September 4, 2016

September Spotlight! J. Gresham Machen: A Silhouette

Status: Available

Book Description:

In J. Gresham Machen: A Silhouette, Henry Coray offers perceptive and illuminating glimpses of a warm and personal man. Machen was a brilliant scholar, educator, and author, who stands among the giants of the Christian faith. His scholarly pursuits, literary endeavors, edifying preaching, and earnest contention for the Reformed faith greatly influenced the ecclesiastical world in the early twentieth century, a turbulent world in which the Orthodox Presbyterian Church was born.

About the Author:

Henry W Coray

The Henry W. Coray family

A student of Dr. Machen at Princeton and Westminster Theological Seminary (from which he graduated in 1931), Henry W. Coray served as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church for over seventy ears. He was a missionary in China and he pastored Orthodox Presbyterian congregations in California and Pennsylvania. His many books include Son of Tears: A Novel on the Life of St. Augustine and Against the World: the Odyssey of Athanasius. See Henry W. Coray’s Amazon author page.

Book Details:

Publisher: Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Publication Date: 1981
ISBN: 0-934688-96-6

Library patrons who have read this book are invited to share their comments, reviews, questions or criticisms for discussion in the comments below this post.

September 21, 2016

It Is Finished (John 19:16b-30)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 28, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “It Is Finished” from John 19:16b-30.

Our Great High King Jesus Christ gave up his life on our behalf so we wouldn’t suffer the excruciating wrath for our sins.

1. What Is Written—Jesus Christ was indeed the King of the Jews, and the High King of Heaven.

2. Jesus’s Mother, Brothers and Sisters—Jesus loves his mother to the end and obeys the Law to honor her. He died to enable us to likewise obey his commands.

3. Authority To Lay It Down—Throughout his life and even in his death, Jesus proved he was the long-awaited Messiah, the King–not just of the Jews—but the true King of Heaven to whom we all will bow the knee, whether we believe in him or not, when he returns. This High King humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on an accursed cross through which he suffered his Father’s wrath for sins that were not his own.

Listen to “It Is Finished” (John 19:16b-30) at mcopc.org.

September 20, 2016

Who Is Your King? (John 19:7-16a)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, August 21, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, “Who Is Your King?” from John 19:7-16a.

Jesus Christ, the God-Man, sits enthroned as King of heaven and earth, and our salvation comes from him alone.

1. He Has Made Himself—Leaders think he’s a man trying to make himself God, but he was really God who made himself man.

2. Whose Authority?—By submitting to Pilate’s authority to be crucified, Jesus submitted to his Father’s authority.

3. Behold, Your King—We look to earthly leaders to deliver us from our deepest fears, but Jesus is the true King who alone can save those who repent and believe.

Listen to Who Is Your King? (John 19:7-16a) at mcopc.org.

September 8, 2016

Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation

christ-the-lord-coverStatus: Available

Book Description:

This compelling question is central to a debate taking place among evangelicals today. Michael Horton, a preeminent voice for reformation in the church, has drawn together a group of leaders in the evangelical church to answer this question once and for all.

W. Robert Godfrey
Michael Horton
Alister McGrath
Kim Riddlebarger
Rick Ritchie
Rod Rosenbladt
Paul Schaefer 
Robert Strimple

These writers draw on Scripture, theology, and church history to address the Lordship salvation issue. They explain their positions clearly, taking care to avoid promulgating legalistic rules people need to follow to be considered Christian. But neither do they convey the feeling that rules no longer matter.

Source: WTS Books

Michael-Horton-15About the Editor:

Michael Horton is the president of White Horse Inn, a multi-media catalyst for Reformation. He is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine and co-host of the nationwide radio broadcast, White Horse Inn. His books include Putting Amazing Back into Grace, Christless Christianity, and The Gospel-Driven Life. Dr. Horton is also the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He serves as the associate pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee, California, and lives in Escondido, California, with his wife Lisa and four children.

Source: White Horse Inn

Publication Date:
Publisher: Wipf and Stock
ISBN 10: 1606083686
ISBN 13: 9781606083680

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August 22, 2016

Compliance and Punishment (John 18:38b-19:6)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 31, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Compliance and Punishment” from John 18:38b-19:6.

Jesus’s perfect compliance to his Father’s will resulted in his execution so all traitors who believe might be forgiven.

1. Judge’s Verdict—Even a corrupt heathen like Pontius Pilate could see Jesus was innocent.

2. Leader’s Volition—Jesus—THE Truth—exposed the Jewish leaders’ lies, and they willed his death.

3. Son’s Victory—That which man intends for evil—the Jews’ crucifixion of Christ, as well our own sins—God intends for good, that all who repent and believe may be saved.

Listen to “Compliance and Punishment” (John 18:38b-19:6) at mcopc.org.

August 22, 2016

Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie? (1 Peter 4:1-6)

Robert Mossotti

Mr. Robert Mossotti, OPC Licentiate

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie?” from 1 Peter 4:1-6.

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.

For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.

Listen to “Are You A Christian, Or A Zombie?” (1 Peter 4:1-6) at mcopc.org.

August 20, 2016

King of Truth (John 18:28-38)

Podcast Art John On Sunday, July 17, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “King of Truth” from John 18:28-38.

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”

They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.”

Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”

Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, “I find no guilt in him.

Listen to “King of Truth” (John 18:28-38) at mcopc.org.

August 19, 2016

Yeses and Noes (John 18:12-27)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 10, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Yeses and Noes” from John 18:12-27.

So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.

Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man’s disciples, are you?”

He said, “I am not.”

Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.”

When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”

Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?”

Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?”

He denied it and said, “I am not.”

One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”

Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.

Listen to “Yeses and Noes” (John 18:12-27) at mcopc.org.

August 19, 2016

The Cup of the Father’s Wrath (John 18:1-11)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, July 3, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Cup of the Father’s Wrath” from John 18:1-11.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”

They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I am he.”

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”

This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”

Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Listen to “The Cup of the Father’s Wrath” (John 18:1-11) at mcopc.org.

August 18, 2016

Christ Is Formed In You (Galatians 4:17-19)

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Pastor Joe Troutman preaching at San Antonio Reformed on June 21, 2015. HT: Billie Moody

On Sunday, June 26, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Christ Is Formed In You” from Galatians 4:17-19.

They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

Listen to “Christ Is Formed In You” (Galatians 4:17-19) at mcopc.org.