Archive for ‘Biography’

November 1, 2017

Martin Luther: The Man and His Work (The Reformation Trail Series #19)

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“Luther’s marriage raised a great hue and cry. the union of a renegade monk with an escaped nun, violating as it did their own personal vows, and ecclesiastical and civil law as well, seemed to many to throw a sinister light upon the whole reform movement. Now, they declared, the significance of the Reformation was revealed to all the world, and it was clear what Luther had had in mind from the beginning. Satirical attacks appeared in great numbers. Slanderous tales were spread about him and his bride. Even many of his friends were thrown into consternation, and feared he had dealt a death-blow to the cause. The lawyer Jerome Schurf, when he heard the rumour that Luther was contemplating marriage, remarked: “If this monk takes a wife, the whole world and the devil himself will laugh, and all the work he has accomplished will come to nothing.” Others, though wishing to see him married, regretted he had chosen Kathe rather than some woman of wealth and position. The time, too, seemed to almost everybody particularly inopportune. His prince and supporter, the Elector Frederick, had died only a month before, and all Saxony was still mourning him, as Luther was, too, for that matter. Moreover, the peasants’ war was not yet ended, and the whole country was in an uproar.”

About the Author

Arthur Cushman McGiffert

Arthur Cushman McGiffert (1861-1933)

Arthur Cushman McGiffert (March 4, 1861 – 1933), American theologian, was born in Sauquoit, New York, the son of a Presbyterian clergyman of Scots-Irish descent.

He graduated at Western Reserve College in 1882 and at Union Theological Seminary in 1885, studied in Germany (especially under Harnack) in 1885-1887, and in Italy and France in 1888, and in that year received the degree of doctor of philosophy at Marburg. He was instructor (1888-1890) and professor (1890-1893) of church history at Lane Theological Seminary, and in 1893 became Washburn professor of church history in Union theological seminary, succeeding Philip Schaff. He became the 8th president of Union Seminary in 1917.

His published work, except occasional critical studies in philosophy, dealt with church history and the history of dogma. His best known publication is a History of Christianity in the Apostolic Age (1897). This book, which sustains critical historical eminence to this day, by its independent criticism and departures from traditionalism, aroused the opposition of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church; though the charges brought against McGiffert were dismissed by the Presbytery of New York, to which they had been referred, a trial for heresy seemed inevitable, and McGiffert, in 1900, retired from the Presbyterian ministry and retained his credentialed status by eager recognition from a Congregational Church. Likewise he retained his distinguished position at Union Theological Seminary.

A History of Christian Thought constituted a two volume work (1932, 1933) which established an American standard in theological studies and is still cited regularly by scholars. Among his other publications are: A Dialogue between a Christian and a Jew (1888); a translation (with introduction and notes) of Eusebius’s Church History (1890; part of Philip Schaff’s Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers series); and The Apostle’s Creed (1902), in which he attempted to prove that the old Roman creed was formulated as a protest against the dualism of Marcion and his denial of the reality of Jesus’s life on earth.

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460 pages
Paperback
Inheritance Publications
Publication Date: 1911, 2017
ISBN: 9781772980189

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June 8, 2017

Luther in Love

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Discovering that love and marriage are complex sacrificial and yet intensely beautiful, Katharina von Bora, fearful of discovery, secretly pens a memoir of her apostasy, her forbidden marriage to Martin Luther, his dangerous life and turbulent legacy, their trials and tragedies, and their joys and triumphs.

Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond

About the Author

Douglas Bond, husband of Cheryl and father of six, is author of more than twenty-five books, a hymn-writer, and an award-winning teacher. He speaks at churches, schools and conferences, directs the Oxford Creative Writing Master Class, and leads church history tours, including tours of Luther’s Germany. www.BondBooks.net

Book Details

337 pages
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Ink Blots Press
ISBN: 978-1-945062-02-5

September 4, 2016

September Spotlight! J. Gresham Machen: A Silhouette

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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

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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.

