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Family Life, Education, Church and Work

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And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Give instruction to a youth about his way,
Even when he is old he turneth not from it.
(Proverbs 22:6, YLTHB)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)

If your life would have guidance and strength to follow that guidance, then you will find that in the Word of God.
If you would have your marriage to be what it would be, what God would have it to be, then search the Scriptures daily.
If you would have your children to grow up and be anything but rebels, then teach them the Word of God.
If you would have financial success in business, then work and operate your business according to the Word of God. -- D. James Kennedy



Contents

Teaching
THE LOCAL CHURCH
Church History and the History of Local Churches
The Local Church and Counseling
Church Discipline
Small Groups and the Local Church
The Laity
Churches That Abuse
Church Leadership
Reform of the Church
Church History
Interpersonal Relations in the Local Church
The Church Universal
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
CHRISTIANITY IN THE WORKPLACE
LEADERSHIP
THE MILITARY
DIVORCE
Reconciliation of Marriage Partners
Avoiding Divorce
The Church and Divorce
Divorce
Children of Divorce
Rebuilding
Remarriage
Stepfamilies
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Chapter 7 (part 2)
Family Life, Education, Church, and Work



Teaching

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 8:12)

Nothing doeth take so much with anyone, as that which is known to come from love; the greater love is discerned in your instruction, the greater success may you expect. -- Richard Baxter

Adams, Jay E., Back to the Blackboard [30011]

Fennema, Jack, Nurturing Children in the Lord: A Study Guide for Teachers on Developing a Biblical Approach to Discipline (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1977). 70349
"Such a clear-cut and Biblical approach clearly demonstrates that parents along with teachers, and NOT secular psychology, can do an excellent job of discipline if they follow the guidelines of the Word of God. . . . This 1977 book has proven its worth." -- GCB

Fulbright, Robert G., New Dimension in Teaching Children (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1971). 70350
"This is a book designed to assist teachers in guiding their pupils into a real-life involvement with Jesus Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Gregory, John Milton, The Seven Laws of Teaching (Owatonna, MN: Pillsbury Press, 1976, 1886). 90202
"An unabridged reprint of the 1886 edition. Each principle of education is supported by Scripture, a factor alone that makes this edition an invaluable reference tool." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Jehle, Paul, Go Ye Therefore and Teach: Operation Manual for Christian Day School (Marlborough, NH: Plymouth Rock Foundation, 1982). 70352

See also: The teaching of the lord jesus christ, Home Schooling, Sexual relationship, Christian fiction (The Elsie Books by Martha Finley)

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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
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Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
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THE LOCAL CHURCH

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalms 118:24)

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. (Acts 5:38,39)

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. (1 Kings 8:10,11) (The cloudy pillar was the token of the presence of God, and its filling the sanctuary was a sign of his graciously accepting the temple. We cannot tell whether it was the dazzling brightness, or the deep, portentous darkness, which overwhelmed the minds of the priests, but assuredly it is a glorious thing to have the Lord so present in the midst of his people that all our works become as nothing, and we feel that no longe do we stand to minister, but the Lord himself is there.) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! (Psalm 84:1) (More delightful than tongue can tell are the assemblies for divine worship. They are lovely in prospect, lovely at the time, and lovely to the memory afterwards. Under heaven, no place is so heavenly as the church of the living God.) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. (Zephaniah verse 3:5)
Calvin's Commentary on the Book of Zephaniah verse 3:5
http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol29/htm/iv.iv.v.htm

And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:25)

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 8:12)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24,25)

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
-- Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:16)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:23-27)

I believe that there is on earth, through the whole wide world, no more than one holy, common, Christian church, which is nothing else than the congregation, or the assembly of the saints, i.e., the pious, believing men on earth, which is gathered, preserved, and ruled by the Holy Ghost, and daily increased by means of the sacraments and the Word of God. -- Martin Luther

"Jesus Only"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, April 3, 1870, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 924.
A sermon on the text "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." (Matthew 17:8)
"We, on the other hand say, blessing the name of the Lord that we can say it, that there abides with us our Lord Jesus. At this day He is with us, and will be with us even to the end of the world! Christ’s existence is not a fact confined to antiquity or to remote distance. By His Spirit He is actually in His Church. We have seen Him, though not with eyes. We have heard Him, though not with ears. We have grasped Him, though not with hands. And we feed upon His flesh, which is meat, indeed, and His blood, which is drink, indeed. We have with us at this very day Jesus our Friend, to Whom we make known our secrets, and who bears all our sorrows.
"We have Jesus our interpreting Instructor, who still reveals His secrets to us, and leads us into the mind and name of God. We have Jesus still with us to supply us with strength, and in His power we are still mighty. We confess His reigning Sovereignty in the Church, and we receive His all-sufficient succor. The Church is not decapitated, her Head abides in vital union with her—Jesus is no myth to us—whatever He may be to others. He is no departed shade, He is no heroic personification—in very deed there is a Christ, and though others see Him not, and even we with these eyes see Him not, yet in Him believing we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
"Oh, I trust it will never be so with us, that as we go about our life work our religion shall melt into fiction and become nothing but mere sentiment, nothing but thought, and dream, and vision. But may our religion be a matter of FACT, a walking with the living and abiding Savior. Though Moses may be gone, and Elijah may be gone, yet Jesus Christ abides with us and in us, and we in Him, and so shall it be forever more." p. 641
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor's dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty. Why?
We would suggest that the reason lies in its own character and content. It fails to make men God-centered in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be 'helpful' to man - to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction - and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was 'helpful', too - more so, indeed, than is the new - but (so to speak) incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach people to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.
From this change of interest has sprung a change of content, for the new gospel has in effect reformulated the biblical message in the supposed interests of 'helpfulness'. Accordingly, the themes of man's natural inability to believe, of God's free election being the ultimate cause of salvation, and of Christ dying specifically for his sheep are not preached. These doctrines, it would be said, are not 'helpful'; they would drive sinners to despair, by suggesting to them that it is not in their own power to be saved through Christ. (The possibility that such despair might be salutary is not considered: it is taken for granted that it cannot be, because it is so shattering to our self-esteem.) However this may be (and we shall say more about it later), the result of these omissions is that part of the biblical gospel is now preached as if it were the whole of that gospel; and a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. Thus, we appeal to men as if they all had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of his redeeming work as if he had make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing; we speak of God's love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust; and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence 'at the door of our hearts' for us to let them in.
It is undeniable that this is how we preach; perhaps this is what we really believe. But it needs to be said with emphasis that this set of twisted half-truths is something other than the biblical gospel. The Bible is against us when we preach in this way; and the fact that such preaching has become almost standard practice among us only shows how urgent it is that we should review this matter. To recover the old, authentic, biblical gospel, and to bring our preaching and practice back into line with it, is perhaps our most pressing present need. And it is at this point that Owen's treatise on redemption can give us help. -- J.I. Packer in the Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall! -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

"Ah, were their souls fully assured that God had loved them freely, and received them graciously, and justified them perfectly, and pardoned them absolutely, and would glorify them everlastingly, they could not but love where God loves, and own where God owns, and embrace where God embraces, and be one with every one that is one with Jesus." -- Thomas Brooks

One of the most important concepts in the history of Western thought is the concept of the corporation. Although in Rome some aspects of the idea existed, what we know as the corporation is a Biblical doctrine. A corporation is an entity which exists apart from the life of its members, is a legal person, and has a continuing existence. The word corporation, comes from a Latin word meaning body. A corporation is thus a corpus, a body, with a life of its own. . . .
The early church thus saw itself as a body, a corporation. It was more than the sum total of its members, moreover, because the church was and is created by Jesus Christ, and its essential existence is in Christ, not apart from Him. A church separated from Christ is no longer a church but a parody of a church. The church thus is not only a corporation, it is a supernatural body or corporation, because its Head and Ruler is the King of all creation. The church thus has an existence which transcends this earth and transcends time and death. -- R.J. Rushdoony

Brethren, if we are to win great victories we must have greater courage. Some of you hardly dare speak about the blood of Christ in any but the most godly company; and scarcely there. You are very retiring. You love yourselves too much to get into trouble through your religion. Surely you cannot be of that noble band that love not their own lives unto the death! Many dare not hold the old doctrine nowadays because they would be thought narrow and bigoted, and this would be too galling. They call us old fools. It is very likely we are; but we are not ashamed to be fools for Christ's sake, and the truth's sake. We believe in the blood of the Lamb, despite the discoveries of science. We shall never give up the doctrine of atoning sacrifice to please modern culture. What little reputation we have is as dear to us as another man's character is to him; but we will cheerfully let it go in this struggle for the central truth of revelation. It will be sweet to be forgotten and lost sight of, or to be vilified and abused, if the old faith in the substitutionary sacrifice can be kept alive. This much we are resolved on, we will be true to our convictions concerning the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus; for if we give up this, what is there left?
God will not do anything by us if we are false to the cross. He uses the men who spare not their reputations when these are called for in defence of truth. Oh to be at a white heat! Oh to flame with zeal for Jesus! O my brethren, hold you to the old faith, and say, "As for the respect of men, I can readily forfeit it; but as for the truth of God, that I can never give up." This is the day for men to be men; for, alas! the most are soft, molluscous creatures. Now we need backbones as well as heads. To believe the truth concerning the Lamb of God, and truly to believe it, this is the essential of an overcoming life. Oh for courage, constancy, fixedness, self-denial, willingness to be made nothing of for Christ! God give us to be faithful witnesses to the blood of the Lamb in the midst of this ungodly world! -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

One of the great twentieth century tragedies in the church is that so many, not lay members only, but ministers in particular, are satisfied to know so little. -- Gordon H. Clark

Whenever leaders (fathers, pastors, businessmen, elected officials) lose sight of the Gospel, then they lead us into hypocracy, Pharisaism, and legalism. -- Phil Smuland

The unity of the church, and the concord of believers, is necessary to its strength and safety; for Christ also strengtheneth as well as quickeneth them by suitable means. . . . But to see the churches of Christ with one heart and soul acknowledging their Maker and Redeemer, and singing his praise as with one voice, and living together in love and concord, as those that have one principle, on rule, one nature, one work, one interest, and one hope, and end, this is the truly beauteous symmetry, and delectable harmony. -- Richard Baxter

Some would take Christ if they might even be allowed to choose the time when he should be their all, if they might do it in the church or in private, but not in the world. But if you are his, you will choose Christ tonight, Christ tomorrow, Christ forever; Christ in the private room, and in the family; Christ in the shop, and in the market; Christ in the church and in the world; Christ when you are with the godly; Christ when with the ungodly and the profane; Christ in the hour of prosperity, Christ in the hour of adversity; Christ when the world smiles, and says, as it sometimes seems to do, that Christ is good; and Christ when the world frowns, and says that Christians are mad, and that Christ has a devil. You will take Christ with you to the humble cottage and to the lordly mansion; Christ among your poor and despised fellow-sinners; Christ with the nobles of the land; Christ in the drawing room -- I do not say Christ in the ball-room, for if you go there, you must leave Christ behind; I do not say Christ in the theatre, for you must get Satan to go with you there; but Christ in life, Christ in death, Christ in the day of judgement, and then -- ineffably glorious hope -- Christ to all eternity. - William C. Burns (1815-1868)

It is not possible to institutionalize Christianity.

"George Barna reviewed more than a dozen national surveys related to matters of faith conducted by the Barna Research Group during 2000 and devised three lists of faith-related survey results - particularly noteworthy insights. . ."
Surveys showed the following results:

"Barna is known for providing objective though not-always-flattering surveys regarding the Christian faith and the state of the church. Among his findings that have generated substantial interest or controversy in recent years are: children are the most important population segment to minister to because of their spiritual vulnerability; Protestant churches are generally ineffective vessels for evangelism and discipleship; most Protestant pastors are neither called to nor competent in leadership; less than one out of every ten born again adults possess a biblical worldview; every church engages in marketing, but few do it well; the mass media have the most dramatic effect on people's behavior and beliefs; house churches and other alternative forms of church life are growing rapidly; a growing group of spiritually devout people, known as Revolutionaries, is reshaping spiritual life in the U.S.; and most 'church growth' is simply the recycling of church-goers from one congregation to another."

And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:45)
The leading idea is, "Falsehood has laid such fast hold of, has taken such deep root in, your minds, -- you so firmly believe a lie, -- that truth, instead of being a recommendation to my statements, is the very thing which prevents you from receiving them." They had professed faith in him; but that was when they were in a mistake respecting his character. They had concluded that he was "the Messiah," understanding by that word a temporal deliverer. Viewing him in this false light, they were quite ready to be his followers; but no sooner had he told them the truth, that the liberty he came to bestow was a liberty of mind and heart, to be produced by the operation of his doctrine understood and believed, than they retracted their profession, -- they would not acknowledge him as the Messiah, -- they would not "continue in his word," -- they would not be "his disciples." Had he told them a lie, -- had he flattered their prejudices, -- had he promised to "restore the kingdom to Israel," in their sense of these terms, -- then they would have believed him, then they would have followed wherever he chose to lead. But because he told them the truth, that he was not a temporal deliverer, but a spiritual Saviour, -- "therefore," on that very ground, they disbelieved him, and were disposed not only to "go back, and walk no more with him," but even to wish and to plot his destruction. They thus showed that they not only had no appetite for truth, but a positive distaste for it, and proved their spiritual relationship to him who is a lair, who abides not in the truth, in whom there is no truth. So dangerous is it for the mind to get under the influence of error respecting the great fundamental principles of religion. It leads, in innumerable instances, to the mistaking of truth for falsehood, and falsehood for truth, -- and induces men to receive a doctrine for the very reason for which they out to reject it, and to reject a doctrine for the very reason for which they ought to receive it." -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858) (II:62)

Banks, Robert J. and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home (Hendrickson Publishers, January 1, 1998).
"In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
"THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
"Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assissted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordingateds the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, revised edition (Hendrickson Publishers, November 1, 1994).
"Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeole, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
"The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
"It is good news that Robert Banks's Paul's Idea of Community is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . [I]t is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Bannerman, James, Church of Christ: A Treatise on the Nature, Powers, Ordinances, Discipline, and Government of the Christian Church (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1869).
"Two large volumes. A classic on the Church and worship! This is one of the most extensive studies of its kind ever compiled. Nothing compares to it on this subject. Regarding these gems, Iain Murray has stated, `In our day, however greatly we need an evangelical revival, we need more than that. We need another Reformation, a movement which will go "to the root of the mischief" ' and bring back the visible church to the pattern of God's Word in her government, ordinances and ministry. The republication of Bannerman is a step in that direction... For those who wish to study the doctrine of the Church in its several aspects as it was held by the majority of the Reformers, Puritans, Covenanters and leaders of 'The Third Reformation,' it will prove an invaluable textbook." -- SWRB

Barna, George, Revolution Revolution (Tyndale House Publishers, February 2006).
We feel that Barna's polls and statistics are valuable in giving a picture of the current state of the local church. However, we see no evidence that separated and divided Christians will ever attain to the fullness of the true church united in one body. Our top priority should always be reform of the church. (See the chapters on "Corporate Faitfulness and Sanctification," The Westminster Confession of Faith (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide, and Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth.)
"Somehow, the other day, I happened to pick up a copy of George Barna's new book called REVOLUTION. For those of you who are unfamiliar, George Barna is the founder of Barna Research Group (now called The Barna Group), which was created more than two decades ago with the intent to help ministries facilitate strategic decision-making. Much of this was accomplished through detailed statistical research provided by the Group. Over the course of that 20 years the Barna research team interviewed nearly a half million people in the course of hundreds of research studies, provided seminar-based training to leaders from more than 50,000 churches, produced more than 60 books and syndicated reports, and developed a website that provided free information to hundreds of thousands of people every month. Barna became one of the most (if not the most) trusted resource for church-related statistical research in the United States and has often been hailed as 'the most quoted person in the Christian Church today!'
"But, as I found out reading this book, a drastic change occurred in George Barna's life (about 2003) as a result of his countless hours of researching the effects of organized religion; he realized that very little actual life transformation appeared to be occurring in churched believers all over the country. Even worse, he realized that his own efforts in research were being used by pastors mostly for the purpose of seeking statistical evidence to support their teaching. To his surprise, however, the same research Barna had been conducting over the years led him to a discovery of the fact that God was moving in mighty ways OUTSIDE the four walls of the Institutional Church! In fact, Barna was so impacted by what he observed in the lives of 'churchless' Christians all over the U.S. that it convinced him to give up what he had done for 20 years and refocus his attentions. He changed the name of his organization from the Barna Research Group to simply the Barna Group, downsized his organization from 100 employees to eight, moved out of their large office space into a compact area, sought to become more partnership based, and chose to raise the level of risk they were willing to take in new ventures, determining that it would be better to go broke in the pursuit of true life transformation than to remain financially safe but without any gain for the kingdom.
"All of that to say that George Barna no longer has interest to merely help grow the Institutional Church. His new passion is solely to see God's true Church, who are His very people (His body), walk into the fullness of what God intends for them without obstacles, without distractions, without religious strings attached - and to see them live life to the fullest in Christ and minister truth to a lost and dying world who desperately need Him. George was humbled to find that this is already happening without the aid of churches and formal religious organizations or 'official' leadership. In fact, one of the most impacting things he notes in his new book is that so many of these groups of believers who serve the Lord outside the Institutional Church System, even though they often have poor organization, lack of great numbers, meager financial resources, often weak human leadership and are sometimes ridiculed and despised by those in larger church organizations, yet they are often more effective (in terms of actual life transformation, relationship building, devotion to truth, and sincere Christian devotion); proving that it is GOD - not man - that is leading these believers. Barna now calls these Christians who no longer center their lives around religious organizations (i.e. churches) "Revolutionaries" and believes they (all 20 million of them and growing) are the real future of the manifested body of Christ on earth; in other words they represent those who have moved beyond the established church and chosen to BE the Church instead. Barna also humbly and joyously admits that he is now one of them as well.
"While many traditionalists argue today that, in order to grow properly in the Lord, you must attend a local church, Barna refutes this notion strongly with both Scripture and statistical example of how literally millions of believers today are finding a vibrant relationship with God (and fellowship with their brothers and sisters in Christ) outside the walls of organized religion (and the same are effecting change around them by their Christ-like influence); However, Barna does not make the argument simply about those 'in' churches and those 'outside' (as a sort of 'us versus them' attitude), rather he directs his writing to every true believer in Jesus Christ and focuses on the importance of becoming full disciples of Jesus (whether inside or outside the walls of some organization) and not to become distracted with anything that may remove our full attention from Him. Barna states in the book: 'In fact, there is no verse in Scripture that links the concepts of worshiping God and a "church meeting." The Bible does not tell us that worship must happen in a church sanctuary and therefore we must be actively associated with a local church. It simply tells us that we must worship God regularly and purely, in spirit and truth. Take particular note of the fact that Jesus dismissed the organized worship of His day as "a farce" and intimated that we ought not be so limited as to how and when we worship God (see Mark 7:7). When the Samaritan woman asked about worship practices and places, Jesus responded bluntly that, "The time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem... But the time is coming - indeed it is here now - when true worshipers with worship the Father in spirit and in truth" (John 4:21-23). He was highlighting the same foolish irrelevancies that traditionalists argue about today".
"The book also highlights trademarks of true Revolutionaries as Barna has observed and attempts to give suggestions as to how all of us, even (and especially) those believers who are still associated with or who lead traditional congregations, can make way for this current revolution and move of God's Spirit. While some may find the content of this book uncomfortable or even controversial, Barna speaks with grace but also fervor and excitement, presenting a strong, biblically-sound argument for what he has observed transpiring over the last two decades and encourages the reader to make their own educated observations. Finally, he challenges the reader to boldly face this crossroad and decide whether or not they will become a part of the revolution themselves (risking all to follow Christ without reserve). He presses the reader with the question as to whether or not they will embrace what God is doing or outright fight it and reject it altogether. Whether or not a Christian chooses to agree with Barna's observations of what he considers to be a magnificent move of God and the very future of the Lord's Church on earth as we know it, Barna believes that every Christian needs to be aware of 'the revolution' and confront their reaction to it head on.
"Anyone who has been familiar with the Barna Group (a.k.a. Barna Research Group) over the years knows that they are a trustworthy voice in the Church and have a firm grasp on the nationwide picture of organized religion and its effects on society and the body of Christ. We would do well to listen to what this brother in Christ, George Barna, has to say about what he has observed. "This is a remarkable book that will encourage and inspire believers (whether outside the institutional church program or even still within). It's a very easy read. The book also contains some statistics (as you'd expect from Barna Group) and proves to be a very informative, spiritually-motivating read. I highly recommend this book!
"In closing I would just like to say that this review is not necessarily intended to be a full on endorsement of everything George Barna may personally believe or engage in as it concerns every facet of his ministry. The truth is, I know very little at this point about all of that. Each person should exercise discernment and hold fast to the truth of God's Word as their gage in all things. I merely wish to encourage people to see that God is working in wonderful ways OUTSIDE the four walls, as He can in you... and if a man who spent more than 30 years of his life supporting the old system can humble himself, recognizing the hand of God in ways previously unfamiliar to him and risk everything to follow Christ, even if it costs him the success of his own well-established and financially-successful ministry, certainly so can we press on in Jesus without fear or worry for the things others may say about us and live to become Revolutionaries for the glory of our Lord. Ultimately, I hope all of us who know the Lord can agree that life as believers is ABOUT HIM and we ought never to allow ourselves to be distracted from a pure and true devotion to Jesus Christ.
"God bless you all!" -- Reader Comment

