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Format: Hardcover
Reading through The Reformed Pastor again, I remember why I often struggle to read Puritans; every page is like ingesting a steak and reading Puritans simply takes a LONG time. Though there is much flavor and much substance, one does not speed through something like The Reformed Pastor; there's simply too much to swallow to attempt to do it hastily.

The book is broken into 3 large chapters with several subsections to each. The first chapter examines the oversight of the self, presenting the case for the importance of the minister to be regenerate and mature in faith as well, and also examines the motivation behind the oversight of the self, presenting the case for the necessity and sobriety in dealing with the oversight of oneself. The second chapter examines the oversight of the church, presenting instruction regarding the nature, manner and motivations for the oversight of the church. The third chapter deals with the application of the first two chapters, presenting in detail the need for humility in an overseer and also presenting the need for personal teaching and instruction from the overseer to the various members of the congregation.

Once one starts reading The Reformed Pastor, it becomes clear why it is such a classic. The exhortations regarding humility, double-mindedness, discipline, purity and various other fruits of the spirit are as pertinent and necessary today as they were in Baxter's day. The problems that Baxter encountered sound eerily familiar: corrupt clergy abandoning their divine duty out of fear of men, the misunderstanding of the clergy regarding exactly what a minister does with his day (180), the lack of interest in many congregants regarding deep and doctrinal teaching, etc.
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Format: Paperback
Baxter's time was not too unlike our own. Despite there being a large theological agreement that there must be discipline within the Church, very few leaders in the church are willing to carry it out. Baxter reminds us, and convincingly so, that we must do so for not only the good of the soul of the individual, but for the rest of the Church, and even ourselves. Most of the book rotates around the subject of discipline in the pastoral ministry. It also contains many other details concerning the ministry that would be good for any aspiring, or current pastor to read.
The only reason I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 is because this version is the abridged version of what Baxter wrote years ago. However, there is nothing that would tell you this unless you read the preface. I was a little disturbed upon originally reading the preface that this was the case, and that the original work is closer to 700 pages (depending on margins and type settings). This book has a rather tiny font size, and very little margin, so even though it is only over 100 pages, if it were in the typical type setting you see in most books, it would probably be closer to 3-400 pages.
Also, the ancient Elizabethean english has been revised for the modern reader, which probably accounts for the shorter number of pages.
Don't let any of this distract you from getting this book though, there are still many redeeming qualities to it.
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Having this book read aloud to me helps me to be more sure to read it, and what a treasure it is!! Very convicting and true and good, and important! Never forget these old books--there is a reason people are still reading them after 400 years!
Jesus is Lord!
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My pastor recommended this book to me (an aspiring pastor). After you get used to the flow, there's really a ton of great advice in here. I'm shocked at how many problems and scenarios are the same no matter where or when you minister. The kindle version was great because I could skim some where I felt like it. Lots to highlight and review. Sharp, honest, and surprisingly relevant.
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Format: Hardcover
Being a pastor is much more than understanding the Bible rightly, much more than being able to preach well on Sundays, weddings, funerals and conferences, and certainly much more than being able to write best-selling books. I like how Pastor Richard Baxter puts it, "Ministers are nurses of Christ's little babies." He wrote this text not out of a mere theoretical concept, but from both personal experiences and biblical mandates. If one is familiar with Baxter's biography, particularly on his ministerial labor in Kidderminster, England, it is clear that he lived what he preached on how to minister to Christ's flock rightly. He calls for the need for a sober prayerful examination not only whether one is truly called to ministry, but also whether he is truly converted to begin with. It is a dreadful thing indeed to have an unconverted person to be a minister of the gospel. In addition, Baxter urges ministers not only to have a solid training and understanding in theology, but also among other things, not to be content with little grace, to beware of lukewarmness or prayerlessness, beware of living a hypocritical life, beware of loving money instead of people and desiring to be rich. Unsanctified and worldly ministers will not and can not do the work heartily and faithfully. "He that will let go his hopes of heaven, rather than leave his worldly and fleshly delights, will hardly leave them for the saving of others.Read more ›
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