I really like John Piper’s response when people come up to him and tell him how great they thought his sermon or book was, and how much it impacted them. His response is usually along the lines of, “I know, wasn’t that great?! I was so convicted or strengthened by that message as well!” I’m not sure where I heard or read this, but it really stuck with me.

Its always an interesting challenge to learn to respond correctly to praise and positive feedback in the world of ministry. I can see this challenge in the leaders around me at our church, as well as in my own life. At first glance, Piper’s response might seem prideful. Isn’t he using the church teaching spotlight to endorse and praise his own work? Isn’t he bragging about his own preaching? Continue reading