Richard Baxter (1615-91) was vicar of Kidderminster from 1647 to 1661. In an introduction to this reprint, Dr. J. I. Packer describes him as “the most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced.” His ministry transformed the people of Kidderminster from “an ignorant, rude and reveling people; to a godly, worshipping community. These pages, first prepared for a Worcestershire association of ministers in 1656, deal with the means by which such changes are ever to be accomplished.
In his fervent plea for the discharge of the spiritual obligations of the ministry, Baxter, in the words of his contemporary, Thomas Manton, “came nearer the apostolic writings than any man in the age.” A century later Philip Doddridge wrote, “The Reformed Pastor is a most extraordinary book . . . many good men are but shadows of what (by the blessing of God) they might be, if the maxims and measures laid down in that incomparable Treatise were strenuously pursued.”
Today, Baxter's principles, drawn from Scripture, and reapplied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction and help.
Includes an Introduction by J. I. Packer and a Preface by William Brown
About the Author
Richard Baxter (1615-91) was a leading English Puritan churchman, theologian, and writer. A prolific author, his works include The Reformed Pastor and The Saints Everlasting Rest.
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Publisher: Banner of Truth
Publication Date: Published: 2007
ISBN 10: 0851511910
ISBN 13: 9780851511917
Recommended by Timothy Witmer of Westminster Theological Seminary. See all of Dr. Witmer's recommendations.
“Puritan pastor Richard Baxter of Kidderminster writes on the necessity of spiritual renewal or revival (thus the use of the word 'reformed' in the title) in the life and ministry of the pastor. A Christian literature classic.”
- Jeff Waddington, Westminster Bookstore Staff
“Every pastor ought to have this book, and every church member ought to see that his pastor has it; as well as reading it himself so as to understand the work of the pastor, and understandingly pray for him in that task.”
- Grace Magazine
“A classic which has stood the test of time and still comes to us fresh and pertinent more than three hundred years since it was written ... Richard Baxter's Reformed Pastor has probably done more to transform the lives and ministries of God's servants than any other book this side of the Reformation ... Would that we all knew the same urgency in the face of missionary opportunities today.”