Monday, March 21, 2011

The Next Spurgeon eh?

To my young brethren who are called of God to preach "JESUS CHRIST AND HIM CRUCIFIED", this little volume is affectionately inscribed. 

Being in no position of elder in my local church, I still found this book fascinating from this seasoned American Presbyterian minister. Theodore Cuyler (1822-1909), a contemporary of Charles Spurgeon and Horatius Bonar, wrote The Young Preacher with the intention to fuel the young men who were considering or had just entered office. Cuyler starts his book, which was bound at the request of many of his public journal readers, with the question "Why should I be a minister?". He works through some necessary skills and gifts for the pastorate office, and what being a pastor will really entail; aka not just preaching. Cuyler covers sermon preparation to the reality of visitation to daily godly living. With a wealth of biblical knowledge and picking up from the wisdom of McCheyne, Spurgeon, Baxter, Finney, and Austin Phelps, this blast from two-centuries-past will bring a breath of comfort and a back hand of exhortment to the leaders of Christ's bride in the 21st Century.

The Young Preacher by Theodore L. Cuyler - 1893.

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