Reformation Pastors: Richard Baxter and the Ideal of the Reformed Pastor

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This work examines Richard Baxter's understanding and practice of pastoral ministry from the perspective of his own stated concern for "reformation" and in the broader context of Edwardian, Elizabethan, and early Stuart pastoral ideals and practice. It investigates Baxter's major treatise on pastoral ministry, Gildas Salvianus, The Reformed Pastor (1656), and explores the background of each aspect of his pastoral strategy. Far from being novel, Baxter's practice of pastoral ministry certainly reflects aspects of ...
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Overview

This work examines Richard Baxter's understanding and practice of pastoral ministry from the perspective of his own stated concern for "reformation" and in the broader context of Edwardian, Elizabethan, and early Stuart pastoral ideals and practice. It investigates Baxter's major treatise on pastoral ministry, Gildas Salvianus, The Reformed Pastor (1656), and explores the background of each aspect of his pastoral strategy. Far from being novel, Baxter's practice of pastoral ministry certainly reflects aspects of his puritan predecessors' practice, if not their rhetoric. Black argues, however, that the primary contours of Baxter's ministry look back, not to the puritan pastoral ideals and strategies dominant after the Elizabethan Settlement, but to the Edwardian reformation emphases of the exiled Strasbourg reformer Martin Bucer. The book concludes by considering the impact of Baxter's pastoral legacy, both on the lives of individual pastors and on the subsequent discussion of "puritan" ministry.

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J. William Black an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

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J. William Black received his BA from Duke University , his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has served churches in North Carolina and Pennsylvania and has taught students preparing for Christian ministry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     xiii
Preface     xv
Abbreviations     xix
Baxter and the Experts     1
Introduction     1
The Current State of Research on Baxter as Pastor     5
The Reformed Pastor     15
Rhetoric and Reality: Pastoral Emphases and Practise in Edwardian, Elizabethan and Early Stuart England     17
Priests Good and Bad     20
Elizabethan Pastors and their Ministry     24
Called to Preach     34
Against the Tide     43
Conclusion     51
Richard Baxter's 'Reformation' and its Precedents     53
Setting the Record Straight     55
Martin Bucer's English Reformation     59
Reformation by Reaction     62
Baxter's Kidderminster Reformation     73
Conclusion     78
Baxter's Gildas Salvianus (1656) and the Reformation of Parish Ministers     81
Gildas Salvianus: The Prefatory Letters     85
Gildas Salvianus: The Book     88
The Pastor's Task     91
Catechizing and Personal Instruction     93
Reforming the Church by Reforming Pastors     96
Baxter's Bucerian Pastor     97
A PuritanPastor?     102
Conclusion     104
The Reformed Ministry     107
Baxter's Discipline and the Foundations of the Reformed Parish     109
'Before these times of Examination...'     111
'[T]he work that may Reform indeed'     123
Conclusion     135
Baxter's Worcestershire Association and the Emergence of Reformed Pastors     137
Out of Egypt and into the Wilderness     139
Forging a Pastoral Agenda     143
The Reformed Lecture     148
From Initiative to Movement     160
Conclusion     164
Baxter's Pastoral Initiative and the Catalyst for Reformed Parishioners     167
The Inadequacy of Preaching     168
Public Preaching and Private Dealing     177
Conclusion     189
A Reformed Heritage     193
Martin Bucer, Richard Baxter, Samuel Clarke and the Remaking of a Tradition     195
The Vanishing Trail     196
A Question of Influence     199
The Immediate Response     210
The New Tradition     214
Conclusion     220
Richard Baxter, Thomas Doolittle and the Making of a Reformed Pastor     223
'At the feet of Gamaliel'      227
Richard Baxter's Compassionate Counsel     233
A Seminary for Reformed Pastors     236
'My Son and fellow-servant in the work'     241
Conclusion     252
Richard Baxter and Reformation Pastors     255
The Frustrated Mandate     255
The Failure of Puritan Reformation     257
The Separatists' Goad     258
Reforming the Ministry     259
Bibliographies     263
Manuscripts     263
Works by Richard Baxter arranged Chronologically     263
Works by Richard Baxter arranged Alphabetically     264
Editions of Baxter's Gildas Salvianus: The Reformed Pastor     266
Primary Sources     267
Secondary Sources     274
Index     293
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