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The ‘Secret Origin’ of Pastor John Piper

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Justin Taylor has a post about John Piper’s call to enter the pastorate and serve as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The post marks the thirtieth anniversary since the commencement of that calling.
The book, ‘Desiring God’ was my introduction to Piper and also another marker post in my love for the Gospel. His subtle re-emphasis of the answer to first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: ‘Q. What is the chief end of man? A. The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever’, helped me appreciate that salvation is not about us, it is about God revealing His perfect nature and character.
There is an amazing website, appropriately named ‘Desiring God Ministries‘ that has his preached messages along with other writings available for free.
Piper, as much as anyone in the late 20th century, is a model of the pastor/theologian. As you will, read he left academia and entered the arena, pastoring and teaching God’s people in the truth of God’s Word. Another of his books ‘Brothers We Are Not Professionals’ is a series of devotions written as a pastor to other pastors. The title sums up his argument that those who lead and teach the church do not just have a job, they have a divine calling to pursue. The book I recently reviewed, ‘Young, Restless, Reformed‘, reveals that after thirty years of ministry Piper lives a simple, humble life devoted to teaching God’s Word.
Read the article. There is no point elevating humans to extraordinary levels. But there is a benefit and a blessing to learning how God’s grace works in the lives of His other children. It helps us to grow and encourages us as we follow our own callings.

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