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BOOK REVIEW: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

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Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

by John Piper

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry

by John Piper

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals

by John Piper

Simple and to the point, Piper deliberately addresses a key issue that is running full steam ahead in this age of pastor professionalism.  Don't get me wrong, I agree pastors need to be equipped and prepared as they shepherd their congregations.  The challenge is the way the pendulum of professionalism seems to have swung so far into the extreme.  


Piper successfully presents how quickly and easily worldliness may creep into our pastor hearts, grab an anchored foothold, and being to mold our thinking and our goals toward misunderstanding that our platform of Believers needs us to become that media-rich, polished orator leading them into the headlines of their own celebrity.  After all, who doesn't want to proclaim, "Why yes, I do attend his church!"  We must not allow God's call on our lives to become pampered by the view of this age-of-celebrity or by our own desires for attention and esteem.  Brothers, we are not celebrities, we are servants of the King leading eternal souls toward an eternity in His glory.


This mindset of professionalism is damaging to a pastor’s ministry.  It is not meant to be the mentality of any servant leader.  The stronger we desire such work, the greater potential of spiritual problems we will leave in the path.  We are dealing with eternal lives.  Our church congregations need us to be their shepherds and not the personalities we have convinced ourselves they need to be instructed and encouraged. 


This is a book for those pastor leaders, servant leaders who desire an honest perspective in the way God demands that we selflessly serve as we lead His people, communicate His truth, and fervently confront the opposed of the faith.  Brothers, we are NOT professionals!  We are shepherds.


Piper’s sobering chapter head that still resonates within my mind reads, “Brothers, We Must Feel the Truth of Hell.”  That heading alone combined with the powerful messages contained within the pages of this book is sure to empower us to change from a life of professionalism and return to our life as shepherd. 

Our congregations need it.

If you have read the earlier edition of this book, you will definitely want to consider your reviewing this latest, expanded edition that has been enhanced to include a new introduction combined with a number of completely new chapters. 






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