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|A PASTOR'S SKETCHES: Conversation's with Anxious Souls Concerning the Way of Salvation: Two Volumes in One|
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These sketches were first published in 1850 and 1853 toward the end of the remarkable ministry of the man known as "The Bunyan of Brooklyn." These books consist of 77 "sketches" or "case studies" drawn from the ministry of one of America's greatest pastors. It is required reading in three Seminaries in the USA with more to come. It is changing lives in over 25 countries and all 50 States and has drawn high praise from dozens of evangelical and reformed leaders throughout the world, like: Jerry Bridges, Maurice Roberts, Ernie Reisinger, James White, Gordon Keddie, Tom Nettles, Joel Beeke, Conrad Mbewe, Geoff Thomas and Peter Jeffery.
"I have never read anything quite like A Pastor's Sketches and I really think that if God is pleased to bring days of great revival again, no Christian book could be more helpful at such a time to pastors than Spencer's book. A book of great relevance to pastors, it will be cherished just as much by all those spiritual minded men and women in our churches who do the bulk of the work of bringing the gospel lovingly, courageously and wisely to those around them. I really believe its impact could be revolutionary." - David Vaughn, missionary in France
"A Pastor's Sketches is a sobering and challenging reminder that the Holy Spirit is the true agent of conversion. This book is urgently needed today when so much of our evangelism is patterned after current marketing methods. It has deeply convicted me to always seek to be in tune with the Holy Spirit as I minister to others." - Jerry Bridges, author of numerous books
"We live in a day when it is rare for people to speak about their souls. But in times of revival such as that in which Ichabod Spencer lived, there was so much of the Holy Spirit's work in evidence in men's lives that ministers needed to address the most searching questions to their hearers. Few did this so well as Dr. Spencer, whose Sketches, which are here reprinted after a lapse of many years, are a veritable treasury of pastoral wisdom. They will amply repay careful reading by pastors and serious Christians in our day." - Maurice Roberts, former editor of Banner of Truth Magazine
"The Spencer extracts are superb and will be of great benefit when printed. This is very sobering but enlightening material. It is quite contrary to much of today's practice and all pastors need to read it." - Peter Jeffery, author of over 40 books
"Spiritual casuistry, or 'cases of conscience,' as it used to be called, is nearly a lost art today. Few seminaries train ministerial students how to dialogue with seeking souls, even though counseling a seeking sinner can be more challenging than preaching to a large congregation. That's part of what makes Spencer's book of dialogues with inquiring sinners so unique. Spencer is a master at flushing sinners out of hiding and directing them to Jesus Christ for salvation through Spirit-worked, simple faith.
Though I suppose few pastors would approve of every response Spencer makes to inquirers, in the main his spiritual counsel is biblical, doctrinal, practical, and experiential. His perceptive counsel certainly has produced much fruit. A Pastor's Sketches is a compelling read for pastors and Christian workers; its pages contain the nuts and bolts of biblical evangelism, taught via authentic dialogues." - Joel R. Beeke, president and professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
"Dr. Spencer's book should certainly take a well-deserved place among the tools of any physician of souls. Anyone with the cause of Christ at heart will bemoan the fact that we have too many miscarriages in our evangelistic labor-wards. These sketches found in Spencer's book, together with the concluding lessons, will go a long way to bring back the biblical balance that we so desperately need if the preachers of the new millennium are to prove themselves to be able and true spiritual midwives. I have no doubt that its reprinting is long overdue." - Conrad Mbewe, pastor from Zambia
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|THOUGHTS ON PREACHING|
James W. Alexander
Few things are more helpful to preachers than the thoughts of a great preacher. In this volume we have such 'THOUGHTS ON PREACHING' from the illustrious pen of Dr. James W. Alexander. First published in 1864, a few years after his death, it contains sections from his private writings with their illuminating comments on the work of the ministry. In addition to his 166 paragraphs on preaching and pastoral ministry, this priceless volume includes his masterful Letters to Young Ministers which covers such subjects as:
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THE MATTER OF PREACHING
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ELOQUENCE OF THE FRENCH PULPIT
Of all the books that the publisher has read on the subject of preaching, there is none that has meant more than this one. It is much to be regretted that it has been out of print, and it is an honor to be able to bring it back once again with enlarged print for easier reading.
