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Brothers, We are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry [Paperback]

John Piper
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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805426205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805426205
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By P. M. Fernandez VINE VOICE
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Most evangelical Christians know of John Piper - he is one of the key evangelical Bible conference speakers. But his teaching doesn't flow from some international ministry run from an office block somewhere (though he does have international impact) but out of his pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Minneapolis.

In many US churches, the tendency has been to move towards a business-oriented, "managerial" pattern of church leadership. In the first essay in this collection, which gives the book its title, Piper reminds his target audience of ministers strongly that church leadership isn't fundamentally about business management, but about service - that their model isn't to be the world of commerce, but the suffering servant. Of course, when somebody sneezes in a US church, people in UK churches catch cold, so the book is also significant for ministers this side of the Atlantic.

The rest of the book consists of a series of essays which challenge ministers in many areas of their Christian lives - their relationship with their wives; the way music functions in their churches; their prayer life. The chapter titles themselves - "Brothers, tell them copper will do", "Brothers, save the saints" - are challenging and inviting. The aim is for ministers and their churches to conform more to the pattern of Christ, and less to the pattern of the world.

Even if the reader finds himself disagreeing with Piper over some issues, this book can hardly fail to have good fruit in stirring up ministers to holiness and the pursuit of God. May they read it and be encouraged in the ministry that they have been given.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pastors be challenged! 23 Dec 2006
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Whilst i am a fan of John Piper ,his books are not alway's an easy read especially if you are used to some of the 'lighter' stuff out there. This one, however has the advantage of each chapter standing alone as Piper tackles a variety of subjects from a pastors perspective.

The first chapter 'Brothers we are not Professionals' sets the tone for the book. For example '..our first business is to pant after God in prayer.' Have you ever seen an ad for a Pastor 'the ideal candidate will pant after God and weep over sins?' No, I haven't either!

Another good one is chapter 10 'Brothers, fight for your lives' about the need for Pastors to read good deep books.

Some chapters stand out more than others but all are beneficial.

This is a book would have some value for the average believer but is really aimed at Pastors. Very good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 19 Oct 2007
This is one of the most important books I've read as a pastor. It's challenged me as to why I do the job that I do. I've now rekindled my greek as a result of one of the chapters and my fire for God has increased!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read & edifying. 1 Aug 2012
Like all John Piper's Books this tome is sound theologically and full of encouragement, widsom and interesting information for those who wish to grow in faith...also excellent for young men considering a call to Ministry or mission.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reviving the Church 20 Dec 2010
Simple, yet effective this book is a great help to church leaders in theis day and age. A brillian buy.
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