In addition to some revisions, Piper added six more chapters. Chapter 4, 'Brothers, God Does Make Much of Us,' and Chapter 6, 'Brothers, God Is the Gospel' were added for theological reasons. In his pursuit of being a better preacher, he added Chapter 13, 'Brothers, Be Bible-Oriented--Not Entertainment Oriented Preachers' and Chapter 18, 'Brothers, Pursue the Tone of the Text.' For family reasons relating to his sanctification, he added Chapter 22, 'Brothers, Help Them Act the Miracle.' And for personal reasons, he added Chapter 27, 'Brothers, Bodily Training is of Some Value' (xi).
"Is there professional praying? Professional musing on the depths of revelation? Professional treasuring the riches of Christ? Professional walking by the Spirit? Professional exercise of spiritual gifts? Professional dealing with demons? Professional pleading with backsliders? Professional perseverance in a hard marriage? Professional playing with children? Professional courage in the face of persecution? Professional patience with everyone?" (ix-x)
One criticism however, might be that a small selection of the chapters are 'Piper specific,' that is, rather specific to his ministry. For example, "Brothers, Sever the Root of Racism" and "Brothers, Blow the Trumpet for the Unborn." While both of these issues are extremely important and obviously a passion of Piper's, they provide very little instruction for issues to which other pastors may be called in other times, cultures, and places. Racism and abortion must be ended, but what about those serving to eradicate issues of poverty, the sex-trade, illiteracy, child labor, violence, drug addiction, or many other ills in our fallen world today? While I appreciate Piper's call to the two above mentioned issues, understanding better tools to fulfill other passionate callings may have been helpful for those in circumstances where additional matters must be addressed.
Apart from this fairly insignificant criticism, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, is a fantastic work and well worth the time to read. It is a must read for pastors and I also highly recommend it to those not serving in the paid pastorate.
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