"Dr. J.W. Alexander's 'Thoughts on Preaching' is the best daily devotional on preaching ever written. To read a section or two of his poignant and savory thoughts contained in 'Homiletical Paragraphs' every day would greatly instruct, convict, encourage, and re-energize any true minister of the gospel. And his 'Letters to Young Ministers' is a masterpiece in itself; particularly the sections on maintaining devotion and happiness in the ministry." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
"'Thoughts on Preaching' has impacted my verbal ministry, not only because Alexander relates proclamation so well to experiential Christianity, but especially because of his insistence upon preaching without notes. He encourages a more liberated, and apostolic style which I find most engaging. This is a work I have recommended numerous times. It is among my top picks for texts on preaching." - Jim Elliff, Christian Communicators Worldwide
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|THE PASTOR IN THE SICK ROOM: Ministering the Gospel to Those on the Brink of Eternity|
John D. Wells
In the Fall of 1892 the professors of Princeton Seminary asked Dr. John D. Wells, long-time pastor in Brooklyn, NY, to come and deliver three lectures on the subject of ministering to the sick and dying. Wells, himself a graduate of Princeton in the 1840's, spoke to the students in such an effective and passionate way that the professors later asked Wells to have these lectures published. This book is the result of that request.
Knowing that men like Benjamin B. Warfield, and his esteemed colleagues were moved by these lectures in such a way, it is a true shame that they have been unavailable for more than a century.
Jerry Bridges, author of numerous God-centered books, wrote the following as soon as he finished reading a photocopy recently sent to him: "Spiritual care of the sick and dying, especially to those who are unconverted, is one of the most sensitive and challenging areas of Christian ministry. Written from a wealth of more than 40 years pastoral experience and from a heart deeply concerned for the salvation of those who are dying, this book is instructive, challenging and heartwarming. Even though written more than 100 years ago, the spiritual lessons contained in it are as up to date as if written yesterday. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE IN THE PRACTICAL THEOLOGY SECTION OF EVERY PASTOR'S LIBRARY."
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|THE BUNYAN OF BROOKLYN: The Life and Practical Sermons of Ichabod Spencer|
Rev. J.M. Sherwood and Ichabod Spencer
The author of "A Pastor's Sketches" comes to life in this new paperback edition of his life and practical sermons. Everyone who has read the life-changing and ministry-transforming volumes of "A Pastor's Sketches" will be deliighted to learn more about the man whose life was used of God in such a mighty way from 1828 (when he began his ministry in Northampton. MA) to 1854 (when he concluded his ministry in Brooklyn, NY).
In addition to the helpful "Sketch" of his life by dear friend Rev. J.M. Sherwood, we have here 20 complete sermons that are called Practical Sermons drawn from his regular pulpit ministry in Brooklyn.
According to his Biographer, "One of the most prominent characteristics of Dr. Spencer's preaching was its Scriptural character. He emphatically preached the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. He drew every sermon from it. He grounded every sermon upon the plain import of God's revealed Word. He made that Word his sole authority in all his teaching. The Bible was the staple of all his sermons. They were full of it; and drew their inspiration from it. It was the simple power of Scripture truth that he wielded with so much effect. He had no confidence in any other kind of teaching. He believed that his sole business in the pulpit was to unfold and vindicate, enforce and apply the meaning or truths of God's revelation. Hence he aimed steadily to exalt the Divine Word. He bowed always and most reverently to its authority."
"The reading of good sermons is the most underrated kind of Christian literature on the market today. In former centuries, the reading of sermons was the bulk of the mature Christian's reading diet. Most Puritan books, for example, are sermons edited for print. Sermon reading keeps believers in the Word, matures the soul, and whets the appetite for good preaching. It promotes Christ-centered thinking, healthy self-examination, and godly piety in every sphere of life. Though nothing can replace the Word preached, sermon reading has one advantage over preaching: the sermons that made it into print are usually the minister's best! Tolle Lege--"pick up and read" great sermon books, especially those of past centuries that are packed with spiritual meat, such as the sermons of Ichabod Spencer." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
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|THE CHRISTIAN PASTOR: The Office and Duty of the Gospel Minister|
Stephen H. Tyng
These outstanding lectures were delivered from September 29 - October 3, 1873 at the School of Theology in the Boston University, and were subsequently published at the earnest request of the students and the faculty who heard them delivered. One reason for the value of this work is that the lectures were delivered by a man who had been serving Christ in the Gospel ministry for more than half a century.
