Pastoral Ministry and Scholarship: Q&A with Don Carson and John Piper

Josh Etter

In 2009 Don Carson and John Piper presented two talks on the relationship between pastoral ministry and scholarship. These messages have now been made into a new book, The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry, edited by Owen Strachan and David Mathis.

Watch the 25 minute Q&A that followed the two talks:

Watch, listen or downloadPastor as Scholar (John Piper) and Scholar as Pastor (Don Carson).

Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)

Josh Etter
Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones writes:

We are all expert planners, are we not? Those people [the builders of Babel’s Tower] were planners. They drew the specifications of the city. They had it all worked out. We all do that in life, do we not? You have your plans. Your future life and career are mapped out. You know what you want to do. Where does God come in? Is the plan made under God, or is it made apart from him? The one lesson of [Genesis 11] is that if you plan your... Continue Reading

How to Think About the Sabbath

Josh Etter
How to Think About the Sabbath

Pastor John from 1985:

God's purpose for us on the sabbath is that we experience the highest and most intense joy that can be experienced, namely, that we "take delight in the Lord." And yet what he finds again and again is professing Christians who prefer little human-sized pleasures from things that have no close relation to God at all.

If you worked seven days a week in the hot sun to keep life and limb together, with scarcely any time for leisure and reflection, would you... Continue Reading

Prefer God in Lived-Out Reality

Jonathan Parnell
Prefer God in Lived-Out Reality

The Bible tells us that God knows the hearts of all men and that he even fashioned them himself (1 Kings 8:39; Acts 1:24; Psalm 33:15). But then why are there tests, like in Abraham's case in Genesis 22:1-2? If God knew Abraham's heart and what he would do, what was the point in having him climb the mountain and lay Isaac on the altar?

John Piper writes:

God wills to know the actual, lived-out reality of our preference for him over all things. And he wills that we have the... Continue Reading

Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption

Joe Rigney
Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption

The final portion of Jonathan Edwards’ first sermon on “A History of the Work of Redemption” relates five designs of God in the great work that he carries on from the fall to the end of the world.

  1. According to 1 Corinthians 15:25 and 1 John 3:8, “one great design of God in the affair of redemption was to reduce and subdue those enemies of God till they should all be put under God's feet.”
  2. God’s design was “perfectly to restore all the ruins of the fall,”... Continue Reading

Communion with God Demands Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell
Communion with God Demands Union with Christ

John Newton writes about the centrality of Christ in our fellowship with God:

Communion presupposes union. By nature we are strangers, yea, enemies to God; but we are reconciled, brought nigh, and become his children, by faith in Christ Jesus. We can have no true knowledge of God, desire towards him, access unto him, or gracious communications from him, but in and through the Son of his love.

He is the medium of this inestimable privilege: for he is the way, the... Continue Reading

Wayne Grudem on Christian Beliefs

Jonathan Parnell

Clear Cut Media has recently produced a new discipleship resource by Wayne Grudem on 20 basic questions about Christian theology.

Each lecture is 40 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes of Q&A. The videos can be downloaded individually from Clear Cut Media, or purchased at their online store. Their website also features a course overview, contents of each session, and ideas of how to use the resource.

For the month of July, they're offering this DVD set at 50% off the... Continue Reading

Joy to the World (via Malawi)

Tyler Kenney
Joy to the World (via Malawi)

Since 2008, Joy to the World Ministries (JTW) has been organizing the Chosen Generation Missions Conference in Malawi, Africa. This conference has the primary goal of awakening a passion for global missions among African Christians, especially the youngpeople.

On behalf of JTW, we would like to invite the global church to pray with us for the fourth Chosen Generation Missions Conference, which will be held from July 6-10, 2011. (Read the invitation [PDF].)

The theme of this year’s... Continue Reading

Disappointed by Jesus

Jon Bloom
Disappointed by Jesus

How does God want us to deal with the emotion we call disappointment?

Joseph Barsabbas was disappointed by Jesus. Joseph was a candidate to replace Judas Iscariot as one of the Twelve, but when the lot was cast it “fell on Matthias” (Acts 1:26). I’ll bet that was a blow.

The Bible never mentions Joseph again. But tradition says he later became the Bishop of Eleutheropolis (32 miles southwest of Jerusalem) and died a martyr. Assuming that’s accurate, imagine what Joseph may have learned... Continue Reading

Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride

John Piper
Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride

For those caught in the calamity of the normalization, celebration, and institutionalization of homosexual behavior, there are resources for help. Today let me just mention one cluster.

Probably the most authoritative scholarly work on homosexuality and the Bible is Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice (Abingdon, 2001). Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard Divinity School, Gagnon teaches at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

He has a web site, ... Continue Reading