I've mentioned this book here before: Meditations on Preaching by Francis Grimke. Although born into slavery in 1850, Grimke was freed at a young age. Sadly, he was later captured and sold back into slavery. After the Civil War he went on to college and then attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated in 1878.… Continue reading Preaching, Publicity, and Fame (Grimke)
I probably don't have to explain the celebrity pastor ethos that is a major problem in Christianity today. In fact, some pastors want to be famous and well-known. Social media has made this problem worse. Anyway, in the "Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther's German Writings", Martin Luther had some cutting things to say… Continue reading Praise-Seeking Pastors [or Shaggy Donkey Ears] (Luther)
I recently picked up this short book called "Meditations on Preaching" by Francis Grimke. To be honest, I hadn't heard about this book before but after looking into it seemed like the book would be worthwhile to read. And it for sure is! It's full of great Christian wisdom on preaching. If you're a pastor… Continue reading Praised for our Preaching? (Grimke)
This in a great measure puts all faithful ministers on a level, notwithstanding any seeming disparity in gifts and abilities.
Near the beginning of his 1830 publication on the pastoral ministry (The Christian Ministry), Charles Bridges discussed the trials and difficulties of the ministry. In this section he wrote that for pastors, “the greatest difficulties derive their origin and power from ourselves.” This whole section is outstanding, and very much worth reading. One part… Continue reading Popularity: A Pastor’s Fiery Trial