Pastor: Stop thinking your people are just like you… they’re not.

I really like the post that Michael Lukaszewski posted yesterday.  He talks about how pastors always think that the people in their churches are just like them. The reality is… they’re not. Here are some of Michael’s examples: They don’t know who John Piper or Steven Furtick are.  They are confused when you quote them without context. They aren’t familiar with their Bibles.  When you say, “You know…like it says in First Timothy,” they absolutely don’t know. They don’t work in a Christian environment.  They aren’t surrounded by Christians who love worship music and...
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John Piper moving to Knoxville?

From the Knoxville News: One of the most influential pastors of the 21st century is stepping down from his Minnesota pulpit and moving to East Tennessee. Evangelical preacher, theologian and author John Piper, 66, recently told the Minnesota Star Tribune that he and his wife of 44 years, Noel, and their 17-year-old daughter Talitha will move to the Knoxville area in the spring for about a year while he works on his writing. The family plans to return to their home in Minneapolis, Minn., afterward. Piper said he is giving up the daily responsibilities of running megachurch Bethlehem Baptist Church in...
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John Piper: What I had to learn the hard way

Recently, Mark Driscoll had the opportunity to sit down and talk with John Piper.  Mark asked him about the things that John had to learn in ministry the hard way.  Here is Piper’s response: Don’t assume that all fat people are gluttons. And don’t use the word fat. There is a principle here. Learn from logic and experience not to associate things—especially in preaching—that don’t necessarily go together. Another way to say it is: be hyper-vigilant to avoid and explode stereotypes. Not all single women want to be married. Not all boys like football. Not all homemakers like to cook....
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John Piper: My biggest risks

John Piper talks about some of the biggest risks he has taken in ministry: I took a risk in hiring a minister for students. The church consisted of 300 gray heads when I came—virtually no students at first. But across the street were 55,000 students at the University of Minnesota. The less visionary folks said, “Students are here today and gone tomorrow—bad investment.” I said, “What a way to spread!” We called Tom Steller. Before long, the student ministry on Sunday morning was half as big as the rest of us. Tom is still with me at Bethlehem. I took a risk less than two years into my...
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John Piper on what he would tell a young John Piper about getting into ministry

Recently, Mark Driscoll sat down with John Piper and asked him what advice he would have given himself when he started in the ministry: John Piper: I would quote to him V. Raymond Edman: “Don’t question in the dark what God showed you in the light.” Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company. You are in the pit with King David. He waited. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction” (Ps. 40:1–2). God will do that for you. You will argue with...
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John Piper YouTube video gets 10,000+ comments

10,000+ comments. John Piper. Why homosexuality is wrong. Watch the video. What did you think? Now read the comments. Does it change your feelings at all? How do you respond to someone who says that this is just more ‘conservative christian bullshit rhetoric’? Before you quickly respond… look at the sheer number of people represented by these comments. Many of them look at Piper’s words as hateful, or at best, ill-advised. So… how do you respond to these souls? (My first thought here is that many times we make issues like homosexuality the first point people hear....
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Easily edified by a phone book

Agree or Disagree? “The mature worshiper is easily edified.” When hearing lackluster (even if biblical) preaching, immatureworshipers will typically not listen to the message because they wish the messenger was more exciting. Conversely, mature worshipers eagerly receive the truth as it is proclaimed, even if it sounds like the preacher is reading a phone book. Found here… Agree or disagree? If I got up and read from Lamentations like Ben Stine for 50 minutes, is it right for me to think that you should be edified? I certainly hope not. (OK… hearing Ben Stine read Lamentations could...
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Agree or Disagree: Same-Sex Attraction

Check out this quote from John Piper: We should never deal with sexual attraction in the abstract. It is always entangled with other facets of our soul, that may, at first glance seem disconnected from our sexual drives. Here’s another excerpt: We should deepen our analysis of what is really going on in a person’s soul before we conclude that a person is fixed in a same-sex orientation. For example, we may find that a man’s homosexual exploits are really a manifestation of a deeper spiritual issue of being harsh and controlling. As I look at it… of course… most of our sins...
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John Piper: Video Clips make Sermons Weak

Interesting quote from John Piper.  Agree or disagree? I think the use of video and drama largely is a token of unbelief in the power of preaching. And I think that, to the degree that pastors begin to supplement their preaching with this entertaining spice to help people stay with them and be moved and get helped, it’s going to backfire. It’s going to backfire. It’s going to communicate that preaching is weak, preaching doesn’t save, preaching doesn’t hold, but entertainment does. And we’ll just go further and further. So we don’t do video clips during the...
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Mahaney Leave

C.J. Mahaney, one of the leaders of the resurgence in Calvinism among some conservative evangelicals, is taking a leave of absence from his ministry due to unspecific but serious charges, he and his board have announced. Mahaney has been president of the Maryland-based Sovereign Grace Ministries, a church-planting network that says it has 97 churches here and abroad. They are mainly clustered on the East Coast — none in Kentucky or Indiana — with others scattered throughout the country and abroad. But his influence extends beyond that church, as he is a popular author and speaker. He was...
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