By James M. Garretson
James M. Garretson serves as ministry director for the Christian union at Harvard legislation School.
“James Garretson has already supplied erudite and welcome additions to the historical past of yankee pastoral theology together with his paintings on Archibald Alexander. Now he has moved directly to examine the lifestyles and instructing of one other outdated Princeton huge, Samuel Miller. once more, his contribution to antebellum American non secular historical past is notable. by means of contextualizing Miller’s pastoral instructing inside his greater existence and ancient surroundings, Garretson unearths a lot to us approximately why Miller used to be so highly influential between Presbyterians (and others) in the course of his lifetime. Miller himself might relish Garretson’s emphasis at the functional makes use of of spiritual biography and heritage for modern readers. it's a profoundly welcome paintings on an outdated Princeton determine who has acquired some distance much less realization this present day than he deserves.”— Paul Gutjahr, professor and chair, division of English, Indiana University
“There is far debate this present day approximately precisely what the pastoral ministry should still appear like, what its priorities may be, what the instruments of its alternate are, and what sort of guy may still carry it. once more, Jim Garretson has enriched the literature in this subject by means of starting up the realm of the previous Princetonians for us. This booklet isn't just a relocating portrait of 1 of the good nineteenth-century Presbyterian pastors and thinkers but additionally a stimulus to sensible mirrored image on how the normal ordinary-means-of-grace version of church and pastor could be utilized at the present time. a superb volume.”— Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church background, Westminster Theological Seminary
“James M. Garretson’s booklet on Samuel Miller and his instructing at the pastoral workplace brings one of many founding fathers of yank Presbyterianism again to lifestyles. Herein, Miller enriches us along with his piety, courses us together with his knowledge, and equips us to be extra capable and trustworthy preachers of God’s Holy be aware. This examine will make clear your name to gospel carrier or function a refresher direction at the godly perform of Reformed ministry.” — Peter A. Lillback, president, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
“James Garretson’s An capable and devoted Ministry: Samuel Miller and the Pastoral place of work complements the transforming into research of outdated Princeton by means of bringing to our recognition Samuel Miller’s contributions to theological schooling. His classes ‘Composition and supply of Sermons’ and ‘Pastoral Care’ express how Miller and his colleagues construed pastoral ministry as a non secular calling. With considerable illustrations, Miller unfolds the ministry’s ‘Grand layout’ as ‘preaching the Gospel.’ His particular lectures on sermon content material and supply fascinated by cautious explication of the textual content and making use of the reality of the Bible to way of life. Garretson thereby demonstrates Princeton’s view of Christian ministry sooner than it used to be professionalized within the 20th century."— W. Andrew Hoffecker, emeritus professor of church heritage, Reformed Theological Seminary,Jackson, Mississippi
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