I have already written a book review on Piper’s classic Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. It turns out I had to write another book review on the book this semester in seminary, so enjoy this “take 2” of the book review below. Synopsis Piper, John. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002. John Piper’s work, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, is a calling for pastors to return to their roots in the prophetic aspect of pastoral ministry while forsaking the professionalism that has infiltrated and destroyed the ministry. Piper takes fellow ministers through thirty concise topics on pastoral ministry, beginning each chapter with the warm tone of “brothers”. The discussion has the feeling of one sitting down to dinner with Piper and absorbing the wisdom this dear brother in the Lord has experienced in his years of pastoral ministry.
Date The date concerning when the book of Galatians was written is determined primarily on who are the recipients of the book of Galatians (more details under recipients). Scholars who affirm a South Galatian theory tend to date the book of Galatians early, generally after Paul’s first missionary journey and either before or after the Jerusalem Council. If the book of Galatians was written after the Jerusalem council, the date of writing is around AD 50-57. If the book of Galatians was written before the Jerusalem council, the date of writing is around AD 48 or 49. Scholars who affirm a North Galatian theory tend to date the book of Galatians late, possibly along the route of Paul’s third missionary journey (around AD 53-57). The South Galatian theory of the recipients of the book of Galatians, combined with the book being written before the Jerusalem Council, around AD 48 or 49, is the most likely date of writing.<note:Andreas J. Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles, The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2016), Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.>
1 John 4:7–5:3—Charity. The words “love,” “loved,” or “loveth” appear over thirty times in this passage. •Source of love: God initiated it and inspires it •Salvation and love: salvation rooted in love. •Saints and love: they are to love one another. Sanctification and love: love obeys commandments. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading