Archive for ‘Church History’

September 9, 2019

Choosing the Good Portion: Women of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Choosing the Good Portion CoverBook Description

Choosing the Good Portion tells the story of the OPC through profiles of more than 90 women who sacrificed and served during the last 80 years to help mold the OPC into what it is today. The stories feature missionary wives, pastors’ wives, the spouses of seminary professors, single women, those who contributed financially or behind the scenes to their congregations or denomination, those who helped to start churches, taught VBS, ministered to different cultures, struggled in their faith, offered hospitality, lost a husband or child, and those who were in danger or died. Plus so much more.

By sharing the stories of these ordinary women, we hope to encourage the next generation of OPC women in their service.

The book’s title comes from the story of Mary and Martha. While Martha sought to serve Jesus and his disciples by preparing a large meal, Mary appears to have stopped helping Martha to sit at Christ’s feet and learn from him. Jesus tells Martha that Mary “chose the good portion.”

We believe the women in this book also chose first to receive from Christ what he teaches and then to apply what they learned in service to his church.

About the Authors

Patricia E. Clawson, a former reporter, is the editorial assistant for New Horizons in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. She is a member of Calvary OPC in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Diane L. Olinger is a lawyer who serves as a copy editor for Ordained Servant, an online monthly magazine for OPC officers. She is a member of Calvary OPC in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Hardcover
470 pages
Publisher: The Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-0-9833580-6-0

 

December 3, 2017

Martin Luther’s Christmas Book

Martin Luthers Christmas Book CoverBook Description

This inspiring collection contains thirty excerpts from Martin Luther’s Christmas sermons. In his unique and powerful voice, Luther portrays the human reality of God’s birth on earth—Mary’s distress at giving birth with no midwife or water, Joseph’s misgivings, the Wise Men’s perplexity, Herod’s cunning. And throughout these sermon-meditations, Martin Luther reminds us that keeping Christmas is a year-round mission of caring for those in need.

Nine elegant illustrations by Luther’s contemporaries—including four by noted engraver Albrecht Durer—capture timeless scenes from the Christmas story. And two of Luther’s beautiful Christmas carols are included on the final pages of the book.

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Roland H. Bainton

About the Editor

Renowned Reformation scholar Roland H. Bainton wrote the introduction, as well as translating and arranging this collection of Luther’s sermons. Bainton was a professor of church history at Yale Divinity School and the author of numerous books, including Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther.

72 Pages
Publisher: W.L. Jenkins. Reproduced by permission of The Westminster Press
Publication Date: 1948
ISBN: 978-0-8066-3577-4

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.

Source: Wikipedia

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

September 1, 2017

Reformation Sketches

Reformation Sketches Cover“The sketches in this book strive to show that the Reformation remains vitally important for Christians today,” writes W. Robert Godfrey. “Reformers and preachers of the sixteenth century were the best educated, godliest, and most faithful group of leaders the church has ever seen. In a remarkable way they combined commitment, learning, and orthodoxy. We need to continue to learn from them.”

In Reformation Sketches, Martin Luther and John Calvin receive most of Godfrey’s attention, but he also treats Philip Melanchthon, Peter Martyr Vermigli, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort.

“A wonderfully written history of the Great Reformation. With the care of a scholar and the insights of professional maturity, Godfrey takes us on a journey into our heritage.”—John D. Hannah

“Godfrey is a wise and engaging historian of the Reformation. His sketches provide a compelling introduction to the Reformers, showing the relevance of their lives and thought for Christians today.”—Philip Graham Ryken

“Edifying history at its best—a thorough grasp of cultural and political circumstances influencing the church, a keen understanding of the doctrinal issues at stake, and a deep concern for the ongoing reformation of the contemporary church.”—Darryl G. Hart

About the Author

W. Robert Godfrey

Dr. W. Robert Godfrey

W. Robert Godfrey (Ph.D., Stanford University) is professor of church history and president at Westminster Theological Seminary in California (retired), and a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He is the author of John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor, and most recently, Learning to Love the Psalms

Binding: Paperback
Pages: 151
Publisher: P&R Publishing
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0875525784

June 8, 2017

Luther in Love

Status: Checked Out

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

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

Status: Available

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

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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)

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 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

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.”

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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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