Why I appreciate John Piper
John Piper retired this week, or as his wife Noel described it ‘Retired? No! Re-fired.’ I’ve not met him in person but been impacted over the last decade by sermons and books on multiple occasions. I think I have read eleven books of his books and countless sermons – including his entire eight years in Romans while out running!
Here’s twelve reasons why I appreciate John Piper as a pastor.
Being a husband and a father was a greater calling than being a pastor and a preacher
He placed studying the Bible at the heart of life and ministry, but studied more for his joy in God than for preaching
He stayed: 32+ years, one church.
He placed preaching the Bible at the heart of the church
He gave equal weight to courage, clarity and compassion in pastoral leadership
He did it with others and not alone
He said sorry
He played to his strengths and let others play to theirs
He made it ok to be both intellectual and passionate; both heart and mind focused, about both affections and understanding
He said in words and actions his sin was real and had to be fought
He made much of God
After 32 years, immense church growth, huge global ministry he made little of himself in handing over the leadership of the church
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