An Able and Faithful Ministry: Samuel Miller and the by James M. Garretson

By James M. Garretson

Samuel Miller (1769–1850) performed a vital part in founding Princeton Theological Seminary, which turned some of the most influential education grounds for Presbyterian ministers within the 19th century. whereas Miller is most ordinarily remembered for his writings on church place of work, he additionally performed an important function educating scholars and shaping their theology of preaching and pastoral ministry. within the current quantity, Jim Garretson highlights the narrative of Miller’s lifestyles and the main ministerial emphases present in his released writings, sermons, and unpublished lecture notes. therefore, readers will come to grasp the religious convictions of Miller’s center and comprehend the theology of ministry he imparted over the process his lifetime.

James M. Garretson serves as ministry director for the Christian union at Harvard legislations School.

“James Garretson has already supplied erudite and welcome additions to the heritage of yankee pastoral theology along with his paintings on Archibald Alexander. Now he has moved directly to examine the lifestyles and instructing of one other previous Princeton massive, Samuel Miller. once more, his contribution to antebellum American spiritual historical past is outstanding. through contextualizing Miller’s pastoral educating inside of his higher existence and historic atmosphere, 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 take pleasure in Garretson’s emphasis at the functional makes use of of non secular biography and background for modern readers. it's a profoundly welcome paintings on an outdated Princeton determine who has bought some distance much less realization this day than he deserves.”— Paul Gutjahr, professor and chair, division of English, Indiana University

“There is way debate this present day approximately precisely what the pastoral ministry may still seem like, what its priorities will be, what the instruments of its alternate are, and how much guy may still carry it. once more, Jim Garretson has enriched the literature in this subject through commencing up the realm of the outdated Princetonians for us. This booklet is not just a relocating portrait of 1 of the good nineteenth-century Presbyterian pastors and thinkers but additionally a stimulus to useful mirrored image on how the conventional ordinary-means-of-grace version of church and pastor could be utilized this day. a superb volume.”— Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church heritage, Westminster Theological Seminary

“James M. Garretson’s publication on Samuel Miller and his educating at the pastoral workplace brings one of many founding fathers of yank Presbyterianism again to existence. Herein, Miller enriches us along with his piety, courses us together with his knowledge, and equips us to be extra capable and devoted preachers of God’s Holy be aware. This examine will make clear your name to gospel provider or function a refresher path at the godly perform of Reformed ministry.” — Peter A. Lillback, president, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

“James Garretson’s An capable and trustworthy Ministry: Samuel Miller and the Pastoral workplace complements the transforming into learn of outdated Princeton by means of bringing to our realization Samuel Miller’s contributions to theological schooling. His classes ‘Composition and supply of Sermons’ and ‘Pastoral Care’ exhibit how Miller and his colleagues construed pastoral ministry as a non secular calling. With plentiful illustrations, Miller unfolds the ministry’s ‘Grand layout’ as ‘preaching the Gospel.’ His exact lectures on sermon content material and supply desirous about cautious explication of the textual content and making use of the reality of the Bible to everyday 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 background, Reformed Theological Seminary,Jackson, Mississippi

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