Book Notice: “The Pastor’s Guide to Leading & Living” by O.S. Hawkins

You can take this to the bank: O. S. Hawkins is a good man whose many years of faithful ministry has earned him a hearing. Hawkins, currently the President and C.E.O. of Guidestone Financial Resources, recently published The Pastor’s Guide to Leading & Living (Thomas Nelson, 2012), in which he brings to bear 20 years of experience as a pastor in order to encourage pastors in their calling. In his view, “the pastor has been given by the Sovereign Lord the highest calling in God’s economy. It is not a vocation to be chosen among several options. It is a divine supernatural calling from the Lord” (p. 5).

To explicate the nature of this calling, The Pastor’s Guide addresses the personal and ministerial facets of a pastor’s life. Hawkins examines topics such as the pastor’s purpose, power, prayer life, priorities, and parenting (to list a few). His commitment to the integrity and significance of pastoral ministry is clear, and his heart for pastors is admirable. Most of all, he desires for pastors to know whom they serve: “Pastor, you do not have a ministry. It is not yours. You are a steward and an ambassador. You have received a ministry from the Lord Jesus” (p. 9). Hence, this book makes a helpful primer for those considering pastoral ministry.

N.B. All royalties from book sales will go to Mission: Dignity, a charitable fund that aids retired pastors and widows who are in financial need.

O. S. Hawkins on the SBC, the CP, & the GCR

Yesterday, O. S. Hawkins (President and CEO of Guidestone) published a brief article about future of the SBC and the vote at this year’s convention in Orlando. Hawkins is, in my estimation, one of the SBC’s wisest statesmen, and has some helpful insight into the SBC, the GCR, and the Cooperative Program. Here are the first few lines of his article:

Throughout my decades in Southern Baptist life and leadership it has been my joy to know and love men on both sides of the denominational divide; both before, during and now after the “conservative resurgence.” In my present calling at GuideStone we have the privilege of serving everyone in SBC life and since we do not receive any cooperative program dollars we have no personal profit in whatever comes from the GCR report and vote. However, being saved in a Southern Baptist church, being educated in a Southern Baptist seminary, pastoring four wonderful Southern Baptist churches and now leading a Southern Baptist institution I have a keen interest and concern for the future of Southern Baptists at this crucial and critical juncture in our journey.

To access the rest of the article, click here.

Please Pray for Johnny Hunt

Please stop whatever you are doing and pray right now for First Baptist Woodstock pastor and current SBC President Johnny Hunt. Many of you know that Bro. Johnny was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of months ago. His surgery is this morning at 11:30. Please also remember to continue to pray for other Southern Baptist pastors and leaders with cancer, including O. S. Hawkins, Jack Graham, and Matt Chandler.