Rob Lister

"This Momentary Marriage"

By Rob Lister Jul. 6, 2011 9:44 a.m. Theology, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently published a brief review of mine on John Piper’s book This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence.  I’m grateful for this book for many reasons.  It’s succinct, practical, and encouraging.  But the main thing I appreciated about it is the way Piper explicitly applied the God-centered meaning of marriage to the expressions of marriage (and singleness) that we experience in this life.

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Humility in Seminary, Part 2

By Rob Lister May. 10, 2011 4:35 p.m. Theology, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In my previous post, I reflected on a lesson about humility that I learned as a seminarian.  Since then, I have encountered a few folks who have observed that a struggle with spiritual pride is not altogether infrequent in the halls of evangelical seminaries.  Initially, seminary might seem an unexpected place to encounter such a struggle.  Why is it, then, that this temptation is often found in this context?  Is seminary somehow intrinsically antithetical to gospel humility?

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A Lesson on Humility Learned in Seminary

By Rob Lister Mar. 30, 2011 2:02 p.m. Theology, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I loved my time in seminary.  The seminary years were formative and growth-filled for me in many ways.  I learned more about God in a concentrated period of time than ever before.  My professors were scholar-pastors.  I was blessed to be part of a healthy church.  I made some of my best (and lifelong) friends during seminary.  And God graciously started and grew our family during those years.

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