Archive for ‘Church History’

June 8, 2017

June Spotlight! Luther in Love

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Luther in Love CoverBook Description

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

March 1, 2017

March Spotlight! The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day

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Book Description

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by award-winning author Scott O’Dell is historical fiction set in Europe during the 1500s. In this Christian fiction book Tom Barton and his uncle Jack are smugglers who are used to breaking the law. With quick wits and secret cargo holds, they have managed to make a comfortable living. And then William Tyndale asks them to carry English Bibles along with their usual cargo. As enemy after enemy rises to oppose Tyndale’s Bible translation, Tom is confronted with a choice between what he wants and what he knows to be true.

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Scott O’Dell (1898-1982)

About the Author

Scott O’Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 15, 1989) was an American author of 26 novels for young people, along with three novels for adults and four nonfiction books. He wrote historical fiction, primarily, including several children’s novels about historical California and Mexico. For his contribution as a children’s writer he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1972, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. He received The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 1976 and the Catholic Libraries Association Regina Medal in 1978.

O’Dell’s best known work is the historical novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal and the 1963 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in its German translation. It was also named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list. He was one of the annual Newbery runners-up for three other books: The King’s Fifth (1966), The Black Pearl (1967), and Sing Down the Moon (1970).

Source: Wikipedia

Book Details

182 Pages
Publisher: BJU Press, JourneyForth
Publication Date: 1975
ISBN: 978-0-89084-368-0

This book was generously donated by the John and Julie Anderson family.

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September 4, 2016

September Spotlight! J. Gresham Machen: A Silhouette

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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

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January 28, 2016

Pietism, the Enlightenment and Liberal Theology

Friedrich Schleiermacher

Friedrich Schleiermacher, Father of Modern Theology. (HT: Wikipedia)

On Sunday, December 6, 2015, Elder Wayne Wylie led a discussion on Pietism, the Enlightenment, and Liberal Theology.

Pietism was a movement reacting against dead orthodoxy. It emphasized one’s experience in his relationship with Christ at the expense of the primacy of the doctrinal and propositional confession of the church in general. (Read more about Pietism at Britannica.com)

The Enlightenment was a secular movement among eighteenth century philosophy which emphasized the priority of human reason in the search for truth about the world, rejecting the value of biblical revelation. (Read more about the Enlightenment at Wikipedia.org)

Modern, or Liberal, theology developed under the influence of Pietists who attempted to reconcile and reinterpret Christianity in light of the philosophical and scientific views which developed during the Enlightenment. (Read more about Liberal Theology at Britannica.com)

Listen to “Pietism, the Enlightenment and Liberal Theology” at mcopc.org.

January 6, 2016

Hammer of the Huguenots (Heroes and History Series)

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Book Description

Philippe, an orphan shipwright apprentice in sixteenth-century France, is perplexed by the intense religious conflict raging about him. While his friends Maurice and Sophie cling to the good news proclaimed by the church Reformers, Philippe has not yet been persuaded to abandon the teachings of the state church in which he was raised. The gospel sounds liberating at times, but can he risk believing when persecution and bloodshed inevitably follow? As Huguenot communities are massacred and full-scale warfare breaks over France, Philippe must decide once and for all where his loyalties lie. The choices he and his friends make in these violent times may cost them everything.

Read more about this book at the Huguenot Fiction page at Bond Books.

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 of America, a teacher, a conference speaker, and a leader of church history tours. Visit his website at www.bondbooks.net.

Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: P&R Publishing
Publication Date:
ISBN: 9781596387638

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January 2, 2016

God With Us: Knowing the Mystery of Who Jesus Is

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Book Description

Jesus. The name means so many things to so many people. This book has as its aim to know Jesus. In order to know him experientially and personally we must know what the Bible says about Him. To come to this knowledge we will delve into the holy mysteries of the Word of God and the historic Christian faith. Whether you are a skeptic, an agnostic, an inquirer, or a convinced Christian, this book is meant to cause you to consider the mysteries that Jesus claimed of Himself that you too might join the cloud of witnesses that no man can number, confessing the name of Jesus—“God with us.”

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Rev. Daniel R. Hyde

About the Author

Daniel R. Hyde (M.Div. Westminster Seminary California) is the Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Oceanside, California. He is the author of Jesus Loves the Little Children (2006), The Good Confession (2006), What to Expect in Reformed Worship (2007), and With Heart and Mouth (2008).

