Luther on Preparing for the Ministry

“If you are learned and understand God’s Word well and think that you would present it to others faithfully and profitably, then wait.  If God wants it, He will have no trouble finding you.  My friend, do not let your ability burst your belly.  God has not forgotten you.  If you are to preach His Word, He will no doubt call on you to do so at His own time.  Do not determine the time limit or the place for Him” (Luther, qtd. in Classical Pastoral Care, vol. 1, ed. Thomas Oden, 27). 

I’ve only read vol. 1 of Oden’s Classical Pastoral Care,


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