Eminent Piety Is Expected of the Pastor

Thomas Murphy

Hence he cannot be too diligent in its cultivation. It is true that very often there is too much expected of him. He is but man, and the struggle against sin and imperfections must constantly be carried on in him as well as in other men. And sometimes he is most unjustly, even cruelly, criticised.

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By | August 10th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

A Living Example of the Gospel

Thomas Murphy

This places the necessity of his being an eminently godly man in a very strong light. The solemn charge is imposed upon him of demonstrating by his daily walk and conversation the truth and the power of the doctrines of the gospel. From this responsibility no possible argument will release him.

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By | August 4th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Devoted Piety

Thomas Murphy

This is another consideration upon which great stress should be laid. Such piety is unspeakably important, not only for God's glory and the benefit of souls, but also for the pastor's own comfort. It is in this, and not in superior talents or cultivated taste, or in a pleasant charge or attractive social relations, that his real enjoyment is to be found.

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By | July 26th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

The Real Power of the Pastor

Thomas Murphy

It is the heart alone, and the heart glowing with love to God, that can give him strength and energy and perseverance and success. With it he will be irresistible, without it his ministerial life will be a failure.

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By | July 17th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

The Conversion of Souls and the Prosperity of the Church

Thomas Murphy

As is the love of Christ in his own soul, so will be the minister's zeal for the perishing souls of those committed to his care; so will he long for the glory of Christ; and so will he pray and work and strive in his heavenly calling; and so ordinarily will be his success in that calling. There is nothing else in this wide world that can properly constrain him to put forth the efforts that are needed.

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By | July 6th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Calvin’s Comprehensive Piety

Dr. Joel R. Beeke

One key area of the Reformation that is often forgotten is that of the great revival of biblical piety, particularly as it manifested itself in the theology and lives of the Reformers and the Puritans. No one set forth what biblical piety is so succinctly and frequently as the Reformation’s greatest systematician, John Calvin (1509–1564).

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By | June 27th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, John Calvin, Pastoral Theology|

The Greatness of the Work of the Minister

Thomas Murphy

God has called them, and sent them to speak to their fellow-men in his name. He has laid the obligation on them to take his messages as they are found written out in the Holy Oracles, and proclaim them aloud to the whole world.

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By | June 27th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Importance of the Office of a Pastor

Thomas Murphy

The nature of the office of the gospel ministry is such that its duties cannot be too thoughtfully regarded. It is an office which was established by Christ himself, the great Head of the Church. Its commission is held from the authority of Heaven, and its duties are connected with the kingdom of God. Would it have been ordained by this special appointment of our Lord for any other than the most important ends? What dignity it receives from the consideration that it has not come from the contrivance of human wisdom, but that it emanated directly from Jehovah!

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By | June 13th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Jesus’ View of the Christian Ministry

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves (Luke 10.3).

While it is true that all Christians are called to serve the Lord in all of life, and that bearing a verbal witness to Him before unbelievers is the blessed privilege of every Christian, the sacred call of men to the pastoral office and labors remains firmly established by Scripture.

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By | January 30th, 2017|Church, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

A Christian’s Usual Disappointment with Himself

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

In this 17th of 41 letters on religious subjects, John Newton offers good advice for most Christians who wish they could feel more spiritual and closer to the Lord than they do most of the time.

“A Christian’s Usual Disappointment with Himself”

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By | May 20th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|