 

Paperback, 157 pages

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 978-1-60178-031-7

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January 1, 2016

January Spotlight! Sketches from Church History

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Book Description

This book outlines the thrilling story of the onward march of the Church of Christ from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century. It is not a dry-as-dust account of long-forgotten events and controversies, but rather a moving record of those who undertook the adventure of faith before us and, through their courage and steadfastness, left an example for the church in every age. Reading of the exploits of those who have gone before us, through times of prosperity and times of persecution, should stimulate, warn and encourage the church in our own age to persevere in the same path, and obtain the same everlasting reward.

Table of Contents

I: THE EARLY CHURCH TO THE RISE OF ISLAM

1. The Early Church
2. The Martyrs
3. Constantine the Great
4. Church Fathers
5. Monasticism
6. The Rise of the Papacy
7. Islam

II: THE DARK AND MIDDLE AGES TO THE HEIGHT OF PAPAL AUTHORITY

8. The Christian Faith Comes to the British Isles (1)
9. The Christian Faith Comes to the British Isles (2)
10. Early Missionaries in Europe
11. Pope and Emperor
12. The Crusades
13. The Papacy at Its Height

III: FORERUNNERS OF THE REFORMATION

14. The Waldenses
15. John Wycliffe
16. John Huss
17. Savonarola
18. The Approach of Dawn

IV: THE 16th CENTURY REFORMATION IN GERMANY

19. Martin Luther the Student
20. Luther and the Church
21. Luther and the Pope
22. Luther at the Wartburg
23. The Protestants in Germany

V: THE 16th CENTURY REFORMATION OUTSIDE GERMANY

24. Ulrich Zwingli
25. John Calvin
26. John Calvin in Geneva
27. England Receives the Light (1)
28. England Receives the Light (2)
29. Scotland Transformed
30. The Huguenots of France
31. The French Crown and the Huguenots
32. The Netherlands Receives the Truth

VI: THE FAITH IN THE 17TH AND 18TH CENTURIES

33. The Thirty Years’ War in Germany (1618-1648)
34. English Puritanism, Chiefly Under Elisabeth
35. English Puritanism under the Early Stuarts
36. English Puritanism under the Later Stuarts
37. The Faith in North America during the 17th Century (1)
38. The Faith in North America during the 17th Century (2)
39. The Pietists: Spener, Francke, Zinzendorf
40. The Faith in North America during the 18th Century
41. Methodism and the Wesley’s (1)
42. Methodism and the Wesley’s (2)
43. Methodism and George Whitefield

VII: FROM THE RISE OF MODERN MISSIONS TO THE END OF THE 19TH CENTURY

44. Revived Missionary Activity
45. The Faith in the 19th Century Church: North America (1)
46. The Faith in the 19th Century Church: North America (2)
47. The Faith in the 19th Century Church: The British Isles (1)
48. The Faith in the 19th Century Church: The British isles (2)
49. The 19th Century Church on the Continent of Europe (1)
50. The 19th Century Church on the Continent of Europe (2)

Index

S M Houghton

S.M. Houghton

About the Author

Sidney M. Houghton taught History at Rhyl Grammar School, North Wales, from 1925 to 1960. From then till his death in 1987 he was the chief literary and editorial advisor to the Banner of Truth Trust. The trust has also published his autobiographical work, My Life and Books.

Paperback, 256

Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 1980
ISBN: 9780851513171

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December 31, 2015

The History of Christian Doctrines

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Book Description

The History of Christian Doctrines is a major, widely respected work on the definition, transformation, development, and preservation of basic Christian doctrines throughout the history of the church.

Comprehensive in scope, it provides the necessary historical background for all who are studying systematic theology or current trends in the religious world. Although the theologian must constantly assess the present situation of Christian theological thought, he cannot neglect with impunity, Dr. Berkhof counsels, the lessons of the past.

The text is concise in style and conveniently outlined with headings and subheadings for maximum effectiveness as a textbook or reference tool. As a plus for classroom teachers and students, questions follow each chapter.

Source: Back Cover

Louis BerkhofAbout the Author

Louis Berkhof (October 14 1873 – May 18 1957) was an American-Dutch Reformed theologian whose works on systematic theology have been influential in seminaries and Bible colleges in the United States and Canada and with individual Christians in general throughout the 20th century.