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

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August 1, 2016

August Spotlight! Charles Hodge (Bitesize Biographies)

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Charles Hodge lived during an era of great crisis in the United States. Living for most of the nineteenth century, he would witness the abolition tumult of pre-war America, the bloody War Between the States, and the ongoing struggle of Reconstruction. His own Presbyterian Church would experience its greatest division during his lifetime. Though a peacemaker by demeanor, he understood that there was also a time to take a stand. This he did, battling against a rising tide that was beginning to erode the sacred shorelines of historic Christianity.

About the Author:

S Donald Fortson IIIS. Donald Fortson III is Professor of Church History and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Caroline, USA. He is also an adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Dr. Fortson is author of several books and articles on American Presbyterianism.

 

 

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128 Pages
Publisher: EP Books
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-085234-927-4

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December 17, 2015

The Thunder: A Novel on John Knox

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John Knox, the Thundering Scot, lives a life of adventure and danger in turbulent, corrupt sixteenth-century Scotland. Finding himself a wanted man, Knox is besieged in a castle by French soldiers, seized, and made a galley slave. Yet he is unflinching in his stand for the gospel, even in the face of assassins and death, and even when his fiery preaching makes him an enemy of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Told from the perspective of a young student resolved to protect Knox no matter the cost, Douglas Bond’s thrilling biographical novel provides a look at the harrowing life story of a giant of the faith. Discover the fascinating story of a timid man transformed by the grace and power of the gospel into one of the most influential figures in Scottish history. [From the back cover]

Douglas Bond

Douglas Bond

About the Author

Douglas Bond is the author of a number of books of historical fiction and biography. He and his wife have two daughters and four sons. Bond is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. Visit his website at http://www.bondbooks.net.

Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59638-214-5

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December 16, 2015

John Knox and the Reformation

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Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox, this little book will encourage readers to not only remember the man but also consider the outcome of his life and imitate his faith.

Table of Contents

Publisher’s Preface
John Knox Timeline
Remembering the Reformation
John Knox: The Founder of Puritanism
John Knox and “the Battle

D Martyn Lloyd-Jones

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

About the Authors

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was born in Cardiff and raised in Llangeitho, Ceredigion, Wales. Educated at Tregaron County Intermediate School and then in London at Marylebone Grammar School between 1914 and 1917, he went to St Bartholomew’s Hospital as a medical student. He then worked as Chief Clinical Assistant to the Royal Physician, Sir Thomas Horder.

After sensing a call to preach, in 1927 Lloyd-Jones returned to Wales – having married Bethan Phillips (with whom he later had two children, Elizabeth and Ann) – as minister at the Bethlehem Forward Movement Church (known as ‘Sandfields’) in Aberavon (Port Talbot).

After eleven years at Sandfields, he was called in 1939 to be associate pastor of Westminster Chapel, London, working alongside G. Campbell Morgan. During the same year, he became the president of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Students (known today as the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UK)). In 1943 Campbell Morgan retired, leaving Lloyd-Jones as the sole Pastor of Westminster Chapel, a position he was to hold for the next 25 years.

After retiring from Westminster Chapel in 1968, due to illness, for the rest of his life ‘the Doctor’ concentrated on editing his sermons for publication, counselling other ministers, answering letters and attending conferences. He preached for the last time on June 8, 1980, at Barcombe Baptist Chapel. He died peacefully in his sleep at Ealing on March 1, 1981, and was buried at Newcastle Emlyn, near Cardigan, west Wales.

[See Iain H. Murray’s 2-volume biography D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years 1899-1939 and The Fight of Faith 1939-1981; also his The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones 1899-1981.]

Iain Murray

Iain Murray

Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). He was converted in 1949 through the ministry at Hildenborough Hall, Tom and Jean Rees’ Christian conference centre in Kent. It was at Hildenborough later that same year that he first met Jean Ann Walters, who was to become his wife (they married in Edgeware on April 23, 1955).

After service with the Cameronians in Singapore and Malaya, he read Philosophy and History at the University of Durham with a view to the ministry of the English Presbyterian Church (his parents’ denomination). It was at Durham that he began to read the Puritans, whose writings were to become a lifelong passion. After a year of private study, he assisted Sidney Norton at St John’s Free Church, Oxford, in 1955–56, and it was here that The Banner of Truth magazine was launched, with Murray as its first editor.

