Book Review: The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor by Richard BaxterThe Reformed Pastor was originally written by Richard Baxter in 1656 as a wakeup call for ministers. However, it is often read today by various church leaders, and I commend it to any believer. This book is a 250 page gut punch to any Christian who dares pick it up.
 
The word “reformed” in the title does not refer to the Luther/Calvin reformed. It refers to the “revised” or “rejuvenated” pastor. It is a call to reform our actions and live our lives as if the souls of other men depend on our actions.
 
Baxter calls on pastors to be on guard for their own walk. On the first page he states, “many a preacher is now in hell, who hath a hundred times called upon his hearers to use the utmost care and diligence to escape it.” He calls on preachers to be careful to heed their own advice.
 
Secondly Baxter implores the pastor to take honest care of the flock that God has placed in his care. “What sirs, shall we despise the blood of Christ? Shall we think it was shed for them who are not worthy of our utmost care? You may see here, it is not a little fault that negligent pastors are guilty of.”
 
No Christian can read this book and believe they are doing all they can for Christ. This book is challenging and will alter your walk like few others. Baxter clearly has little use for making us feel good about our impotent efforts for the Savior who gave all for us.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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