The Homiletic Review Volume 19

The Homiletic Review Volume 19

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ... whole day. I have known of pastors who called morning and evening upon sick people having devotional services at each call, and kept this up for six months. With a weekly temperance meeting, a fortnightly Chautauquan, besides prayer-meetings and the church social to attend, an occasional lecture to give, calls to make and callers to receive, the book agent, whom the country minister cannot avoid, the preparation of a sermon for Sunday and a prayer-meeting talk, which requires as much thought as the sermon: and there is in addition to this cares and duties which the city minister has nothing to do with. Most country ministers have also the care of a garden, which takes time, but is needed to eke out a small salary. More than all this I do not know of one minister's family within twenty miles where hired help is had, and so many things must be done by the minister himself in the home, which the city minister can lay off upon a servant. While the city minister has two or three months' vacation the country ministry has only as many weeks. During the summer I preach in the morning, have a Sundayschool class following the preaching services; at 3 P.m. hold a service in a school house three miles away; at 5 P.m. conduct a childen's meeting, and at 7 P.m. have another service. During the week study, calling, prayer-meetings, etc., fill up the time. I am no more busy than other country ministers; the rule is hard work and plenty of it, with inadequate pay. But I have said enough; I only wanted to put in a word for the country minister, and to let it be known that he does not dwell in ease and luxury, with little to do, and that little poorly done. He is a hard working man, poorly paid, not half appreciated, but doing a grandly successful work, .
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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123698157X
  • 9781236981578