Barna, George, The Second Coming of The Church (Thomas Nelson, March 6, 2001).
Barna considers this his most important work.
"In this "blueprint for survival," Christian sociologist George Barna evaluates the moral and spiritual decline of society and the corresponding stagnation within the Church. Using hard data, Barna unveils the status quo and argues convincingly that the Church must re-invent itself or face virtual oblivion by the mid-21st century." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Barna, the George Gallup of the Christian church, opens this book with a rather dire prediction: 'within the next few years America will experience one of two outcomes: either massive spiritual renewal or total moral anarchy.' Most Christian churches, he argues in the first part of the book, are operating on models of authority, leadership and congregational structure that are more than 30 years old and fail to meet the needs of a changing culture. In Part II, Barna pulls out his demographic toolkit of surveys, interviews and polls to measure how contemporary culture is becoming more pluralistic and syncretistic. Part III explores 'a biblical perspective on what God expects of His church,' and Barna uses scripture to draw a portrait of the 'true church,' one grounded in a worldview that reflects God's priorities and principles. Finally, in Part IV, Barna suggests three steps for renewing the church so that it might spearhead an American spiritual renewal: caring for existing members so that they 'grow strong enough to reach others;' training future professional and lay leaders; and preparing new models of ministry service. Barna's book is recommended for anyone interested in the relationship between church and culture." -- Publishers Weekly

Barna, George, The State of the Church: 2002 (Ventura, Calif: Issachar Resources, 2002)
Lists Barna's complaints with today's local church.
"We're spending $50 to $60 billion a year on domestic ministry. Tell you what. You give the CEO of IBM $50 to $60 billion this year, and see what he can do."
"It bothers him deeply that the church is soft, and possesses no urgency to change. . . .
"Every day, the church is becoming more like the world it allegedly seeks to change."

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 [30937]
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Burgess, Anthony, The Reformation of the Church, To Be Endeavoured More Than That of the Commonwealth, 1645 (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"A 'Sermon preached before the Right Honourable House of Lords at the publicke Fast, August 27, 1645,' (notes the cover) during the days of the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. Can you image these words (which are just a small sample from the preface to the godly exhortation contained in this sermon) directed, by request of the civil magistrate, to the leaders of your nation? Burgess writes, 'It was my endeavour in this Sermon to excite your Lordships to a speedy and exact Reformation of the Church from all the corruptions that have defiled her, and herein to attend unto God's Word, as the only starre that will conduct unto Christ. None are too great to undertake so good a work. Gregory said of David dancing before the Ark, Magis miror Davidum saltantem, quam pugnantem, David is to be more admired in his religious worship of God, than in his courageous conquest and slaughter of the Philistines, or other enemies. Hence, Jer. 9:23,24. where glory in wisdome, riches and might is forbidden, there is a kinde of an holy pride allowed in the knowledge of the Lord. Let Heathens glory, that they are saluted by the Common-wealth, Patres Pariae; but let those Christians, whom God honoureth with dignity and place, delight to be nursing Fathers to the Church, by speaking comfortably unto those who teach the good knowledge of God; and by commanding the Levites to carry all the filthiness out of the Temple. Which that your Lordships may faithfully and zealously doe, is the prayer of Your Lordships humble Servant, Anthony Burgesse.' 28 pages." -- SWRB

*Gallup, George, Jr., and David Poling, The Search for America's Faith (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, c1980). 70354
"An epochal work that probes the attitudes and desires of youth, the family, different religious groups, the church; assesses the validity of religious experience; and explores prospects for the future. Points to the needs of the hour, and provides an analysis of the questions people are asking. Should be read by all in the ministry." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Harper, Norman E., Making Disciples: The Challenge of Christian Education at the End of the 20th Century (Memphis, TN: Christian Studies Center, 1981). 90204
"An important monograph calling believers back to the primary role of Christian education in the local church . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Hodge, Charles, Church and Its Polity (London, England: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1879). 70355
"A masterful presentation of the evangelical doctrine of ecclesiology. Not a part of the author's systematic theology. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Knowling, Richard J., The Testimony of St. Paul to Christ [10099]

*Knox, John, What To Do When There Is no Faithful Church in Your Area (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Formerly titled 'A Letter of Wholesome Counsel, Addressed to His Brethren in Scotland, 1556.' Given the lack of truly Reformed churches in many areas, this letter, full of practical advice, should be a welcome addition to the libraries of those seeking to remain ecclesiastically faithful to the Lord. As God continues to pour out his Spirit (by revealing the doctrines of grace, purity of worship, Presbyterian polity and discipline, Christian education of youth, family worship, the principles of courtship, covenanting [personal, ecclesiastical and national], separation from corrupt and idolatrous communions, male headship, adherence to the WCF and other faithful confessions, etc.), this letter will provide a useful bridge for those separated geographically from faithful fellowship, until new, duly constituted churches can be formed." -- SWRB

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther2.html

*Moore, John, and Ken Neff, The New Testament Blueprint for the Church [90214]

*Mudge, Lewis S., In His Service (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1959). 70358

Owen, John. A view of the nature, order, & communion of the churches of Christ, as exhibited in the New Testament: extracted from Dr. John Owen's treatise on evangelical churches. With an appendix on scripture presbytery. Edinburgh, 1797. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW420863300

Reed, Kevin, The Decline of American Presbyterianism (A Book Review of Gary North's CROSSED FINGERS: HOW THE LIBERALS CAPTURED THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/decline.htm
Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church, by Gary North
http://entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/html/gncf/table_of_contents.htm

Reisinger, John G. When Should a Christian Leave a Church: An Open Letter to Pastors and Elders (Sterling, VA: Grace Abounding Ministries, 1998)

Robbins, John W., Slavery Christianity: Paul's Letter to Philemon (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November 2005). ISBN: 189177173
"Slavery. Racism. Rebellion. Civil disobedience. The problems are as pressing today as they were 1900 years ago when the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a slave-owner, Philemon, about his runaway slave – and the runaway slave carried Paul’s letter back to his legal owner.
"What did the letter say? Did Paul -- does Christianity -- approve of slavery? Does Christianity condone slavery? Or does the Gospel abolish slavery and establish freedom wherever it is believed? Jesus said, If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
"Paul's letter to Philemon is a masterpiece of divinely inspired political philosophy. It provides the basis for the non-violent abolition of slavery wherever the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and believed.
"Dr. John W. Robbins holds the Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book is FREEDOM AND CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON CHRISTIAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Ryle, J.C., Warnings to the Churches (London, England: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
"Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
"What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
"It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
"We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
"Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
"False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
"It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
"Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
"A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith]is not plainly preached.
"Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
"An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.
The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
"Pharisees and Sadducees," J.C. Ryle
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

*Scheneman, Mark A., The Identification of Models of Ministry for Clergy and Congregations to Confront the Destructive Cults (The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1983). 70361
"This project undertook the task of identifying and suggesting models of ministry which clergy and congregations might find appropriate and helpful in dealing with destructive cults. . . . It was argued that destructive cults ought to be confronted on moral and procedural grounds, rather than for theological considerations." -- Dissertation Abstracts

*Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life [10586]

Adams, Jay E., A Call to Discernment [30005]

Alexander, Archibald, Thoughts on Religious Experience (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1978). 70365

Bainton, Roland H., The Church of Our Fathers [20867]

Bainton, Roland H., The Travail of Religious Liberty [90078]

Baker, Don, Beyond Rejection: The Church, Homosexuality and Hope [20824]

Barna, George, The Barna Report 1992-93: America Renews Its Search for God (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light [Regal]). 70368
"Barna's WHAT AMERICANS BELIEVE captures a snapshot of American Christianity in 1991. This totally-new election-year edition updates the picture! . . . Vital information is easy to grasp with key charts and graphs (more detailed tables appear in the appendix) and easy to apply practical action steps." -- CBD

*Barna, George, What Americans Believe: An Annual Survey of Values and Religious Views in the United States [90247]

Barrs, Jerram, Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following [70424]

Browin, Raymond K., Reach Out to Singles: A Challenge to Ministry [70003]

Bunyan, John, House of God (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications). 70371

Calvin, John, Calvin's Ecclesiastical [10918]

Cragg, Gerald Robertson, Puritanism in the Period of the Great Persecution, 1660-1668 [31163]

Davis, Clair, The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and Educational Reformation [30166]

Davis, Clair, The Church in the Modern Age: Kuyper and the Dutch Church [30167]

Davis, Clair, The Medieval Church: Authority [30170]

DeMar, Gary, Contrary to Popular Opinion: Fifteen Misconceptions That Render Christians Powerless (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers). 70381
"DeMar has authored many books, most of which are debunkers like this one. . . . If you want to respond to Christ's call to the church in today's world, you will find that you have to sweep away a host of worldly fables. Read this volume and get involved! . . . DeMar offers a penetrating analysis of `fifteen Biblical misconceptions that render Christians powerless.' He urges his readers to respond to the Bible's call for action. The book is neatly divided into five parts: the Christian and the Word, morality, politics, the Kingdom, and the future." -- Robert H. Duvall

Dorough, C. Dwight, The Bible Belt Mystique (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1974). 70382

Gallup, George, Jr., and Jim Castelli, The People's Religion: American Faith in the 90's (New York: Macmillan and London, England: Collier Macmillan, c1989). 70384
Includes bibliography.

Hoekstra, Harvey T., The World Council of Churches and the Demise of Evangelism [90470]

Knox, John, The Early Church and the Coming Great Church (New York, NY: Abingdon Press, 1955). 70387

*Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life [10926]

Lyon, David, The Steeple's Shadow: On the Myths and Realities of Secularization (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.). 70388
"Lyon argues that there is a fundamental fault in the sociology which predicts an inevitable withering away of the Church's influence in people's lives. Although secularization is an interesting concept for understanding the apparent decline and isolation of churches, it is misleading to assume that religion is dying." -- GCB

Nash, Ronald H., Social Justice and the Christian Church [90215]

Olson, Richard P., and Carole Della Pia-Terry, Ministry With Remarried Persons [70586]

Paul, James L. (editor), The Exceptional Child: A Guidebook for Churches and Community Agencies (New York, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1983). 70390

Sheldon, Joseph K., Rediscovery of Creation: A Bibliographical Study of the Church's Response to the Environmental Crisis (ATLA Bibliography Series, No. 29. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, 1992). 70393

Snyder, Howard A., Radical Renewal: The Problem of Wineskins Today
"This book is a revision of THE PROBLEM OF WINESKINS. THE PROBLEM OF WINESKINS: CHURCH STRUCTURE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL AGE was first published in 1975, and has been translated into eight languages. This current addition is an updating of the earlier book, with new material added. It shows how churches today can be as dynamic as the New Testament church. -- Howard A. Snyder, the author, hasnyder@uky.campuscwix.net
Howard Snyder was a directory of Light and Life Men International (Free Methodist) and was a speaker at Lausanne. Richard Halverson was impacted by this book.

Singer, C. Gregg, (Charles G. Singer) The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1975), 384 pages.
"This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
Freebooks online etext.
http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

Smith, Ruth S., Getting the Books Off the Shelves: Making the Most of Your Congregation's Library (New York, Hawthorn Books, 1975). 110068
"A most important publication that stresses the ways in which church libraries can extend their influence." -- Cyril J. Barber

Swinnock, George, 1627-1673, The Christian-mans calling, or, A treatise of making religion ones business wherein, the nature and necessity of it is discovered: as also, the Christian directed how he may perform it, in religious duties, natural actions, his particular vocation, his family directions, and his own recreations / by George Swinnock ..., 1662, EEBO.
Includes bibliographical references.

Robbins, John W. (editor), The Church Effeminate and Other Essays (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2001).
"A large collection (740 pages) of some of the best essays of the past five centuries on the structure, purpose, and function of the church and Christian worship." -- Publisher's Annotation

Ryle, J.C., Warnings to the Churches (London, England: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
"Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
"What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
"It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
"We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
"Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
"False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
"It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
"Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
"A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith]is not plainly preached.
"Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
"An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.
The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
"Pharisees and Sadducees," J.C. Ryle
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Paramuthion, or, A word of comfort for the church of God by Thomas Watson ..., 1662, EEBO.

Withrow, The Apostolic Church, Which Is It?
"One of the best handbooks for church government that has been written. It packs an enormous amount of information into a small book." -- George Knight
The Apostolic Church, Which Is It? Withrow
http://www.e4.net

See also: Corporate faithfullness and sanctification, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, The westminster confession of faith (the westminster standards) and related works: a study guide, Church government, Covenant theology and covenanting, House churches, Justification, Believer's position in christ and sonship, Christian history, Church and state, Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, Sexual relationship, Education, Family worship, Local church and biblical counseling, Priesthood of believers, Protestant reformation, Secret societies and unholy alliance, Small groups and the local church, Churches that abuse

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http://www.swrb.ab.ca/newslett/actualnls/decline.htm

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http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcindex.htm

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The Presbyterian & Reformed News was edited by Robert Shapiro and Frank J. Smith. Both men were among the original founders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Frank J. Smith announced in the final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004 (link below), that he will be leaving the PCA. He has joined with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, part of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998. This new denomination established "The Society of Presbyteries and Reformed Churches" and is engaged in merger talks with other Reformed denominations.
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOCIETY OF PRESBYTERIES AND REFORMED CHURCHES
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/CRPC--SPARC%20documents.pdf
Presbyterian & Reformed News
"Recording the Story of the Presbyterian Church in America."
The final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004
http://www.presbyteriannews.org/volumes/v10/1/pr38.pdf
Talks included the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery (Richard Bacon, Roberty La May).
The Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery
http://www.rpchanover.org
Mr. Smith had been examined and approved by the Hanover Presbytery.
It was reported in December 18, 2004 (http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org/minutes_12-18-04.htm) that the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC) declined to pursue merger talks with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery. The main issue was membership in Masonic Lodges, which is tolerated by the RPCUS, Hanover Presbytery.
Robert Shapiro wrote an articule entitled "Whither the PCA?". In it he sums up the corruption in the PCA. Over six pages expose problems with Doug Wilson's ministry. With Frank J. Smith's departure for reasons cited in the publication the late 2004 issue of the Presbyterian & Reformed News was the final issue. It is no longer published.
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcsheboygan/index.htm

Deed of Constitution for the REFORMED PRESBYTERY IN NORTH AMERICA (RPNA)
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformed-presbytery-RPNA.htm

The Ronald W. Taber Memorial Lectures 2005, "The Justification Controversy" (Collection 13. The Trinity Foundation Lecture Series).
"The Justification Controversy" is a five lecture series by John W. Robbins, including:

  1. The Doctrine of Revelation
  2. The Doctrine of Justification
  3. The Theology of N.T. Wright
  4. The Theology of Richard Gaffin and Norman Shepherd
  5. The Auburn Avenue Theology
http://www.trinitylectures.org/

The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church is "a new association of congregations that stand unequivocally for justification by faith alone."
"The ERPC is spearheaded by former members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church who believe that the testimony of that denomination has been compromised for the past 30 years by its toleration of the teaching of two different gospels, the Biblical Gospel of justification by faith alone, and the false gospel of justification by faith and works/faithfulness/obedience. [See Paul M. Elliott' book, CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM]
"If you or your congregation are looking for an association that unambiguously proclaims the doctrines of salvation by belief alone, grace alone, and Christ alone, please visit their website." -- John Robbins
"The Doctrinal Standards of the Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church, consisting of the American version of the Westminster Confession of Faith . . . adopted by the first American Presbyterian Assembly of 1789, including their proof texts." -- "Doctrinal Distinctives" at the ERPC website, http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html
Unfortunately these revisions removed Christian Magistracy from the Confession (WCF 1649), essentially emasculated Christianity, and set aside Christ's Crown and Covenant. Conveniently this removed churchmen and laymen from the battlefront of standing for Christ's Crown and Covenant.
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (ERPC)
http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html See "A Theological Interpretation of American History" http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

The Trinity Foundation Church Registry and Clearinghouse
"By publishing this church registry we hope to offer some modest help to both individual Christians looking for an acceptable place to worship, and to congregations seeking Christians for mutual edification and to evangelize their communities. We do not guarantee that everyone will be satisfied with every church in this Registry; the user is always under the obligation to compare what is taught by these churches with Scripture." http://www.trinityfoundation.org/churchregmain.php

The Distinguishing Marks of False Teachers, Thomas Brooks
http://www.graceonlinelibrary.org/revival/full.asp?ID=397

Barna Research
http://www.barna.org/

The Free Church of Scotland
http://www.freechurch.org/

Free Presbyterian Church
http://www.freepres.org/main.asp

Covenant United Reformed Church
Includes links to extensive resources.
http://www.covenant-urc.org/Default.htm

The Sovereign Grace Home Page
Home page of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Dale City, Virginia, Pastor Robert Gifford Senior Pastor.
http://members.cox.net/jroden/homepage.html

Successful Church Libraries, Elmer L. Towns and Cyril J. Barber
This is a link to free online e-text of this title. http://www.elmertowns.com/books/online/sccss_ch_lib/Successful_Church_Libraries[ETowns].pdf



Church History and the History of Local Churches

Anonymous, History of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland (1893-1970)

Brown, John. A compendious history of the British churches in England, Scotland, Ireland, and America. By John Brown. Volume I. Vol. 1. [Glasgow ], [1784]. 2 vols. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322220150

Brown, John. A compendious history of the British churches in England, Scotland, Ireland, and America. By John Brown. Volume II. Vol. 2. [Glasgow ], [1784]. 2 vols. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322220492

Carson, David M., A History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in America to 1871 (Philadelphia: [s.n.], 1964).
Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries, Microfilm 1170

Carson, David M., Pro Christo Et Patria: A History of Geneva College (Donning Co Pub).

