April 2, 2022

April Featured Resource | Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up is Down

Rediscovering Humility by Christopher Hutchinson

Foreword by David Wells..

Most of us value humility . . . especially in other people. But Jesus taught that humility is central to the Christian life. Author Christopher Hutchinson invites the church to follow Christ—both individually and corporately—in this high calling.

A systematic and comprehensive treatment of this core tenant of Christianity, Rediscovering Humility is structured around the three times Jesus addresses the topic in Scripture—how it is found, embraced and applied. This insightful resource should be required reading for all seminary students so they can understand the pitfalls of leadership before they begin to pastor. Current pastors and church leaders will find Hutchinson’s critiques and suggestions helpful as they seek to create humble and healthy churches. Individuals who have lost an appreciation for humility as a central Christian virtue will be reminded of its value as the best way to grow closer to and more like Jesus.

Humble Christians create healthy churches, but in today’s world of celebrity pastors and widening platforms, our churches are more than ever imitating the prideful methodologies of our culture. Through his critiques, Hutchinson also offers suggestions for how Christians can better practice and promote humility in our time.

Offering a fresh and updated application of humility to our day, Hutchinson calls for a return to the path of humility as the one pilgrimage most necessary for Christian faith and life. By showing humility in in all its truth, beauty and goodness, it becomes a value worth seeking—if never fully found—on this side of heaven.

Author

Christopher Hutchinson is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, Virginia, and a graduate of Duke University (AB) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv). Prior to entering the ministry, Chris served in the US Army, including a combat tour during Operation Desert Storm. Chris and his wife, Kirstan, have two grown daughters, one a collaborative pianist studying in Arizona, and the other an artist studying in South Carolina. He wrote Rediscovering Humility: Why the Way Up Is Down

New Growth Press

March 3, 2022

The Communion of Saints: Living in Fellowship with the People of God

In a day when Christians are more divided than united, true believers must again commit themselves to their common spiritual communion with one another. This biblical and practical guide, complete with leader’s guide and spiritual gifts questionnaire, guides those united in Christ toward life in the Christian community. Contributors include William Edgar, Hughes Oliphant Old, and more.

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.

P&R Publishing

July 26, 2021

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution

From Crossway Books:

Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self.

In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.

Dr. Carl Trueman

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is an esteemed church historian and previously served as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal ImperativeLuther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. Trueman is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

May 1, 2021

Recovering the Lost Art of Reading: A Quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful

Book Description

A Christian Perspective on the Joys of Reading

Reading has become a lost art. With smartphones offering us endless information with the tap of a finger, it’s hard to view reading as anything less than a tedious and outdated endeavor. This is particularly problematic for Christians, as many find it difficult to read even the Bible consistently and attentively. Reading is in desperate need of recovery.

Recovering the Lost Art of Reading addresses these issues by exploring the importance of reading in general as well as studying the Bible as literature, offering practical suggestions along the way. Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes inspire a new generation to overcome the notion that reading is a duty and instead discover it as a delight.

About the Authors

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly fifty years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meetings and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.

Glenda Faye Mathes (BLS, University of Iowa) is a professional writer with a passion for literary excellence. She has authored over a thousand articles and several nonfiction books as well as the Matthew in the Middle fiction series. Glenda has been the featured speaker at women’s conferences and at seminars for prison inmates.

March 2, 2021

Presbytopia: What it Means to be Presbyterian

Book Description

When people visit churches, they come with questions. What do you believe about the Bible? How are you different from the church down the street? Why should I become a member of a Presbyterian Church? These are important questions, and questions that sometimes Presbyterians don’t even know the answer to! Ken Golden considers the distinctives of being a Presbyterian, the basis for making a profession of faith and the role of the church as a means of grace.

~from back cover
Pastor Ken Golden

About the Author

Pastor Ken Golden grew up in a nominal Jewish home in New Jersey. He studied art and worked in the pharmaceutical industry before his conversion in 1996. After exploring different churches, Pastor Ken was drawn to the Reformed tradition. He eventually went onto study at Westminster Seminary California, receiving his Masters of Divinity in 2005. He was ordained the same year and pastored an OPC congregation before coming to Sovereign Grace OPC in 2011. Pastor Ken and his wife Cressid have been married since 1992. Their children are Samuel, Joseph, Aaron, and Maelah.

http://sovgraceopc.org/people/pastor-ken-golden/

  • 144 pages
  • Paperback
  • Revised 2016, Christian Focus

March 1, 2020

With All Your Heart: Orienting Our Mind, Desires and Will Toward Christ

With All Your Heart CoverBook Description

In our world, we use the word heart to refer to our emotions. But the Bible uses the word heart to refer to the governing center of life. We need to grasp the true meaning of the heart in order to better understand ourselves, our sin, and our need for redemption. As we rediscover the heart as the source of all our thoughts, fears, words, and actions, we will discover principles and practices for orienting our hearts to truly love and obey God with all that we are.

A Craig Troxel

Dr. A. Craig Troxel

About the Author

A. Craig Troxel (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He previously served as pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, IL and Calvary Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Glenside, PA.

