Our Dear Students
“Modern pastoral theology is characterized largely by the study of what Anton T. Boisen, founder of the Clinical Pastoral Education movement in the Unites States, called ‘living human documents’ – that is, the study of people, especially in their distress – rather than the study of biblical texts (85).”This statement by Andrew Purves in his essential guide to Biblical pastoral theology, as demonstrated by such men as Martin Bucer and Richard Baxter, is one of the most important insights you will ever read. My dearly beloved students in Christ, the work of the minster of the Gospel in the diagnosing and treating of the human soul (and dare we allow other professions to hijack what God has called us to do) must find its beginning and ending in the inerrant and infallible Word of God. This is where you must go for the private ministry of the Word, for your pastoral counseling. If you go elsewhere, then every area of your ministry will be infected by the rotting and untethered umbilical cord to the mind of Man. I mean to say that if your ministry focus is centered on the person rather than on Christ’s Word, your anthropology will be completely out of whack. You must begin with what the Bible says about man and then you move to do ministry.
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