"The Christian Pastor by Stephen H. Tyng is very personable and pastoral and sound." - Dr. Tom Nettles
Stephen H. Tyng (1800-1885) was ordained to the ministry of the Protestant Episcopal church in 1821. His first parish was in Georgetown, D. C., in 1821-'3, and then the Queen Anne parish, Prince George County, Maryland, in 1823-'9. He was called to the rectorship of St. Paul's church, Philadelphia, in 1829, then to the Church of the Epiphany in 1838, where he served for twelve years. In 1844 he was invited to St. George's church, New York city, where, entering upon his duties in 1845, he labored for more than thirty years as rector, and was retired as rector emeritus in 1878. He received the degree of D. D. from Jefferson college, Pennsylvania, in 1832, and from Harvard in 1851. He was distinguished for eloquence in the pulpit, and also for able and effective temperance and patriotic addresses. For many years he was a leader among that part of the clergy known as low churchmen, he was active in organizing the Evangelical knowledge society, the American church missionary society, and the Evangelical education society, and was editor for several years of "The Episcopal Recorder" and "The Protestant Churchman." Dr. Tyng held a ready pen, and published numerous volumes of interest and value. Chief among these was his "Lectures on the Law and the Gospel" (Philadelphia, 1832) .
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|THE POWER OF THE PULPIT|
Addresses to Ministers of the Gospel and Those Who Hear Them
"Gardiner Spring's 'The Power of the Pulpit' is an old classic on preaching that truly believes in the pulpit. It deserves to stand on every minister's bookshelf beside Spurgeon's 'Lectures to my Students' and Lloyd-Jones's 'Preaching.' I'll never forget the first time I read Spring's chapter on a minister's personal piety; it overwhelmed me, and moved me to tears, to silence, to confession, and to prayer for mercy and help. This is a great book which every minister should read and re-read, if he really wants to get a sense of the magnitude, awesomeness, power, and beauty of his calling." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
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|A PASTOR'S COUNSEL: Words of Wisdom for Weary, Wounded and Wandering Ones|
Jonathan Edwards, Philip Doddridge, Ashbel Green & Thomas Scott
A PASTOR'S COUNSEL is a precious little book from the American Tract Society that is full of brief, pithy, wise counsel for every member of the church of Christ, as well as those who are outside of Christ. This is sage advice that will benefit the shepherd and the sheep alike. It will help the pastor give sensitive counsel to his own soul, his family and the flock of God entrusted to him, and it will guide the sheep through a variety of perplexities they will face on their journey heavenward.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What is it to Believe on Christ? By Rev. Dr. J.W. Chickering
The Act of Faith
Questions and Counsels by Rev. Ashbel Green
Self-Dedication to God by Philip Doddridge
Advice to Young Converts by Jonathan Edwards
The Closet Companion, or a Help to Self-Examination by George Burder
Signs of a Living or Growing Christian
Signs of a Dying or Decaying Christian
Directions to Assist in Attaining a Spirit of Prayer
The Knowledge of Pardon and the Witness of the Spirit by Rev. Thomas Scott
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|LECTURES IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: Volume One - THE DOCTRINE OF GOD|
Rob Ventura, the General Editor of this new series of Theological Volumes, writes, "I'm excited to announce that the long-awaited theological works of Greg Nichols will be coming out soon. We hope to have the first of seven volumes ready by December this year or by January next year. If you would, please keep the project in prayer. See the endorsements below we have already received -
"I have waited for 20 years to see these lectures finally delivered to us in book form. Though Greg Nichols has evidently interacted with the great Systematic theologians of the past, the contents of these pages are no mere echoes of a bygone era. He has used his gifts and applied his mind in his vintage years to build on this historic foundation and bequeathed to the church a Systematic Theology that is both biblically based and historically fresh. If these are the first fruits, I wonder what the other volumes will be like!" -Dr. Conrad Mbewe, Chancellor of the African Christian University and Principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College in Lusaka, Zambia
"In a day full of light books, Greg Nichols has given us a treatment on the attributes of God in a manner so thoroughly Biblical as to establish the adoration of our Lord upon the firmest of foundations. Here we find gems worth mining. Here is solid nourishment for the head and heart of every hungry believer." - John Snyder, Christ Church, New Albany, Mississippi, Authored 'Behold Your GodÆ, PhD. Trinity St. David's, University of Wales
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PROLOGUE: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Introduction: Overview of the Doctrine of God
Part 1: The Existence of God
Part 2: The Knowledge of God
Section 1. The Knowability of God
Section 2. The Incomprehensibility of God
Part 3: The Nature of God
Introduction to Part 3: Overview of God's Nature: Simple, Supreme, and Spiritual
Division 1: God's Supreme Being: God's Existential Attributes
Section 1. God's Ideal Being: Ideality
Section 2. God's Self-Existent Being: Aseity and Independence
Section 3. God's Infinite Being: Spatial Supremacy
Section 4. God's Eternal Being: Temporal Supremacy
Section 5. God's Unchangeable Being: Immutability
Division 2: God's Supreme Spirituality: God's Spiritual Attributes
Section 6. God's Incorporeality: The Majestic Form of God
Section 7. God's Animacy: The Vivacity and Omnipotence of God
Section 8. God's Faculty
Unit 1. God's Supreme Mind: The Omniscience of God
Unit 2. God's Supreme Will: The Sovereignty of God
Unit 3. God's Supreme Affection: The Emotivity of God
Section 9. God's Morality: The Supreme Virtue of God
Introduction: God's Moral Capacity and Character: Overview of God's Supreme Virtue
Unit 1. The Goodness of God
Unit 2. The Holiness of God
Unit 3. The Justice of God
Unit 4. The Faithfulness of God
Conclusion: God's Self-Esteem: God's Consciousness of his Supreme Virtue
Section 10. God's Personality: The Trinity
Part 4: The Names of God
Part 5: The Decree of God
Conclusion to the Doctrine of God
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A COMPLETE BODY OF DIVINITY by Thomas Watson
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|PASTORAL THEOLOGY: The Man of God, Volumes One, Two & Three|
ALBERT N. MARTIN
From 1978 to 1998, Pastor A.N. Martin taught Pastoral Theology in the Trinity Ministerial Academy, a church-based ministerial training institution. Every Friday throughout the academic year, all the students would gather for two hours of teaching presented in a four-year cycle. Subsequently various series of the audiotapes were widely circulated.
