During the twenty–nine years of his life Robert Murray M’Cheyne was an inspiration to his contemporaries and has continued to be so to countless ministers. Often, sitting in St Peter’s Church in Dundee, I have wanted to ask the walls to tell me stories of the remarkable ministry he exercised within them between 1836 and 1843. Walls cannot speak, but books can. And while there are several excellent works on M’Cheyne, Jordan Stone has found a fresh way of bringing his story to life again. Here we are given glimpses of his personality, his devotion to Christ, the character of his ministry, the theology that gripped him, and the friends who surrounded him. Whether you have read everything you can about Robert M’Cheyne or have never heard his name before you will find both pleasure and challenge in Dr Stone’s wonderfully readable A Holy Minister.
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
A Holy Minister features the vibrant spirituality and pastoral fervor of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. Stone has carefully studied and now winsomely presents this great example to ministers today. Let us pray for a generation of pastors who treasure Christ the way we see modelled in this work.
Matthew Boswell, Pastor, The Trails Church; Hymnwriter; Assistant Professor of Church Music and Worship, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The piety of M’Cheyne, pulsing with love to Christ, is his great legacy, and Stone helps us to understand it in M’Cheyne and to long for it in ourselves. It is not to make much of M’Cheyne that we should read this book, but to learn from M’Cheyne how a revived ministry will ordinarily be the instrument of a revived church.
David Strain, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
In terms of accessibility and usefulness to contemporary ministry I can think of no better book on M’Cheyne. Comprehensive and yet easily read it does not shy away from tough issues like how to deal with controversy.
David Meredith, Mission Director, Free Church of Scotland, Inverness
Stone brings to life a pastoral voice few outside of Scotland have heard, but every pastor needs. This book is a very concise, well–written, and accessible work that will act as a great introduction to Robert Murray M’Cheyne or a sweet reminder to those who already know him. I commend M’Cheyne to every pastor and this excellent work to get you started.
Brian Croft, Pastor, Auburndale Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky and Founder, Practical Shepherding
… far more valuable is the care taken to show how M’Cheyne’s personal piety, preaching, and pastoral ministry flowed from his deep love for the Lord Jesus Christ – the very love I want every seminarian to cultivate and cherish.
Charles M. Wingard, Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Dean of Students, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
… there is danger in picking up this book. You will not only be inspired, you will be challenged. Christ’s beauty and preciousness shined throughout M’Cheyne’s life and ministry, as evidenced on every page of this book.