Climpson, Roger, Lance Lambert, and Hugh Kitson, Jerusalem, the Covenant City (Hatikvah Film Foundation; Gateway Films; Vision Video, January 12, 2004), DVD-Video.
"See where Jesus of Nazareth lived and preached a message that reached out across eternity, radiating from the Sea of Galilee and its fertile mountains to parched southern deserts, from the rolling hills of Samaria to the sacred slopes of Jerusalem. Experience the wonder of a visit to the sites that to this day bear witness to Jesus’ life and work. Learn how the entire sweep of biblical history points to the future of this glorious land, from the days of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs to the reign of Israel’s Kings, the era of Roman and Byzantine rule, the Crusader Kingdom and right up to modern times." -- Publisher's Annotation
"If you ever wanted to experience the Holy Land of Israel - the land of Jesus Christ and the prophets, sitting at your home, you couldn't have asked for a better DVD. I have seen many DVDs on the Holy Land, but this one really ranks as the best. Capturing the essence of the Holy Land, this spectacular DVD makes the sights and sounds of the Holy Land come alive. Exciting and informative, it carries you on a journey back in time and retraces from the beginning to Jesus and up until today, many of the important places and events in the Bible. There are locations of Old Testament like Beer Sheba, Hebron, Egypt, Jericho, Mt. Carmel, Jaffa, Ashkelon - to name a few. The tombs of Patriarchs and Matriarchs of Old Testament are also shown in the DVD. A major portion of the DVD has been devoted to the places of New Testament. The documentary exhibits many churches erected throughout the Holy Land marking special events described in the New Testament which attract millions of pilgrims all over the world. One can stand in faith to witness the star of Bethlehem (the traditional place where Jesus is said to have been born) in the holy cave beneath the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem. One can stand in awe and set his eyes on the streets of Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus followed carrying His cross and the Calvary where Jesus was crucified. One can stand up and praise the Lord while looking upon at the empty tomb of Jesus. There are many important places shown (like Lazarus's tomb, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, the room of Lord Supper etc.) connected with the life of Jesus that I think every Christian must be a witness to. The documentary not only ends after Jesus but also goes further on to describe the important events happened in the history of Holy Land right up to the freedom of the state of Israel in 1948. At this time, I am reminded of the famous reply Philip gave to Nathanael in John 1:46 when the latter asked him whether any good thing could come out of Nazareth. Philip simply replied "Come and see". Well friends, this DVD is definitely worth seeing. Buy this title and share it with everybody. I certainly hope that this DVD will prove to be as much a blessing to you as it has been to me!!!
"PS - To experience the Holy Land of Israel with all its majestic landscape in a hardcover, I strongly recommend the beautiful book IMAGES OF THE HOLY LAND by the Israeli photographer Hanan Isachar (ISBN: 9652800856). Further, if you are genuinely interested to know about amazing discoveries on Noah's Ark, Real Mount Sinai, Red Sea Crossing Site, Sodom and Gomorrah and Ark of the Covenant, I strongly recommend that you go to the website of Wyatt Musuem which has all these discoveries covered on DVDs." -- Reader's Comment

Davies, Samuel. An account of a remarkable work of grace, or the great success of the gospel in Virginia. In a letter from the Rev. Mr. Davis ... to the Rev. Mr. Bellamy. ... With an account of the state of religion in several parts of North-America, from 1743 to June 1751. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322842095

Davies, Samuel. Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies, &c. shewing the state of religion in Virginia, particularly among the negroes. Likewise an extract of a letter from a gentleman in London to his friend in the country, containing some observations on the same. The second edition London, 1757. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322972047

Davies, Samuel. The state of religion among the Protestant dissenters in Virginia; in a letter to the Rev. Mr. Joseph Bellamy, of Bethlem, in New-England: from the Reverend Mr. Samuel Davies, V.D.M. in Hanover County, Virginia. [Two lines from Proverbs]. Boston: N.E., MDCCLI. [1751]. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321738237

*Craighead, James Geddes (1832-1895), Scotch and Irish seeds in American soil the early history of the Scotch and Irish churches, and their relations to the Presbyterian church of America (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1878). ATLA 1988-0622, ISBN: 0790546221 (microfiche), OCLC: 22138740.

*Craighead, James Geddes (1832-1895), The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658-1876, 1st edition (Philadelphia, PA: Printed for the descendants by Sherman and Co., Printers, 1876), first edition.
Relates "the life and times of hundreds of Craigheads and their friends. . . ." -- Reader Comment

*Cuthbertson, John, Register of Marriages and Baptisms Performed by Rev. John Cuthbertson, Covenanter Minister 1751-1791

Foote, William Henry, Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical, Second Series (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications, 2007, 1856).
"This volume contains much valuable information regarding early Presbyterian families in the State, biographical sketches of early Presbyterian ministers, and the founding of a number of churches and educational institutions in the State. It also includes a detailed treatment of the Presbyterian efforts toward a separation of church and state in the newly formed State of Virginia. The author, Dr. Foote, was a man of clear and strong convictions. His views of divine truth were early formed. The doctrines of Grace announced in the trial sermon before Presbytery, were repeated fifty years afterwards from the same text (Eph. 2:8) as his last sermon. As a missionary and pastor he was never deterred by difficulties or dangers from the discharge of duty. As a scholar, he was accurate and well informed; as a writer, easy and copious, delighting in the use of his pen. Dr. Morton Smith, Professor of Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has written an introduction for the new reprint. A rather exhaustive index has also been appended and will be helpful to the average reader and researcher. Our plans are to reprint Series one of the SKETCHES in the future. (629 pages hardbound)

*McCeachy, Neill Roderick, A History of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church (1954).
One of two churches, Sugaw Creek (later Sugar Creek) and Rocky River, pastored by Alexander Craighead in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

North, Gary, Foundations of Christian Scholarship (Ross House Books, September 2000), 372 pages.
Of particular interest in this collection of papers are the following:
"PART ONE - EPISTEMOLOGICAL CRITICISM
Chapter 1 - The Epistemological Crisis of American Universities - by Gary North
Chapter 2 - The Quest for Common Ground - by Rousas Rushdoony
PART TWO - ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES
Chapter 3 - Psychology - by Rousas Rushdoony
Chapter 4 - History - by C. Gregg Singer [Dr. Singer addresses "The Problem of Historical Interpretation" -- SK]
Chapter 5 - Economics - by Gary North
Chapter 6 - Education - by William Blake
Chapter 7 - Political Science - by Lawrence Pratt
Chapter 8 - Sociology - by Gary North
Chapter 9 - Mathematics - by Vern Poythress

*Robinson, William J., A History of Windy Cove Presbyterian Church, Millboro Springs, Virginia, 1749-1976 (Verona, VA: McClure Printing Co., Inc., 1976).

Rouse, J.K., Some Interesting Colonial Churches in North Carolina, 1961.

Singer, C. Gregg, Christian Approaches: To Philosophy; To History (Coronation Series. Craig Press, 1978).

Singer, C. Gregg, Christian Approaches: To Philosophy; To History (Coronation Series. Craig Press, 1978).

Singer, C. Gregg, Theological Interpretation of American History, revised edition (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1981).
This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
"The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher's Annotation
"There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
"This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
"Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
"The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290

*Singer, C. Gregg, (Charles G. Singer) The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1975), 384 pages.
"This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
Freebooks online etext.
http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

*Spence, Thomas Hugh, Jr., The Presbyterian Church at Rocky River (1954)
One of Alexander Criaghead's churches in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Van Devanter, J.N., History of the Augusta Church From 1737 to 1900 (Staunton, VA: The Ross Printing Co., 1900).

Waddell, Joseph, Annals of Augusta County, Virginia.

Wilson, Howard McKnight, The Lexington Presbytery Heritage

Wilson, Howard McKnight, The Tinkling Spring: Headwater of Freedom. A story of the church and her people, 1732-1952 (Fishersville, VA: The Tinkling Spring and Hermitage Presbyterian Churches, 1954).

See also: God's sovereign hand in history, History, "his-story," Church history, The history of reformation, A theological interpretation of american history, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, Revisionist history

Related WebLinks

"John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly" (tape 3 of 5 in a series of addresses "History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology") by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250

Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

The Reformation in England 1 of 2 (the Providential Historical Preparation for the Westminster Assembly)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607144153

The Reformation in England 2 of 2 (and America)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=126071623510

Church History

Church History #01: Introduction
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 67 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504162722

Church History #02: The Early Church #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 38 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504162840

Church History #03: The Early Church #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 62 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163046

Church History #04: The Early Church #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 53 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163142

Church History #05: The Early Church #4
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 69 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163311

Church History #06: The Early Church #5
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163442

Church History #07: Doctrinal Advances in the 4th Century #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 82 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163559

Church History #08: Doctrinal Advances in the 4th Century #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416374

Church History #09: Augustine #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504163949

Church History #10: Augustine #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164048

Church History #11: Augustine #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 51 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164152

Church History #12: Pelagius and his Theology
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 57 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164318

Church History #13: Anselm of Canterbury
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 51 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164440

Church History #14: Development of the Sacramental System #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 61 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164541

Church History #15: Development of the Sacramental System #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 55 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164645

Church History #16: Development of the Sacramental System #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 28 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504164921

Church History #17: Thomas Aquinas #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 60 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165023

Church History #18: Thomas Aquinas #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 84 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165114

Church History #19: Thomas Aquinas #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416526

Church History #20: The Renaissance #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 52 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165259

Church History #21: The Renaissance #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 56 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165351

Church History #22: Causes of the Reformation #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 77 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165444

Church History #23: Causes of the Reformation #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 66 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165545

Church History #24: Martin Luther's Early Days
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 75 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165712

Church History #25: Martin Luther the Emerging Reformer
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 39 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=41504165818

Church History #26: Martin Luther the Reformer
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 77 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150416597

Church History #27: Martin Luther and Zwingli
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 34 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417010

Church History #28: John Calvin
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 76 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417057

Church History #29: John Calvin and the Church #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=415041727

Church History #30: John Calvin and the Church #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 67 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417258

Church History #31: The Reformation in England
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417415

Church History #32: The Reformation in England and America
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 87 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417519

Results of the Reformation
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 46 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372228

Applications of American History
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 49 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037113


Presbyterian History

The Reformation in England 1 of 2 (The Providential Historical Preparation for the Westminster Assembly), Hebrews 11:2; Ephesians 4:11
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 44 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607144153

The Reformation in England 2 of 2 (And America)
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 76 min., Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 19:13
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=126071623510

John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly 1/3 (History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology)
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 52 min., Acts 1:11; Romans 13, Still Waters Revival Books
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=124071413102

John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly 2/3 (History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology)
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 46 min., Hebrews 11:39; 1 Peter 2:13-14
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250

John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly 3/3 (History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology)
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 53 min., Daniel 4:35; Acts 13:17
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250

The Westminster Assembly
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 50 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371617


Great Movements in Presbyterian History

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=12160371437

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History, 34 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371538

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #3: The Westminster Assembly
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=12160371617

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #4: Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=1216037179

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #5: Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School - New School
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=1216037188

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #6: Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=12160371916

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #7: The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=12160372014

Great Moments in Presbyterian History #8: What the Bible Has to Say About the Nature of Government
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=12160372131


History of the American Presbyterian Church

History of the American Presbyterian Church #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 40 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1270518534

History of the American Presbyterian Church #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 52 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=127051872

Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 49 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

The Religious and Theological Causes of Secession
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 75 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181136

Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School - New School
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 34 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037188

Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 42 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371916

The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 47 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372014


The topical listing for "A Theological Interpretation of American History"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

Evangelism in the Early Church

#01: Background of Evangelism and Revival in the Early Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8250375346

#02: Reformation as the Great Period of Revivalism and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=910393243

#03: Revivals in Colonial America - Background - Early 1800 Revivals
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91039346

#04: Revivals in the 19th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039332

#05: Presbyterian Revivals and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039345


Evangelism in the Early Church

#01: Background of Evangelism and Revival in the Early Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8250375346

#02: Reformation as the Great Period of Revivalism and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=910393243

#03: Revivals in Colonial America - Background - Early 1800 Revivals
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91039346

#04: Revivals in the 19th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039332

#05: Presbyterian Revivals and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039345


Evangelism in the Early Church

#01: Background of Evangelism and Revival in the Early Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8250375346

#02: Reformation as the Great Period of Revivalism and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=910393243

#03: Revivals in Colonial America - Background - Early 1800 Revivals
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91039346

#04: Revivals in the 19th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039332

#05: Presbyterian Revivals and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039345


Evangelism in the Early Church

#01: Background of Evangelism and Revival in the Early Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8250375346

#02: Reformation as the Great Period of Revivalism and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=910393243

#03: Revivals in Colonial America - Background - Early 1800 Revivals
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91039346

#04: Revivals in the 19th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039332

#05: Presbyterian Revivals and Evangelism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Evangelism/Revivals
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=98039345


History of Revivalism

#01: The Biblical Basis for Revival in the Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 65 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037126

#02: Evangelism in the Early Church #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037244

#03: Evangelism in the Early Church #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 74 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037348

#04: Evangelism in the Early Church #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037438

#05: Evangelism in the Early Church #4
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037520

#06: Evangelism in the Early Church #5
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 50 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037153

#07: Evangelism in the First Four Centuries
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 86 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037169

#08: Impact of the Ancient Church on the World and the World on the Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037177

#09: Summary of Evangelism in the Church from AD 500 to AD 1500 #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 63 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170371946

#10: Summary of Evangelism in the Church from AD 500 to AD 1500 #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 49 min
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372131.

#11: The Greatest Revival: The Reformation
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 69 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372251

#12: Revivalism in the New World
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372351

Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 49 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

#13: Revivalism in the New World: Edwards and Whitefield
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 45 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372911

#14: Revivalism in the New World: Moving West
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 51 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160373036


Pedigree of: Alexander Craighead, 1705/6-1766
http://www.concentric.net/~pvb/GEN/ac.html

Early New World Covenanters
http://members.aol.com/skettler/cradle.html



The Local Church and Counseling

Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, CONFRONTING the Biblical Counseling Foundation's Self-Confrontation Manual. A PsychoHeresy Awareness Position Paper (PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries 4137 Primavera Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110).
"While we no longer recommend any manuals or training programs for biblical counseling, we would issue the following recommendations for changing the manual and for restraints if the BCF manual is to be used at all."
http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/images/bcfpaper.pdf

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course I: The Self-Confrontation Syllabus for Biblical Counseling Training and Course I: Self-Confrontation Tapes [20036]
Biblical Counseling Foundation
http://www.bcfministries.org/About%20BCF/about%20bcf.html

*Broger, John C. (developer/editor), Course II: Nouthetic Counseling Study Guide and Course II: Self-Confrontation Tapes [20037]

Kyle, William H. (editor), Healing Through Counseling: A Christian Counseling Center (London, England: Epworth Press, 1964). 70397
Consists largely of lectures originally given as part of the training program at the Counseling Center, Highgate Methodist Church. Includes bibliographical footnotes and bibliography.

Franklin, Godfrey, The nature and perceived adequacy of the preparation for counseling of selected Presbyterian and Reformed Church ministers in the United States 1991 (1983 Ph.D. dissertation, University of Alabama.)

