Thursday, March 29, 2007

The Pastor's Heart in Paul's Letters, 5

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).


blbartlett said...

Hey Pastor,

It was good to "see" you at Southern on Tuesday with the other T4G guys, even if I didn't get the chance to say hello.

I just wanted to recommend that you listen to and promote Piper's Thursday message as well! It smote me even more strongly than did Tuesday's. His challenge to pastors was powerful, but gracious and patient as well.

Thanks for your continued ministry.

Ben Bartlett

FellowElder said...

Sorry we didn't get to connect during our time there.

I listened to today's chapel message while unpacking from the trip to Southern. And you're right. An excellent challenge and encouragement to pastors. Well worth the listen for everyone!

Woody said...


I had the privelege of meeting you at the Desiring God Pastor's Conference (my brother and I are friends of Tony Merida and sat right behind you for our time at the conference.). I enjoyed that conference and the things that were said.

I have been challenged by John Piper throughout my years as a Christian and my time in the ministry. I have also been encouraged by all those like you that have sought to encourage those in the ministry to be faithful to the Word in all circumstances. Thanks you for your ministtry.

Jonathon Woodyard