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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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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

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.

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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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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)

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January 6, 2016

Hammer of the Huguenots (Heroes and History Series)

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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
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ISBN: 9781596387638

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January 2, 2016

God With Us: Knowing the Mystery of Who Jesus Is

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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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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.

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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.

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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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December 28, 2015

Ignatius of Antioch: The Man Who Faced Lions

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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.

Ignatius of Antioch – The Man Who Faced Lions is the story of a hero. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. He was prepared to live and die for his Lord. And one day – he faced lions. This large hardback book for children, from the pen of Sinclair Ferguson, is beautifully illustrated by Alison Brown.

Source: Banner of Truth Trust

Sinclair FergusonAbout 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.

Hardback, 40 pages
Publisher: Banner of Truth Trust
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781848710931
Source: Banner of Truth Trust

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