What should be the primary emphasis of a theological education? How should the student of theology approach such a transcendent topic? William Swan Plumer answers both questions with eloquence and wisdom in the two inaugural addresses contained in this booklet: "Christ All in All," his 1854 Inaugural Address at Western Theological Seminary in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and "The Right Temper for a Theologian," his 1867 Inaugural Address at Columbia Theological Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. These discourses display Plumer's Christ-centered and experiential piety that impacted generations of God's people during his own lifetime and continues to be needed by Jesus' church today. A Foreword by Mr. Caleb Cangelosi introduces William Swan Plumer and his ministry.
“Looking to Christ and living like Christ are the two greatest qualities of a pastor-theologian. This precious booklet presents these timeless truths in two stirring messages from one of America’s most beloved Christian writers of the nineteenth century. Highly recommended!”
— Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"I first 'met' William S. Plumer through the Banner of Truth edition of his commentary on the Psalms. His devotional thoughts at the end of each exposition in that massive book are worth their weight in gold. Plumer was a pastor and professor, serving in the north and south in the 19th century, and taught at Western Seminary in Pennsylvania as well as Columbia Seminary in South Carolina. These lectures are rich in their reflection on the task, substance and goal of theological education (a subject with obviously interests me!). But all Christians, pastors and seminarians will benefit from the contents of these addresses. Bravo to Log College Press for giving them again to the reading public."
— Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
"The health of the Christian church depends upon the doctrinal orthodoxy and personal piety of its ministers, which is why seminaries must aim to cultivate the holiness of life that emerges only when men walk in union and communion with Christ. William Plumer’s inaugural addresses at Western and Columbia Theological Seminaries impress upon readers the profound reality that “piety feeds upon the truth, of which [Christ] is the sum.” He accurately foresees that where biblical piety flourishes, so do the virtues, dispositions, and disciplines that make for strong pastors and vibrant ministries. I hope these two addresses find a wide readership among seminary students and their professors."
— Dr. Charles Malcolm Wingard, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City, Mississippi and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary