Video from The Gospel Coalition
Pastor Timothy Keller, Pastor John Piper and Don Carson discuss who over the course of their lives influenced them and some suggestions to help us in our Christian life.
John Piper - "Who are they? For me a good many have died. Some have been dead all my life, and spoke to me from the grave, like the apostle Paul and Jonathan Edwards and John Owen. But I don’t think this is what Hebrews 13:7 meant. That’s what Hebrews 11 was about. Hebrews 13:7 adds the living examples to the dead ones. So who are they? Here are some of my older leaders who spoke to me the word of God. I have been watching several of them for a long time. Daniel Fuller, George Verwer, Greg Livingstone, Iain Murray, John MacArthur, J.I. Packer, R.C. Sproul, Larry Agnew." from Desiring God article: When You Start to Outlive Your Heroes (link)
"You aren’t reflecting, talking, listening, watching, and reading in order to pass judgment. You’re learning what life is like—the human condition, the realities that Jesus intends to invade and that Scripture ought to illumine. You are learning about the clothes that redemption wears. You can’t cram when it comes to knowing people. So plan on making this a lifetime project.
Finally, I’d say to read widely and read wisely; I often tell people that readers are leaders and leaders are readers. In all of these things, one should ask the Lord for a mentor (or mentors) who will help to provide guidance along the way." - Pastor Timothy Keller from the article: Advice to Young Pastors from David Powlison, David Dockery, Tim Keller (link)