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|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|

Pitfalls and Challenges of Pastoral Preaching

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

This fifth of John Newton’s trove of 41 letters on religious subjects is advice to a new pastor about his preaching. He writes as a seasoned veteran in this theater of spiritual warfare. He emphasizes the need to keep one’s heart right despite all the criticism and praise of hearers. My paraphrased abridgement uses corresponding paragraphs. Please read the original.

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By | February 18th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

John Newton, Letter 2/41

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

An experienced pastor of good reputation, John Newton found himself consulted by young men preparing for the ministry. One anxious fellow had asked him particularly how to become a spiritually-useful preacher and how to prepare sermons. Newton’s answer is timeless and sound. I offer a paraphrased abridgement and brief comment, but please read the original letter. The paragraphs are numbered for convenient comparison.

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By | January 22nd, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

The Lord’s Servant: Identity, Traits, Hope

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

The highest possible aspiration anyone may have is to be a servant of the Lord with the requisite character and perspective of this holy calling. Second Tim 2.24–26 describes all this as the spiritual bullseye for us.
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By | January 7th, 2016|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Christ-Centered Ministry (4)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is to be properly Christ-centered, it must give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as Prophet, Priest, and King of His people. All too often in our generation of “we-wouldn’t-want-to-offend-anyone” Christianity, Christ’s kingship is conveniently ignored if not openly denied. As King, He rightfully demands His people’s obedience and supreme devotion and loyalty. The New Testament is crystal clear at this point. Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The Apostle John wrote, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

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By | March 6th, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Christ-Centered Ministry (3)

Pastor-Dave-Chanski-Author-PictureDave Chanski

If a ministry is properly Christ-centered, it will give the Lord Jesus Christ prominence as the One who has been anointed prophet, priest, and king. In the last article, we considered His office as priest. Now we focus on giving Christ His rightful place as prophet. A prophet is one who speaks the words of God to men. Christ is the Greatest Prophet ever. How do we accord Him His rightful place in any ministry God grants to us?

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By | March 2nd, 2015|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|