Book Reviews

Will be putting up all time Christian Classics and the Latest, with links to buy copies online

THE PASTOR AS SCHOLAR & SCHOLAR AS PASTOR

When I was at Bible Seminary, when asked what next after studies. Most of the replies were, ” I want to climb higher in My studies” Studying is a great thing. But how much will one study to make enough Impact?

What will our scholarship and pastoral ministry be if we are heads without hearts or hearts without heads? Recognizing the need for pastors and scholars to embody both theological depth and practical focus, John Piper and D. A. Carson have boldly advanced what it means to be a pastor-theologian and a theologian-pastor.

Weaving testimony and teaching, Piper and Carson challenge those in academia and in the pastorate to think carefully and holistically about their calling. Piper centers on the importance of careful thinking in his role as pastor, while Carson focuses on the importance of a pastoral heart in his career as scholar.

With insight and balance, Piper and Carson give critical guidance to help us span interdisciplinary gaps to the glory of God and the good of his church. These chapters are revised and expanded versions of the messages originally given following the 2009 Gospel Coalition conference. (Amazon)

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson

D. A. Carson’s father was a pioneering church-planter and pastorin Quebec. But still, an ordinary pastor-except that he ministeredduring the decades that brought French Canada from the brutalchallenges of persecution and imprisonment for Baptist ministers tospectacular growth and revival in the 1970s.

It is a story, and an era, that few in the English-speakingworld know anything about. But through Tom Carson’s journals andwritten prayers, and the narrative and historical backgroundsupplied by his son, readers will be given a firsthand account ofnot only this trying time in North American church history, but ofone pastor’s life and times, dreams and disappointments. With wordsthat will ring true for every person who has devoted themselves tothe Lord’s work, this unique book serves to remind readers thatthough the sacrifices of serving God are great, the sweetness ofliving a faithful, obedient life is greater still. (Amazon)

The Book comes as an encouragement to us as modern day Church pastors and church Planters. From all our regular things to do list and flexing our muscles for ministry, this book looks not at how fruitful your ministry was or is, but your faithfulness to God and His Word and His Church and eventually reflecting on God’s Faithfulness.  A book that I would highly recommend for Pastors and Christians living in a world  that is always looking for a best, better and greatest constant result.

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