As of this past Tuesday, I have a new favorite passage from Paul's letters re: the pastor's heart. I had the privilege of hearing John Piper deliver a chapel address at Southern Seminary called "We Work with You for Your Joy" (2 Corinthians 1:24-2:4). Powerful. Fresh wine. Challenging.
Piper encouraged the seminarians and prospective pastors to tell the search committees and prospective congregations "I have a dangerous message for you: I'm here to work for your joy." Why would that be dangerous? Listen to the address.
He also spoke today, but I've not heard it yet. Go here to listen to the addresses (you'll need to scroll down a little).
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