The Church As Family (Eclov)

 One of the images used in Scripture for the church is that of family.  For example, Paul uses the term "household of God" (Eph. 2:19, 1 Tim. 3:15).  Many of us know that Christians can rightly call each other "brother" or "sister" (James 2:15).  God is our Father, of course, and in Christ we are… Continue reading The Church As Family (Eclov)

Prayer and Study, Study and Prayer (Shedd)

Shedd, Pastoral Theology Serious Christians are students of the Word.  We seek the truth in God's Word, we find it there, and we learn more about it as we grow, study, and read.  We memorize verses, try to understand biblical concepts, and we desire to live as Scripture calls us to live.  We are students… Continue reading Prayer and Study, Study and Prayer (Shedd)

No Matter How Wretched… (Bucer)

 Martin Bucer's writing on pastoral theology is an outstanding Reformation resource on this topic.  It's called Concerning the True Care of Souls.  There are many excellent parts in it, but one that stood out to me today as I was reading my underlines is this one on the free offer of the gospel in the pastoral… Continue reading No Matter How Wretched… (Bucer)

The Pastor and Feeding Christ’s Sheep (Bucer)

 Martin Bucer's (d.1551) pastoral theology book Concerning the True Care of Souls is a wonderful resource.  I recently came across this section that I had marked up - it's a good reminder for those of our readers who are pastors! When St. Peter is asked for the third time if he loves the Lord, and himself… Continue reading The Pastor and Feeding Christ’s Sheep (Bucer)

Pastoring the Pastor

In the past few months I’ve been reading pastoral ministry books for my own spiritual and pastoral good.  In case you missed some earlier reviews, I said Paul Tripp’s Dangerous Calling wasn’t overly helpful because of its narrow audience: it isn’t for pastors who are weary, tired, and who need encouragement.  In fact, I had… Continue reading Pastoring the Pastor