Berkhof was born in 1873 in Emmen in the Netherlands and moved in 1882 with his family to Grand Rapids (Michigan). About the time he graduated from the seminary he married Reka Dijkhuis. They had four children before her death in 1928. He then married Dena Heyns-Joldersma who had two daughters.

In 1900, he graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids after which he was appointed pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church in Allendale Charter Township, Michigan. Two years later he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned his B.D. in two years. He returned to Grand Rapids to pastor Oakdale Park Church. In 1906, he joined the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary and taught there for almost four decades. For the first 20 years he taught Biblical Studies until in 1926 he moved into the systematic theology department. He became president of the seminary in 1931 and continued in that office until he retired in 1944.

Berkhof wrote twenty-two books during his career. His main works are his Systematic Theology (1932, revised 1938) which was supplemented with an Introductory Volume to Systematic Theology (1932, which is included in the 1996 Eerdman’s edition of Systematic Theology) and a separate volume entitled History of Christian Doctrines (1937). He wrote a more concise version of his Systematic Theology for high school and college students entitled Manual of Christian Doctrine, and later wrote the even more concise Summary of Christian Doctrine. He also delivered Princeton Theological Seminary’s Stone Lectures in 1951. These were published as The Kingdom of God. In addition to this, he worked on many papers for the Christian Reformed Church as well as collections of sermons.

Berkhof was not known for being original or speculative but for being very good at organizing and explaining basic theological ideas following in the tradition of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck. Theologian Wayne Grudem has called Berkhof’s Systematic Theology “a great treasure-house of information and analysis […] probably the most useful one-volume systematic theology available from any theological perspective.”[1] Berkhof’s writings continue to serve as systematic presentations of Reformed theology. They are organized for use in seminaries and religious education as well as individual reference, though his systematics works are demanding reads.

Source: Wikipedia

Paperback, 285
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: 1937 (original edition), 1975 (first paperback edition), 1992 (eleventh printing)
ISBN: 0-8010-0636-8

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December 30, 2015

Polycarp of Smyrna: The Man Whose Faith Lasted (Heroes of the Faith)

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Book Description

There are lots of ‘idols’ these days. But do you have any heroes? What’s the difference? Idols are people we say we ‘adore’ because they are famous, or rich, or good looking, or because they have amazing talents, or special abilities perhaps we wish we could have. Heroes are people who are willing to live and die for what they believe.

Polycarp of Smyrna: The Man Whose Faith Lasted tells the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He loved and served his Lord for over eighty years. And from the beginning to the end – his faith lasted. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Allison Brown. A wonderful start to a wonderful series that currently includes this, and two other titles:

Ignatius of Antioch: The Man Who Faced Lions
Irenaeus: The Man Who Wrote Books

Sinclair Ferguson

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

About the Author

Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Prior to this he held the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George’s Tron). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1971).

Dr. Ferguson has authored several books published by the Trust, of which he is a trustee, and a former editor. He retains his position as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He continues to preach God’s Word in churches and at conferences.

Sinclair and his wife Dorothy have three sons, a daughter, three grandsons, and three granddaughters.

Hardcover, 40 pages

Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781848710924

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December 29, 2015

Irenaeus of Lyons: The Man Who Wrote Books (Heroes of the Faith)

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Book Description

There are lots of ‘idols’ these days. But do you have any heroes? What’s the difference? Idols are people we say we ‘adore’ because they are famous, or rich, or good looking, or because they have amazing talents, or special abilities perhaps we wish we could have. Heroes are people who are willing to live and die for what they believe.

Irenaeus of Lyons – the man who wrote books tells the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He served him far away from home. And to help his fellow Christians – he wrote books. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Allison Brown. A wonderful start to a wonderful series that currently includes this, and two other titles:

Ignatius of Antioch: The Man Who Faced Lions
Polycarp of Smyrna: The Man Whose Faith Lasted

Sinclair Ferguson

Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

About the Author

Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson retired in 2013 as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Prior to this he held the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst (Shetland) and Glasgow (St George’s Tron). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen (1971).

Dr. Ferguson has authored several books published by the Trust, of which he is a trustee, and a former editor. He retains his position as Professor of Systematic Theology at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas, and serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He continues to preach God’s Word in churches and at conferences.

Sinclair and his wife Dorothy have three sons, a daughter, three grandsons, and three granddaughters.

Hardcover, 40 pages

Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781848710948

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