The Reformed Pastor
Paperback. 256 Pages
Richard Baxter was vicar of Kidderminster from 1647 to 1661. In an introduction to this reprint, Dr. J.I. Packer describes him as ‘the most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced’. His ministry transformed the people of Kidderminster from ‘an ignorant, rude and revelling people’ to a godly, worshipping community. These pages, first prepared for a Worcestershire association of ministers in 1656, deal with the means by which such changes are ever to be accomplished. In his fervent plea for the discharge of the spiritual obligations of the ministry, Baxter, in the words of his contemporary, Thomas Manton, ‘came nearer the apostolic writings than any man in the age’. A century later Philip Doddridge wrote, ‘The Reformed Pastor is a most extraordinary book…many good men are but shadows of what (by the blessing of God) they might be, if the maxims and measures laid down in that incomparable Treatise were strenuously pursued’.
Today, Baxter’s principles, drawn from Scripture, and reapplied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction and help.
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 is.
- Jacob W.
I would recommend this book to any person in ministry or considering the ministry. Baxter clearly presents his point that one should take the ministry seriously. He develops this point in many ways including the importance of ministering to each member individually, not wasting time, and guarding one's personal walk with God. Excellent read. Not too challenging, and very devotional.
- Tim N.