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Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Paperback Edition) Paperback – January 31, 2015
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Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, award-winning author, and international conference speaker. He has written numerous books, including New Morning Mercies. His nonprofit ministry exists to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Tripp lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children.
"Dangerous Calling is a dangerous book to read. It is also a book every person in ministry should read. It will cut you to the heart and bring massive conviction if you read it with a humility and ask God to expose sins deeply hidden in your soul. It cuts, but it also provides biblical remedies for healing. I would love to put this book in the hand of every seminarian who walks on my campus."
―Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Pastoral ministry is a dangerous calling, and this is a dangerous book. It will not leave you unchanged. Pastors need pastors, and by God’s grace, every page of this book will minister to your heart, your marriage, your family, and the people you serve―in ways you never thought you needed it. This book digs down into the inner recesses of our hearts to reveal our greatest idols and point to our greatest needs. It will make you joyfully uncomfortable and, by God’s grace, will bring you to your knees in tears of thankfulness only to help lift your weary head to fix your renewed gaze on Christ. This book is like a mirror that redirects our hearts’ reflection from ourselves to Christ. If this book were a sermon, it would be the most weighty and refreshing sermon you’ve ever needed to hear. My sincere hope is that this book would be translated into multiple languages, become required reading in seminaries, and be distributed to Christians everywhere who know they’re called to serve God and others with the gifts the Holy Spirit has equipped them.”
―Burk Parsons, Senior Pastor, Saint Andrew’s Chapel, Sanford, Florida; Editor, Tabletalk
“Our wives, children, and the members we serve will have a new husband, father, and pastor by Friday if we follow Tripp’s example and give a humble and honest reading of this book―one with our inner Pharisee and scribe turned off. We will see the need to save our selves from a very dark and destructive force working against pastors: undiagnosed pastoral self-righteousness. With much wisdom and conviction, Tripp’s Dangerous Calling preaches the gospel of grace to the men who are preaching the gospel Sunday after Sunday to everyone but themselves.”
―Eric C. Redmond, Associate Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute; Pastor of Preaching and Teaching, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, Illinois
“Few would regard a pastor’s role as a dangerous calling, but few people are as qualified and insightful as Paul Tripp to penetrate the snares and potential pitfalls associated with pastoral ministry. Fewer still would prescribe such gospel based and local church rooted remedies. This excellent volume should be read, re-read & applied.”
―Terry Virgo, Founder, Newfrontiers
About the Author
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, award-winning author, and international conference speaker. He has written numerous books, including the best seller New Morning Mercies. His nonprofit ministry exists to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Tripp lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children.
President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out
- Publisher : Crossway; Reprint edition (January 31, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433541378
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433541377
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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. :)
In the opening section, Tripp explores pastoral culture and expresses deep concern from the start. His primary argument: Many pastors are headed in the wrong direction - and fast! The author draws the reader in by using his own life and ministry as an example of one who was headed for disaster - both in his ministry and in his marriage. Evidently, pastors around the country are in a similar situation. Some pastors are ignoring the need for biblical community, neglecting personal worship and devotional priorities, and carry the attitude that they have "arrived."
Next, Tripp uncovers a problem among pastors that appears to be somewhat of an epidemic, namely - the danger of forgetting the majesty of God: "It is that familiarity with the things of God will cause you to lose your awe. You've spent so much time in Scripture that its grand redemptive narrative, with its expansive wisdom, doesn't excite you anymore."
Tripp reminds pastors to regain their sense of awe by cultivating humility, tenderness, passion for the gospel, confidence, discipline, and rest. He urges pastors, "... Run now, run quickly to your Father of awesome glory. Confess the offense of your boredom. Plead for eyes that are open to the 360-degree, 24/7 display of glory to which you have been blind ... And remind yourself to be thankful for Jesus, who offers you his grace even at those moments when that grace isn't nearly as valuable to you as it should be."
Finally, Tripp warns pastors of the danger of "arrival." He confronts the propensity of pastors who falsely assume that they have nothing more to learn, what he refers to as "self-glory." His challenge is bold and timely: "You and I must not become pastors who are all too aware of our positions. We must not give way to protecting and polishing our power and prominence. We must resist feeling privileged, special, or in a different category. We must not think of ourselves as deserving or entitled. We must not demand to be treated differently or put on some ministry pedestal. We must not minister from above but from alongside." Challenges and admonition like this appear throughout the book; challenges that call pastors to be servant leaders.
Each page is filled with sobering challenges for men who call themselves a pastor/shepherd/elder. Indeed, there are many "lessons in the woodshed" but the author does not leave pastors in a hopeless condition. Rather, he applies the gospel to pastors who have been wounded in light of unconfessed sin, pride, and arrogance. I believe that Paul David Tripp has accurately accessed the condition of pastoral ministry. But the assessment is not the most important observation. What stands at the center of this discussion is the gospel. Pastors must return again and again to the gospel. It is true that pastors must deliver the message of the gospel from the pulpit each week. But pastors must also preach the gospel to themselves. They must see themselves as recipients of grace; sinners in need of grace; sinners in need of forgiveness. May God raise up a new generation of pastors who are humble, contrite, and tremble at God's Word (Isa. 66:2b).