Strive to be a Kind of Person, Not Preacher

June 4, 2008

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“First, strive for practical, earnest, glad-hearted holiness in every area of your life. One of the reasons is that you can’t be something in the pulpit that you aren’t during the week – at least not for long. You can’t be blood earnest in the pulpit and habitually flippant at the deacon’s meeting and the church dinner. Nor can you display the glory of God in the gladness of your preaching if you are surly and dismal and unfriendly during the week. Don’t strive to be a kind of preacher. Strive to be a kind of person!” (John Piper, the Supremacy of God in Preaching, p 60)


  1. Piper’s insistent, warm-hearted calls to integrity are an inspiration……

  2. I imagine that one could easily fall into this trap. Piper effectively points out the backwards nature of this logic.

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