- Take steps to avoid becoming a mere quartermaster.
- Beware of the seduction of applause.
- Fight with every fiber of your being the common dichotomy between objective study of Scripture and devotional reading of Scripture.
- Never forget that there are people out there—people for whom Christ died.
- Happily recognize that God distributes different gifts among scholar-pastors as he distributes different gifts among various groups.
- Recognize that students don’t learn everything you teach them.
- Make the main thing the main thing, not only by not merely assuming the gospel, but in every domain of life.
- Pray and work.
- Love the church.
- Avoid lone-ranger scholarship.
- Be at least as interested in the work of others as you are in your own.
- Take the work seriously but not yourself.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Carson: Twelve Lessons for the Scholar as (Frustrated) Pastor
From Andy Naselli's live-blog of the Piper-Carson forum last night on the pastor as scholar / scholar as pastor: