Under the Unpredictable Plant: an Exploration in Vocational Holiness

Peterson, Eugene

Eerdmans, 1992

pp. 4-5

How do you get vocational holiness as opposed to career idolatry? Please don’t answer that personal holiness will do the trick. “If the pastor is devout, it is assumed that the work is also devout. The assumption is unwarranted. Sincerity in a carpenter does not ensure an even saw cut. Neither does piety in a pastor guarantee true pastoral work.” Pastors talk about holy vocation, but they end up pursuing careers like everybody else.