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The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry

Carson, D. A.; Piper, John

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Listen to a sermon by D. A. Carson from 1 Timothy 3:1-7 entitled How to Think About Pastors. (College Church)


Piper and Carson explore the interrelated role of pastoral ministry and scholarship in their lives.

Following the 2009 Gospel Coalition conference John Piper and D. A. Carson presented two talks at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL, sponsored by the Henry Institute at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The topic of their presentation was on the relationship of scholarship and pastoral ministry. Piper centered on the importance of scholarship and academic pursuits in his role as pastor. Carson, conversely, focused on the importance of pastoral ministry in his career as scholar. The event was enthusiastically received and brought great insight and balance.

Now their talks have been edited with additional content and put into book form. Weaving testimony and teaching, Piper and Carson challenge all those in ministry to think carefully and holistically about their calling. An introduction by Owen Strachan and a conclusion by David Mathis provide context and application to these unique messages.

Pastors and scholars will want to take advantage of this valuable insider perspective from two men who have been acclaimed for their sharp thinking and pastoral hearts.

128 Pages
Published April 2011

About the Author


John Piper, pastor of preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, received his doctorate in theology from the University of Munich and taught biblical studies for six years at Bethel College before becoming a pastor. He and his wife, Noel, have four sons and one daughter.

D. A. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He earned a doctorate in New Testament Studies from Cambridge University. He is an active guest lecturer, and he has written or edited more than forty books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

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