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Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry Paperback – January 1, 2012
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- Publisher : InterVarsity Press (January 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 184474602X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844746026
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.55 x 9.21 inches
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None of the hazards he explores come from the outside—they all come from within the minister himself. Pride, anger, hypocrisy, the danger of celebrity, the danger of personal isolation, thinking one has “arrived,” thinking that theological knowledge equals spiritual maturity, are just some of the minefields and pitfalls Tripp covers. It’s a wake-up call, whether you’ve been in ministry for forty years, or have just entered the ministry.
Tripp’s warnings are all the more powerful as he makes it clear that he himself has failed multiple times in multiple ways. He bares his soul—and his sins—to the reader. I think the book gains in two ways from Tripp’s painful self-disclosures. First it encourages those of us who struggle with transparency to become transparent ourselves, knowing that we are safe and forgiven in the grace of Christ. Second, when I see what Tripp struggles with, I know he knows what he is talking about. It’s not pastoral practice according to the ivory tower; it’s blood-and-guts practical.
But the book is not a negative downer. Each chapter contains reminders of the love and grace of Christ for broken sinners like us, and practical steps and suggestions for accountability, transparency, and a renewal of our love for Christ and passion for ministry.
Read this book. It might save both your marriage and your ministry. Five stars. Highly recommended.
Paul Tripp is a skilful writer and illustrator (with examples, not drawings). The one thing that got on my nerves is the repetitive themes and structure (story of a fallen pastor, "I see this too often," heres the 4-9 signs that this is happening to you, here are 4-9 ways to start fixing it). A few less chapters could do.
And by knowing my Father each day I am learning what is the true meaning of...Love your neighbor as you love yourself...mean. And I love those who really wants to be loved in God's way of loving...
I recommend this book to everyone who wants to grow and learn how to love yourself. Only by knowing God, we become able to love others...On the contrary...No way Jose!
I like you all. :)
This book was exactly what I needed at this point in my ministry. I've certainly been stuck in the rut of just doing ministry in a way that I've largely lost my awe of God. I know some people have criticized the repetition int he book, but for me it was really helpful in diagnosing where my relationship with Jesus is lacking and doing what I need to in order to remedy that.
This book also helped me to see that in many ways, my lack of awe has had a profound negative impact on our church as well. So my first order of business after my vacation is going to be to share some things I learned from this book and ask for the forgiveness and help of my church family.