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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: christianaudio.com
- Audible.com Release Date: January 16, 2009
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001Q58IL6
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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.Read more ›
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.
Jesus is Lord!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a review of the version published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform NOT the books content. Beware of this version. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric Beerbower
Flip through it every once in a while to stir you up to clarity on the importance of these short moments.Published 10 months ago by Joseph Tinc
I enjoy the Whispersync function so we can read at home or listen on long drives out of town.
Baxter reminds us that the pastoral office is less complicated than we today... Read more
I realize it's a classic. But quite honestly, I found it hard to follow. Mostly because of the linguistic style used. Clearly, this is my problem, not the author's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Riemer
I would recommend this book to any man in ministry or considering the ministry. Baxter clearly presents his point that men should take the ministry seriously. Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by timbo123
The print is extremely small (even for a twenty-three year old), and the book binding job is TERRIBLE (it is so close to the edge that you cannot read the last/first words on the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Ben Aurich
This book is a must read for all who are called to lead others in the church. Richard Baxtor puts it plainly and simply calling sin in the pulpit what it isPublished on March 14, 2014 by Jacob Willard
Really great book! I reccomend this to any pastor that is serious about leading their flock in a godly way.Published on October 22, 2013 by Trevon Morales
I received this book promptly in the mail. When I opened it up, the back part was separated from the rest of the book and the cover was barely on. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Ace4