Murray, David and Tom Karel
Prayer is an essential element of pastoral calling, yet many ministers struggle to devote consistent time and affection to this sacred means of grace. With the conviction of its importance and awareness of ministerial struggles, David T. Irving motivates his fellow pastors to pray more for their people and their labors. This concise book provides encouragement and exhortation in the duty, difficulty, discipline, and delight of pastoral prayer.
The Duty of Devotion to Prayer
The Difficulty of Devotion to Prayer
The Discipline of Devotion to Prayer
The Delight of Devotion to Prayer
“This book is an aid, exhortation, and encouragement to ministers in their private prayer. And gospel ministers who want to be faithful love to be helped, exhorted, and encouraged in the main things of the Christian life and ministry by other faithful ministers. As Pastor Irving walks us through the subject, addressing the duty, difficulty, discipline, and delight of the minister’s practice of private prayer, he speaks to us as a brother, pastor, and friend. The exposition of his subject is also filled with practical helps and motivating illustrations. In fact, one could build a good many useful lists for private pastoral prayer just by outlining the various sections of the book. If we believe with Luther that ‘prayer, meditation, and temptation [trials]’ make the minister, then this welcome work will aid us and spur us on in the first of that important triad.”
—Ligon Duncan, chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
About the Author
David T. Irving is the pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Godly men from the past present a wealth of material for pastors as well as for those training for the ministry. The character, qualifications, and duties of the preacher are emphasized along with the difficulties and snares associated with the office. The priority of preaching Christ faithfully and experientially is held forth as the focal point of pastoral ministry. The Christian Pastor’s Manual was first published in 1826. Tested by time, it remains a relevant and formative handbook on pastoral ministry.
Table of Contents:
1. The Evil and Danger of Neglecting Souls—Dr. Phillip Doddridge
2. Preaching Christ—Rev. John Jennings
3. Particular and Experimental Preaching—Rev. John Jennings
4. Pastoral Cautions—Rev. Abraham Booth
5. The Qualifications Necessary for Teachers of Christianity—Dr. John Erskine
6. Ministers of the Gospel Cautioned against Giving Offense—Dr. John Erskine
7. Difficulties of the Pastoral Office—Dr. John Erskine
8. Rules for the Preacher’s Conduct—Dr. Isaac Watts
9. Directions to the Student and the Pastor—Rev. John Mason
10. The Character and Duty of a Christian Preacher—Rev. David Bostwick
11. A Letter on the Propriety of a Ministerial Address to the Unconverted—Rev. John Newton
12. Thoughts on 1 Timothy 4:13—Rev. Thomas Scott
13. The Snares and Difficulties Attending the Ministry of the Gospel—Rev. John Newton
14. Remarks on Subjects Connected with the Christian Ministry—Rev. Richard Cecil
15. Questions Proper for Young Ministers Frequently to Put to Themselves—Dr. Isaac Watts
John Brown(1784–1858) studied for the ministry in Selkirk under the Scottish Secession minister George Lawson. Brown pastored a church in Biggar for sixteen years, then took pastorates in Edinburgh at Rose Street for seven years, and then at James Hall at Broughton Place for twenty-nine years. Recognized as a true scholar and earnest preacher, he was appointed professor of exegetical theology. Brown’s commentaries and expositions are still popular today.