Letters Of William Still

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Weight 0.19 kg
Dimensions 18.1 × 12.1 × 1.1 cm
binding

Paperback

format

Book

isbn

9780851513782

Original Pub Date

1984

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1984

page-count

208

topic

Church Life, Encouragement, General Theology, Life Issues

Book Description

A selection of over 400 pastoral letters to his people at Gilcomston South Church of Scotland, Aberdeen, where the author ministered for more than fifty years. Sometimes stirring, or provocative, sometimes written with joy, sometimes with a deep anxiety for others, these letters reveal a man of unusual pastoral affection mingled with a deep determination to be faithful to Christ and his Word.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  INTRODUCTION 7
NEW BEGINNINGS  19
SIGNS OF EARLY FRUIT  22
AN APPEAL TO NOMINAL CHRISTIANS  24
WORDS TO PARENTS  26
THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH  28
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (1)  31
THANKFULNESS  34
DAYS OF PRAYER  37
GRATITUDE FOR ANOTHER’S MINISTRY  39
IS OUR ARMY TOO LARGE?  41
WHAT DO WE ‘TELL SCOTLAND’?  44
QUESTIONS FOR AN ABSENT CONGREGATION  48
JOY THROUGH SURRENDER  50
LET PEACE RULE!  52
SALVATION’S THIRD DIMENSION  54
THE BLESSINGS OF NATURE  57
THE SABBATH DAY  60
JOSEPH  65
TIME  68
TRUE REFORMATION COMMEMORATIONS  72
REBUILD THE CHURCH!  74
SPECIAL MISSIONS  80
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (2)  85
THE PATTERN OF THE MINISTRY  87
TRIBUTE TO A MOTHER  90
JESUS AND THE SAMARITAN WOMAN  95
GOD’S WORD A HAMMER  100
AN APPEAL TO BACKSLIDERS  104
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (3)  108
POISE AND ITS FRUITS  114
RELAX!  118
LIVING TO HELP THE INDIVIDUAL  123
SATANIC WILES  128
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (1)  134
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT (2)  140
WOMEN IN THE CHURCH  143
GENTLENESS  148
HAVE YOU GROWN COLD?  151
LOYALTY TO THE LOCAL CHURCH  154
HAS CHRIST’S BRIGHTNESS DIMMED?  157
TRENDS IN SINGING PRAISE  162
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (4)  166
WHAT A FULL LIFE IT IS!  169
DON’T BE DULL!  173
THE LIBERAL FAILURE  177
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (5)  180
HOW TO BEGIN A MINISTRY  184
SOME THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED  188

 

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  1. Andrew Young

    William Still was the minister at Gilcomston South church, Aberdeen from 1945 until 1997, just a few months before his death. Early in his ministry he became convinced that one of the best ways to bring the message of the gospel to members and friends of the church was by a monthly pastoral letter. This book contains a selection of those letters.
    The book begins with a biographical introduction by Sinclair Ferguson. This gives us an insight into his upbringing in the North-East of Scotland, and some detail regarding his call to the ministry. There is then a brief description of congregational life at the church during the early 1980s.
    This biography is then followed by the letters – 48 in all – covering the period from 1946 to 1981. The letters express many of Still’s convictions and reveal the heart of the pastor. The early letters to the members help us to see how the church was changing from a formal, nominal church into a biblically based, evangelical one. Subjects which are then covered include the following:
    * the life of the church
    * prayer
    * the Word of God
    * the role of women in the church
    * the spiritual life
    * children in the church (5 letters)
    * the ministry
    * evangelism and outreach
    The letters are very clear and get straight to the heart of the different topics. The book will be helpful for Christians both young and old. I read this one in my youth and found that it helped to clarify some issues at the time. It will certainly make you sit up and think about the different matters. It will also be a great encouragement to those involved in the ministry. Recommended.

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