As kids we were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Fire fighter may over time morph into teacher or engineer, or quarterback or president for the more ambitious.
Few probably say “pastor,” but look at you now! Here you are, and for the pastor I think there is yet a further question worth asking. “Who (not “what”) do you want to be when you grow up?” As you progress in ministry, who are your influences? Who are your models? Who would you be gratified to be like?
I think it’s a good question, and I genuinely hope God has given you models who shape who you are, and who you are becoming.
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Notes and resources relevant to this episode:
David Brooks introduced many to Stott in his 2004 New York Times opinion column in praise of Stott.
Later in his book The Second Mountain he speaks of Stott’s profound impact upon Brook’s reluctant and slow movement toward Christianity.
John R. W. Stott, Christian Mission in the Modern World (United States: InterVarsity Press, 1975).
John R. W. Stott, Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century (United States: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1982).
John R. W. Stott, God’s New Society: the Message of Ephesians (United States: InterVarsity Press, 1979).
John R. W. Stott, Christian Counter-Culture (United States: InterVarsity Press, 1978).
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (United States: InterVarsity Press, 1986).
Tim Chester, Stott on the Christian Life: Between Two Worlds (United States: Crossway, 2020).
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