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Archive of entries posted on November 2010

Lord Peter Wimsey & Biblical Studies

I am catching up with everyone else by finally reading one of Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey novels (actually listening to it thanks to the free audio at Librivox).  It is an entertaining story with several insightful comments on life. This morning I was captivated by the section below from Chapter 7 in which the […]

“Now Thank We All Our God”

For Thanksgiving I am posting one of my favorite hymns of thanks.  It was written in the 17th century by Lutheran pastor, Martin Rinkart, after his city had endured horrible death and devastation in the midst of the Thirty Years’ War (at one point he was leading 50 funerals a day). Yet, the city was […]

Andrew Fuller, Blessings of Preaching through Books

In the dedication of his Expository Discourses on the Book of Genesis, Andrew Fuller wrote to his church reflecting on “pleasures we have enjoyed together in exploring the treasures of the lively Oracles.”  This dedication is a beautiful, powerful testimony to the affection between pastor and people that is only heightened as they build a […]

Benjamin Keach as Pastor

Benjamin Keach was one of the leading Baptist pastors in England in the 17th century. In the memoir included in a 19th century reprint of his book, The Travels of True Godliness, the following assessment of his ministry is included (it is an excerpt from Crosby’s History of English Baptists).  This is an excellent summary […]

Hezekiah Harvey, Personal Dealing with Souls

I have previously mentioned an address I had the opportunity to give which drew together key portions of my biblical and historical argument for the centrality of the oversight of souls in pastoral ministry.  That presentation is now a chapter in the book, Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism, which is due out […]

Segler on the Care of Souls

Here is a strong comment from 1960 by widely published Baptist pastor Franklin Segler on the centrality of the care of souls in pastoral ministry. “The care of souls is central in the church’s ministry.  Therefore, pastoral care is a primary function of the pastoral office.  No part of the pastor’s ministry is of greater […]

McConnell on Pastoral Care

I like to post here comments from various eras affirming the importance of shepherding and caring for the flock in day to day life.  So here is a quote from McConnell’s Manual for Baptist Churches (1926): The pastor should be a student of men and books.  He should know the people intimately and enter into […]

Bible Translation Forum

Gospel Coalition has teamed up with BibleGateway.Com to provide a forum on Bible translation.  Various Bible professors have provided answers to specific questions on translations and a few are posted each day.  Currently the question being addressed is “What makes a translation accurate?”  Today my answer to the question was posted.  Answers from Denny Burk […]