Many expressed their desire to see these lectures printed. As an intermediate step in responding to that desire, the Trinity Baptist Church eldership decided to encourage Pastor Martin to rework the original lectures and deliver them one ?nal time, while professionally recording them. This project was begun in 2007 and completed in 2012 with Pastor Martin teaching his entire Pastoral Theology course “one more time” to 25 to 30 men. The transcriptions of these DVD lectures constituted the basis for the ?rst draft of these edited lectures. Within these lectures there are very few issues faced by the ordinary pastor that are not addressed in one way or another. It is the author’s prayer that when all the volumes are nestled on the bookshelf of any pastor, that whatever his concern may be in conjunction with his pastoral labors, that he can expect that most likely, there is something in these volumes that would be of help to him. It is also the author’s prayer that even the most experienced pastor will ?nd in these pages much that will provoke him to pursue greater personal godliness, increased preaching effectiveness, and expanded pastoral usefulness.
“The first thing I did on my first day of ministry over twenty years ago was to start listening to Pastor Martin’s pastoral theology lectures on cassette tape (yes, that long ago). These addresses not only set my ministry on a biblical course but actually saved my ministry (and my sanity) more times than I can count. I’ve waited a long time to see this material in print and am so glad that present and future generations of pastors can benefit from it as I did (and still do).” —Dr. David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Dr. Al Martin poured a lifetime of study into lectures on the pastor and preaching. He delivered them annually to his Academy of theological students who met at the meeting place of his congregation in Montville, New Jersey. While he taught them he was engaged week by week in the dynamics of a growing and demanding pulpit and pastoral ministry… There is certainly a cry from a million hearts that today’s preaching should know more of the breath of heaven….May these volumes do much good all over the globe to assist the renewal of awakening ministries.” —Dr. Geoff Thomas, Pastor (retired), Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales. Visiting Professor of Historical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“When I was a young minister, I came across a series of audio recordings by Al Martin that proved to be a gold mine of wisdom. Opening the Holy Scriptures and leaning on the solid teaching of classic writers, these Pastoral Theology lectures both clarified God’s calling and motivated God’s servants to preach God’s Word and shepherd His flock in accord with the whole counsel of God… About a decade later, when called upon to teach several courses in pastoral theology in the newly begun Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I listened to most of these lectures again and found them even more profitable the second time through. It is, therefore, a great joy for me that Pastor Martin has reworked this material in his senior years and that now these highly esteemed lectures are finally appearing in book form.” —From the Foreword by Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan. President & Professor of Systematic Theology & Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Table of Contents of Volume 1
Biographical Sketch of Albert N. Martin
UNIT ONE: The Call of the Man of God
Chapter 1 Introduction to Pastoral Theology
Chapter 2 The Call of the Man of God to the Pastoral Office
Chapter 3 Fundamental Errors Regarding a Call to the Pastoral Office
Chapter 4 Aspiration to the Pastoral Office
Chapter 5 Qualifications of Christian Character
Chapter 6 Qualifications of Christian Experience (1)
Chapter 7 Qualifications of Christian Experience (2)
Chapter 8 Qualifications of Mental Gifts
Chapter 9 Qualifications of Spiritual Gifts: Speaking Gifts
Chapter 10 Qualifications of Leadership Gifts
Chapter 11 The Source of Spiritual Giftedness
Chapter 12 Confirmation to the Pastoral Office
Chapter 13 Recognition and Ordination to the Pastoral Office
UNIT TWO: The Life of the Man of God
Chapter 1 The Life of the Man of God in the Pastoral Office
Chapter 2 His Relationship to God Spiritually (1)
Chapter 3 His Relationship to God Spiritually (2)
Chapter 4 His Relationship to God Spiritually (3)
