Book Review: The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
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Richard Baxter’s book The Reformed Pastor, offers a passionate appeal for pastor’s to shepherd their flock. Baxter had an eloquent way of saying things. He also conveyed the pastor’s calling with weightiness. Preaching is a matter of life and death. To step into the pulpit with any other mindset is a grave mistake. Baxter was an ambitious Puritan producing 135 pieces of literature in his lifetime. His book A Christian Directory is an encyclopedia of practical pastoral care. In the preface to The Reformed Pastor, J.I. Packer writes that Richard Baxter was “the most outstanding pastor, evangelist and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced,” (9). Continue reading