Richardson, W., Pastoral Counseling in the Urban Church [30370]

Strom, Kay M., Helping Women in Crisis: A Handbook for People Helpers [40220A]

See also: Training in Biblical Counseling, Biblical Counseling by Subject, Family life, education, church and work, Christian fiction (The Elsie Books by Martha Finley)

Related WebLinks

Nouthetic Counseling Home Page -- Competent to Counsel
http://www.lifeisworship.com/nanc/index.htm

The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors Tape Library
http://www.kyrios.com/soundword/nanc.html

National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC)
5526 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, IN 47905

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation
http://www.ccef.org/
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
1803 East Willow Grove Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038
Telephone: 215.884.7676

Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West)
http://www.ibcd.org/

Sound Word Associates Library of Biblical Counselors
http://www.soundword.com/ccon.html

Westminster Theological Seminary Bookstore
http://www.wts.edu/bookstore/

Timeless Texts (Biblical Counseling books)
http://www.timelesstexts.com/booklist.htm

Stephen Ministries
http://www.stephenministries.org/



Church Discipline

Church discipline has three purposes: the glory of God, the purity of the church, and the restoration of the sinner (Institutes IV:12:1-7). . . . He [Calvin] was firmly convinced that where there is no discipline, there is no church. He writes, "The collapse of the church would surely follow unless the preaching of doctrine was supported by private admonitions, corrections, and other aids of the sort that sustain doctrine and do not let it remain idle" Institutes IV:12:1). -- W. Gary Crampton

"You would count him unworthy the name of a friend who, knowing a thief or an incendiary to lurk in your family with a design to kill, or rob, or burn your house, would conceal it from you, and not acquaint you with it in his own accord. There is no such thief, murderer, incendiary, as sin. . . . Silence or concealment in this case is treachery. He is the most faithful friend, and worthy of most esteem and affection, that deals most plainly with us in reference to the discovery of our sin. He that is reserved in this case is but a false friend, a mere pretender to love, whereas, indeed, he hates his brother in his heart." (Leviticus 19:17) -- David Clarkson

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline [30023]

Adams, Jay E., Fear of Death; Church Discipline; Being in the Hospital [30033]

Adams, Jay E., Handbook of Church Discipline [30039]

Buzzard, Lynn R., and Thomas Brandon, Jr., Church Discipline and the Courts (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers). 70401
"Legal concepts are explained in laymen's terms as well as the Biblical perspective of church discipline. This book deals with the increasing problem of lawsuits against churches and includes a set of legal guidelines for churches. Also includes suggested sample forms for church discipline." -- GCB

*DURHAM, JAMES, 1622-1658, Concerning Scandal, (Dallas, TX: Naphtali Press, c1990, 1680), Still Waters Revival Books 1659 edition, Additional Titles: The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland: Or, A Treatise Concerning Scandal, 1740 edition, EEBO. [30983]
"The Rise Of The Following Treatise
"Having had occasion to consider the Book of the Revelation, and being on the Epistle to the Church of Pergamos in the second chapter, ground was given to speak something of Scandal, by reason of several doctrines clearly arising from that place. Upon this occasion I did first essay the writing of something of the doctrine of scandal in general, intending only to have spent a sheet or two thereupon, as elsewhere on some other subjects. When this was brought to a close, I found the place to give ground to speak of public church offenses, as they are the object of church discipline and censures. And being convinced, that that subject was not impertinent to be spoken of, I yielded to spend some thoughts upon it also, which did draw to a greater length than at first was intended or was suitable for a digression. This being finished, as it is, and any more thoughts of this subject laid by, it occurred again to me to think of doctrinal scandals or of scandalous errors. And considering that the scandals mentioned in that place, are of such nature, and that such are very frequent in this time, I yielded also to put together what thoughts the Lord would furnish concerning the same, whereupon followed the third part of this treatise.
"When this was even at the closing, there was a fourth part of the same subject that did occur to me to be thought on, which before that had never been minded, and that was concerning scandalous church divisions. To this my mind and inclination was exceedingly averse at first, as knowing it not only to be difficult in itself to be meddled in, but also exceedingly above me, who am altogether unsuitable to hazard on such a subject. Yet considering the rise of the motion, and how the Lord had helped through the other parts, I did resolve to condescend to follow it, at least so far till it might appear what was his mind to me therein, and accordingly did follow it till it came to the period (whatever it be) that now it is at.
"This is the true rise and occasion of this treatise, and of the several parts thereof, and therefore I have continued its entry in the original mold thereof, to wit, in laying down some general doctrines from that place of Scripture, and if there is afterward any more particular relation to the second and third chapters of the Revelation than to other Scriptures, this simple narration of the rise thereof may satisfy any concerning the same. Whereof we shall say no more, but first lay down grounds of all from that text, and then proceed in the treatise, which is divided in four parts, upon the reasons formerly hinted."
"The Grounds Of This Treatise
"Among other things that troubled the church in the primitive times, scandal, or offense, was a chief one. The many directions that are given concerning it, and the reproofs that are of it, show that it is a main piece of a Christian's conversation to walk rightly in reference thereto, and a great evidence of looseness where it is not heeded. On verse 6 [Rev. 2], we show that this was a sole fault of the Nicolaitans to be careless of offending, or of giving of offense, and not to regard scandal; and here the Lord holds it forth to be so by comparing it with Balaam's practice (v. 14), which is aggreaged from this, that he taught Balak to lay a stumbling block before Israel. From which these doctrines may be gathered:
1. That there is such a fault incident to men in their carriage, even to lay stumbling-blocks before others and to offend them.
2. That men ought to walk so as not to offend others, or so as to lay no stumbling-block before them. So that it is not enough not to stumble themselves (if this could be separated from the other), but also they ought to be careful not to stumble others.
3. The Lord takes special notice how men do walk in reference to others in this, and is highly provoked where he sees any guilty of it.
4. The Devil has ever endeavored to have offenses abounding in the church, and to make some lay such stumbling-blocks before others.
5. It is most hurtful to the church, and destructive to souls where offenses abound, and men walk not tenderly in reference to these; so that the Lord expresses it with a twofold woe (Matt. 18), as being a woe beyond sword and pestilence.
6. We may gather that corrupt doctrine never [lacks] offenses joined with it, and that ordinarily those who spread that, are untender in this.
7. That offenses often accompany the rise and beginning of any work of Christ's among a people; these tares of offenses are ordinarily then sown.
8. That some offenses are of a public nature, and that church officers should take notice of such, and that it is offensive to Christ when they are overlooked and not taken heed unto.
9. Church officers, even such as other ways are approved in their carriage and ministry, may fall in this fault, as by comparing the Epistles to Pergamos and Thyatira, is clear.
10. When officers fall in this fault, it is yet no reprovable thing in members that are pure in respect of their own personal carriage, to continue in communion with such a church, the ordinances other ways being pure." -- Author's Introduction
"In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace.
"James Durham's work on scandal and offense is the first of several books Naphtali Press plans to publish by 17th century Scottish Presbyterians. Many of the works of this group of writers are classic statements on the subjects they treat. This book of Durham's is such a work.
"John Macleod (SCOTTISH THEOLOGY) says, `His book on the Scandal of Church divisions has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on its topic.' John Macpherson (DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IN SCOTTISH THEOLOGY) says, `Taken all in all it is the very best book we have on the subject.' According to James Walker (THE THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS OF SCOTLAND): `He is the author of a book which once was very famous. For a hundred years and more you find it constantly referred to. Unhappily, as in so many other instances, it has a forbidding, or at all events not an attractive name. Yet I am not sure that anywhere a better idea is to be obtained of our old ecclesiasticism, and of its freedom to a large extent from the severity and rancorousness which have been so often attributed to it, than from the book `On Scandal,' by this judicious man, who, with his thorough, searching, cumbrous intellect, reminds you not seldom of John Owen.'
"The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with scandal and offense in general, where he defines these terms, and discusses private offenses between individuals, and how they are given and taken. In the second part he writes concerning public scandals, or such that need to be in some way taken notice of by the government of the church, and the various scriptural teachings on the order, implementation, and motive of church discipline. The third is about scandalous errors; the spreading of error, why it spreads, the Lord's design in it, Satan's devices in spreading error, and the duties of Christians in a time when error prevails. Of particular interest is a lengthy treatment of the minister's duty toward those seduced to error, where the four steps of discovery (or trial), conviction, admonition and rejection of an heretic are discussed. The last part concerns scandalous divisions in the church, how they arise, the evil of them, grounds for unity, things to overlook in order to unite, things to do in order to unite, and how to unify where the division concerns differences in church government.
"Excerpted from The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland, or, A Treatise Concerning Scandal by James Durham. Copyright. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved." Publisher's Annotation
"This book ought to be required reading in seminaries and, indeed, for all who would serve as elders in Christ's church. It will repay careful study and breathe grace into our handling of the disciplinary problems that often confront us. Sessions will find real blessing if they study together Part Two [public scandals], especially." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, vol. 2 No 3
"The appearance of a new and handsomely reset edition of James Durham's classic and unique work on ecclesiastical discipline is a timely and welcome event in these days of laxity in doctrine and morality within the church. The author was a Covenanter who ministered in the Church of Scotland during the Cromwellian interregnum. Possessed of a fragrant saintliness and an irenic spirit, he completed this volume on his deathbed, at age 36, under the title, 'The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland.' Durham grieved over the divisions that racked the Christian community of his time and was concerned that church discipline not be abused either by flagrant neglect or excessive rigor. The weighty scriptural balance he brings to his subject is unequalled." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, vol. 2 No 3
"The book is divided into four parts -- Part One: Concerning Scandals in General -- dealing with offences between individual Christians. Part Two -- Concerning Public Scandals -- dealing with church discipline. Part Three: Concerning Doctrinal Scandals -- dealing with the spread of error in the church. Part Four: Concerning Scandalous Divisions -- dealing with divisions between godly men occasioned by such things as different outlooks and practices. The editor has spared no effort to make this old classic readable and useful." -- Austin R. Walker, Banner of Truth, Issue 337
"In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace. This edition is based on the text of the edition printed in 1680, with revisions to contemporize the spelling, punctuation, and usage. This book has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on this topic." -- GCB. A Christian classic.

Concerning Scandal (extracts)
http://www.naphtali.com/scanextr.htm

Pinnock, W., Confronting a Wayward Brother (Galatians 2:11-21) [30363]

Wray, Daniel, Biblical Church Discipline (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 70404

See also: Justice and goodness, Justification, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Church government, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/thatachristianassembly.htm



Small Groups and the Local Church

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17,18)

And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:10a)

Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, revised edition (Hendrickson Publishers, November 1, 1994).
"Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeole, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
"The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
"It is good news that Robert Banks's Paul's Idea of Community is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . [I]t is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher's Annotation

Bridges, Jerry, The Crisis of Caring: Recovering the Meaning of True Fellowship [10811]

Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship (Leader's Guide) [10815A]

Davis, Clair, Christ and Community: Christian Community and/or the Church [30161]

Davis, Clair, History of Small Groups in Reformed Churches [30164]

Dibbert, Michael T., and Frank B. Wichern, Growth Groups [10840]

Evans, Louis H., Jr., Covenant to Care [10817]

Lieberman, Morton A., et al., Self-Help Groups for Coping With Crisis [10845]

*Miller, C. John "Jack," and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988). 10548
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

See also: Prayer, Prayer Groups, Jesus on Prayer, Intercessory Prayer, Evangelistic Praying, Christian Fellowship, Sexual relationship, Small Groups, House Churches, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources, Small Group Leadership Helps



The Laity

Never let the work of the Lord cause you to neglect the Lord of the work.

*Bucy, Ralph D. (editor), The New Laity Between the Church and The World [90192]

Lindgren, Alvin J., and Norman Shawchuk, Let My People Go: Empowering Laity for Ministry (New York, NY: Abingdon Press, 1980). 70411
"Well reasoned and on target, this discussion of the potential of laypeople comes like a breath of fresh air to those engaged in ministry. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House). 70412
"Takes a look at the structure of the church, what the church is doing, and what it needs to do. Offers ideas on how to reform the church for the future." -- GCB

Rutz, James H., The Open Church: How to Bring Back the Exciting Life of the First Century Church [10583]

Sine, Tom, The Mustard Seed Conspiracy (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1981). 70413
"Raises the church's collective vision to see that He wants to use `insignificant people' to institute His righteousness through the world." -- Mark O. Hatfield

Tillapaugh, Frank R., Unleashing the Church (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1985). 70417

See also: The Priesthood of Believers, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, Small Groups, Sexual relationship, Works Considered to be among the ten greatest in the English language, Churches that abuse, A selection of works on pseudo-Christian movements



Churches That Abuse

"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." -- Jesus Christ (John 10:10)

Pretend no truth against the power and practice of godliness. For this also is its proper end; if it be not truth that is according to godliness, it is no truth worthy our seeking or contending for. And if it be contrary to godliness in itself, it is no truth at all; therefore if it be used against godliness, it is used contrary to the ends of truth. Those men that suppress or hinder the means of knowledge, and holiness, and concord, and edification, under pretense of securing, defending, or propagating the orthodox belief, will find one day, that God will give them as little thanks for their blind, preposterous zeal for truth, as a tender father would do to a physician, that killed his children because they distasted or spit out his medicines.. It is usually a pitiful defense of truth that is made by the enemies of godliness. -- Richard Baxter

False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. -- J.C. Ryle

*Alderson, Richard, No Holiness, No Heaven! Antinomianism Today (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). D1050
"This book was written out of a concern at some trends in current Christian teaching and practice, especially the inroads of lawlessness into the life of the church. Written for every Christian, it also provides guidance for those who wish to study these issues in greater detail." -- GCB

Ankerberg, John, The Facts on False Teaching in the Church (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1988). D1030

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian Perspective (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1990). D1057
"The purpose of this volume is to discuss the influence, teachings, and consequences of Masonry . . . part 4 examines the connection between the Masonic Lodge and the world of the occult." -- GCB
The book documents the conflicts between Masonic ritual and fundamental Christian truths. See also the new John Ankerberg 6-part video series, "The Clash Between Christianity and the Lodge."

BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh) Human Authority In Religion Condemned (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"A rebuke to all hypocrites who deny the Word and law of God, only to substitute some man-made tradition or idea in its place. Argues against the Pharisaical and `absurd rabbinical casuistry, by which' ignorant and blind souls `confounded the plainest moral distinctions, and make sin duty and duty sin... teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.' Preached immediately after the disruption in the Established church of Scotland, this sermon lead to the formation of the Free Church in May 1843.It pinpoints an undue regard to human authority as a major cause of impurity in doctrine, worship, and discipline, and a principle cause of sectarianism, independency, and Popery." -- SWRB

Burks, Ron, and Vicki Burks, Damaged Disciples: Casualities of Authoritarian Churches and the Shepherding Movement (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House). 70418 [70419]
"Authors found themselves trapped in a branch of the charismatic movement (led by Derek Price, Bob Mumford, Charles Simpson, and Don Basham) that made them virtual prisoners. This book is the account of that time and the release from that view." -- GCB
Damaged Disciples, by Ron and Vicki Burk
http://www.dtl.org/shield/disciples.htm

Crampton, Gary, and Kenneth Talbot, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). 10922
"Introduction by D. James Kennedy. The authors state, `This monograph has been written to clarify in laymen's term, the major differences within the Christian church today: Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism. Historically, the church has been predominantly Calvinistic. It is the theological system supported in this book and only one which can be shown to be faithful to the plain teaching of Scripture. Both authors teach at Whitefield Theological Seminary." -- GCB

*Enroth, Ronald M., Churches That Abuse: Help for Those Hurt by Legalism, Authoritarian Leadership, Manipulation, Excessive Discipline (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1992). 70419 [70418]
"What makes a church abusive? Usually it's not doctrinal deviation but intimidating behavior: legalism, authoritarian leadership, manipulation, and excessive discipline. Enroth names abusive groups, shows you how to recognize them, and lists `red flags' that may indicate when a church is drifting into trouble. Most importantly, Enroth offers help to Christians who've been hurt by abusive churches." -- CBD
"Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps; The Assembly; Body of Christ Fellowship (Piecemakers); Boston Church of Christ; Christian Growth Ministries; Church of Bible Understanding; Church of Jesus Christ Forever; Church of Our First Love; Church of the Great Shepherd; Christian Growth Ministries; Community of Jesus; Emmaus Christian Fellowship; Faith Assembly; Faith Tabernacle; Fellowship of Christian Churches and Ministries; Great Commission International; Maranatha Christian Ministries; No-Name Fellowship/C-U (Champaign-Urbana) Ministries; River of Life/Truth Station; Set Free; Two-by-Two's; University Bible Fellowship; Victory Chapel (Potter's House); Vineyard; Word of God Community."

*Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers). 70420
"Manipulation, shaming, `using' other people -- that's in the church, too. Spiritual abuse happens when authority figures use spiritual means to gratify their desires for importance, power, or intimacy. Because abusers use spiritual-sounding language, their followers are trapped in legalism, guilt performance, and begrudging service. Johnson and VanVonderen explain how to identify spiritual abuse, break the cycle of abusive spiritual dynamics, and encourage both abusers and victims to repent and recover." -- CBD

Knox, John, What To Do When There Is no Faithful Church in Your Area (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Formerly titled 'A Letter of Wholesome Counsel, Addressed to His Brethren in Scotland, 1556.' Given the lack of truly Reformed churches in many areas, this letter, full of practical advice, should be a welcome addition to the libraries of those seeking to remain ecclesiastically faithful to the Lord. As God continues to pour out his Spirit (by revealing the doctrines of grace, purity of worship, Presbyterian polity and discipline, Christian education of youth, family worship, the principles of courtship, covenanting [personal, ecclesiastical and national], separation from corrupt and idolatrous communions, male headship, adherence to the WCF and other faithful confessions, etc.), this letter will provide a useful bridge for those separated geographically from faithful fellowship, until new, duly constituted churches can be formed." -- SWRB

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther2.html

*Machen, J. Gresham, Christianity and Liberalism (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co). 90209
"Machen's classic was written in the height of the battle for control over the Presbyterian Church USA (the most prominent of the "mainline denominations), and defines with brilliance the battle lines between liberal (so-called) Christianity and the orthodox faith. Moreover, it points out exactly what is at stake: the true faith, or a perverse shadow of that faith, a shadow based on subjectivism which elevates man's sovereignty over God's and ends in believing nothing at all.
"The one problem with this book (and it made good rhetorical sense at the time, but is somewhat misleading concerning the true nature of the struggle) is Machen's categories. Machen deals with theological conservatives and liberals (legitimate in terms of the Bible's own theological dichotomy between saved and lost), but misses the inescapable fact that there was a third faction at work (a fact which eventually resulted in his defrocking). That third faction was a great mushy evanjellyfish middle, a pietistic/mystical majority which was neither willing to accept the liberal position nor fight for the conservative one. As Machen rightly pointed out two years earlier in his address to incoming students at Princeton (and again, much later, in the last two years of the struggle), these were the Christians who said `"Peace, peace",' when there was no peace,' and elevated that `peace' over truth. As in all other endeavors, `peace at any price' resulted in defeat, and in the end, it was that great mushy middle which delivered the PCUSA to the left and off the cliff.
"But it wasn't them alone. To see the mistakes of the conservative side, I strongly recommend North's CROSSED FINGERS, the only definitive history of this fight.
"Yet at the end of the day, you must read Machen. This book is vital for Christians defending their churches and denominations against increasing liberal encroachment, and indeed more so by the day. A great read." -- Reader's Comment
"Still stands, after many years, as one of the strongest books ever written against liberalism. A complete and thorough critique." -- GCB

Owen, John, True and False Religion, volume 14, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). D1038
"Contains many and detailed arguments against the Church of Rome during Owen's day, its teachings, and practices. Owen was answering those in his day who wanted to return to Rome. Still applicable for our day of ecumenism."

Reisinger, John G. When Should a Christian Leave a Church: An Open Letter to Pastors and Elders (Sterling, VA: Grace Abounding Ministries, 1998)

*Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books). 10937 [90233]
"Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB

*Turretin, Francis, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2 and 3 (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1992). Volume 1: First Through Tenth Topics; Volume 2: Eleventh Through Seventeenth Topics; Volume 3: Eighteenth Through Twentieth Topics
These three volumes "mark the arrival of the first complete edition of the INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY to be published in the English language. Heartily recommended by James Montgomery Boice, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John H. Gerstner, Leon Morris, and others. Theologians, pastors, and students will welcome this treatise, which first develops and then contrast Reformed doctrines with Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian views. . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation

Van Pernis, G.M., Masonry, Antithesis of the Christ: A Study of Freemasonry in the Light of the Word of God: Also Tested by the Reformed Standards, 2nd edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1935). D1055

See also: False gospels, Repentance the key to salvation and change, Mind control, Abuse, Arminianism, Antinomianism, The counter reformation, Ungodly alliance and secret societies, The teaching of the lord jesus christ, The theology of freedom, Christian liberty, Political and economic freedom, Heaven, Reform of the church, Interpersonal relations in the local church, Sharing christ with your children

Related WebLinks

That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/thatachristianassembly.htm

Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther1.html

Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther2.html

Appendix D: A Selection of Works on Pseudo-Christian Movements
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html

Chapter 9 (part 1): "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html

Chapter 9 (part 2): "Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html

Cults and Spiritually Abusive Churches: Recognition, Response, and Recovery (extensive online resources)
http://members.aol.com/djrtx/c-abuse.htm

Roman Catholicism: Is it a Cult?
http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Cults/Catholicism/isitcult.htm

What Do the Churches and the Cults Have in Common: Spiritually Abusive Systems
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/churcult.html

Uncovering Churches That Abuse People
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/question.html

A Resolution to Combat Mind Control With Truth
http://www.lettermen2.com/mindc.html

Doctrinal Aberration, Signs of Abuse, and Negligence in the Reformed Church
http://www.lettermen2.com/reformab.html

Books About the International Churches of Christ (Formerly the Boston Church of Christ)
http://www.tolc.org

Signs of Destructive Cults
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/pvtpa004.html

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Small group leadership



Church Leadership

And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
-- Jesus Christ (Luke 10:19)

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6)

He must not be a novice, not one newly brought to the Christian religion, or not one who is but meanly instructed in it, who knows no more of religion than the surface of it, for such a one is apt to be lifted up with pride: the more ignorant men are the more proud they are: Lest, being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. The devils fell through pride, which is a good reason why we should take heed of pride, because it is a sin that turned angels into devils. -- Matthew Henry commenting on 1 Timothy 3:6

If I had only three years to serve the Lord, I would spend two of them studying and preparing. -- Donald Grey Barnhouse

Never let the work of the Lord cause you to neglect the Lord of the work.

