I bought a book a few months ago . It is : "The British Particular Baptists 1638-1910 ." One of the authors of this edition ( Don Goertz ) dealt with the subject of Alexander Maclaren ( 1826-1910 ) . Though Maclaren was associated with the Particular Baptists he was not a Calvinist . He was a contemporary and friend of Charles Spurgeon . He was a fine Bible expositor ( despite his non-Calvinistic leanings ) . I wanted to get some feedback on something . Do you know any pastors who remind you of A.M in this regard ? Here is what is striking . The following is found on page 249 . While preaching is what Maclaren is remembered for , there were never any accolades given for his pastoral work . He seldom ever visited his church members and seemed intimidated by the vulnerability of one on one contact . A very telling example was his reaction to being told his maid was under conviction and being asked if he knew , his reply was : I did not know , but I commend her to your care . I am able , with God's help , to teach the truth to hundreds ; you can bring it home better to one or two . He held people at a distance , seemingly unable to express emotion . One can read his sermons and never come to any sense of the man .