Pray Earnestly For Faithful Preachers (Bucer)

Although the reformer Martin Bucer (d. 1551) wrote these words over 450 years ago, they are very applicable and pertinent today. Notice how he talks about people who constantly criticize a pastor's preaching: ...It is the Lord's will to rule among us through his appointed ministry, as we have explained in the second and third …

A Pastor’s Treatment of His Wife (Miller)

(This is a re-post from May 1, 2017) A pastor's marriage is a very important part of his life and ministry.  It should be obvious that a pastor must be an excellent Christian example of what it means for a husband to serve, cherish, nourish, and love his wife in a humble, Christ-like way.  Samuel …

How Should a Pastor Treat His Wife? (Miller)

A pastor's marriage is a very important part of his life and ministry.  A pastor should be an excellent Christian example of what it means for a husband to serve, cherish, nourish, and love his wife in a humble, Christ-like way.  Samuel Miller (d. 1850) gave some outstanding advice along these lines: As a clergyman …

The Church Is Greater Than The Pastor

Although he lived and ministered in Holland almost 100 years ago, Abraham Kuyper could already see the celebrity pastor syndrome growing in the United States.  There are quite a few layers of wisdom in the following quote.  I especially like Kuyper’s dig at democratic/populist religious gatherings, his emphasis on church history, and his note that …

Wisdom, Ignorance, Knowledge, Seminary

Around six months ago I wrote a short review of this book: Excellence: The Character of God and the Puruit of Scholarly Virtue by Andreas Kostenberger.  To summarize that review, I really liked the book and recommend it.  As I was paging through it again recently, I found this section that I had marked up.  …

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