Resources by Charlie Wingard

Booknote: “Good, Good, Father” by C.L. Chase

By Charlie Wingard · June 17, 2021 · 0 Comments
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  Good, Good Father: Knowing God as He Wants to Be Known explores a grand theme: abiding in God’s fatherly care through Jesus our Lord. In twenty-six short meditations, readers are invited to experience the joy of knowing the God who lavishes his love on his adopted children. Identifying the promises of our heavenly Father and learning to claim them is the privilege Charley Chase wants every reader to enjoy. His scripture expositions are clear, his illustrations sparkle, and his plentiful quotations draw on the treasures of Reformed writers who have thought deeply about God’s fatherly love and care for his dear children

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Booknote: “Pastors and Their Critics” by Joel R. Beeke and Nick Thompson

By Charlie Wingard · June 5, 2021 · 0 Comments
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  Joel R. Beeke and Nick Thompson, Pastors and their Critics: A Guide to Coping with Criticism in the Ministry. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2020. $10.00, paper. Criticism can drive men from the ministry. For some it comes early in their careers, unexpected and fierce, like a flash flood. Unable to receive criticism, the pastor resigns or moves to another field believing, wrongly, that his initial experience was unique. What went wrong? Part of the problem can be unrealistic expectations. While preparing for ministry, a young man envisions his future congregation as a group of believers eager to learn from him and follow his leadership. Early on, criticism came and expectations were shattered, leaving him hurt and disillusioned. Isolation can exacerbate the…

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Booknote: “Weak Pastor, Strong Christ” by Rueben Bredenhof

By Charlie Wingard · April 7, 2021 · 0 Comments
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Many books analyze the apostle Paul’s theology and missionary work. Reuben Bredenhof examines the ministry of Paul the pastor in his new book, Weak Pastor, Strong Christ. His careful study of 2 Corinthians unfolds an apostolic model for pastoral work. Here, ministers straining under the burden of unbiblical expectations will find relief; those unsure of how to model their ministry will find godly help. He summons all pastors – in joy or trial – to rely upon Christ’s all-sufficient grace, saying with Paul, “when I am weak, then I am strong.”

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Booknote: “A Holy Minister” by Jordan Stone

By Charlie Wingard · April 5, 2021 · 0 Comments
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With an economy of words and an extensive acquaintance with M’Cheyne, Jordan Stone explains the doctrines, biblical texts, people, and controversies that influenced him. This alone makes A Holy Minister a valuable book. But far more valuable is the care taken to show how M’Cheyne’s personal piety, preaching, and pastoral ministry flowed from his deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ – the very love I want every seminarian to cultivate and cherish. The author is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in McKinney, Texas, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at RTS Dallas.

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Amanda’s Lasting Legacy (2)

By Charlie Wingard · April 5, 2021 · 0 Comments
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Amanda Bailey’s beautiful legacy continues to bless Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson students. From her library, the three volumes of The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century were given to Foster and Laura Gullett. During the summer, they will return to continue their church planting work in Milan, Italy. Foster expressed their appreciation, observing: “The Westminster Confession has served for centuries as a beautiful synthesis of Reformed doctrine. Our prayer is to plant a church based upon that doctrine and hopefully impart its wisdom in a city and country that has largely been untouched by the effects of the Reformation.” First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City enjoys its partnership with the Gulletts.

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Amanda’s Lasting Legacy

By Charlie Wingard · March 25, 2021 · 0 Comments
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Amanda Bailey (1938-2020) loved Reformed Theological Seminary and its students. Both a serious reader and student of God’s word, she wanted her theological library to be distributed to Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson students. Graduating senior Zach Byrd has received calls to serve Raymond Presbyterian Church and Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Edwards. From Mrs. Bailey’s library, he has been given The Complete Works of Edward Payson. These books are especially meaningful to Zach because of his studies of the life and ministry of 19th century southern Presbyterian minister, Daniel Baker. Baker served at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia. “His ministry was at a lull,” Zach notes, “and Payson’s Memoir revitalized his ministry. I pray that it does the same for…

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