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In this revised and expanded edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper pleads through a series of thoughtful essays with fellow pastors to abandon the professionalisation of the pastorate and pursue the prophetic call of the Bible for radical ministry.
"We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry,"? he writes. "The mentality of the professional is not the mentality of the prophet. It is not the mentality of the slave of Christ. Professionalism has nothing to do with the essence and heart of the Christian ministry.... the world sets the agenda of the professional man; God sets the agenda of the spiritual man."?
"John Piper makes me uncomfortable. And I thank God for that. He makes me uneasy with the worldliness that so easily creeps into my heart in my thinking about ministry...This book is ultimately not only convicting, but comforting, and not only exhortational but devotional. This is a faithful prophet's call to the sons of the prophets."?
- Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS