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The Pastor’s Book by R. Kent Hughes

The Pastor's BookHughes, R. Kent. The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2015. 592 pp. $45.00. Purchase at Amazon or on Kindle for much less.

Introduction

Dr. R. Kent Hughes is a well-known figure in the Christian publishing world having written and edited a number of commentaries. He has also published a number of other books for Christian leaders and and laymen. He is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Barbara, have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Summary

Divided into three parts, Dr. Hughes offers an in-depth look at the duties of a pastor. The first part is a manual for various Christian gatherings. The first chapter, looks at the weekly Sunday (Lord’s Day) worship service as well as annual gatherings, funerals, and weddings.

The second part dissects the worship gathering. Here, we find the importance of the public prayer, the historic Christian creeds, and the hymns and worship songs that we sing, He finally looks at the two ordinances given to the church by Christ Himself: baptism and Lord’s Supper (or communion).

The final part consists of only two chapters and explains the extent of the duties of the pastor. Specifically, he looks at counseling and hospital visitation. At the end of the book he offers wedding services from various Christian traditions as well as a recommended print resource list and even a downloadable resource list of free downloads mentioned in the book.

Review

Wow! Where was this resource when I first started in the ministry? Dr. Hughes offers on one hand a seminary class on pastoral ministry in book form while on the other hand he is in essence sitting down over a cup of coffee with a young minister explaining to him the intricacies and expectations of the calling before him.

This book is nearly 600 pages and therefore is meant to be as close to an exhaustive guide as is practically possible. After all, he offers two tables of contents! The first is just the chapters. The second is comprised of all the subsections and is eight pages long!

He offers Scriptural support for everything the pastor does as well as some historical reasoning for why he does it. Each chapter is a how to with many examples of what has been used in the past. Ultimately, he shows that the wheel does not need to be reinvented by each pastor. Rather, you can truly stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before you.

This resource is breathtaking in scope and what it seeks to accomplish. The truth is, Dr. Hughes has accomplished his goal of offering a single resource to give to any aspiring pastor, or any pastor in the ministry regardless of age and experience, a handbook that will not leave their side. In time, I believe The Pastor’s Book will stand next to Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Preaching and Preachers and Spurgeon’s Lectures to My Students as a go-to resource for all pastors.

Recommendation

I highly recommend this invaluable resource to all pastors. Specifically, to all those who are aspiring to be pastors. This book will be one that will be passed on for generations to come.

 

Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

Purchase at Westminster Books for $10.55Hughes, R. Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton: Crossway, 2006. 304pp. $15.99. Purchase at Westminster Books for $10.55.Download from christianaudio for $16.98

Audiobook

Narrated by Wayne Shepherd. Escondido: christianaudio Hovel. 7 1/2 hours. Download – $16.98, CD – $28.98.

Introduction

R. Kent Hughes’ book Disciplines of a Godly Man has impacted countless Christian men for the kingdom of God.  Hughes is Senior Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois and is the author of numerous books. He is also editor and contributor for the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series, including Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior.

Review

When was the last time you were told to sweat at what you do?  Well, Kent Hughes’s book on the spiritual disciplines is just that–a call to holy sweat.  He lays a foundation for these disciplines from 1 Timothy 4:7 where Paul tells Timothy he should train himself for godliness.  From this biblical foundation, Hughes offers seventeen different disciplines in which a Christian man must adhere to.  These include the discipline of purity and fatherhood to discipline of work and church.  He also touches on the discipline of the tongue, giving, devotion, prayer, friendship and ministry to name a few more.   In the last chapter, Hughes states that none of these can be held to legalistically as some might claim.  The entire point of these disciplines is that we are looking to become more like Christ though them.

Since I “read” this as an audiobook, and I did not have the book in front of me, this review is a bit different.  I must say that I found myself shaking my head over and over as the words being spoken struck me deep.  Just when I thought I had discovered a chapter that I would “do well in,” I quickly found out that I fell far short of the mark.  Nonetheless, I was comforted by the words of the author as he lovingly challenged me to sweat for the sake of godliness.  This will be an audiobook I will listen to on a regular basis as I am sure I will need the reminder over and over of just how much work the Christian life is this side of heaven.

For those Christian men who do not have the time to read a book like Disciplines of a Godly Man, I would highly recommend picking up an audio copy.  You will be humbled by listening to it and, Lord willing, driven more into a relationship with God your Father through the experience.