What historical (not living) pastors have been most encouraging or inspiring to you as examples of faithfulness either as a shepherd in general, or a preacher of the Word particularly?
Halloway Fish! Whom I’m sure no one here has ever heard of, but that’s part of what I like about him – just a quiet, faithful minister in a little New England town. I wrote about him here.
Also, he has a cool name.
Indeed he does. I’m probably the only person living who can’t wait to meet him in Heaven.
I have not heard of him, thanks!
I confess…I picture him looking like this:
Richard Baxter was known as a good preacher but placed a much stronger emphasis on in-home shepherding in The Reformed Pastor.
Apostle Paul, Augustine, Benedict, Gregory, Bernard, Bucer, Calvin, Baxter, Lloyd-Jones
Thanks for that link. What a refreshing look at an old saint. Great perspective in the midst of our labors.
I’m the world’s foremost Halloway Fish evangelist.
I’ll throw out another man none of you will have heard of - Rev. Tom Swanston. He was my Grandparents’ and my Mother’s pastor. I’m currently reading through a collection of his congregational letters. I think they’re excellent because they weren’t written to be published to the world, but to encourage and rebuke people he knew and loved. Highly recommend!
Others no doubt but these are the few that came to mind:
Ryle, helpful thoughts on the gospels I nearly always consult when preaching and teaching from them.
Clarence Macartney. Admittedly I have only read a sliver of his writings and sermons but his “Shall Unbelief Win? An Answer to Dr. Fosdick” was excellent. Here is a great quote of his from 1930 at Westminster’s first commencement: “A deleted Bible has resulted in a diluted Gospel. Protestantism, as it loses its faith in the Bible, is losing its religion… Men who desire such dilutions can drink de-caffeined coffee and smoke de-nicotined tobacco; and now we have on every hand, without money and without price, de-christianized Christianity.”
David Dickson, the elder’s work is a good book we use with our interns and residents on pastoral care
Lloyd Jones: https://www.mljtrust.org/sermons/
Spurgeon for his courage, compassion (a very pastoral/biblically faithful/truth-filled message here I often direct to congregants: https://archive.spurgeon.org/sermons/1892.php) and enemies: interesting read here: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/blog-entries/the-reason-why-america-burned-spurgeons-sermons-and-sought-to-kill-him;
Although I’m not a preacher, I would answer Abraham Kuyper, whose fantastic Lectures on Calvinism I recently reread, and who is always greatly helpful and relevant.
When I first read this, I thought you were just stating an interjection. Had to do a double take to see that was the actual name.