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As is obvious from the title, the topic assigned me deals with the minister’s calling as Pastor. Not is the question, what is the minister’s calling in the official proclamation of the Word. Rather the question concerns the task of the minister in regard to the pastoral labor. We do not mean by the above comments to say that these two (i.e. the minister’s calling in the preaching and his calling in pastoral labor with individuals in the congregation) are not related. They are. In fact, they may not be separated.

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Call the Sabbath a Delight, by Walter Chantry. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1991. 112 pp., $5.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. R. Decker.] This little paperback is must reading for Reformed believers in our day. It maybe true that our Reformed fathers were a bit legalistic in their views of the proper observance of the Lord’s day. Father would shave on Saturday evening and mother would peel the potatoes and bake the roast for Sunday’s dinner on Saturday evening. On the Lord’s day itself the children were not allowed to play either in the house or outside. The two...

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