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To My Younger Brethren Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work   By: (1841-1920)

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Transcriber's Note:

1. Obvious misspellings and printing errors have been corrected.

2. Archaic word spellings have been retained.

3. The list of books by the same author has been moved from the beginning to the end of the book.

4. Footnotes have been placed immediately following the paragraphs in which they are noted.

5. Notation for Footnote 4, which is missing in the original, has been supplied.

6. A word that is missing at the beginning of Footnote 8 has been supplied as (I).

7. Capitalized headings within chapters are running page headers.

8. Running page headers which are designated by reflect subject matter that occurs within paragraphs in the original and are broken into paragraphs for the purpose of better readability in this document.

9. Scripture references (e.g., Mal. 2.1; Acts xx. 19; 2 Tim. 1.12; etc.) which appear as sidenotes in the original are placed within [ ] and immediately follow the quoted scripture or statement pertaining to scripture to which they refer.

10. Redundant book heading and redundant chapter headings have been omitted.

TO MY YOUNGER BRETHREN

Chapters on Pastoral Life and Work

by

THE RIGHT REV. HANDLEY C.G. MOULE, D.D. Lord Bishop of Durham

Fourth Edition

London Hodder and Stoughton 27, Paternoster Row 1902

Printed by Hazell, Watson & Viney, Ld., London and Aylesbury.

TO

MY DEAR BROTHER AND VICAR,

THE REV. JOHN BARTON, M.A.,

INCUMBENT OF TRINITY CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE,

AND RURAL DEAN,

AND TO MY DEAR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS,

THE PRESENT AND PAST STUDENTS

OF RIDLEY HALL, CAMBRIDGE,

THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED.

H.C.G.M.

" Give those who teach pure hearts and wise, Faith, hope, and love, all warm'd by prayer; Themselves first training for the skies They best will raise their people there. "

ARMSTRONG.

PREFACE.

The following pages do not appear to need any extended preface; their topic is set forth in the first lines of the first chapter. With what success it has been handled is another matter.

But as a writer reviews his own words, it is inevitable that some sort of envoi should present itself to his mind. In this case the envoi seems to me to be the vital necessity of personal holiness in the Christian Minister, in order to the right working of the Christian Ministry; a personal holiness which shall be no mere form moulded from without but a life developed into manifestation and action from within.

Never did the Church of Christ more need to remember this than at the present day. The strongest surface currents of the age are against it; alike that of unregulated, hurrying, indiscriminate enterprize, and that of an exaggerated ecclesiasticism. In the one case the worker's communion with God tends to be sacrificed to the work, the fountain choked for the sake of the stream. In the other case there is a serious risk that "the Church" may come to be regarded as an almost substitute for the Lord in matters affecting the life and growth of the Christian man, and of course of the Christian Minister. Sacred are the claims of order and cohesion, but more sacred and more vital still is the call to the individual constituent of the community to come to the living Personal Christ, "nothing between," and to abide in innermost intercourse with Him, and to draw every hour by faith on His great grace.

If these simple pages may at all, in His most merciful hands, promote the holy cause of such a hidden life and its fruitful issues, it will indeed be happiness to the writer. In these days of stifling materialism in philosophy, and withering naturalism in theology, but in which also the Holy Spirit, far and wide, is breathing upon us in special mercy from above, there is no duty more pressing on the Christian than to seek, in the world of work, after that life which is "lived in the flesh by faith in the Son of God," and which is manifested in the strong and patient "meekness of wisdom... Continue reading book >>




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