Armerding, Hudson, The Heart of Godly Leadership [70541]

Barna, George, The Power of Vision: How You Can Capture and Apply God's Vision for Your Ministry (Ventura, CA: Regal Books). 70423
"Exposing the practices that kill true vision. How vision is different from mission. Steps to finding His vision for your church. Grasping God's vision for your ministry is not an option. To minister authentically and authoritatively you must determine, embrace, cast, and implement that vision. It should become the focus of your life's work and the heartbeat of your church. Empower your ministry by discovering and living His vision." -- Publisher's Annotation. Includes eleven myths that confuse a leader's understanding of God's vision. (Proverbs 29:18)

Barrs, Jerram, Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1983). 70424
Foreword by Howard A. Snyder. Includes bibliographical references.

Baxter, Richard, Reformed Pastor (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 30940
"Dr. J.I. Packer describes him as `the most outstanding pastor, evangelist, and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced. . . ." in the words of his contemporary, Thomas Manton, he `came nearer the apostolic writings than any man in the age. . . ." Today, Baxter's principles, drawn from Scripture, and re-applied in terms of modern circumstances, will provide both ministers and other Christians with challenge, direction, and help." -- Publisher's Annotation
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). 30937
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Beeke, Joel, The Utter Necessity of a Godly Life, a chapter appearing in Armstrong, John H. (editor, contributor), et al, Erwin W. Lutzer (Foreword) Reforming Pastoral Ministry: Challenges for Ministry in Postmodern Times (Crossway Books, April 5, 2001).
"Joel Beeke's chapter, "The Utter Necessity of a Godly Life," gives a pointed reminder to pastors that their lives must be lived above reproach. Much of the chapter seems elementary at its best and patronizing at its worst; but it does serve as a not-so-subtle rebuke to the minister whose life reflects more of this world than of the next world. Beeke reminds pastors that their congregations can never rise above the depth of their own spirituality. Pastors must always be one step ahead in the never-ending quest for godliness. It is easy for the busy pastor to substitute the duties of the job for devotion to the Savior, such as using sermon preparation as a substitute for devotional meditation. I have fallen into this trap, especially while under the time pressures common to many bi-vocational pastors. Now as a 'fully supported,' pastor, I realize that the giftedness of my ministry must be authenticated by the fruitfulness of my character and conduct borne out of a passionate love relationship with Jesus. My people will never see Jesus reflected in my life if I neglect spending time in the Tent of Meeting." -- Reader's Comment

Bonar, Horatius, Words to Winners of Souls [20093]
"Bonar opens the book with an appeal for ministers who are awake. That is, he laments the state of a church that has convention centers full of clergy, but barely a bathtub full of true shepherds. . . . From there he moves on to paint a portrait of a `living ministry,' that is, a ministry that is alive with passion and awake to the realities of heaven and hell, sin and salvation, meaning and futility. . . . In chapter 3 Bonar begins to name, with great candor and force, what he calls `ministerial defects.' That is, those areas of pastoral ministry which are most vital, but most neglected. . . . In chapter 4, one of the most moving and inspiring (and humiliating) chapters I have ever read, Bonar quotes the Scottish Ministerial Confession of 1651. This is, in short, a corporate confession of the varied (and detailed) sins of the ministers of the church of Scotland. This alone is worth the book. It is telling, convicting (in the truest sense of the word), and I think, exemplary. In the final chapter, Bonar ends on a more hopeful note (the hug after the beating) and points us to a vision of revival in the ministry. . . ." -- Reader Comment

Briner, Bob, The Leadership Lessons of Jesus: A Timeless Model for Today's Leaders
"Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard bring an exciting and refreshing look at how the greatest leader in the world can provide the blueprint to become leaders in our own lives, our communities, our workplace, and especially in our own families. If you are a father, a brother, a coach, a teacher, or someone in a position of influencing another human being, this is a must read!" -- Reader Comment
"The book is composed of 51 short reflections on verses of the Gospel of Mark that demonstrate the principles of Jesus's style of leadership. Each chapter opens with a long passage from Mark and then focuses on one key verse from that longer passage. The remainder of each chapter is a mini-devotion on the particular leadership quality illustrated by each passage. . . ." -- Publisher's Weekly
"There are too many leaders in the church and not enough followers of the only Leader, Jesus Christ. Bob Briner puts leadership in the proper context. A Leader is supposed to lead others, not to himself, but to Jesus." -- Cal Thomas

Briner, Bob, The Management Methods of Jesus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Business
"The Management Methods of Jesus is loaded with insights on real-life situations managers and business people face every day. This comprehensive book covers topics such as planning and preparation, recruitment and hiring, commuication and conflict resolution, public relations and business ethics, employee satisfaction and family friendliness. All this, and more, based on principles of management practiced by the greatest manager the world has ever known." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Christian pastor's manual: a selection of tracts on the duties, difficulties, and encouragements of the Christian ministry. (Philadelphia, PA: J. Whtham, 1837).

*Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Plain discourses on important subjects (Edinburgh: Alexander Padon, 1852).

Inrig, Gary, Life in His Body (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers, 1975). 70428
"A capable, overall presentation of Biblical data on the leadership and organization of the local church. Commendable." -- Cyril J. Barber

Mauro, Philip, The Church, the Churches, the Kingdom (Swengel, PA: Reiner Publications, c1936). 70429
"The purpose of this book is a plea for a return to the Biblical significance of `Church' and `Kingdom.' Mauro maintains that serious loss has taken place through confusion in usage of these words and that much is to be gained through restoration of their Biblical meaning." -- GCB

*Perkins, William (1558-1602) The Art of Prophesying (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), EEBO.

Richards, Lawrence O., and Clyde Hoeldtke, A Theology of Church Leadership (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1980). 70431
"This seminal assessment of the needs of the church denounces authoritarian and secular methods of managerial leadership and stresses, instead, the authority of the Word, submission to Christ as the true Head, and servant leadership, which is dynamically different from the usual methodologies practiced by many `shepherds' today." -- Cyril J. Barber

Rollock, Robert, 1555?-1599, A treatise of Gods effectual calling: written first in the Latine tongue, by the reuerend and faithfull seruant of Christ, Maister Robert Rollock, preacher of Gods word in Edenburgh. And now faithfully translated for the benefite of the vnlearned, into the English tongue, by Henry Holland, preacher in London, 1603, EEBO.

Ryle, J.C., Warnings to the Churches (London, England: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
"Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
"What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
"It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
"We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
"Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
"False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
"It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
"Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
"A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith]is not plainly preached.
"Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
"An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.
The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
"Pharisees and Sadducees," J.C. Ryle
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

Scipione, George, Timothy, Titus and You (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co., 1985, c1976). 70432
"A study guide of the pastoral epistles for pastors, elders, and deacons. How should the church be led? This solidly Biblical book written by a pastor and board member of CCEF will give you exciting and probing answers."

Swinnock, George, 1627-1673, The pastors farevvell, and vvish of vvelfare to his people, or, A valedictory sermon by George Swinnock ..., 1662, EEBO.
The pastors recommendation of his people to God.

Weeks, Noel, Art of Prophesying
"Few things are more evident in contemporary churches than the decline in the importance attached to what is said from their pulpits. The deeper tragedy is that in many places the church has become a valley of dry bones. Something is needed to waken the dead and to breathe new life into the people of God. It was in similar times of need that William Perkins (1558-1602) exercised a preaching ministry of such power in Cambridge that it left an impression on both town and church which would last for decades. Perkins provides basic guidance to help all Christians to read and use the Bible intelligently. He has a particularly powerful message for those who lead God's people and especially those who preach. THE ART OF PROPHESYING carries sparks capable of igniting a preacher. It should be beside every minister's desk as a book to turn to again and again. The ART OF PROPHESYING will be invaluable reading to any lay person or lay minister seeking a spiritual renewal for themselves, their love ones, or their communities of faith. -- Midwest Book Review
"Perkins was one of the fathers of Puritanism and his practical and pastoral wisdom is captured well in this modernized edition of his two books "The Art of Prophesying" and "The Calling of the Ministry."
"Part One, `The Art of Prophesying,' is really a handbook on hermeneutics and homiletics from the Puritan perspective. Perkins explicates the several principles for interpreting and expounding the Scriptures and then gives detailed instruction on how to apply the same. The chapter on `Use and Application' will give readers the background behind the familiar Puritan sermon structure of "Doctrine and Use.
"Parts Two and Three deal with `The Calling of the Ministry.' They are really nothing more than the exposition of two Old Testament passages of Scripture, Job 33 and Isaiah 6. Many interesting and practical issues are handled here including how a minister might know his calling and what his responsibilities are to God's people. Perkins had a high view of the dignity and authority of the ministerial gift which is sadly lacking among evangelicals today. While some of his ideas will seem foreign and perhaps a little extreme to many, it is certain that his emphasis will help balance our opposite extremes. . . .
"For those who are checking out this title hoping to get a Puritan perspective on the charismatic understanding of the gift of prophesy, the following quote well summarizes Perkins' view: `I am not here making any allowance for the claims people make that they have received "revelations." These have no substance; they are either dreams of their own, or illusions of the devil. They despise both human learning and the study of the Scriptures, and trust exclusively in "revelations of the Spirit." But God's Spirit does not work except on the foundation of the Word.' Such was the Puritan understanding of those who claimed extra-Biblical revelation. By `prophesy' Perkins understood `preaching.' And that is what this book is about." -- Reader Comment

Wilson, William. A defence of the Reformation-principles of the Church of Scotland. With a continuation of the same. And a letter from a member of the Associate Presbytery ... Wherein the exceptions that are laid against the conduct of the Associate Presbytery, ... are examined; ... By William Wilson ... Glasgow, 1769. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320238263

See also: Church government, Leadership, Covenanted Reformation: the application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/thatachristianassembly.htm



Reform of the Church

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Psalm 45:6,7)

Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.
And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.
Were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance.
And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
(Psalm 106:30,31,35,37,39,40,41)

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)

Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:5)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6, quoted by The Trinity Foundation)

"In the same establishment may be found believers in nearly every dogma of the Popish creed, who nevertheless have declared their faith in articles which are distinctly Calvinistic; and now last, and, to our minds, most sorrowful of all, it comes out that there are men to be found among Caledonia's once sternly truthful sons who can occupy the pulpits and the manses of an orthodox Presbyterian church, and yet oppose her ancient confession of faith. Our complaint is in each case, not that the men changed their views, and threw up their former creeds, but that having done so they did not at once quit the office of minister to the community whose faith they could no longer uphold; their fault is not that they differed, but that, differing, they sought an office of which the prime necessity is agreement. All the elements of the lowest kind of knavery meet in the evil which we now denounce. Treachery is never more treacherous than when it leads a man to stab at a doctrine which he has solemnly engaged to uphold, and for the maintenance of which he receives a livelihood. The office of minister would never wittingly be entrusted by any community to a person who would use it for the overthrow of the principles upon which the community was founded. Such conduct would be suicidal. A sincere belief of the church's creed was avowedly or by implication a part of the qualification which helped the preacher to his stipend, and when that qualification ceases the most vital point of the compact between him and his church is infringed, and he is bound in honor to relinquish an office which he can no longer honestly fulfill." -- Charles Spurgeon, "Ministers Sailing Under False Colours", Sword and Trowel, February 1870, quoted by John W. Robbins, February 10, 2006

These things which I set before you are not those which I have meditated with myself in my shady nook, but those which the invincible martyrs of God realized amid gibbets, and flames, and ravenous beasts! Had not their courage been thus whetted, they would in an instant have perfidiously abjured the eternal truth, which they intrepidly sealed with their blood. They did not set us an example of constancy in asserting the truth that we should now desert it, when handed down to us so signed and sealed; but they taught us the art by which, trusting in the Divine protection, we stand invincible by all powers of death, hell, the world, and Satan! Farewell. -- John Calvin in "On Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly" in Calvin's Selected Works

Now upon this very comprehensive ground, we withdraw not only from gross heretics, and sectarians, and malignant prelatists. . . . But in this broken and declining state, even from many Presbyterian Ministers who have overturned a great part of our testimony . . . which has been signally sealed by the blood of many Martyrs who laying down their lives for this Testimony have been singularly countenanced of the Lord: yet we say, by many of our ministers this in a great measure has been deserted and perverted, by their condemning the Martyrs that died for it, as well as us who have desired to witness for it . . . -- James Renwick, An Informatory Vindication, 1687, p. 75-76

Charles Spurgeon on the apostasy in the Presbyterian Church in Scotland in 1870:

"In the same establishment may be found believers in nearly every dogma of the Popish creed, who nevertheless have declared their faith in articles which are distinctly Calvinistic; and now last, and, to our minds, most sorrowful of all, it comes out that there are men to be found among Caledonia's once sternly truthful sons who can occupy the pulpits and the manses of an orthodox Presbyterian church, and yet oppose her ancient confession of faith. Our complaint is in each case, not that the men changed their views, and threw up their former creeds, but that having done so they did not at once quit the office of minister to the community whose faith they could no longer uphold; their fault is not that they differed, but that, differing, they sought an office of which the prime necessity is agreement. All the elements of the lowest kind of knavery meet in the evil which we now denounce. Treachery is never more treacherous than when it leads a man to stab at a doctrine which he has solemnly engaged to uphold, and for the maintenance of which he receives a livelihood. The office of minister would never wittingly be entrusted by any community to a person who would use it for the overthrow of the principles upon which the community was founded. Such conduct would be suicidal. A sincere belief of the church's creed was avowedly or by implication a part of the qualification which helped the preacher to his stipend, and when that qualification ceases the most vital point of the compact between him and his church is infringed, and he is bound in honor to relinquish an office which he can no longer honestly fulfill." -- Charles Spurgeon, "Ministers Sailing Under False Colours", Sword and Trowel, February 1870

[At the end of the Puritan age] by some means or other, first the ministers, then the Churches, got on "the down grade," and in some cases, the descent was rapid, and in all, very disastrous. In proportion as the ministers seceded from the old Puritan godliness of life, and the old Calvinistic form of doctrine, they commonly became less earnest and less simple in their preaching, more speculative and less spiritual in the matter of their discourses, and dwelt more on the moral teachings of the New Testament, than on the great central truths of revelation. Natural theology frequently took the place which the great truths of the gospel ought to have held, and the sermons became more and more Christless. Corresponding results in the character and life, first of the preachers and then of the people, were only too plainly apparent. -- Robert Shindler, in "The Down Grade," The Sword and the Trowel (March 1887), 122.

It is this author's contention that the modern churches have let go of this important piece of the faith [Christ's Kingship over the nations -- sk] once for all delivered to the saints. Thereby they have delivered the church, not to kings as nursing fathers, but to the cruel civil domination of the enemies of the true religion, their sheep being taught that they must submit passively to every pretended civil authority as the ordinance of God. By this defection, these leaders of the flock have also undermined the magistracy, allowing and even encouraging wicked men to remove this blessed ordinance from its foundation in God its creator, and from its subjection to Christ His King, thereby directly opposing God's benevolent ends in instituting civil government: "Thus have [they] made the commandment of God of none effect by [their] tradition. . . . teaching for doctrines the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:6, 9). Furthermore, by their false teaching regarding civil government, they have made themselves guilty of the very sin of which we are often accused: opposing the ordinance of God. If this wasn't enough, however, consider that their sin is worse than that of the garden variety rebel, inasmuch as their opposition to God's institution is not so much practical as it is principial; and because of their position as teachers and guides of the flock of God. "Be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. . . . For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth" (James 3:1; II Cor. 13:8). -- Greg Price (Biblical Civil Government Verses the Beast, p. 64)

Christian author and strategist George Barna has stated that the church in America spent over $250 billion in ministry in the 1980s without any change in the number of people who declare themselves to be followers of Christ.

In the final analysis, all modern ills, spiritual and temporal, are traceable to our continuing departure from the principles of the Second Reformation. . . . In particular, I am convinced that the Lord will not bless a church at peace with his enemies. Our departure from truth has led to our undernourished condition as a church; truth, as Thornwell argued, is the only food that the soul can digest.
It does no good to blame society or the church for our deficiencies before the Lord because Christ holds men, not churches and states, accountable. In the words of Hugh Miller, "Churches, however false and detestable, are never to be summoned to the bar of judgment. . . . To Christ, as his head and king, must every man render an account."
The great heresy of our times is that all men are children of God. Those within the church have lost their identity as a people of God, united in spirit and purpose. We have adopted the half-truths of our fathers for which Judah faced punishment: "Because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked" (Amos 2:4b). Nevertheless, Christ loves his church, and he will see to it that his bride is prepared (Ephesians 5:27) for the great banquet. Base on the history of God's people, the needed corrections will result from either prayer or persecution, leading the people to renew their covenant promises. Let us pray that God's kingdom come, and let us covenant to fulfill our obligations to be his people. When persecution comes, let us pray that we would stand as firm as did the Scottish Covenanters. When covenanting comes, let us praise the Lord, for only in him will we stand firm. Let us ever strive to make it possible for our children to utter one of James Nisbet's praises, "O my soul! Bless and praise the Lord that I was born in a land where the glad tidings of the everlasting gospel are published and pressed with so much purity and plainness." This should be our prayer, "Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved" (Psalm 80:3). -- Edwin Nesbit Moore, from the conclusion to
Our Covenant Heritage

There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor's dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty. Why?
We would suggest that the reason lies in its own character and content. It fails to make men God-centered in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be 'helpful' to man - to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction - and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was 'helpful', too - more so, indeed, than is the new - but (so to speak) incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its center of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the center of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach people to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and his ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.
From this change of interest has sprung a change of content, for the new gospel has in effect reformulated the biblical message in the supposed interests of 'helpfulness'. Accordingly, the themes of man's natural inability to believe, of God's free election being the ultimate cause of salvation, and of Christ dying specifically for his sheep are not preached. These doctrines, it would be said, are not 'helpful'; they would drive sinners to despair, by suggesting to them that it is not in their own power to be saved through Christ. (The possibility that such despair might be salutary is not considered: it is taken for granted that it cannot be, because it is so shattering to our self-esteem.) However this may be (and we shall say more about it later), the result of these omissions is that part of the biblical gospel is now preached as if it were the whole of that gospel; and a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. Thus, we appeal to men as if they all had the ability to receive Christ at any time; we speak of his redeeming work as if he had make it possible for us to save ourselves by believing; we speak of God's love as if it were no more than a general willingness to receive any who will turn and trust; and we depict the Father and the Son, not as sovereignly active in drawing sinners to themselves, but as waiting in quiet impotence 'at the door of our hearts' for us to let them in.
It is undeniable that this is how we preach; perhaps this is what we really believe. But it needs to be said with emphasis that this set of twisted half-truths is something other than the biblical gospel. The Bible is against us when we preach in this way; and the fact that such preaching has become almost standard practice among us only shows how urgent it is that we should review this matter. To recover the old, authentic, biblical gospel, and to bring our preaching and practice back into line with it, is perhaps our most pressing present need. And it is at this point that Owen's treatise on redemption can give us help. -- J.I. Packer in the Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving. -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

It is not possible to institutionalize Christianity.