From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh. He has written many titles published by the Trust, in whose work he remains active. He is still writing.

Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781848711143

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December 15, 2015

John Knox (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

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From armed bodyguard to galley slave, from loving husband and father to fiery preacher, John Knox was moved by a relentless passion for the honor of God and the purity of His truth and worship. Yet when he was a schoolboy growing up in the small Scottish town of Haddington, he could never have imagined that he would become a major leader of the powerful movement that transformed Scotland into one of the most committed Protestant countries in the world. Simonetta Carr tells the story of how this great Reformer, whose life began humbly, in a faraway, mysterious part of the world, influenced the church and its beliefs far beyond the borders of Scotland, shaping our thinking still today.

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Simonetta Carr

About the Author

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ united Reformed Church.

Matt-AbraxasAbout the Illustrator

Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781601782892

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December 13, 2015

Anselm of Canterbury (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)

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While he would have preferred the simple, quiet life of the monastery—teaching, reading, thinking, and writing about God—Anselm of Canterbury spent much of his life dealing with powerful kings, consulting with popes, and serving reluctantly as archbishop of Canterbury. Through Anselm’s story, Simonetta Carr teaches what life was like in medieval Western Europe. Young readers will learn of the tempestuous relationship between church and state during this era and the significance of Anselm’s writings about why God became man and the relationship between faith and reason.

Table of Contents:
Introduction

A Boy with a Dream
From Student to Teacher
The Will of a King
First Trip to Rome
New King, Old Troubles
Last Peaceful Years
Time Line

Did You Know?

Series Description

The Christian Biographies for Young Readers introduces children to important people in the Christian tradition. Parents and school teachers alike will welcome the excellent educational value it provides for students, while the quality of the publication and the artwork make each volume a keepsake for generations to come. Furthermore, the books in the series go beyond the simple story of someone’s life by teaching young readers the historical and theological relevance of each character.

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Simonetta Carr

About the Author

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. A former elementary school teacher, she has home-schooled her eight children for many years. She has written for newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several Christian authors into Italian. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband, Thomas, and family. She is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

Matt-AbraxasIllustrator

Matt Abraxas has traveled from California to France, studying different approaches to art. He enjoys creating and teaching art and currently exhibits his work at the SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, Colorado. Matt lives with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Zorba and Rainer, in Lafayette, Colorado.

Source: Reformation Heritage Books

Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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ISBN: 9781601782410

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October 1, 2015

Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (Theologians on the Christian Life)

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Book Description

Martin Luther’s historical significance can hardly be overstated. Known as the father of the Protestant Reformation, no single figure has had a greater impact on Western Christianity except perhaps Augustine. In Luther on the Christian Life, historian Carl Trueman introduces readers to the lively Reformer, taking them on a tour of his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Whether exploring Luther’s theology of protest, ever-present sense of humor, or misunderstood view of sanctification, this addition to Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series highlights the ways in which Luther’s eventful life shaped his understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Ultimately, this book will help modern readers go deeper in their spiritual walk by learning from one of the great teachers of the faith.

Dr. Carl Trueman

Dr. Carl Trueman

About the Author

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.

Book Details

224 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: February 2015

Source: WTS Books

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August 14, 2015

Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson (Chosen Daughters)

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Seventeenth-century Scotland is a place of cruel intolerance for the Covenanters, a people bound together by their loyal faith. A young, earnest Covenanter, Margaret Wilson finds her pledged loyalty to Christ and his covenant in opposition to King Charles II’s demands for her absolute obedience. Will Margaret choose to defy the authorities? Or will devotion to her family, love for her sweetheart, and hopes for future happiness ruler her heart?

The Chosen Daughters series highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things.

Hope Irvin MarstonAbout the Author

Hope Irvin Marston is a retired junior-high school librarian and the author of more than two dozen children’s books, including the My Little Book series of animal stories and the award-winning Isaac Johnson: From Slave to Stonecutter. Picture books, photographic essays, and junior biography are her forte.

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Book Details

Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
ISBN 13: 9781596380615

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