Chapter 5 His Relationship to God Intellectually
Chapter 6 His Relationship to God Physically and Emotionally (1)
Chapter 7 His Relationship to God Physically and Emotionally (2)
Chapter 8 His Relationship to His People (1)
Chapter 9 His Relationship to His People (2)
Chapter 10 His Relationship to His People (3)
Chapter 11 The Man of God in Relation to Himself
Chapter 12 The Man of God in Relation to His Time and His Manifold Responsibilities
Chapter 13 The Man of God in Relation to His Domestic Responsibilities (1)
Chapter 14 The Man of God in Relation to His Domestic Responsibilities (2)
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Pastoral Theology – The Man of God, His Shepherding, Evangelizing, and Counseling Labors
The Work of Shepherding—Church Government
Chapter 1: Shepherding in the Pastoral Office
Chapter 2: The Prevailing Disposition of Shepherding (1)
Chapter 3: The Prevailing Disposition of Shepherding (2)
Chapter 4: The Corporate Identity and Life of the Church
Chapter 5: The Eldership (1) Plurality & Parity
Chapter 6: The Eldership (2) Qualifications
Chapter 7: The Eldership (3) Establishing an Eldership: Supplication & Cultivation
Chapter 8: The Eldership (4) Establishing an Eldership: Recognition
Chapter 9: The Eldership (5) Efficient Functioning of an Eldership
Chapter 10: The Diaconate (1) Roots and Origin
Chapter 11: The Diaconate (2) Functions
Chapter 12: The Diaconate (3) Qualifications & Reward
Chapter 13: Corrective Church Discipline (1)
Chapter 14: Corrective Church Discipline (2)
Chapter 15: Corrective Church Discipline (3)
Chapter 16: Corporate Ministry of the Body to Itself (1)
Chapter 17: Corporate Ministry of the Body to Itself (2)
Chapter 18: Cultivating Interchurch Communion (1)
Chapter 19: Cultivating Interchurch Communion (2)
The Work of Shepherding—Corporate Worship
Chapter 1: Convictions Regarding Corporate Worship
Chapter 2: Leading Corporate Worship
Chapter 3: Characteristics and Climate of Corporate Worship
Chapter 4: Public Pastoral Prayer (1)
Chapter 5: Public Pastoral Prayer (2)
Chapter 6: Public Pastoral Prayer (3)
Chapter 7: Public Reading of Scripture
Chapter 8: Corporate Prayer Meetings (1)
Chapter 9: Corporate Prayer Meetings (2)
Chapter 10: Corporate Prayer Meetings (3)
Chapter 11: The Lord’s Supper
Chapter 12: Baptismal Services (1)
Chapter 13: Baptismal Services (2)
Chapter 14: Principles for Accepting Weddings & Funerals
Chapter 15: Officiating at Weddings
Chapter 16: Conducting Funerals
The Work of Evangelism & Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 1: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (1)
Chapter 2: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (2)
Chapter 3: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (3)
Chapter 4: Doing the Work of an Evangelist (4)
Chapter 5: Local Church Evangelism (1)
Chapter 6: Local Church Evangelism (2)
Chapter 7: Local Church Evangelism (3)
Chapter 8: Overview of Pastoral Counseling (1)
Chapter 9: Overview of Pastoral Counseling (2)
Chapter 10: Presuppositions Regarding the Counselor
Chapter 11: Presuppositions Regarding the Counselee
Chapter 12: Presuppositions Regarding the Counsel
Chapter 13: The Sessions of Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 14: Addressing Problems in Pastoral Counseling
Chapter 15: Assessing Progress and Dismissal
Chapter 16: The Ethics of Pastoral Counseling
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|REFORMED PREACHING: Proclaiming God's Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People|
JOEL BEEKE with a Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson
Preaching today all too often tragically misses the point.
We’ve all heard sermons that sound more like a lecture, filling the head but not the heart. And we’ve all heard sermons tailored to produce an emotional experience, filling the heart but not the head. But biblical preaching both informs minds and engages hearts—giving it the power to transform lives. By the Spirit’s grace, biblical preaching brings truth home from the heart of the preacher to the heart of the hearer.
Joel Beeke—a pastor and professor of preaching with over four decades of experience—explores the fundamental principles of Reformed experiential preaching, examining sermons by preachers from the past, like Zwingli, Calvin, Bunyan, Edwards, Davies, Lloyd-Jones, and others and bridging the historical gap by showing pastors what the preaching of God’s life-transforming truth looks like today.
