"There are all kinds of situations that may warrant a pastor's earning and keeping income besides through his church ministry."

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Wayne Wilson's picture

That investment of time could have focused more directly on the church. It wasn't. The last thought in my mind was, They owe me. They didn't. I owed them. To this day, I know that Bethlehem Baptist Church was more a gift to me than I was to her.

God bless John Piper.  Can you imagine if this was the heart of every pastor,  every mega-church pastor?   If only...if only...

rogercarlson's picture

This is impressive for sure.  Even if you don't like Piper, its hard not to respect this.


Roger Carlson, Pastor
Berean Baptist Church

Bob Hayton's picture

Weird description on this filing. The quote seems to imply Piper's all for pastor's earning lots of income.  His article is for anything but that.

It is a great piece, glad you're sharing it, it just is an odd excerpt.

His article is jarring when one compares the public salaries other conservative pastors of large/prominent churches and leaders of other large ministries get. It's a matter of public record that some of those men take a significant salary from their ministry and still get a six figure salary from their church on top of it. It is quite disappointing, which is why Piper's attitude is so refreshing.

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