Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
John Piper recently retired from 33 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Last week while at The Gospel Coalition Conference 2013, Collin Hansen sat down with Piper for a 30-minute interview addressing “regrets and retirement.” There is much to gain from this interview, not only theologically, but also from the godly wisdom gleaned over the years of pastoral ministry.
Last evening there was a corporate gathering of all the Bethlehem Baptist campuses to give thanks and praise to God for His sovereign grace and mercy in the life of the church, and express gratitude to the Pipers for their 33 years of faithful ministry in, with and among them. This was both a retirement from vocational ministry at Bethlehem Baptist to a recommissioning to the next chapter of ministry in the Pipers’ lives, the full-time ministry of Desiring God. For the Pipers, this is not a retire but rather a re-fire!
Piper has no plans of slowing down. In dependency on God, he notes there is “much more to come” in this next chapter.
We thank the Lord for His grace evidenced in the lives and ministries of Bethlehem Baptist and the Pipers, and we pray a blessing on both in these next chapters!