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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 4 Mar 2015

Today’s portion of George Herbert’s portrait of an ideal pastor focuses on the pastor’s engagement with poverty.

Today’s portion of George Herbert’s portrait of an ideal pastor focuses on the pastor’s engagement with poverty.

After hospitality, Herbert turns to consider the way the pastor is to engage with poverty, especially within his own parish. It must be remembered of course that the seventeenth-century parish vicar was in a somewhat different social milieu than that in which today’s ministers find themselves. Herbert considers it incumbent on the vicar to ensure full employment in his patch, for example, and to ensure state legislation on the provision of welfare (the Poor Law) was followed and enforced.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 3 Mar 2015

In today’s slice of Herbert, the poet-priest sets before us the ideal pastor and his practice of hospitality.

The Apostle Peter tells us to practice hospitality without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9). Or as the New Living Translation has it, “Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.” Which rather implies that it can be a tiresome business, but that we need to get over that for the sake of the gospel.

For Herbert, having people round to the pastor’s home can also be a great aid to ministry.

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Posted by Lee Gatiss, 2 Mar 2015

In today’s extract from George Herbert, the poet-priest explains how the pastor’s home must be a model for his parishioners.

In today’s extract from George Herbert, the poet-priest explains how the pastor’s home must be a model for his parishioners.

He knows each person in the house so well that he can help them advance in virtue…

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