224 Pages
Paperback
2020 Crossway Books

 

February 1, 2020

Covenants Made Simple

Covenants Made Simple CoverBook Description

What do the various covenants given throughout the Bible mean to us? Are they relevant to our lives? A rainbow now and then may remind us of God’s promise to Noah, and we’ve memorized the part about the new covenant in Jesus’ blood at communion—but do we dig any deeper? Do we need to?

Jonty Rhodes guides us into an engaging study of covenant theology and why it matters. With clarity and wit, he shows us how covenants carry the Bible’s story from start to finish and ultimately give root to the gospel of salvation by grace. Beginning with Adam in the garden of Eden, and ending with Jesus, our risen Covenant King, Rhodes illuminates the good news of a promise-making, promise-keeping God.

Key topics include law and grace, union with Christ, baptism in the Spirit, predestination, and water baptism. Rediscover the Bible’s unified covenantal story and its unfolding message throughout Scripture.

Rhodes Jonty

Rev. Jonty Rhodes

About the Author

Jonty Rhodes (BA, Nottingham University; DipTh. Oakhill Theological College) is Minister of Christ Church Derby (International Presbyterian Church) in the United Kingdom. In his spare time he enjoys watching or playing a good game of cricket.

192 Pages
Paperback
Publisher: P&R Publishing
Publication Date: 2014

 

January 28, 2020

The End Times Made Simple

End Times Made Simple CoverBook Description

Rapture? Pre-Trib? Post-Trib? Millenium? Confused? You should be! In today’s Evangelical Christian world, eschatology―or the study of the “last things”―has been turned into a sort of pseudo-science with a plethora of authors claiming to know exactly the scenario of events that are to take place just prior to the Lord Jesus Christ’s return. Samuel Waldron’s thesis is that there is This Age, and The Age to Come. We will be, or are, in either one or the other. Any “End Times” system that forms a hybrid of these two, or contradicts this simple formula, is unbiblical, and should be rejected.

Waldron Sam

Dr. Sam Waldron

About the Author

Dr. Sam Waldron is the president of CBTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous books including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued?, and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response.

Paperback
250 Pages
Publisher: Calvary Press
Publication Date: 2007

 

November 7, 2019

God’s Ambassadors: The Westminster Assembly and the Reformation of the English Pulpit, 1643-1653

Gods Ambassadors CoverBook Description

The Westminster Assembly is celebrated for its doctrinal standards and debates on church polity. But how often is the assembly noted for its extraordinary intervention in the pulpit ministry of the Church of England? In God’s Ambassadors, Chad Van Dixhoorn recounts the Puritan quest for a reformation in preachers and preaching and how the Westminster Assembly fit into that movement. He examines the assembly’s reform efforts, tracing debates and exploring key documents about preaching in a way that both highlights disagreements within the assembly’s ranks and showcases their collective plan for the church going forward.

Moreover, Van Dixhoorn reveals the rationale behind the assembly’s writings and reforms, both in terms of biblical exegesis and practical theology. Unlike any other book, God’s Ambassadors draws attention to the lengths to which the Westminster Assembly would go in promoting godly preachers and improved preaching.

Chad Van Dixhoorn (1)About the Author

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge University) is professor of church history and director of the Craig Center for the study of the Westminster Standards at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as an honorary research fellow at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Van Dixhoorn has held a number of additional teaching positions and has also served as associate pastor at Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK) and also at Grace Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA) for nine years.

Dr. Van Dixhoorn’s academic interests include the historical documents of the Westminster Assembly, English Puritanism, and Presbyterian history. He has been widely recognized for his publication of a five-volume work on the Westminster Assembly, The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643–1652, and has published numerous articles on a variety of theological topics. He is currently working on a major monograph on the Westminster Assembly, as well as a complete edition of John Lightfoot’s journals. Both volumes are to be published by Oxford University Press.

Hardcover
240 Pages
Publication Date: June 2017
Reformation Heritage Books

 

October 23, 2019

Announcement: New Church Podcast Now Available

425a8e2e-290b-4630-99d4-ef66908d3ecdWith of our new church website hosted by http://www.Wix.com, comes new tools to help us bring the recordings of our sermons and adult Sunday school lessons to you. See our newly designed Podcast page at www.mcopc.org/podcast.
As of Thursday, October 17, the new podcast has been approved by services most of us use, such as Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and even Spotify. There are even more sites where you can subscribe, and you can select from them at the host site for our new podcast, www.anchor.fm/mcopc.
Currently, we are working on repopulating the feed with past sermons dating all the way back to 2009, so new sermons should be being added daily, in most cases. I will announce when a complete set from a past year has been completed. So far, we have Pastor Troutman’s series on Ruth and Galatians, although some sermons are missing 😢. The series on the book of Matthew will begin being added over the weekend.
After the past sermons are repopulated, we will move on to interspersing the past Sunday school series in chronological order throughout the feed. Be sure to check for “Previous Episode” on your podcast player from time to time to see what past material has been added. We will notify you when each phase is complete, and we hope this assists you in hiding God’s word in your heart, and perhaps enables you to assist friends and family of your own who may have a need. Feel free to share the sermons and lessons that are meaningful to you on your own social media sites.
If you choose not to follow podcasts, the messages are always available on the Podcast page of the church website as mentioned above. If you would prefer to be provided with a CD copy of the sermons and CD’s, please let either our “Web Assistant” Daniel Garlow or myself know, and we will be glad to help you with that.