Thursday, April 01, 2010

Eight Godly Precedents Set by John Piper Taking a Sabbatical

Grace Driscoll writes on why she is thankful that John Piper recently announced his sabbatical.  She writes:
I am thankful for the precedent and example that Dr. Piper and Noël are setting because:
  1. It frees up wives and children to be priorities (1 Tim. 3:4; Eph. 5:28).
  2. It allows the church and ministry to not be idols (1 Tim. 3:5).
  3. It can give wives a new freedom to have this honest discussion with their husbands (I have seen many wives silenced or unsure of how to have this conversation when they have genuine concern) (Prov. 19:14).
  4. It can give children a new freedom to have this honest discussion with their dads (I have seen so many kids of pastors feeling last on the list with the church at the top) (Prov. 17:6).
  5. It urges us all to examine our priorities and make sure our Jesus, our marriage, and our children are the top three, in that order (1 Tim. 3:1–5).
  6. It challenges the church to give their pastor the freedom to examine his own life and take a break if needed (Mark 2:27–28).
  7. It challenges us to not idolize pastors or think of them as sinless, but rather see them as gifted, called men (under immense pressure) who need to be free to repent and be redeemed like the rest of the church members (Heb. 13:18).
  8. It challenges wives to examine if they have enabled their pastors-husbands to become islands unto themselves (Gen. 2:18; Prov. 31:12).

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