Helps to the Piety of the Pastor

Thomas Murphy

Having spoken of the hinderances, we would now enumerate some of the helps, to a deeper spirituality which this office furnishes. It carries with it certain advantages for the promotion of personal piety advantages which are not possessed by any other calling in life. These should receive the closest attention by him who holds the sacred office.

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By | October 5th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Hinderances in the Way of Ministerial Piety

Thomas Murphy

There are certain things which are in danger of impeding the progress of the clergyman in holiness. There are temptations which are peculiar to him and which arise from the nature of his office. His very advantages and means of usefulness sometimes become a snare when they are not properly guarded.

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By | September 28th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

Preaching to Himself

Thomas Murphy

"Thou, therefore, which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself?" is the scriptural rebuke for neglecting this duty. When the preacher delivers the message of God, he should never separate himself from his audience as if he were not addressed. He needs the communications of grace just as much as his congregation does.

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By | September 21st, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology, Preaching|

Piety Increased by the Devotional reading of the Scriptures

Thomas Murphy

Ministers are liable to get into the habit of studying the word of God simply that they may be the better prepared to teach others. It is all important, however, that they should do more than this. They should not read the Bible merely for others, nor simply as a book of science, or history, or geography, or profound wisdom only, but that they may also bring it home and apply it to themselves.

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By | September 15th, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

A Morning Hour of Devotion

Thomas Murphy

In all the counsels which we purpose giving for the guidance of the pastor we want to be as specific as possible. We do not intend to rest in mere general observations, which might be important, but would not lead to the practical results we desire. Our suggestion now is, that the pastor set apart the first hour of every day for uninterrupted communion with God.

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By | September 7th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Pastoral Theology|

How the Piety of the Minister May Be Cultivated

Thomas Murphy

This is a point of vital importance to every pastor. No subject should receive from him more anxious thought. There is none to which he should give closer attention from the beginning of his ministry to its close. The following suggestions may be of use to those who are earnestly set on higher attainments in this first qualification for their sacred office: This piety to be cultivated by constant prayer.

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By | September 1st, 2017|Herald, Pastoral Theology|

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|