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"There are men in the church of Jesus Christ who are not mighty preachers or evangelists, but are outstanding servants of the Lord because of their God-given ability to visit a congregation and spread encouragement. The very news of their coming can lift the spirits of a church with anticipation and then their actual ministries, both privately and publicly, can renew the aspirations of young and old in Christ. Full of faith and the Holy Spirit, these people are the means under God of building up the morale of wilting congregations, giving them courage and making God's people feel they can stand, and they can go on, and that they will indeed overcome a time of heaviness. Such Christian leaders are inspirational men and their ministries make people feel strong. Of course it is God who gives such gifts to them to do this. The same Spirit that came upon Barnabas and made him a son of encouragement is upon them, and hundreds like them in our day. But as in all the stewardship of preaching a


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HASH(0x9eb0445c) out of 5 stars A Biblical and Reformational Encouragement for Pastors 12 Feb. 2013
By Shane Lems - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a pastor serving in the trenches, so to speak, I've read a good handful of different pastoral theology books. Some have been very helpful, some have not been so helpful, and a few have been dreadful. This one, "Encouragement for Today's Pastors" is one of those very helpful books on pastoral theology. It was a blessing to read.

It is helpful first of all because it is rooted in Scripture rather than the latest fads and trends of American evangelicalism and church growth. Granted, it is subtitled "Help from the Puritans," but since the Puritans were grounded in Scripture, this book is as well. (Note: if you've read the works of many Puritans, this book might be a review for you.)

It is helpful second of all because the authors write in a straightforward manner. There are no trendy buzzwords in this book - just biblical, Reformed, and clear everyday speech (which, in turn, is how the Puritans preached!). At just over 200 pages, it isn't intimidating. (Note: if you're looking for a more detailed discussion of pastoral theology, you might want to look elsewhere.)

It is also helpful because the authors cover all the basics of pastoral ministry. The topics include: piety in the ministry, God's sovereignty and the ministry, doctrinal and applicable preaching in the ministry, the church and the ministry, the high calling of the ministry, and the eternal blessings of the ministry.

Of course, as the subtitle says, helpful quotes and insights from the Puritans are also found throughout this book. You'll read great comments by Thomas Watson, John Owen, William Perkins, John Flavel, and so forth. The warmth and beauty of Reformed theology shines through in this book.

"Encouragement for Today's Pastors" is not a book on how to be an inspirational, motivational, and popular preacher with 50k Twitter followers. It isn't a book that will give you all the corporate tips on attracting customers. But it is a book that will convict the pastor, comfort him with grace, and compel him to stay rooted in the word and in the Triune author of the word. I recommend this book for pastors (young and old!) who desire some godly and biblical lessons on the Christian pastoral ministry.
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HASH(0x9eb06924) out of 5 stars Excellent and encouraging. 15 April 2013
By R.T. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Slachter and Beeke have written a book that every pastor should read.

Whether you're presently discouraged or not, you will face discouragement in your ministry. These men mine the riches of the Puritans as they expounded the beauty and majesty of Jesus, and apply their treasures to the pastor's soul, life, and work.

And realistically -- who better to write upon Puritan themes than Beeke?

Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9f0f2294) out of 5 stars Excellent and encouraging. 6 Oct. 2013
By R.T. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Slachter and Beeke have written a book that every pastor should read.

Whether you're presently discouraged or not, you will face discouragement in your ministry. These men mine the riches of the Puritans as they expounded the beauty and majesty of Jesus, and apply their treasures to the pastor's soul, life, and work.

And realistically -- who better to write upon Puritan themes than Beeke?

Highly recommended.
HASH(0x9e911d20) out of 5 stars An Unexpected Treasure 4 July 2013
By Ryan Mcgraw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book offers encouragement both to pastors and to Christians in general. This reviewer expected the authors to present lessons for pastors derived from Puritan works on pastoral theology. While they do draw from such sources, they draw upon their broad knowledge of Puritan writings in general to treat various aspects of the pastoral ministry and Christian living. The authors introduce each chapter with reference to contemporary issues that affect ministers and churches, such as ministerial burnout, discouragement, feeling irrelevant to contemporary culture, and facing unrealistic expectations from the church. This helps readers adapt the wisdom of Puritan ministers to the present generation.
Some of the most helpful features of this book include submitting to God's will in the trials and blessings of the ministry, the value of keeping spiritual journals, developing ministerial fellowship, freeing ministers to follow their calling as Scripture defines it, and the urgency and importance of the preaching of the Word. The material on journaling struck this reviewer as particularly helpful. I have often found journaling time consuming and unfruitful. However, the Puritans recommended narrowing the focus of journaling to topics such as remarkable providences, recording answered prayers, the comforts that the Lord brings to meet every trial, and similar topics. This is potentially more fruitful than collecting a record of random spiritual experiences that believers are unlikely to consult again.
Most of the trials that ministers face are the same kind of trials that every Christian faces, differing in degree only. I read the chapter on submitting to God's will while in a hospital waiting room mourning the death of a daughter and waiting for my wife to undergo surgery. The Lord ministered to my soul greatly not only as a minister, but as a Christian in need of communion with God. All believers who prayerfully read this book will simultaneously understand better the trials of their pastors and gain wisdom and encouragement for their own souls.

Ryan M. McGraw
First OPC, Sunnyvale, CA
(This review appeared in Banner of Truth)
HASH(0x9e911ed0) out of 5 stars Solidly Encouraging and Christ-exalting! 10 Oct. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What an encouraging book that points us to our true satisfaction - Jesus! An encouragement to follow in the footsteps of others throughout the church, specifically through the Puritans. Well researched, well documented, and leaves me wanting to read more from the Puritans as well.
Well done!
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