Dr. Ray Van Neste endorsed a new book on pastoral ministry over at his blog Oversight of Souls today: Visit the Sick by Brian Croft. You can read his review here. Dr. Van Neste alludes to the fact that those of us who want to reclaim the primacy of Biblical expository preaching are often tempted to do so to the neglect of basic pastoral duties:
“Visiting the sick used to be one of the top things thought of in pastoral ministry but today it is often overlooked or shuffled off to others as much as possible. This ought not be the case. Even as we hold up the importance of preaching and teaching, we may not neglect shepherding such as in this area. This is not what was done by those who went before us.”
I heartily agree, and am very interested in learning from Pastor Croft in this vital area of shepherding. I hope to read it soon!