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Martin Bucer (1491-1551) was a significant Strassbourg reformer who influenced Calvin and the Reformed tradition while seeking ecumenical relations with emerging Lutheranism.

Peter Beale served as a troop leader in the 9th Royal Tank Regiment in Normandy and the north-west Europe campaign in 1944-45, during which he was wounded twice. After demobilisation he obtained a degree in electrical engineering at University College, London. He emigrated to Australia in 1956, where he worked as a management consultant. Peter Beale has written three books on tanks in World War II: Tank Tracks, Death by Design, and The Great Mistake. His wife Shirley has assisted with the research for all of these titles as well as this latest release. Peter and his wife, Shirley, live in Valentine, NSW

David F. Wright (1937-2008) was professor of patristic and Reformation Christianity at New College, University of Edinburgh. He wrote a number of books on both historical and theological topics including "Infant Baptism In Historical Perspective" (Studies In Christian History And Thought)
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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth; Reprint Edition edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851519849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851519845
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By Ray F Van Neste on February 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Martin Bucer (1491-1551) was one of the leading lights of the Reformation even though he is now lesser known in general. Bucer is the one who invited Calvin to Strasbourg after his expulsion from Geneva and had a significant influence on Calvin. Many of Bucer's works have never been translated into English, and we are greatly indebted to Peter Beale for recently translating this important work on pastoral ministry.

In this "little book," as Bucer described it, Bucer expounds the nature and function of pastoral ministry. In doing so he discusses the nature of the church, church government, and church discipline. But all of this comes under the basic topic of what are pastors supposed to be and do.

The first portion of this book deals with the duties and qualifications for pastoral ministry and is pure gold! I was amazed at how relevant and timely so much of this section was. Bucer argues strongly for a plurality of pastors from a wide range of backgrounds so that the people can be cared for adequately. He also discusses at some length the variety of gifting's we ought to expect among pastors serving together in the same church. All must be able to teach, but they may express that gifting in a variety of ways from more one-on-one settings to public proclamation.

Because caring for, protecting and restoring the flock is a central aspect of pastoral ministry Bucer discusses discipline and penance. The surprise to me was the amount of space given to (and the conclusions on) penance. Bucer acknowledges abuses of penance and how it degenerated into mere external works to "pay off" sins. However, he argues that proper use of penance must be maintained.
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In this important work, Martin Bucer's chief concern is the pastor's role in propagating, protecting, and preserving the purity of the local church. This is to be brought about by the caring of souls, both individually and collectively.

To make his case, he speaks of the fact that while the local church belongs to Jesus Christ, and He sets ministers and elders over them so that they might be governed in His name. The task of the minister, then, is to seek God's flock by evangelizing and preaching the gospel faithfully. Once those sheep are brought into the fold, they must be tended to--and how this is done comprises the heart of this book.

Bucer discusses distinctions between the sheep, and how each ought to be ministered to: some are straying (enticed by the world), some are wounded (i.e., in sin), some are weak (in the faith, and so need to be strengthened), and some are strong (are living in holiness to some degree, and are faithfully attending and participating in the life of the church).

In each of these instances, Bucer begins with the relevant Scripture passages, and from them he deduces the proper principles for how sheep in their particular instances are to be ministered to.

While this is a classic work, it is certainly not dated. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels that God might be calling them to the ministry.
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Very good book with lots of historical and insightful comments for those looking to learn and attempt soul care. It is the depth of the soul curate who is giving the care that will desire to read this. Simply, it will deepen your soul. Enjoy.
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