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John Piper
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July 1, 2008
Brothers, We Are Not Professional
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 John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He is the best-selling author of more than 40 books including Don’t Waste Your Life and Desiring God.
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  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Christian Focus Publications Ltd (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857928938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857928938
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clay Pots September 9, 2012
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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 "read-once-a-year" books along side of C. J. Mahaney's
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Work on Pastoral Theology May 28, 2009
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I have to admit that the first few chapters were a rollercoaster ride for me. I bought the book with one expectation, the first chapter met that expectation, then the second two went another direction altogether. Piper opens with:

We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry. The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet....Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry. (pg 1)

I was excited to read a book from a veteran pastor analyzing the current state of professional ministers, and the details of how the prophetic role of pastor is incompatible with the professional mentality of a CEO. But that is not what Piper wrote.

His next few chapters began to deal with a few of Piper's pet theological issues and how important they are to the life of the church. If you have read Piper, you know he has a handful of themes that run throughout his preaching and writing, and honestly, a couple of them wear thin for me after a little while. For example, Piper is an ardent traditionalist/compatibalist when it comes to male/female roles, and though I disagree with some of the justifications of his position, I don't mind reading his mind on the issue. But when he managed to squeeze that into several of his chapters while citing his own works on the matter, it got a little old for me.

But once I got over my initial shock about the purpose and direction of the book, I settled into a wonderful and incredibly lucrative read. This book is not an analysis of professionalism versus pastoring, it is a work of pastoral theology. What kinds of things should be important from behind the pulpit, and what kinds of lifestyles are necessary in the lives and careers of pastors?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most-needed remedy for apathetic pastors May 4, 2008
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"Insulated Western Christianity is waking from the dream world that being a Christian is normal and safe. More and more, true Christianity is becoming what it was at the beginning: foolish and dangerous" (ix). So says John Piper, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and author of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. Piper sees that the professionalizing of the ministry kills pastors rather than refreshes. He calls pastors to abandon a secular view of seeing their pastoral ministry as a professional vocation and to reclaim the view of God's call as a prophet. "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" (xi).

The title of this book is sure to garner attention and even surprise from full-time pastors and preachers. To this, Piper offers his rationale behind the title:

The title of this book is meant to shake us loose from the pressure to fit in to the cultural expectations of professionalism. It is meant to sound an alarm against the pride of station and against the expectation of parity in pay and against the borrowing of paradigms from the professional world. Of for the radically Bible-saturated, God-centered, Christ-exalting, self-sacrificing, mission-mobilizing, soul-saving, culture-confronting pastors!


Piper divides this book into 30 short chapters that may serve well as a devotional for pastors to read one chapter a day, thus finishing the book by the end of the month. These chapters deal with different areas. The first area Piper addresses is the love of the true nature and glory of God.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars So!lid easy read
Good read that I'd easy to pick up sand out down. Not all chapters are helpful but each one is stand alone so can be skipped easily
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Published 24 months ago by Tex
1.0 out of 5 stars I give up. What IS the point of this book?
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 more
Published on November 10, 2014 by system builder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all!
By far one of the most needs to be read books by any pastor, or person having a yearning to join the ministry. Read more
Published on October 29, 2014 by Juan N. Bonilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best Christian books I've read. Every pastor should read it
Published on October 19, 2014 by mike webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!
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 more
Published on July 29, 2014 by James C Osman
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for Pastors...
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up!
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wisdom from a contrite saint.
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 more
Published on July 16, 2013 by Alguy85
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