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After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture.
He's not only concerned about the spiritual life of the pastor, but also with the very community of people that trains him, calls him, relates to him, and restores him if necessary.
Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy - an environment that actively undermines the well-being and efficacy of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.
Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.
It's the most honest discussion of ministry you will encounter.
Read the introduction and first chapter from Dangerous Calling.
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"Every pastor and church board out there should read Paul Tripp's book, Dangerous Calling. It's much needed."
- Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church; author, The Explicit Gospel
"This is a book every person in ministry should read. It will cut you to the heart and bring massive conviction, also it provides biblical remedies for healing. I would love to put this book in the hand of every seminarian who walks on my campus."
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"My friend Paul Tripp shines the spotlight of God's Word into the heart of every pastor. If you have been in ministry for 20 minutes or 20 years, I commend it to you. Be prepared for the change God will make in your heart, life and ministry."
- James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel; author, Vertical Church
"This book is 'good' in the same way that heart surgery is good. It's painful and scary and as you read it you'll be tempted to run away from the truth it contains. But it just might save your life. Pastors need this book. I know I really needed it. It challenged me and rebuked me even as it gave me hope and fresh faith in God for pastoral ministry."
- Joshua Harris, Senior Pastor, Covenant Life Church; author, Dug Down Deep
"Tripp has done it again. With probing insight and robust realism, he takes an honest look into the challenges that are unique to, or intensified by, pastoral ministry. Gospel-centered and grace saturated to the core, Dangerous Calling is a must read."
- Tullian Tchividjian,, Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus + Nothing = Everything
"If this book were a sermon, it would be the most weighty and refreshing sermon you've ever needed to hear. My sincere hope is that this book would be translated into multiple languages, become required reading in seminaries, and be distributed to Christians everywhere."
- Burk Parsons, Associate Pastor, Saint Andrew's Chapel; editor, TableTalk Magazine
"There is a very dark and destructive force working against pastors today. With much wisdom and conviction, Tripp's Dangerous Calling preaches the gospel of grace to the men who are preaching the gospel Sunday after Sunday to everyone but themselves."
- Eric C. Redmond, Council Member, The Gospel Coalition
"Few would regard a pastor's role as a dangerous calling, but few people are as qualified and insightful as Paul Tripp to penetrate the snares and potential pitfalls associated with pastoral ministry. This excellent volume should be read, re-read, and applied."
- Terry Virgo, Founder, Newfrontiers Church Network
Published in 2012 by Crossway Books
Page Count: 240
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