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 download Pastor as Scholar (John Piper) and …

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Planning Your Schedule (and the Tower of Babel)

Josh Etter

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…

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How to Think About the Sabbath

Josh Etter

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…

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Prefer God in Lived-Out Reality

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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Five Purposes of God in the Work of Redemption

Joe Rigney

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…
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Communion with God Demands Union with Christ

Jonathan Parnell

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…

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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

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Joy to the World (via Malawi)

Tyler Kenney

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 young people.

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

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Disappointed by Jesus

Jon Bloom

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…

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Finding Care in the Calamity of Gay Pride

John Piper

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,, with numerous

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