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proven; and to be steady on all the battlefront besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. -- Martin Luther

It is possible to speak of the studied irrelevance of much preaching and comment on Scripture. -- Rousas John Rushdoony, in Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 468

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -- Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 -- March 15, 1998) from his autobiography
Permissiveness did not work with our youth. What reasons do churchmen, judges, and Federal, State, and Local government officials have to expect that their permissiveness and lack of justice will work with adult society?

Amundsen, Darrel W., The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
"Spurgeon's last years of physical suffering must be seen through the grid of the Down-Grade Controversy Down-Grade Controversy (begun in 1887). Early in this controversy he commented that he had
"...suffered the loss of friendships and reputation, and the infliction of pecuniary withdrawments and bitter reproach. ...But the pain it has cost me none can measure."
(To a friend in May 1891 he said)
"Goodbye; you will never see me again. This fight is killing me."
http://members.aol.com/pilgrimpub/agonies.htm

*Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, revised edition (Hendrickson Publishers, November 1, 1994).
"Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeole, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
"The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
"It is good news that Robert Banks's Paul's Idea of Community is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . [I]t is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Bridges, Charles, The Christian Ministry: An Inquiry Into the Causes of Its Inefficiency (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 70434
"Bridges was a minister in England into the nineteenth century. . . . This book has been considered a classic book for ministers almost since it was written in 1829. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.

*Bridges, Jerry, The Crisis of Caring: Recovering the Meaning of True Fellowship [10811]

Bogue, Carl, Does the Regulative Principle Matter to the PCA? (Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"This message was delivered for Concerned Presbyterian Day (March 23/93). It deals with problems in the Presbyterian Church in America concerning differing views of worship as they relate to Scripture and the vows ministers take to the Westminster Confession. Bogue's reviews of A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants by Junius Brutus and Messiah the Prince by William Symington are both appended to this lecture." -- SWRB

*BROWN, JOHN (of Haddington) Westminster's View of the "Everlasting" Solemn League and Covenant (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Interestingly, in the section defending the continuing obligation of the National and Solemn League and Covenant, we also note that the Westminster Assembly considered the Solemn League and Covenant an 'everlasting covenant.' Brown cites the following as proof, 'That the body of the English nation also swore the Solemn League and Covenant, is manifest. The Westminster Assembly and English Parliament, affirm, 'The honourable house of Parliament, the Assembly of Divines, the renowned city of London, and multitudes of other persons of all ranks and quality in this nation, and the whole body of Scotland, have all sworn it, rejoicing at the oath so graciously seconded from heaven. God will, doubtless, stand by all those, who with singleness of heart shall now enter into an everlasting covenant with the Lord' (p. 161, emphasis added). The footnote tells us that the words Brown was quoting were taken from 'Exhortation to take the Covenant, February, 1644'."

Burgess, Anthony, The Reformation of the Church, To Be Endeavoured More Than That of the Commonwealth (1645), (Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"A 'Sermon preached before the Right Honourable House of Lords at the publicke Fast, August 27, 1645,' (notes the cover) during the days of the sitting of the Westminster Assembly. Can you image these words (which are just a small sample from the preface to the godly exhortation contained in this sermon) directed, by request of the civil magistrate, to the leaders of your nation? Burgess writes, 'It was my endeavour in this Sermon to excite your Lordships to a speedy and exact Reformation of the Church from all the corruptions that have defiled her, and herein to attend unto God's Word, as the only starre that will conduct unto Christ. None are too great to undertake so good a work. Gregory said of David dancing before the Ark, Magis miror Davidum saltantem, quam pugnantem, David is to be more admired in his religious worship of God, than in his courageous conquest and slaughter of the Philistines, or other enemies. Hence, Jer. 9:23,24. where glory in wisdome, riches and might is forbidden, there is a kinde of an holy pride allowed in the knowledge of the Lord. Let Heathens glory, that they are saluted by the Common-wealth, Patres Pariae; but let those Christians, whom God honoureth with dignity and place, delight to be nursing Fathers to the Church, by speaking comfortably unto those who teach the good knowledge of God; and by commanding the Levites to carry all the filthiness out of the Temple. Which that your Lordships may faithfully and zealously doe, is the prayer of Your Lordships humble Servant, Anthony Burgesse.' 28 pages." -- SWRB

*Calvin, John, Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991). 10918
"Forty-six (46) letters and writings of Calvin newly translated into English from Corpus Reformatorum (volume 38, part I). Focusing on doctrine, the Reformation, worship, discipline, judicial questions, and marriage, this books clearly exhibits Calvin's pastoral style. It also shows the great influence which Calvin exerted over second Reformation thought, because of his focus on doctrine, worship and church government." -- SWRB

*Calvin, John, Calvin's Selected Works, 7 Volumes (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1998, 1672).
"These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship) and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater) darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as `The Necessity of Reforming the Church,' `The Catechism of the Church of Geneva,' `An Antidote Against Trent,' `The Sinfulness of Outward Conformity to Romish Rites' and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page Life of Calvin are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages." -- SWRB
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

Calvin, John, Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544) (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"C.H. Spurgeon once said, `[t]he longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin's system is the nearest to perfection.' (cited in Christian History magazine, Vol. 5, No. 4). Credenda Agenda (P.O. Box 8741, Moscow, Idaho, 83843) reviewed this book stating, `the relevance of Calvin's book today is exceptional. Apart from the grace of God, the human heart never changes. Men have always loved external religion, and unless God saves them, they always will. But God demands heart religion. . . His writing is relevant because the church today is in dire need of a similar reformation and revival.' Like Calvin, some few believers today see `the present condition of the Church . . . to be very miserable, and almost desperate.' Our context is different in one key respect however. The church needing reformation in Calvin's day was the tradition-encrusted church of Rome. Shortly after the Reformation, for those leaving Rome behind, two streams became apparent. One was the stream of classical Protestant orthodoxy, represented today by a handful of Gideons in their desktop publishing wine vats. The other was the left wing of the Reformation--the anabaptist movement. In the early years, the anabaptists were suffering outsiders. But today the anabaptist church is the Establishment--an establishment governed by a chaos of traditions instead of biblical worship. Everywhere we look we see Christians approaching God with observances in worship which Calvin calls 'the random offspring of their own brain.' Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as Calvin's Institutes, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation. Calvin here pleads the cause dearest to his heart before an assembly perhaps the most august that Europe could have furnished in that day. It has been said that the animated style used by Calvin in this work would not lose by comparison with any thing in the celebrated `Dedication' prefixed to his Institutes. To this day, The Necessity of Reforming the Church remains a powerful weapon, both defensive and offensive, to fight the contemporary battle for Protestantism--the everlasting gospel of truth. Here, in our modern setting, we find the answers to many of the vexing questions which continue to agitate the Church." -- SWRB
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

*DURHAM, JAMES, 1622-1658, Concerning Scandal, (Dallas, TX: Naphtali Press, c1990, 1680), Still Waters Revival Books 1659 edition, Additional Titles: The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland: Or, A Treatise Concerning Scandal, 1740 edition, EEBO. [30983]
"The Rise Of The Following Treatise
"Having had occasion to consider the Book of the Revelation, and being on the Epistle to the Church of Pergamos in the second chapter, ground was given to speak something of Scandal, by reason of several doctrines clearly arising from that place. Upon this occasion I did first essay the writing of something of the doctrine of scandal in general, intending only to have spent a sheet or two thereupon, as elsewhere on some other subjects. When this was brought to a close, I found the place to give ground to speak of public church offenses, as they are the object of church discipline and censures. And being convinced, that that subject was not impertinent to be spoken of, I yielded to spend some thoughts upon it also, which did draw to a greater length than at first was intended or was suitable for a digression. This being finished, as it is, and any more thoughts of this subject laid by, it occurred again to me to think of doctrinal scandals or of scandalous errors. And considering that the scandals mentioned in that place, are of such nature, and that such are very frequent in this time, I yielded also to put together what thoughts the Lord would furnish concerning the same, whereupon followed the third part of this treatise.
"When this was even at the closing, there was a fourth part of the same subject that did occur to me to be thought on, which before that had never been minded, and that was concerning scandalous church divisions. To this my mind and inclination was exceedingly averse at first, as knowing it not only to be difficult in itself to be meddled in, but also exceedingly above me, who am altogether unsuitable to hazard on such a subject. Yet considering the rise of the motion, and how the Lord had helped through the other parts, I did resolve to condescend to follow it, at least so far till it might appear what was his mind to me therein, and accordingly did follow it till it came to the period (whatever it be) that now it is at.
"This is the true rise and occasion of this treatise, and of the several parts thereof, and therefore I have continued its entry in the original mold thereof, to wit, in laying down some general doctrines from that place of Scripture, and if there is afterward any more particular relation to the second and third chapters of the Revelation than to other Scriptures, this simple narration of the rise thereof may satisfy any concerning the same. Whereof we shall say no more, but first lay down grounds of all from that text, and then proceed in the treatise, which is divided in four parts, upon the reasons formerly hinted."
"The Grounds Of This Treatise
"Among other things that troubled the church in the primitive times, scandal, or offense, was a chief one. The many directions that are given concerning it, and the reproofs that are of it, show that it is a main piece of a Christian's conversation to walk rightly in reference thereto, and a great evidence of looseness where it is not heeded. On verse 6 [Rev. 2], we show that this was a sole fault of the Nicolaitans to be careless of offending, or of giving of offense, and not to regard scandal; and here the Lord holds it forth to be so by comparing it with Balaam's practice (v. 14), which is aggreaged from this, that he taught Balak to lay a stumbling block before Israel. From which these doctrines may be gathered:
1. That there is such a fault incident to men in their carriage, even to lay stumbling-blocks before others and to offend them.
2. That men ought to walk so as not to offend others, or so as to lay no stumbling-block before them. So that it is not enough not to stumble themselves (if this could be separated from the other), but also they ought to be careful not to stumble others.
3. The Lord takes special notice how men do walk in reference to others in this, and is highly provoked where he sees any guilty of it.
4. The Devil has ever endeavored to have offenses abounding in the church, and to make some lay such stumbling-blocks before others.
5. It is most hurtful to the church, and destructive to souls where offenses abound, and men walk not tenderly in reference to these; so that the Lord expresses it with a twofold woe (Matt. 18), as being a woe beyond sword and pestilence.
6. We may gather that corrupt doctrine never [lacks] offenses joined with it, and that ordinarily those who spread that, are untender in this.
7. That offenses often accompany the rise and beginning of any work of Christ's among a people; these tares of offenses are ordinarily then sown.
8. That some offenses are of a public nature, and that church officers should take notice of such, and that it is offensive to Christ when they are overlooked and not taken heed unto.
9. Church officers, even such as other ways are approved in their carriage and ministry, may fall in this fault, as by comparing the Epistles to Pergamos and Thyatira, is clear.
10. When officers fall in this fault, it is yet no reprovable thing in members that are pure in respect of their own personal carriage, to continue in communion with such a church, the ordinances other ways being pure." -- Author's Introduction
"In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace.
"James Durham's work on scandal and offense is the first of several books Naphtali Press plans to publish by 17th century Scottish Presbyterians. Many of the works of this group of writers are classic statements on the subjects they treat. This book of Durham's is such a work.
"John Macleod (SCOTTISH THEOLOGY) says, `His book on the Scandal of Church divisions has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on its topic.' John Macpherson (DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH IN SCOTTISH THEOLOGY) says, `Taken all in all it is the very best book we have on the subject.' According to James Walker (THE THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS OF SCOTLAND): `He is the author of a book which once was very famous. For a hundred years and more you find it constantly referred to. Unhappily, as in so many other instances, it has a forbidding, or at all events not an attractive name. Yet I am not sure that anywhere a better idea is to be obtained of our old ecclesiasticism, and of its freedom to a large extent from the severity and rancorousness which have been so often attributed to it, than from the book `On Scandal,' by this judicious man, who, with his thorough, searching, cumbrous intellect, reminds you not seldom of John Owen.'
"The work is divided into four parts. The first deals with scandal and offense in general, where he defines these terms, and discusses private offenses between individuals, and how they are given and taken. In the second part he writes concerning public scandals, or such that need to be in some way taken notice of by the government of the church, and the various scriptural teachings on the order, implementation, and motive of church discipline. The third is about scandalous errors; the spreading of error, why it spreads, the Lord's design in it, Satan's devices in spreading error, and the duties of Christians in a time when error prevails. Of particular interest is a lengthy treatment of the minister's duty toward those seduced to error, where the four steps of discovery (or trial), conviction, admonition and rejection of an heretic are discussed. The last part concerns scandalous divisions in the church, how they arise, the evil of them, grounds for unity, things to overlook in order to unite, things to do in order to unite, and how to unify where the division concerns differences in church government.
"Excerpted from The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland, or, A Treatise Concerning Scandal by James Durham. Copyright. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved." Publisher's Annotation
"This book ought to be required reading in seminaries and, indeed, for all who would serve as elders in Christ's church. It will repay careful study and breathe grace into our handling of the disciplinary problems that often confront us. Sessions will find real blessing if they study together Part Two [public scandals], especially." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, vol. 2 No 3
"The appearance of a new and handsomely reset edition of James Durham's classic and unique work on ecclesiastical discipline is a timely and welcome event in these days of laxity in doctrine and morality within the church. The author was a Covenanter who ministered in the Church of Scotland during the Cromwellian interregnum. Possessed of a fragrant saintliness and an irenic spirit, he completed this volume on his deathbed, at age 36, under the title, 'The Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland.' Durham grieved over the divisions that racked the Christian community of his time and was concerned that church discipline not be abused either by flagrant neglect or excessive rigor. The weighty scriptural balance he brings to his subject is unequalled." -- Gordon J. Keddie, Semper Reformanda, vol. 2 No 3
"The book is divided into four parts -- Part One: Concerning Scandals in General -- dealing with offences between individual Christians. Part Two -- Concerning Public Scandals -- dealing with church discipline. Part Three: Concerning Doctrinal Scandals -- dealing with the spread of error in the church. Part Four: Concerning Scandalous Divisions -- dealing with divisions between godly men occasioned by such things as different outlooks and practices. The editor has spared no effort to make this old classic readable and useful." -- Austin R. Walker, Banner of Truth, Issue 337
"In this work Mr. Durham, in opening and examining the different scandals which deface the visible church, causing both the professed people of God, and the heathen to stumble and fall in the snares of sin and the devil, shows carefully and clearly the various means of avoiding and remedying these offenses, and what the people of God in their various places and stations must do to maintain the beauty of Zion in godliness and holiness, in purity and in peace. This edition is based on the text of the edition printed in 1680, with revisions to contemporize the spelling, punctuation, and usage. This book has long been looked upon as the Scottish classic on this topic." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
Concerning Scandal (extracts)
http://www.naphtali.com/scanextr.htm

*Griffiths, Michael C., God's Forgetful Pilgrims: Recalling the Church to Its Reason for Being (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.). 70437

Knox, John, National Repentance and Reformation (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Formerly titled 'A Brief Exhortation to England for the Speedy Embracing of the Gospel, 1559.' Mitchell in The Scottish Reformation (p. 80) cites Dr. Merle D'Aubigne on Knox: 'The blood of warriors ran in the veins of the man who was to become one of the most intrepid champions of Christ's army . . . He was active, bold, thoroughly upright and perfectly honest, diligent in his duties, and full of heartiness for his comrades.' The warrior in Knox was certainly roused for battle in this production. Kevin Reed (Selected Writings of John Knox, p. 580) comments, 'Some historians have reflected negatively on the vehemence of Knox's remarks. Perhaps they should peruse the long list of the martyrs named in the appendix to this work. Critics may then find a clue for understanding the reformer's zeal. Knox is discussing serious matters of life and death--spiritual issues which affect us deeply in this life, and for eternity.' Magistrates everywhere today need to hear this message again; God has not changed--there are still corporate curses for disobedience at a national level and corporate blessings for those nations 'that kiss the Son' (cf. Psalm 2)." -- SWRB

London Corresponding Society. Address of the London Corresponding Society to the other societies of Great Britain, united for obtaining a reform in Parliament. London, 1792. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3303829399

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://members.aol.com/skettler/luther2.html

Machen, Gresham J., What Should True Presbyterians Do at the 1936 General Assembly? The Trinity Review, Number 267, May 2007 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2007).
"Editor's note: This essay originally appeared in The Presbyterian Guardian in mid-1936 as advice from Dr. J. Gresham Machen to 'true Presbyterians' who were commissioners to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. We reprint the essay because it applies so well to today's situation in both the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America, whose 2007 General Assemblies will be held in June. For details of this parallel, see Paul Elliott's massively documented book, Christianity and Neo-Liberalism: The Spiritual Crisis in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Beyond."
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_267_machen_true_presbyterians.pdf

*Marquart, Kurt E., Anatomy of an Explosion: A Theological Analysis of the Missouri Synod Conflict (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978). 70440

*Morris, Leon, The Abolition of Religion: A Study in Religionless Christianity (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1964). 70442
A series of essay on "religionless Christianity."

Reed, Kevin, Biblical Worship
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BibW_ch0.htm

Renwick, James. An informatory vindication of a poor, wasted, misrepresented remnant of the suffering, anti-popish, anti-prelatick, anti-erastian, anti-sectarian, true Presbyterian Church of Christ in Scotland. United together in a general correspondence. By way of reply to various accusations, ... Written at the Leadhills in the year 1687, conjunctly by Mr. James Renwick and Mr. Alexander Shiells ... Edinburgh, 1744. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320326202
An Informatory Vindication, 1687, James, Renwick, Alexander Shields and Other "Society People"
http://www.truecovenanter.com/societies/informatory_vindication.html

Renwick, James. The saint's duty in evil times: in two sermons preached from Isaiah xxvi.20. By James Renwick, ... Edinburgh, 1745. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320726861

*Sheldon, Charles M., In His Steps (Springdale, PA: Whitaker House). 70444
"First published in 1897, this book has sold over 8,000,000 copies." -- GCB. A Christian classic.

