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The Art of Prophesying with The Calling of the Ministry (Puritan Paperbacks) [Paperback]

By William Perkins (Author)
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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.1" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1996
Publisher   BANNER OF TRUTH #535
ISBN  0851516890  
EAN  9780851516899  


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William Perkins (1558-1602) provides basic guidance to help all Christians to read and use the Bible intelligently. He has a particularly powerful message for those who lead God's people and especially those who preach.

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Author is William Perkins, Please!  Jun 30, 2006
It's probably a petty thing but why does this site persist in putting the name of the "editor" in place of the actual author? If you aren't going to add them both, stick with the mind behind the creation, not some guy who adds unnecessary footnotes. I have the original on CD-ROM and it reads fine without the "editing" in this version. That being said, this is a fine book, especially for pastors. Many of his other works would be more useful for the general reader. "A Golden Chaine" for example.
 
An important book, but not strictly Perkins  Sep 11, 2005
If it were not for this edition of Perkins's seminal manual for preachers we would have to find it in archives and rare book rooms. Having it available in any form is better than the alternative.

However, it is important to realize that this is not, strictly speaking, Perkins's text. It is a kind of translation into more recent English idiom, and like all translations it loses both the character and some of the precision of the original.

As valuable as this edition is, a critical edition of the original Latin and vernacular texts would be even more welcome.
 
A Puritan Primer on Preaching  Nov 30, 2000
Perkins was one of the fathers of Puritanism and his practical and pastoral wisdom is captured well in this modernized edition of his two books "The Art of Prophesying" and "The Callling of the Ministry."

Part One, "The Art of Prophesying," is really a handbook on hermeneutics and homiletics from the Puritan perspective. Perkins explicates the several principles for interpreting and expounding the Scriptures and then gives detailed instruction on how to apply the same. The chapter on "Use and Application" will give readers the background behind the familiar Puritan sermon structure of "Doctrine and Use."

Parts Two and Three deal with "The Calling of the Ministry." They are really nothing more than the exposition of two Old Testament passages of Scripture, Job 33 and Isaiah 6. Many interesting and practical issues are handled here including how a minister might know his calling and what his responsibilities are to God's people. Perkins had a high view of the dignity and authority of the ministerial gift which is sadly lacking among evangelicals today. While some of his ideas will seem foreign and perhaps a little extreme to many, it is certain that his emphasis will help balance our opposite extremes.

Perkins is not the best Puritan author that I have read, nor is this book the most helpful book on preaching I have encountered. But it was worth while. Incidentally - for those who are checking out this title hoping to get a Puritan perspective on the charismatic understanding of the gift of prophesy, the following quote well summarizes Perkins' view: "I am not here making any allowance for the claims people make that they have received 'revelations'. These have no substance; they are either dreams of their own, or illusions of the devil. They despise both human learning and the study of the Scriptures, and trust exclusively in 'revelations of the Spirit'. But God's Spirit does not work except on the foundation of the Word." Such was the Puritan understanding of those who claimed extra-Biblical revelation. By "prophesy" Perkins understood "preaching." And that is what this book is about.

 
A Puritan Jewel: Suberbly Revised for Modern Readers  Nov 14, 2000
William Perkins is arguably the giant of Puritanism and understanding him is crucial to understanding that enormously influential movement. This very readable book is typical Perkins: practical, devout, and Biblical. It has been excellently revised for a modern readership. I might have preferred a bit more of that early seventeenth century flavor to be retained but I'm a doctoral student in Puritanism. Even the lay reader will find it easy going. Perkins (1560-1602) wrote this book about the ministry. It contains insights about what the church is to do and be drawn especially from Job and a few other unlikely places. Perkins especially focuses on the need for Biblical practice in all of the Church's life. This book should be required reading in all seminaries and Bible colleges. It makes a great gift to any pastor or missionary. And its good for any serious Christian. Highly recommended
 
A Puritan Jewel: Suberbly Revised for Modern Readers  Nov 14, 2000
William Perkins is arguably the giant of Puritanism and understanding him is crucial to understanding that enormously influential movement. This very readable book is typical Perkins: practical, devout, and Biblical. It has been excellently revised for a modern readership. I might have preferred a bit more of that early seventeenth century flavor to be retained but I'm a doctoral student in Puritanism. Even the lay reader will find it easy going. Perkins (1560-1602) wrote this book about the ministry. It contains insights about what the church is to do and be drawn especially from Job and a few other unlikely places. I especially focuses on the need for Biblical practice in all of the Church's life. This book should be required reading in all seminaries and Bible colleges. It makes a great gift to any pastor or missionary. And its good for any serious Christian. Highly recommended
 

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