Some information from a Pastors Perspective
Pastor John Piper:
…is an active pastor, yet also former Pastor of a very large congregation in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, and quite a writer.
He writes, "Much to my parents’ concern, I hadn’t been to church for a long time. And yet here I was, in my first term at university, sliding into a pew at St Ebbe’s Church in Oxford.
This, I can promise you, was not the result of any pious yearning on my part. Rather, it was because the congregation counted among its number a particularly lovely second-year student of modern languages.
Where earnest parental pleading had failed, she had proved to be rather more convincing.
Incidentally, or so it seemed, it was at St Ebbe’s that I met Tony. Knowing that he was the student worker at the church, I politely agreed to meet him for a coffee one afternoon in his study.
It was underwhelming. We looked at a few paragraphs of the Bible together. Then he asked me to explain to him what I’d just read, because apparently even a person in his position can lack basic comprehension skills. Then he asked me how he could be praying for me. Finally, he wondered if I’d like to do it all over again next week. Presumably he was very lonely indeed, so I said yes, and the routine continued throughout the winter, and into the spring.
That six-month stretch turned out to be the pivotal moment of my life. During those meetings, Tony taught me to stop reading the Bible. Or rather, he taught me to stop merely reading the Bible. He encouraged me to act on what I was reading. Trust it. Obey it. Put it into practice. Live it out, so that I would discover, in my own experience, that God’s word was good. Even when (perhaps especially when) it cut across my deepest and most cherished desires and convictions.
This, I discovered, is what it meant to “taste and see that the LORD is good.”
Pastor Ron Schultz:
I prepare sermons and Bible Studies and all manner of devotions each week. As a result, I find that I could do these things because it is "my job." This is a trap for both pastors and people everywhere. This is a pretty sad way, and reason, to handle God's Holy Things: His Word, Sacraments and other opportunities that come to me to proclaim our Lord Jesus. Pastor Piper's devotion made me wonder where am I with God's Word. Am I reading it and applying it according to the power of God's Holy Spirit or am I just reading alone.
Something to think about. [And pray about!] Pastor Schultz
Monday, July 21, 2014