Abrahams, Israel, Studies in Pharisaism and the Gospels (New York, NY: Ktav Publishing House, 1967, 1924, 1917). 70445
"First published in two volumes in 1917 and 1924. Now available in one volume. Long regarded as a pioneer work that revolutionized an understanding of the character and development of Pharisaism." -- Cyril J. Barber

Adams, Jay E., Sex Change; Division in Eldership; Children; Suicide; Paranoia; Repression; Forgetting; Death [30070]

Ankerberg, John, The Facts on False Teaching in the Church [D1030]

Barna, George, The Frog in the Kettle (Ventura, CA: Regal Books). 70446
"There isn't enough time to digest all the important information that flies your way. George Barna has captured critical trends shaping your world and boiled them down in his new book, THE FROG IN THE KETTLE -- a book for every concerned Christian to read."-- Publisher's Annotation

Belcher, Richard P., A Journey in Purity: A Theological Novel (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]). 70447
"This is the challenging story of a young pastor and his difficult and heart-breaking struggle to bring purity to the corrupt and impure church he pastors."

Calvin, John, Concerning Scandals [10919]

Carl, Frank, and Joan H. Robie, Courting the King of Terrors [D1011]

Carson, Donald A., A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities From Paul and His Prayers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 70450
"Using the letters of Paul, Carson makes a very important point: God doesn't require more frenetic programs or emotional stimulation; God wants his people to know him more intimately. Prayer and the Word are the answer." -- GCB

Davis, John Jefferson, Evangelical Ethics: Issues Facing the Church Today [20727]

DeMar, Gary, "You've Heard it Said" Biblical Misconceptions That Render Christians Powerless (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, c1991). 70455
"You've heard it said: The world is evil. Christians should be neutral. You cannot legislate morality. Christians should not be involved in political issues. There is a separation between church and state. . . . With crisp insight into scriptural text, DeMar realigns our perspective on these points and encourages us to answer the call to action presented by the Bible." -- CRM

Ellul, Jacques, The Subversion of Christianity [90468]

Enroth, Ronald M., Why Cults Succeed Where the Church Fails [D1014]

Grant, George, and Mark Horne, Unnatural Affections: The Impuritan Ethic of Homosexuality and the Modern Church [20822]

Horden, William, Living by Grace (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1975). 70459
"A critical examination of Protestant churches that boldly announce their belief in the theology of grace but are so works oriented that their practice belies their profession." -- Cyril J. Barber

Hunt, Susan, Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women [40015]

IMP, The Pagan Invasion Series [110059B]
Volume 12: Religions vs. Christianity 70461A
"A dramatic comparison of the living relationship found in the person of Jesus Christ, with the dead religions of dead men. Key world religions are analyzed in light of historical and archaeological evidence, claims of religious leaders and founders, and their ancient writings." -- GCB

Miller, C. John, Evangelism and Your Church (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 70465
"This Reformed pastor and seminary professor conveys an urgent message: We must be bold, use God's methods, be attentive to God's Word, and prayer. Practical insights to a powerful witness." -- GCB

Miller, C. John, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House). 70466
"This is a book for pacesetters, church leaders who want to help their churches be outward-looking and outward-moving communities of Jesus Christ. Written to help change churches by changing individuals. Frank Tillapaugh writes the foreword." -- GCB

Murray, Iain (editor), The Reformation of the Church: A Collection of Reformed and Puritan Documents on Church Issues [31035]

Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People [70412]

Robbins, John W., Scripture Twisting in the Seminaries (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation). 70468
"Thought by some to be a Reformed frontal attack on some current non-Reformed interpretations relating to the role of women in the church. Hard-hitting and direct in style. Dr. Robbins compares the historic Reformed interpretations to what Hulvey, Foh, and Knight are saying. A book that can not be ignored in serious study." -- GCB

Rueda, Enrique, The Homosexual Network: Private Lies and Public Policies [20833]

*Rushdoony, Rousas J., Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
"The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

Rutz, James H., The Open Church: How to Bring Back the Exciting Life of the First Century Church [10583]

*Ryle, J.C., Warnings to the Churches (London, England: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
"Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
"What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
"It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
"We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
"Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
"False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
"It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
"Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
"A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith]is not plainly preached.
"Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
"An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.
The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=182
"Pharisees and Sadducees," J.C. Ryle
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rseaborn/pharisees_and_sadducees.html

*Rushdoony, Rousas J., Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
"The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

*Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books). 10937 [90233]
"Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB

Singer, C. Gregg, (Charles G. Singer) The Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1975), 384 pages.
"This book is not calculated to win friends among adherents to the National Council of Churches. It provides convincing evidence of the tremendous gap that has developed between the NCC and its critics and demonstrates the NCC's inability to achieve its objectives." -- Cyril J. Barber
Unholy Alliance: The Definitive History of the National Council of Churches and Its Leftist Policies -- From 1908 to the Present
Freebooks online etext.
http://freebooks.entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/39be_47e.htm

Skolfield, Ellis H., Sunset of the Western Church [90677]

Stevens, R. Paul, The Equipper's Guide to Every-Member Ministry: Eight Ways Ordinary People Can Do the Work of the Church [70416]

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The Treasury of David, Psalm 45, commentary by C.H. Spurgeon
"Verse 6. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. To whom can this be spoken but our Lord? The psalmist cannot restrain his adoration. His enlightened eye sees in the royal Husband of the church, God, God to be adored, God reigning, God reigning everlastingly. Blessed sight! Blind are the eyes that cannot see God in Christ Jesus! We never appreciate the tender condescension of our King in becoming one flesh with his church, and placing her at his right hand, until we have fully rejoiced in his essential glory and deity. What a mercy for us that our Saviour is God, for who but a God could execute the work of salvation? What a glad thing it is that he reigns on a throne which will never pass away, for we need both sovereign grace and eternal love to secure our happiness. Could Jesus cease to reign we should cease to be blessed, and were he not God, and therefore eternal, this must be the case. No throne can endure for ever, but that on which God himself sitteth. The sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. He is the lawful monarch of all things that be. His rule is founded in right, its law is right, its result is right. Our King is no usurper and no oppressor. Even when he shall break his enemies with a rod of iron, he will do no man wrong; his vengeance and his grace are both in conformity with justice. Hence we trust him without suspicion; he cannot err; no affliction is too severe, for he sends it; no judgment too harsh, for he ordains it. O blessed hands of Jesus! the reigning power is safe with you. All the just rejoice in the government of the King who reigns in righteousness.

"Verse 7. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness. Christ Jesus is not neutral in the great contest between right and wrong: as warmly as he loves the one he abhors the other. What qualifications for a sovereign! what grounds of confidence for a people! The whole of our Lord's life on earth proved the truth of these words; his death to put away sin and bring in the reign of righteousness, sealed the fact beyond all question; his providence by which he rules from his mediatorial throne, when rightly understood, reveals the same; and his final assize will proclaim it before all worlds. We should imitate him both in his love and hate; they are both needful to complete a righteous character. Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Jesus as Mediator owned God as his God, to whom, being found in fashion as a man, he became obedient. On account of our Lord's perfect life he is now rewarded with superior joy. Others there are to whom grace has given a sacred fellowship with him, but by their universal consent and his own merit, he is prince among them, the gladdest of all because the cause of all their gladness. At Oriental feasts oil was poured on the heads of distinguished and very welcome guests; God himself anoints the man Christ Jesus, as he sits at the heavenly feasts, anoints him as a reward for his work, with higher and fuller joy than any else can know; thus is the Son of man honoured and rewarded for all his pains. Observe the indisputable testimony to Messiah's Deity in verse six, and to his manhood in the present verse. Of whom could this be written but of Jesus of Nazareth? Our Christ is our Elohim. Jesus is God with us. . . .

"Verse 16. Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children. The ancient saints who stood as fathers in the service of the Great King have all passed away; but a spiritual seed is found to fill their places. The veterans depart, but volunteers fill up the vacant places. The line of grace never becomes extinct. As long as time shall last, the true apostolical succession will be maintained. Whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. Servants of Christ are kings. Where a man has preached successfully, and evangelised a tribe or nation, he gets to himself more than regal honours, and his name is like the name of the great men that be upon the earth. Jesus is the king maker. Ambition of the noblest kind shall win her desire in the army of Christ; immortal crowns are distributed to his faithful soldiers. The whole earth shall yet be subdued for Christ, and honoured are they, who shall, through grace, have a share in the conquest—these shall reign with Christ at his coming.

Verse 17. I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations. Jehovah by the prophet's mouth promises to the Prince of Peace eternal fame as well as a continuous progeny. His name is his fame, his character, his person; these are dear to his people now—they never can forget them; and it shall be so as long as men exist. Names renowned in one generation have been unknown to the next era, but the laurels of Jesus shall ever be fresh, his renown ever new. God will see to this; his providence and his grace shall make it so. The fame of Messiah is not left to human guardianship; the Eternal guarantees it, and his promise never fails. All down the ages the memories of Gethsemane and Calvary shall glow with inextinguishable light; nor shall the lapse of time, the smoke of error, or the malice of hell be able to dim the glory of the Redeemer's fame. Therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. They shall confess thee to be what thou art, and shall render to thee in perpetuity the homage due. Praise is due from every heart to him who loved us, and redeemed us by his blood; this praise will never be fully paid, but will be ever a standing and growing debt. His daily benefits enlarge our obligations, let them increase the number of our songs. Age to age reveals more of his love, let every year swell the volume of the music of earth and heaven, and let thunders of song roll up in full diapason to the throne of him that liveth, and was dead, and is alive for evermore, and hath the keys of hell and of death.

"Let him be crowned with majesty
Who bowed his head to death,
And be his honours sounded high
By all things that have breath."

http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps045.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 106, commentary by C.H. Spurgeon
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt. (v. 7)
Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. (v. 8)
And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them.(v. 10)
They soon forgat his works.(v. 13)
And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.(v. 15)
They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.(v. 19)
Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. (v. 20)
They forgat God their saviour. (v. 21)
Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague brake in upon them. (v. 29)
Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed.(v. 30)
And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.(v. 31)
They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them. (v. 34)
But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.(v. 35)
Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils. (v. 37)
Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. (v. 39)
Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, in so much that he abhorred his own inheritance. (v. 40)
And he gave them into the hands of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.(v. 41)
Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. (v. 42)
Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and wewre brought low for their iniquity.(v. 43)
Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry. (v. 44)
And he remembered for them his covenant. (v. 45)
Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praiise.(v. 47)
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the Lord.(v. 48)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps106.htm

That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/thatachristianassembly.htm

A Sermon of John Calvin, Upon the first Epistle of Paul to Timothy, published for the benefit and edifying of the Church of God. Translated out of French into English by L.T. at London, Imprinted for G. Bishop and T. Woodcoke, 1579.
Calvin on the true calling of women.
http://truecovenanter.com/calvin/calvin_19_on_Timothy.html

Machen, Gresham J., What Should True Presbyterians Do at the 1936 General Assembly? The Trinity Review, Number 267, May 2007 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2007).
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_267_machen_true_presbyterians.pdf

Spurgeon and the Down-Grade Controversy, John F. MacArthur, Jr.
"[At the end of the Puritan age] by some means or other, first the ministers, then the Churches, got on 'the down grade,' and in some cases, the descent was rapid, and in all, very disastrous. In proportion as the ministers seceded from the old Puritan godliness of life, and the old Calvinistic form of doctrine, they commonly became less earnest and less simple in their preaching, more speculative and less spiritual in the matter of their discourses, and dwelt more on the moral teachings of the New Testament, than on the great central truths of revelation. Natural theology frequently took the place which the great truths of the gospel ought to have held, and the sermons became more and more Christless. Corresponding results in the character and life, first of the preachers and then of the people, were only too plainly apparent." -- Robert Shindler, "The Down Grade," The Sword and the Trowel (March 1887), 122.
http://www.spurgeon.org/downgrd.htm

"Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts?" a review by John W. Robbins in the May 2006 issue of Trinity Review
"The essay analyzes the reasons many Christians have little or no respect for church courts. The chief reason is that church courts rarely act like courts, but almost always act like inquisitions or confessionals, the two perversions of church courts that characterize the Roman Catholic Church-State. The author provides illustrations using recent court actions in the PCA and OPC.
"Church courts, in turn, act like confessionals and inquisitions because churches have little or no respect for either rationality or justice. Their interests lie elsewhere: emotions (feelings, experience) and ecclesiastical power.
"If you are interested in the condition of the churches, please read "Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts?" -- John W. Robbins
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/latest.php

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC)
This is the authorized website of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998.
They subscribe to the original Westminster Confession of Faith (1646).
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcindex.htm

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Presbyterian & Reformed News was edited by Robert Shapiro and Frank J. Smith. Both men were among the original founders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Frank J. Smith announced in the final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004 (link below), that he will be leaving the PCA. He has joined with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, part of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998. This new denomination established "The Society of Presbyteries and Reformed Churches" and is engaged in merger talks with other Reformed denominations.
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOCIETY OF PRESBYTERIES AND REFORMED CHURCHES
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/CRPC--SPARC%20documents.pdf
Presbyterian & Reformed News
"Recording the Story of the Presbyterian Church in America."
The final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004
http://www.presbyteriannews.org/volumes/v10/1/pr38.pdf
Talks included the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery (Richard Bacon, Roberty La May).
The Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery
http://www.rpchanover.org
Mr. Smith had been examined and approved by the Hanover Presbytery.
It was reported in December 18, 2004 (http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org/minutes_12-18-04.htm) that the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC) declined to pursue merger talks with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery. The main issue was membership in Masonic Lodges, which is tolerated by the RPCUS, Hanover Presbytery.
The final issue included an article by Robert Shapiro entitled "Whither the PCA?" In it he sums up the corruption in the PCA. An additional six pages expose problems with the Doug Wilson ministry.
With Frank J. Smith's departure for reasons cited in the publication the late 2004 issue of the Presbyterian & Reformed News was the final issue. It is no longer published.
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcsheboygan/index.htm

The Trinity Foundation Church Registry and Clearinghouse
"By publishing this church registry we hope to offer some modest help to both individual Christians looking for an acceptable place to worship, and to congregations seeking Christians for mutual edification and to evangelize their communities. We do not guarantee that everyone will be satisfied with every church in this Registry; the user is always under the obligation to compare what is taught by these churches with Scripture." http://www.trinityfoundation.org/churchregmain.php

Corporate Faithfuness and Sanctification (part 1)
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html

Corporate Faithfuness and Sanctification (part 2)
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chb.html

The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

Deed of Constitution for the REFORMED PRESBYTERY IN NORTH AMERICA (RPNA)
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformed-presbytery-RPNA.htm

Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language
http://www.lettermen2.com/tengreat.html

Ten Best Classics For Advanced Studies From Still Waters Revival Books
This listing is "made up of all new material placed on sale as SUPER SPECIALS for the very first time (excludes sets and classics previously offered at special prices)."
http://www.swrb.com/ten-best.htm

Disciplining Children
Commentary by Dennis L. Finnan.
"Witness today, the almost limitless number of young adults who have grown up under the teachings of Dr. Benjamin Spock, who for a generation past taught parents that a child must never be physically disciplined for any reason. Yes, a whole generation has since arisen by these anti-Christian humanistic teachings, to the detriment of society. Amazingly, Dr. Spock has since retracted his own approval of what he wrote, but in spite of this, his books still sell with great popularity." -- Dennis L. Finnan

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. -- Benjamin McLane Spock (May 2, 1903 -- March 15, 1998) from his autobiography
http://www.christian-parents.net/Children/C110_Disciplining_Children.htm



Church History

See "Local Church History"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr7chb.html#lchrchh



Interpersonal Relations in the Local Church

The only way for man and wife and children and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus, The Everlasting Righteousness.

Adams, Jay, Sibling Rivalry in the Household of God (Denver: Accent Books, 1988).
"About 'the causes and effects of rivalry among brothers and sisters in Christ and what can be done about it.
'Sibling rivalry in the household of faith -- just like at home -- is due entirely to sin.' Other supposed causes are not causes but occasions for our self-centered human nature to act. The Holy Spirit gives practical guidance in His Word for solving rivalry and conflict through repentance, faith and obedience."

*Booher, Dianna D., Getting Along With People Who Don't Get Along (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1984). 70484
"A helpful book treating interpersonal relationships and interpersonal communication in the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

Adams, Jay E., Conflict and Rivalry in the Church [30018]

Barrs, Jerram, Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following [70424]

Bunyan, John, Exhortation to Unity and Peace (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications). 70486

Shelley, Marshall, Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering to Problem People in the Church (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing). 70490
"All pastors, elders, and deacons have met well-intentioned dragons. These people don't consider themselves malicious. Often they are well-meaning, deeply loyal to the church, and convinced they are serving God. Yet they undermine the church's ministry and breed discontent. This book is based on real-life stories." -- GCB

See also: Justification, Reconciling relationships, Reconciling marriage partners, The love and justice of God, Holiness, Church discipline, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, The local church and counseling

Related WebLinks

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith



The Church Universal

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
(Isaiah 60:1-22)

See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19, page 1864, in The Reformation Study Bible



RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. (Proverbs 1:7a)

John Calvin begins his theological masterpiece, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, with these sentences: "Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves. But, while joined by many bonds, which one precedes and brings forth the other is not easy to discern" (I:1:1). Without a knowledge of one's self, there is no knowledge of God. But to know one's self (and the whole world in general), there must first be a knowledge of God. God is known both better, and before, oneself or anything else (I:1:1-3). -- W. Gary Crampton

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

And deal not so foolishly as to waste many years in inferior arts and sciences, before you have studied how to please God and to be saved. I unfeignedly thank God, that, by sickness and his grace, he called me early to learn how to die, and therefore to learn what I must be and how to live, and thereby drew me to study the sacred Scriptures, and abundance of practical, spiritual English books, till I had somewhat settled the resolution and the peace of my own soul, before I had gone far in human learning. -- Richard Baxter

"The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him." -- John Milton

*Calvin, John, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960).
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH, WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/3247
Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
Calvin's Commentaries (online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
http://members.aol.com/skettler/pringle.html
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

*Charnock, Stephen, The Existence and Attributes of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1797), EEBO.
"When the essence and attributes of God are called into question, to whom else can we better go than to Stephen Charnock? . . . the study of God's attributes is not dry-as-dust theology, but is practical; that is, it leads to righteousness." -- Gordon H. Clark.

*Enroth, Ronald, The Lure of Cults and New Religions [D1000]

*Morris, Henry M., Education for the Real World, 2nd edition (San Diego, CA: Master Books, 1983). 70492

*Packer, J.I., Knowing God, 25th anniversary edition (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997, 1973). 10018
A classic work by one of the foremost theologians of our day. Offsets erroneous ideas about God. A group study guide is also available. A best-selling book. Contains material useful in counseling. A Christian classic.

