper who are able to see that, and grieve over it, and speak against it. It's not a wasted talent: talking to people right where you find them. This is always the method of a great teacher, how else will people understand, unless you begin where they are? Even the apostle Paul grieved that he had to remind his churches once again of the basic things, that he was not able to speak to them as mature men, but as babes!
With that said, I think that this book is definitely fit for a "first-year seminarian".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You might expect this book to be about excessive clericalism in the church or that it might implore the clergy to consider their work to be more than 'just a job'. Read morePublished 20 months ago by system builder
By far one of the most needs to be read books by any pastor, or person having a yearning to join the ministry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Juan N. Bonilla
one of the best Christian books I've read. Every pastor should read itPublished 21 months ago by mike webb
Typical Piper. Excellent material. Comprehensive. Paper does a good job of showing that the Ministry of the pastor is not to be approached as if it were a mere professional... Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by James C Osman
John Piper nailed this one by reminding pastors/church workers who they truly are -- nonprofessionals. Shared this with my father who is a pastor and he loved it too!Published on November 28, 2013 by Sharon Banez
A time to motivate to have the Great Commission at the forefront of ministry! To be radical involves to confront for Jesus did and so should Christians especially pastors.Published on November 15, 2013 by Tx Bear
I truly enjoy John Pipers approach to ensuring that God truly does take first place in all things. Piper, unpacks what can only be wisdom for ministry from a lifetime of doing the... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Alguy85
I would recommend it for every pastor, regardless of how many years you have been in ministry. Though I work overseas, it challenged me even in my context. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Estevão Muller