Sunday, March 28, 2010

John Piper's Upcoming Leave

I was profoundly affected by the humility in this letter from John Piper written to his church. He will be taking a leave of absence from May 1st through December 31st:

As you may have already heard in the sermon from March 27-28, the elders graciously approved on March 22 a leave of absence that will take me away from Bethlehem from May 1 through December 31, 2010. We thought it might be helpful to put an explanation in a letter to go along with the sermon.

I asked the elders to consider this leave because of a growing sense that my soul, my marriage, my family, and my ministry-pattern need a reality check from the Holy Spirit. On the one hand, I love my Lord, my wife, my five children and their families first and foremost; and I love my work of preaching and writing and leading Bethlehem. I hope the Lord gives me at least five more years as the pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem.

But on the other hand, I see several species of pride in my soul that, while they may not rise to the level of disqualifying me for ministry, grieve me, and have taken a toll on my relationship with Noël and others who are dear to me...

Read the whole thing.

I imagine this was a very hard letter to write, but I pray that I'd be able to be this honest with my congregation. If you think of it, keep the Pipers in prayer.



  2. I was so challenged by his humility. I agree if God would grant us all such humility.

  3. Larry,

    Thank you for posting this.