Pastor, I'm only aware of a few writings by M'Cheyne. What of his works would you suggest? And ditto on brother Paul; he is the real deal and a friend of our church. Of course, because of what he has published at the moment it would be difficult to follow him for lifetime study. There is still time.Perhaps M'Cheyne, because of his unbending pursuit of personal holiness for the benefit and blessing of the souls entrusted to his care. He was a true shepherd.
Currently I'm reading Ichabod Spencer's Pastor's Sketches. We have much to learn from a godly man such as him. Paul Washer comes to mind as well as a man who is focused on the souls of men and has good theology to back it.
"A calm hour with God is worth a whole lifetime with man."
"I feel there are two things it is impossible to desire with sufficient ardour, personal holiness, and the honour of Christ in the salvation of soul."
"I think I can say I have never risen a morning without thinking how I could bring more souls to Christ."
'Get your texts from God - your thoughts, your words, from God... It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God. A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear, and your heart full of God's Spirit, is worth ten thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.'
When I stand before the throne,
Dressed in beauty not my own,
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart.
Then Lord, shall I fully know—
Not till then—how much I owe.
Okay, more than a couple. Here are some more."The greatest need of my people is my personal holiness."
1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
I love this observation, and agree. My deal, though, is that if I had to pick just one food to eat for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be potatoes. It'd be something more like ice cream. That choice wouldn't necessarily be well-rounded, complete or best for me. But it would be most delightful and interesting.Other theologians, to vary the figure, may provide fascinating and stimulating dishes, but Calvin is your bread, your tortillas, your potatoes, your rice: the staple that never grows old and without which all meals seem unfinished.
I thought the question had to do not with picking just one to read, but picking one to become expert in. Either way, it is a fun question. The next one would be, "Which theologians most consistently spoil your dinner?"My deal, though, is that if I had to pick just one food to eat for the rest of my life, it wouldn't be potatoes.