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Minneapolis pastor John Piper preached his last sermon at Bethlehem Baptist Church Easter Sunday after 33 years as its pastor.
â€śItâ€™s the end of an eraâ€”the era of Piper as local-church pastorâ€”but God willing, just the beginning of a new season of ministry,â€ť David Mathis wrote on Desiring Godâ€™s blog. Piper announced in 2011 that he would leave pastoral ministry to invest his time in his wider Desiring God ministry and continue as chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary.
In an open letter to the church, he announced that he, his wife and his adopted daughter, Talitha, will spend a year in Tennessee starting in May to allow the new leadership to plan the churchâ€™s direction. He also plans to use his time working on a few writing projects and figuring out how to divide his time between â€śspeaking at conferences, international ministry, teaching through Desiring God, and life on the family front.â€ť...