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The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call

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Best-selling authors Marva Dawn and Eugene Peterson offer encouragement to pastors.

Pastors are strategically placed to counter the culture. No other profession looks so inoffensive but is in fact so dangerous to the status quo. Their weapon? A gospel that is profoundly countercultural. But standing firm in today's world isn't easy. Powerful forces, both subtle and obvious,
Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 17th 1999 by Eerdmans (first published September 1st 1999)
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Jeff Elliott
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Really good book, especially Peterson's chapters. Either I got used to Dawn's style or she got better as the book went along. She was a very difficult read at first. The intellect was very powerful but also kind of tedious. Perhaps the contrast with Peterson's style was too much for me. I also noted the difference in the length of their chapters and found Peterson's ability to get to the heart of the matter much easier to read than Dawn's protracted analysis.
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Abdreas Markloff
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I personally think that anyone thinking about going into ministry should read this book. Because of Dr. Peterson having the heart of a pastor and a mind of a teacher he writes from a perspective of a spiritual mentor. This book helped me gain perspective and inside during a time of ministry when I felt helpless and alone
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
In an age where pastors are either self-help gurus, or just not important, this book comes as a call for pastors and baptized Christians to think carefully about their place within our culture.
Here's a few highlights:
-Marva Dawn's metaphor for the church: it's as if we found an uncompleted manuscript of a Shakespeare play, and we want to act out the rest of the story. We have Acts I-IV and a fragment of Act VI. By knowing Shakespeare's other works well, we might be able to improvise a faithful
Lisa Lewton
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book. Peterson makes Scripture alive and enlivening. Fun to hear his take on Ephesians. Dawna's early chapters were harder for me to get into, but later in the book became very engaging.
Tolivar Wills
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Simply put, I just love reading these guys. So thoughtful and artistic in how they state their points.
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Marva J. Dawn is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization "Christians Equipped for Ministry" in Vancouver, Washington. She also serves as Teaching Fellow in Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical.
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