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"A preacher who does not practice what he preaches is a hypocrite; a preacher who does not preach what he himself has practiced is a mere theorist. A good preacher gives to others the overflow of what he himself has taken in from God's Word. Effective preaching is from heart to heart, as suggested by the subtitle of Joel Beeke's Reformed Preaching. Preaching is more than simply a verbal book report; it is a God-ordained means of bringing God's truth to bear on the hearts and in the experience of the hearers. Beeke effectively underscores this powerful function of preaching both with models from past preachers and clear instructions for modern preachers. Beeke's passion for experiential preaching is obvious, exposing his heart to ours." -Michael P. V. Barrett, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Complete in Him and Love Divine and Unfailing
"It has been one of the great privileges of my life to teach homiletics alongside Joel Beeke at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary for the past ten years. I've not only witnessed his expertise and passion for the subject, but I’ve also seen and felt the ministry-transforming effects of this upon my own preaching, as well as upon hundreds of students from all over the world. It's a joyful answer to prayer to see his lectures now in print for the benefit of thousands more preachers of the gospel." -David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Jesus on Every Page; Reset; and Exploring the Bible
"In this latest book, Joel Beeke warmly welcomes us into his pulpit, his study, and even the place of his private prayers. To accept his invitation is to discover what it means for a sermon to offer both light and heat, and to learn how to preach the gospel as food for the hungry rather than as dessert for the deserving. In Reformed Preaching, Beeke introduces favorite figures from church history to form a composite picture of the experiential expositor. Even experienced expositors will find much to learn in this book from both the author and his friends." -Chad Van Dixhoorn, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary
"Reformed Preaching is unique for its emphasis on learning to preach experientially from the Reformers and their theological successors through the centuries. Joel Beeke convincingly shows that Reformed preaching is doctrinally sound, profoundly personal, and effectively practical. Far from being a contemporary model, this work presents the preaching of the Reformation, which encompasses head, heart, and hands, as the enduring way to proclaim Scripture. This is a very foundational understanding of the Reformation impact on the history of the church." -John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; President, The Master's University and Seminary
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|1689 BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH: A Modern Exposition, 5th Edition Revised and Corrected|
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A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith by Sam Waldron This 5th Edition is the definitive version, and is presented in hardback.
Modern Christianity is awash in a flood of doctrinal relativity. Satan and his forces love the imprecision and ambiguity which are rampant in our day. As C. H. Spurgeon observed, 'The archenemy of truth has invited us to level our walls and take away our fenced cities.'
This exposition was originally published in 1989 to mark the 300th anniversary of the publication of the Second London Confession, which also became known as the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Today, Reformed Baptists world-wide hold this Confession in high esteem and many churches continue to regard it as their official statement of faith.
In this extensive exposition, the author Sam Waldron shows that the 1689 Confession is a masterly statement of the historic Christian faith. He writes in a direct and lucid style that will help ministers, students and laymen alike to a clear understanding of this Confession and to its relevance and application to our modern age.
Included in this publication is a helpful introduction on the legitimacy and use of confessions by Dr Robert P. Martin, who is now in glory but was formerly Pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington.
BONUS SECTION: At the back of the book there are 25 pages of helpful Study Questions (more than 300 in all) that will help to review all the contents of this invaluable book, and serve useful for teaching within the church and the family.
'This is one of my favorite confessional commentaries. It does vary (sometimes more, sometimes less) from studies on the Westminster Confession because of its baptistic approach, but Waldron is an excellent writer, and he has the advantage of being our contemporary. His examples and discussions of issues on which the WCF and LBCF are the same (Creation, Justification, Election, Sabbath, etc.) are excellent. This book is very well organized and clear.' Fred Greco, Senior Pastor, Christ Church PCA, Katy, Texas
Dr. Sam Waldron is the Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary and Professor of Systematic Theology (cbtseminary.org). Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, completed studies equivalent to an M. Div. at Trinity Ministerial Academy, obtained a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and attained a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was one of the pastors of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. He is now one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY.
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|A SHEPHERD'S HEART:Sermons from the Pastoral Ministry of J.W. Alexander|
James Waddel Alexander
James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859) was the eldest son of Archibald Alexander and brother of Joseph Addison Alexander. This volume of his sermons gives a glimpse into the heart of a true shepherd. The LORD promised through the Prophet Jeremiah that He would raise up shepherds after His own heart who would feed His people with knowledge and understanding. Such a shepherd was J.W. Alexander.
Charles Hodge said of him, "No minister in our Church was a more accomplished scholar. (But) the pulpit was his appropriate sphere. While he was not the first of all orators to hear on rare occasions, he was the first of preachers to sit under, month after month and year after year."
