Archive for January, 2016

January 29, 2016

One in the Place of Many (John 11:45-57)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, December 6, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “One in the Place of Many” from John 11:45-57.

The One perfect in every way and without sin died in the place of many that they might be declared righteous.

1. A Threat to the Kingdom—The Jewish leaders begin to devise a plot to kill Jesus in order to retain their power and position.

2. Political Expediency—Seeking the lesser of two evils in having one man die in place of the whole nation, the High Priest Caiaphas inadvertently prophesies the death of the One Mediator between God and Man for the Israel of God.

3. The King Starts His Journey to the Cross—Jesus reacts to the APB on him by no longer walking openly among the people until his time should arrive to be the substituted for the sins of the elect. You don’t have to die to pay for your own sins, but believe in the one who died and rose in your place.

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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

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

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

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January 27, 2016

In Defense of the Eschaton: Essays in Reformed Apologetics

Status: Checked Out

In Defense of the Eschaton CoverBook Description

In Defense of the Eschaton is an anthology of William D. Dennison’s essays on the Reformed apologetics of Cornelius Van Til. Written over the course of Dennison’s many years of study, the chapters in this volume investigate Van Til’s theory of knowledge, revelation, common grace, antithesis, Christian education, and the history of ideas, as well as examine key Scriptures to identify the redemptive-historical structure of a biblical apologetic method.

In the end, Dennison finds that Reformed apologetics must take eschatology seriously. According to the New Testament, the believer has been transferred by faith in Christ into the final stage of history. As a citizen of heaven, the Christian apologist must defend the eschaton of the age to come against the satanic attacks of this present world.

About the Author

William Dennison

Dr. William Dennison

William D. Dennison (MDiv, ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Michigan State University) is Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Covenant College and Visiting Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Northwest Theological Seminary. He is the author of Paul’s Two-Age Construction and Apologetics (Wipf and Stock, 2000), A Christian Approach to Interdisciplinary Studies (Wipf and Stock, 2007), The Young Bultmann (Peter Lang, 2008), and Karl Marx (P&R, forthcoming).

About the Editor

James Douglas Baird (BA, Covenant College) is Content Strategist at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was the founding Head Editor of the online philosophy journal, Mountaintop Thoughts, and is a contributor to Reformed Forum.

Paperback, 238
Publisher: Wipf and Stock
Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 10: 1498226337
ISBN 13: 9781498226332

January 6, 2016

Hammer of the Huguenots (Heroes and History Series)

Hammer of the Huguenots CoverStatus: Available

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

Paperback, 224 pages

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

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January 5, 2016

Thy Word is Still Truth: Essential Writings on the Doctrine of Scripture from the Reformation to Today

Thy Word is Still Truth CoverStatus: Available

Book Description

This new collection of Reformed thinkers’ writings from the Reformation to today brings together key documents on the inerrancy of Scripture in one readable volume.

One of the hallmarks of Westminster Theological Seminary since its beginning in 1929 has been a high view of Scripture that reflects the historic Reformed theological and confessional tradition. Thy Word Is Still Truth confirms that Westminster still holds this high view.

The book’s title builds on the important influence of E. J. Young’s classic book on inerrancy, Thy Word Is Truth. This current anthology unapologetically borrows that title, emphasizing an abiding commitment to the entire truthfulness of the Holy Scriptures as well as a deep indebtedness to Reformed thinkers from the past to the present.

In addition to including all the major confessions and catechisms, Thy Word Is Still Truth includes seminal articles on the doctrine of Scripture from the following authors:

Oswald T. Allis, William Ames, Herman Bavinck, Louis Berkhof, Henry Bullinger, John Calvin, Edmund P. Clowney, William Cunningham, Raymond B. Dillard, Jonathan Edwards, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John M. Frame, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Louis Gaussen, Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, Archibald Alexander Hodge, Charles Hodge, John Knox, Peter A. Lillback, Martin Luther, J. Gresham Machen, Adolphe Monod, John Murray, John Owen, Vern S. Poythress, Moisés Silva, Charles H. Spurgeon, Ned B. Stonehouse, Francis Turretin, Zacharias Ursinus, Cornelius Van Til, Geerhardus Vos, Bruce K. Waltke, Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, Robert Dick Wilson, John Witherspoon, Edward J. Young, and Ulrich Zwingli

About the Editors

Peter LillbackPeter A. Lillback (BA, Cedarville College; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Professor of Historical Theology and President at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books and articles, including the best-selling George Washington’s Sacred Fire.

Richard GaffinRichard B. Gaffin Jr (BA, Calvin College; BD, ThM, and ThD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is also the author of Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul’s Soteriology.

Hardcover, 1,392

Publisher: P&R Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9781596384477

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January 2, 2016

God With Us: Knowing the Mystery of Who Jesus Is

God With Us CoverStatus: Available

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.”


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

Sketches from Church History

Sketches from Church History CoverStatus: Checked out

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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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