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Edwards on (and in) the Ministry

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0029
Edwards on (and in) the Ministry

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This chapter outlines Edwards’s views of the roles and tasks of a Christian minister. It also examines his pastorates and dismissal from the Northampton pulpit. It concludes that the written record of his preaching was unequaled for depth of thought and power of expression. On the sacraments, he clarified the traditional conception that the sacraments are for those who have committed themselves to being God’s people and their children, but made the process of application appear too intimidating. His exercise of church discipline was fearless, especially when confronting influential men over their unjust treatment of women.

Keywords: ministry; pastor; preaching; church discipline; dismissal; Northampton; sacraments

Chapter.  7564 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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