The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges

I am reading an excellent book by Charles Bridges titled “The Christian ministry: with an inquiry into the causes of its inefficiency.” This is the best book that I have read in a good while. It is very practical but not in a church growth kind of way. I am only about a quarter of the way through the book, but it is one that I think deserves more than a single pass. Here is an excerpt:

And of all kinds of ignorance, learned ignorance is undoubtedly the most contemptible. Indeed nothing can be more foreboding to the church than the extensive influence of such a paralyzing and unevangelical system. The true glory and dignity of the pulpit would sink into a stage exhibition of self- display. ‘ The sword of the Spirit’ (to use a terse illustration of an old Divine) would be ‘put into a velvet scabbard, that it cannot prick and wound the heart.’

I am posting other excerpts directly from my Kindle onto my twitter account. If you are interested in the gems follow them there. The kindle version of this book is only 99-cents at Amazon. The paperback is $31.94. Even if you don’t own a Kindle you can use their free Kindle reader for PC or other mobile devices. This would not be a bad way of getting cheaper books if you don’t mind reading on your PC. It is also available from Google books for free and you can read it as PDF via Adobe Acrobat. Enjoy!!


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