Tribute to Don Carson

Here is a section of a post by Mark Dever concerning D.A. Carson. Carson is a man that is worthy of all of our attention. Dever posted it to say that Carson has a book coming out later this year called 'Christ and Culture Revisted.' Carson is particularly qualified to write such a book. According to the Trinity website, his areas of expertise include biblical theology, the historical Jesus, postmodernism, pluralism, Greek grammar, Johannine theology, Pauline theology, and questions of suffering and evil. Anyone who has read 'The Gagging of God' would have to agree. Anyway, here's Dever's comment:

Don Carson has for years put his God-given gift of brilliance and hard academic labor to use for the church. I from time to time have had the privilege to share a platform with him at ministers conferences and other events. I have seen him far away from the Ivy-covered halls of academia, laboring long and hard not simply over language theories or a fine hermenuetical point (good things to do) but with a pastor (whether from South Africa or England or Illinois) helping him think through a Biblical or pastoral issue.
Don has shown this in his career as a teacher and a writer as well. He has a passion for God, and a passion for God's truth, and a passion for God's church. First-class Biblical scholars who are not hostile to systematic theology, are themselves orthodox and pious, and have a love for the church which shows itself in doing helpful pastor- and popular-level writing for decades have marked too few people in the history of the church. John Calvin. B. B. Warfield. (OK, even Don Carson will stop reading at this point!)
Anyway, from How Long O Lord to Showing the Spirit to The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God to Worship by the Book to The Cross and Christian Ministry--I could go on and on--Don has been a blessing to me and to countless other pastors, rather than putting all his time into forwarding his academic career (though he's done just fine in that area) Don has put his time into helping us.
Stop and thank God for the gift that Don is.