The Reformed Pastor (Puritan Paperbacks)
"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."See All
"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."See All
Richard Baxter 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 revelling 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.