Tuesday, November 11, 2008

a ministerial kick in the teeth

Maybe these are a few reasons why "not many of you should become teachers, my brothers" [Js 3.1]. I convictingly perused through these this morning in a Puritan book of quotes I have. Both Richard Baxter and Charles Spurgeon also have poignant considerations about pastoral ministry. This book is at the most $7. Tis worth every penny and would probably look good beside your bed or on your toilet.
  • He that is more frequent in his pulpit to his people than he is in his closet for his people, is but a sorry watchman [John Owen].
  • The doctrine of a minister must credit his life and his life must adorn his doctrine [Jean Daille].
  • Ministers are not cooks, but physicians and therefore should not study to delight the palate, but to recover the patient [Jean Daille].
  • Brethren, it is easier to declaim against 1000 sins of others than to mortify one sin in ourselves [John Flavel].
  • Three things make a preacher - reading, prayer, and temptation [John Trapp].
  • Unholiness in a preacher's life will either stop his mouth from reproving or the people's ears from receiving [William Gurnall].


Sara said...

oo... i like the one about preachers are not cooks but physicians...

Christina Ottis said...

so i am using the Valley of Vision puritan prayer book and I AM LOVING IT. gotta love those puritans. I'm infecting my small group with it too - i've lead some group prayer with some excerpts. Also, have you read anything by Henri Nouwen? It's good stuff. really good.