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Just what the doctor ordered!,
This review is from: Dangerous Calling (Paperback)
While Paul Tripp writes from his American experience, this book contains wisdom in relation to pastoral ministry everywhere. In many senses, I cannot commend it highly enough - as, in some senses, it was exactly what I needed.
It begins at the training level and shows the false expectations many have at that stage - students' thinking is too theoretical and unprepared for the hard realities of loving people. Throughout their ministry, there are so many temptations - that of simply becoming caught in the routine of preparing the next address for the next deadline without taking time to digest God's Word properly or realise the seriousness of what one is doing, that of craving for people's estimate of one's ministry rather than God's, etc. It concludes on the note that whatever the state of one's ministry, one will always be left saying 'We are unprofitable servants'. The minister is not to find their identity in their ministry - successful or otherwise. Rather, they are to find their identity in the wonder of His grace and realise their absolute dependence on that mercy.
The comments on the book are absolutely right. It should cause congregations to have a deeper appreciations of the joys and pitfalls of pastoral ministry - and cause them to pray for and love their minister more intelligently. And for the minister, it searches their motives, exposes their sins and failure and helps them in their thinking about their work. Very highly recommended.