This handy book by Dr. Hartog was just printed, though it is an updated third edition. The sub-title is “Biblical qualifications, Scriptural roles, and right relationships.” Most of the book is given to a verse by verse study of the qualifications for both Biblical offices. The emphasis is on the pastor as shepherd, taking oversight of the congregation without becoming a dictator or overly timid. Hartog believes that a pastor should never have been divorced, should totally abstain from alcohol, and have his children which are at home under control. An added benefit of the book is Mrs. Hartog’s appendices to pastor’s wives on having helping ministries for women in the church.
We Who Are SlavesMarch 31, 2018
Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions. But this […]
Biblical LeadershipFebruary 28, 2017
Not the number of one’s servants, but the number whom one serves, is the heavenly criterion of greatness and the real preparation for leadership. Oswald Sanders What is Biblical leadership? Everyone seems to know these days and yet no one seems to know. All of us who […]
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]