This volume of his sermons has long been unavailable. It is a fitting companion volume to our new title by his brother Joseph Addison, "THEOLOGY ON FIRE: Sermons from the Heart of J.A. Alexander."
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|ON THE PREPARATION AND DELIVERY OF SERMONS: The Classic Dargan Edition|
John A. Broadus, edited by Edwin C. Dargan
This is the classic "Dargan Edition" of John A. Broadus' masterful treatise on "The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons" updated in 1897 by his colleague, Edwin Charles Dargan.
Originally written in 1870, this book became the standard text-book for more than a generation, passing through 22 editions in the US alone. It was used as a text in the United Kingdom, Japan, China and Brazil in the 19th century. It has been updated twice in the 20th century, but these updates, in many ways, were unfaithful to Broadus' original work. There is nothing like "The Dargan Edition" of Broadus.
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|FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY: A Manual of Homiletical and Pastoral Theology|
William G. Blaikie
"My personal favorite book for pastors is William Blaikie's For the Work of the Ministry. How I rejoice that this outstanding manual of homiletics and pastoral theology is being reprinted! Blaikie (1820-1899), who ministered in the Free Church of Scotland for 25 years before accepting the position of Professor of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology at the New College in Edinburgh, offers a brilliant overview of everything from the nature of and call to the ministry to Supplementary Hints on subjects like visitation of the sick, home mission work, and evangelistic movements. His advice on everything from pastoral care of the young to fulfilling pastoral engagements and meetings is full of mature wisdom which is as applicable today as it was over a century ago." - Pastor Bill Shishko
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First published in 1883 this 347 page volume contains some of the finest material ever penned on the Public Ministry of our Lord, especially as it applies to His Teaching Ministry. While most acknowledge that we are to seek to imitate Christ in His earthly life, few have examined how we can follow Him as the Model Teacher and Preacher. Blaikie is himself a master teacher and he sets out for us The Model Teacher on page after page of brilliant exposition.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Our Lord's Ministry as an Example
Preparation for His Ministry
Inner Spirit of His Ministry
Outer Features of His Ministry
Beginning of His Judaean Ministry
Beginning of His Galilean Ministry
His Work as a Teacher
Elements of Impression in His Teaching: Internal, Structural, Illustrations
Public Discourses- Sermon on the Mount
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Dealings with the Apostles
Dealings with Different Classes: Outside the Kingdom, On the Kingdom Borders, Inside the Kingdom
William G. Blaikie (1820-1899), who ministered in the Free Church of Scotland for 25 years before accepting the position of Professor of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology at the New College in Edinburgh, opens the text of Joshua in a way that brings this significant material to life. Wonderful application in every chapter.
"Few writers have bequeathed to posterity such a legacy of devout exposition and reverent scholarship as William Garden Blaikie. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, when Sir William Robertson Nicoll began work on The Expositor's Bible, he wisely invited Dr. Blaikie to contribute commentaries on the Book of Joshua and the Books of First and Second Samuel. Blaikie's studies of these portions of the Old Testament rank among the finest ever produced." - Cyril J. Barber
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Classic Funeral Addresses. An Aid for Pastors. A Book of Comfort for the Bereaved
Joseph Sanderson, editor, Introduction by John Hall
First published in 1883, this volume is filled with wise and bold words spoken in the face of death by dozens of the leading evangelical ministers of the 19th century, including Charles H. Spurgeon, John Newton, William Jay, Gardiner Spring, W.B. Sprague, Wm. S. Plumer, William Taylor, D.L. Moody, J.R. Macduff, Horatius Bonar, Andrew Bonar, Charles Hodge, Thomas Binney, John Hall, John Todd, Francis Wayland, Theo. Cuyler, Thomas Guthrie, Canon H.P. Liddon, Alexander Dickson and many more.
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|THE MISSION OF SORROW: Classic Treatise on God's Gracious Purposes in our Afflictions|
"The Mission of Sorrow by Spring, is one of the most complete books ever written on the subject of SORROW. Each chapter builds upon the other, until the sorrowing believer is brought at last to heaven." David Ash, of Shiloh Online Library
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Chapter 5 - Sorrow The Friend of Christian Graces
Chapter 6 - Sorrow Taking Lessons from the Bible
Chapter 7 - Sorrow At the Throne of Grace
Chapter 8 - Meetness for Heaven Through Sorrow
Chapter 9 - No Sorrow There
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|THE MINISTER AND HIS GREEK NEW TESTAMENT|
A.T. Robertson, New Introduction by Dr. Michael Haykin, Afterword by J. Gresham Machen
"Ministers and seminarians need every encouragement they can get to not cut corners and to give themselves to the irreplaceable study of the Word of God in its original languages. This book is a classic, written by one who not only knew the Greek New Testament, but loved it. May ministers and men preparing for the ministry have the fire of love for the Greek New Testament re-kindled in their hearts. We need this reprint, and it needs to be in the hands of those who long to 'rightly divide the Word of Truth.' - Pastor William Shishko
"This slim volume is a classic, and like all classics it will be read to great profit. It may be small in size, but it is big in concept. Here Professor Robertson reminds his reader of what is paramount in pastoral ministry. Many modern pastors are most comfortable in the family room or the board room. They have been taught to see themselves as managers of people or administrators of programs. After all, they were told, the congregation does the real work of the ministry while pastors merely act as encouragers and facilitators.
