The Supremacy of Christ in All of Life: The Pastor and His Worldview

Desiring God 2012 Conference for Pastors

God, Manhood & Ministry: Building Men for the Body of Christ

The 2012 Conference for Pastors concluded with this two-hour-long conversation between John Piper and Douglas Wilson, moderated by Joe Rigney.

Time markers:

0:01:06 — Unpacking the meaning behind the individual mission statements.

0:07:09 — The differences in how those mission statements are framed.

0:10:48 — Unpacking, comparing, and contrasting two subthemes: “Don’t waste your life” (Piper) and “Living out the good life one family at a time” (Wilson).

0:19:14 — Counteracting the negative tendencies of these subthemes (burnout/comfort).

0:23:00 — The shaping influence of Jonathan Edwards.

0:31:50 — On making the doctrine of the Trinity prominent in ministry.

0:35:50 — Edwards on the Trinity.

0:39:12 — The shaping influence of C.S. Lewis.

0:52:00 — Defining Christian Hedonism, differences and similarities.

1:02:05 — Does gratitude for material gifts lead to joy in the Giver? Or, does joy in God lead to enjoyment of the material gifts?

1:09:52 — On the role of self-denial in the Christian life.

1:15:22 — Discussion over Wilson’s statement, “God is most glorified in me when I love what he has given to me, for its own sake.”

1:32:05 — God delights in us because of Christ. But does he love me for me? Does he even like me, my personality, etc?

1:40:35 — Engaging the public square on social issues. Go deep on a few key issues (race, abortion), or address a broad range of issues (taxation, climate change, etc)?

1:49:00 — Responding to cultural sins with tears of sorrow or stinging satire?

1:58:53 — Closing prayer (Piper).