A close reading of the New Testament (in Greek!), however, reveals an altogether different model. The ministry is performed by ministers of the word. They are not generalists but specialists; they are preachers and teachers of the word of God. Their world is made up of words, the words of the Bible, in this case the words of the New Testament. The minister of the word, then, must be most comfortable not in the family room or the board room, but in the study. He must learn to know and to proclaim the New Testament as that word was originally given by God. 'The real New Testament is the Greek New Testament,' says Robertson, and rightly so. He goes on to say, 'Sermons lie hidden in Greek roots, in prepositions, in tenses, in the article, in particles, in cases.'
Here is a volume that ought to be read by every ministerial aspirant, reread by every ministerial student, and frequently revisited by every faithful minister of the word. Ministers of the word must always keep in mind their calling, their work, to know and to proclaim the word. If you are a minister and have not read it, buy a copy immediately and do so. If you are a layman, buy it and read it for yourself, then give it to your pastor. Tell him you want him to be faithful to the word, the word as it was originally given, in the Greek New Testament." - Pastor Don Lindblad
"It ought to be taken for granted that the preacher has his Greek Testament. This statement will be challenged by many who excuse themselves from making any effort to know the Greek New Testament. I do not say that every preacher should become an expert in his knowledge of the New Testament Greek. That cannot be expected. I do not affirm that no preacher should be allowed to preach who does not possess some knowledge of the original New Testament. I am opposed to such a restriction. But a little is a big per cent. On nothing, as John A. Broadus used to say. This is preeminently true of the Greek New Testament.
The real New Testament is the Greek New Testament. The English is simply a translation of the New Testament, not the actual New Testament. It is good that the New Testament has been translated into so many languages. The fact that it was written in the koinT the universal language of the time, rather than in one of the earlier Greek dialects, makes it easier to render into modem tongues. But there is much that cannot be translated. It is not possible to reproduce the delicate turns of thought, the nuances of language, in translation. The freshness of the strawberry cannot be preserved in any extract.
The most perfect vehicle of human speech thus far devised by man is the Greek. English comes next, but Greek outranks it. The chief treasure in the Greek language is the New Testament. Homer and Thucydides and Aeschylus and Plato all take a rank below Paul and John and Luke. The cultural and spiritual worth of the Greek New Testament is beyond all computation. In the Renaissance the world woke up with the Greek Testament in its hands. It still stands before the open pages of this greatest of all books in wonder and in rapture as the pages continue to reveal God in the face of Jesus Christ." - A.T. Robertson
A.T. Robertson - (1863-1934), New Testament scholar
Archibald Thomas Robertson was born near Chatham, Virginia, but grew up on a farm in North Carolina. In 1876, he was baptized and began his lifelong loyalty to the Southern Baptist Church. After graduating from Wake Forest College, he enrolled in the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky and received the Th.M. in 1888. In 1892 Robertson was appointed professor at Southern Baptist and remained in that post until a day in 1934 when he dismissed his class early and went home and died of a stroke.
Robertsonü's books are still consulted today, particularly his Word Pictures in the New Testament and his landmark volume A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in Light of Historical Research. In all, he published forty-five books, several of which are still in print today. Robertson helped found the Baptist World Alliance in 1900. He was an important Southern Baptist and a well-respected scholar in his day. As the son-in-law of famous preacher John Broadus (Robertsonü's grave lies in the shadow of Broadus), Robertson sought to equip his students with the proper tools for good preaching.
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|LIGHT AND HEAT: The Puritan View of the Pulpit|
Dr. R. Bruce Bickel
We have lost the exalted view of the pulpit that was characteristic of the Puritan era. They held both the pulpit and the Word of God in high esteem. Preaching the Word was the highest calling imaginable.
In this important work, Dr. R. Bruce Bickel shows what was admirable about their view of the pulpit and the preached Word. We would do well to listen to his admonitions and to see how far removed we are today.
May God once again raise up a large number of "godly preachers."
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