*Packer, J.I., Knowing God (Study Guide) (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1975, 1973). 10019
"Ideal for Bible Study Groups, Sunday School classes as well as personal study and reflection. Why not begin a fresh new quiet time each day with Dr. Packer as you open the pages of this wonderful and illuminating study on KNOWING GOD?" -- GCB

*Varghese, Roy Abraham (editor), The Intellectuals Speak Out About God: A Handbook for the Christian Student in a Secular Society [20161]

Anderson, Wayne J., How to Understand Sex: Guidelines for Students [70166]

Becker, Verne (editor), Surviving High School [70318]

Beechick, Ruth, A Biblical Psychology of Learning: How Your Mind Works [20844]

DeMar, Gary, Surviving College Successfully: A Complete Manual for the Rigors of Academic Combat (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers). 70493
"This systematic program enables students to be successful both in their academic disciplines and in their walk with Christ. Sections on how to study, write papers, take class notes, research, evaluate material, and how to think clearly and Biblically." -- Publisher's Annotation

Holmes, Arthur F., Shaping Character: Moral Education in the Christian College (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990). 70493A

Holmes, Arthur F. (editor), The Making of a Christian Mind: A Christian World View and the Academic Enterprise [20852]

Holmes, Arthur F., The Idea of a Christian College [70328]

Kachur, Robert M., The Complete Campus Companion: The Survival Guide Every Christian Student Needs (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, c1988). 70494
"Next to the dictionary, the most helpful book available for students . . . this handy survival guide addresses with common-sense advice and refreshing honesty the many concerns of new students and `veterans' alike." -- Publisher's Annotation

Kemp, Charles F., Counseling With College Students [20559]

Lawhead, Alice, and Steve Lawhead, The Total Guide to College Life [70495]
"THE TOTAL GUIDE TO COLLEGE LIFE should be required reading for all who are entering college. Much of the advice is applicable for those attending trade schools or technical institutes. The approach is no-nonsense and interesting. The book includes information on how to create part time employment, how to get into and out of classes, a crash course on time management, and a roommate survival course." -- Reader Comment

Malik, Charles Habib, A Christian Critique of the University [90317]

Martin, Walter, Seven Campus Curses (San Juan Capistrano, CA: Christian Research Institute International). 70496
"An introduction to the seven most common objections to Christianity encountered on the college campus." An audio cassette.

McGrath, Alister E., A Cloud of Witnesses: Ten Great Christian Thinkers [20157]

Morey, Robert, How to Keep Your Faith in College (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]). 70497
"Dr. Morey's book will help every student to know God, know himself, grasp the essentials, gain a Christian world view, discern cultural considerations, spot humanism, avoid deception, and stay away from cults and the occult. . . . An easy to read study guide with discussion questions at the end of each chapter makes this book perfect for group study." For high school and college students.

Ringenberg, William C., The Christian College: A History of Protestant Higher Education in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1984). 70498

Tapia, Andres, Campus Evangelism Handbook (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 70500
"Telling people about Jesus anywhere is tough. But doing it at college can be worst of all: peer pressures are strong, professors are intimidating, schedules are hectic, relationships are intense. This practical guide to campus evangelism is made up of on-target U Magazine articles by Becky Pippert, Joseph Bayly, Paul Tokunaga, Peter Kreeft, and others." -- CBD

Voeller, Brad Accelerated Distance Learning ( The Vision Forum, Inc.)
"Home school graduate Brad Voeller earned his four-year, fully-accredited college degree in less than six months for less than $5,000 by applying the revolutionary techniques of accelerated distance learning. In this book, he shares with you tested approaches to learning that will allow you to earn a college degree in less than half the normal time -- for a fraction of the cost. Discover how to: receive college credit for life experiences; earn college credit quickly and easily through credit-by-examination; speed up the learning process while improving comprehension; cut study time by at least 50 percent; make a wise decision in choosing a distance-learning program; and complete college in less than half the time for less than half the cost." -- Doug Phillips

Wilkes, Peter (editor), Christianity Challenges the University [90381]

See also: Book length presentations of the free offer of Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Evangelism, Follow-up, Tracts, Sexual relationship, Counsel for Young Men, Counsel for Young Women, Abstinence, Christian fiction (The Elsie Books by Martha Finley)

Related WebLinks

"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646, The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

Regulations at Yale College (1745)
Showing the centrality of Calvinism and the Westminster Confession in Colonial higher education.
http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/yale.html

Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language
http://www.lettermen2.com/tengreat.html

Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM
"This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. The Biblical Counseling Library features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including The Christian Counselor's Manual, Competent to Counsel, and A Theology of Christian Counseling. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
"This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the Biblical Counseling Library adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library."
http://www.logos.com/products/prepub/details/2482

True Love Waits
http://www.truelovewaits.com/

Sex Respect
http://www.sexrespect.com/default2.html

Reformed University Fellowship at Clemson University
http://hubcap.clemson.edu/ruf/

Center for Christian Study
http://majordomo.virginia.edu

More Than Gold Ministry 2000
http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ss/outreach/2000/index.html



CHRISTIANITY IN THE WORKPLACE

Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psalms 37 37:1)

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. (Ephesians 6:5-9)

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23)

Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. (Genesis 4:7a)

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30)

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:27)

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 6:38)

Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God . . . -- Deuteronomy 8:11-14

Q. What kind of submission may be rendered to immoral and tyrannical governments, the ordinance of Satan, such as now exist?

A. Christians, in the exercise of their Christian liberty, and in the performance of the duty of "proving all things, and holding fast what is good," can submit to such governments "for wrath's sake," ONLY, which kind of submission has no respect to the power as legitimate authority, but simply, from dread of the cruelty of the tyrant, who pours forth his fury upon all who oppose his misrule. To God's moral ordinance as described, is allegiance due for conscience sake. Submission to this, is submission to God.

Q. When Christians reside under an immoral government, is not conformity to the general order of society a duty, provided this can be done without violating the divine law ?

A. If the constituted authorities of a nation are not in voluntary subserviency to the Mediator, but opposed to his authority, law, and religion, for the sake of peace and order, and for the sake of contributing as much as possible to the ease and happiness of society, and from a spirit of resignation to the Divine providence, and in order to make legitimate provision for themselves and relatives, so much conformity to the prevailing system as is consistent with their oath of allegiance to Messiah, is a duty conscientiously to be practiced, although very distinct from that obedience for conscience sake which they would render to the government of their choice, to the authority which has the sanction of the Divine approbation. Jer. xxix. 4-7, "Seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.:

Q. Whilst it is the duty of Christians thus to live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty, in conformity to the laws of Christ, which are everywhere, and at all times, obligatory upon them -- is it not their duty publicly to declare their dissent from an immoral constitution of civil government, within the reach of whose power they may reside ?

A. This is, indeed, their duty. Because, 1. They are bound to defend God's moral ordinance of civil government, in the purity of which, God's own honor as "the Governor of the nations," is deeply involved. Rev. ii. 25, 26, "That which you have already hold fast till I come; and he that overcometh -- and keepeth my works unto the end -- to him will I give power in the nations," &c. Isa. viii. 16, "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples." 2. The purity of this holy ordinance cannot be preserved, if it is confounded with the existing immoral systems, and by an indiscriminate exercise of allegiance. 3. Christians are witnesses for God among men; and having in their possession "the testimony of God," in the Holy Scriptures, respecting the true character of civil government, and the duty of national subjection to Christ and his law, and respect for his holy religion, it is their duty to apply the doctrines of inspiration upon this subject, in stating and defending the truth, and condemning the existing immoral systems, and in bearing public testimony against all who uphold them. Isa. xliii. 10, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." Rev. xi. 3, "I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth;" xii. 17, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." See also Rev. xvii. 14, Acts v. 32, xxvi. 16, Micah iv. 8-18, Mark vi. 11. 4. The witnesses in Revelation are raised up not only to testify against the ecclesiastical apostasy, "The scarlet woman," or Roman church -- and "the image of the beast," -- the Papacy -- but also against "the seven-headed and ten-horned" beast -- or the civil powers -- upon which the woman rides. The nations which sustain Antichrist, and are equally, with "the man of sin," Antichristian, and are at war with the Lamb. See passages last quoted, together with Rev. xiii. 1, 2, xvii. 3-14, and xii. 11, "And they overcame him, (the devil embodied in the Roman church papacy, and civil powers,) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;" xvii. 14, "These, (the civil powers,) shall make war with the Lamb-and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful."

Q. Are not virtuous persons, who, in their private capacity, are endeavoring to further the true end of civil government -- the maintenance of peace and quietness in all godliness and honesty, although they dissent from the constitution of civil government of the nation in which they reside, entitled to protection ?

A. They certainly are entitled to protection in their lives, liberties, and property; "but they are not to act inconsistently with their declared dissent, and it would be tyranny to constrain them to such measures." Exod. xxii. 21, "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger nor oppress him." See also Rom. xiii. 3, 1 Tim. ii. 2, Jer. xxi. 12, Esther iii. 8, 9.

Q. Should not "Christians, testifying against national evils, and striving, in the use of moral means, to effect a reformation, relinquish temporal privileges, rather than do any thing which may appear to contradict their testimony, or lay a stumbling-block before their weaker brethren?"

A. This is unquestionably their duty. Because they cannot convince men of their own sincerity, and of the immorality of a principle or practice, whilst they themselves are found actually maintaining the immoral principle or practice, (by oath of allegiance, voting, and holding offices, &c.) and enjoying the emoluments of iniquity decreed by law. Heb. xi. 24, 26, 36, "By faith, Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Esteeming the reproach of Christ to be greater riches than the treasures in Egypt. And others had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover, of bonds and imprisonments." Numb. xxiii. 9, "Lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations." Rom. xiv. 21, "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended."

Q. Will not such a public dissent from immoral governments, and faithful testimony against them, ultimately prevail to their overthrow?

A. Yes. By these means the witnesses will prevail, however much they may suffer in the meantime, and will be the honored instruments of establishing the millennial kingdom of the Lamb. Rev. xii. 11 , "And they overcame him, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death." Dan. vii. 22, "The Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." Rev. xx. 4, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them; and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, (the civil powers,) neither his image, (the Papacy,) neither had received his mark, (yielded allegiance,) upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." -- William L. Roberts, The Reformed Presbyterian Catechism, p. 130-133

Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17)

When people become Christians, they often begin to prosper. Why?
First, we are not concerned about anxiety. Worry, which so frustrates and limits people's ability, is taken away. The Scripture tells us: "Be anxious for nothing" (Philippians 4:6). Christ is going to provide for us.
Second, we have the aid and help of God who gives us additional strength to perform our tasks.
Third, we have new wisdom and ideas that come from God. "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally." (James 1:5).
Fourth, the redeemed are given the power to persevere and continue on when others may fall to the side.
Fifth, we have a purpose for what we do. Our work, whatever that may be, is done to the glory of God. . . .
It is called the Puritan Work Ethic, the Protestant Work Ethic, or simply the Christian Work Ethic.
Because the redeemed have been given these enhanced abilities, they actually produce more. They produce more than they even want of this world's goods. Therefore, they are enabled to give far more. They are enabled to save far more. They are able to invest in tools. That is why, one hundred years after the founding of our country, Americans were saving more than any people in the world. We were investing more in tools. American workers in factories and on farms had more and better tools per capita, and used these tools more effectively, than the people of any other nation. Therefore, we enjoyed the world's highest standard of living. . . .
This same trend has been repeated throughout Church history. . . .
In fact, it can even become a problem clearly stated in Deuteronomy: As people become more prosperous, they tend to forget God as their source for wealth (see Deuteronomy 6:10-12). . . . -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, pp. 215-216

Ten Global Principles for Business and Professional Success from the booklet MEGA VALUES by Colonel Nimrod McNair. (Modeled after the Ten Commandments.)

The first principle is, "Show proper respect for authority." This is the invisible superstructure of productive enterprise. God clearly commands us to respect those in authority over us. God uses this command to bring order out of chaos. Authority is a necessary prerequisite to order.
The second rule is, "Have a singleness of purpose." Divided purposes dilute effectiveness when interests conflict. We cannot serve two masters effectively. We must evaluate our time, talent, and resources and make sure we are using these God-given elements in a way that ultimately brings Him the glory.
Precept number three is, "Use effective communication in word and deed." Complete communications and predictable follow-through are the basic expressions of personal integrity. It means doing what you say you'll do, even if it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. This commandment is honored when promises are kept and accurate recounting of transactions is given.
A fourth truth is, "Provide proper rest, recreation, and reflection." This ensures a quality of life that will be reflected in creativity, productivity, and motivation. Rest is a necessity for effectiveness. Recreation guards the mind against mental and emotional fatigue. Reflection promotes self-monitoring, allows for mid-course corrections, and ensures single-mindedness. The fifth tenet is, "Show respect for the older and more experienced." Our parents, teachers, coaches, employers, pastors, and other elders in our lives have an investment in us. It is to our benefit to honor that investment and to draw fully from the wisdom and expertise of those more experienced than ourselves.
The sixth axiom is, "Show respect for human life, dignity, and rights." This encompasses product quality and service, the work environment, health and safety, personnel policies and responsibilities, and competitive practices. It is simply the Golden Rule--treating others as you would want to be treated.
The seventh principle is, "Maintain a stability of sexes and the family." Wisdom and good business practice dictate equal regard for men and women as persons irrespective of gender or marital status. Respect for the family structure as the crucial foundation of our cultural system must be reflected in our decisions regarding the conflicts between business demands and the value of the family and personal life.
Precept number eight is, "Demonstrate the proper allocation of resources." Two fundamental responsibilities and privileges of business are optimal use of material resources and wise leadership of people. We must treat all our business assets, whether they be people, funds, or materials, as a gift from the Lord.
The ninth truth is, "Demonstrate honesty and integrity." Integrity is the cornerstone of any good relationship. Without demonstrating the willingness to give and the worthiness to receive trust, no business can survive or prosper. A reputation for honesty is a comprehensive statement of both a person's character and how he or she treats others. It is a fundamental mindset against stealing, lying, or deceiving.
The tenth and final business commandment is, "Maintain the right of ownership of property." Those who are disciplined, creative, prudent, and industrious are entitled to the fruits of their labor. We must not covet that which belongs to another. -- Colonel Nimrod McNair
Executive Leadership Foundation
http://www.commandmentsonline.com/
If you would have good servants, see that you be good masters, and do your own duty, and then either your servants will do theirs, or else all their failings shall turn to your greater good.
Remember that in Christ they are your brethren and fellow-servants; and therefore rule them not tyrannically, but in tenderness and love; and command them nothing that is against the laws of God, or the good of their souls. Use not wrath or unmanlike fury with them; nor any over-severe or unnecessary rebukes or chastisements. Find fault in season, with prudence and sobriety, when your passions are down, and when it is most likely to do good. -- Richard Baxter

It is impossible to desire something we already possess, whether it be power, wealth, sexual fulfillment, and so forth.

Owners, directors, and managers can delegate authority, but they can not delegate responsibility.

Work can be hazardous to your health.

"Chaplains often make a positive impact on a company's bottom line, employers say. They help boost employee morale, retention rates, and productivity by reducing lost time, sick time, personal days off, absenteeism, and health insurance claims."

*Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Parting counsels: an exposition of the first chapter of the Second Epistle of the Apostle Peter, with four additional discourses (Geneva Commentaries. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1980). 30847
"We always think of Brown as a Puritan born out of due time. Everything he has left us is massive gold. He is both rich and clear, profound and perspicuous." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The title is due to the fact that these were farewell addresses from the expositor. You will quickly see why the first chapter of 2 Peter is ideal for the purpose. And since Brown expounded these glorious directions from God for 344 pages, you may be sure that he left no jewel of truth unrevealed. He shone each gem until they reflect the brightness of the Gospel of the glory of Christ. Would that he had been enabled to finish the epistle!" -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Burkett, Larry, Business by the Book (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 60313
"For business owners and managers who found Burkett's original BUSINESS BY THE BOOK helpful (and especially if you missed it!), here's a new expanded edition in paperback. Burkett uses Scripture to illustrate principles for sound financial planning, compensation, employer-employee relationships, bankruptcy, and hiring, and firing. Included in this expanded edition are the how-to's of debt-free business, fair pricing of products and services, and planning for retirement. Business people -- let's do it by the Book! . . ." -- CBD

Ford, Roger Hayes Boardroom Basics: A Pocket Guide for Directors
"Answers the prayers of every director who has rifled through back issues of Director's Monthly in search of a past "Private Company Boards" column by this prominent consultant to family businesses. It can also benefit directors not yet acquainted with Ford, Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia." Reader Comment

Lange, Gerry, Cain and Abel at Work: How to Overcome Office Politics and the People Who Stand Between You and Success
"Do you know a Cain at work?
"The back-stabbing liar who steals credit for your ideas . . .
"The a**-kissing co-worker who worries about `face time' while you stay late working hard . . .
"The gossipy colleague who spreads rumors just to create drama in the office.
"If any of these people sound familiar, watch out: a Cain is lurking, ready to sabotage your job, your promotion, and even your reputation at work.
"Written by two veteran media and political strategists, Cain and Abel at Work will help you survive the ultimate political arena the office and prepare you for the real-world interpersonal dynamics they don't teach you in business school.
"In the Old Testament story that serves as the beginning metaphor for this book, back stabbing Cain kills the honorable Abel out of jealousy, and despite being punished with banishment, he goes on to marry, have a son, and build a city around him. All of a sudden, Cain gets to be a father, real estate developer, and probably the first politician of his day, while Abel's life is over in a flash. Authors Gerry Lange and Todd Domke have discovered that this type of injustice is still alive and well in the modern competitive workplace. Together, they have decades of personal experience and first-hand encounters with scheming, calculating Cains, and now they're giving readers an invaluable guide for coping with and combating Cain at work.
"Using real-life case studies to illustrate how Cains operate, Cain and Abel at Work will teach you how to:

"With compelling new insight into human behavior and competition developed from the authors' experience in the political, media, and business arenas, Cain and Abel at Work explains what motivates both Cains and Abels at work. Not only does this book explore and deplore the behavior of Cains, it also explains how the simple naïveté of Abels allows Cains to get away with their shenanigans.
"If anyone has ever stolen an idea from you or grabbed credit for your work, if they've taken advantage of or walked all over you, you need this book. Cain and Abel at Work is an office survival guide no well-intentioned Abel should be without." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Cain and Abel at Work is The Peter Principle of our time! It's both entertaining and informative. Every manager, aspiring manager, and anyone who works for a manager can profit from reading it." -- Stuart Varney, anchor, CNN
"A writer, producer, and director in all media for more than twenty years and an experienced business and political consultant, Gerry Lange has prepared many well-known public figures, including Ronald Reagan, Alan Greenspan, and William F. Buckley, Jr., for televised debates. Lange wrote and produced several PBS specials, and he has been a political adviser for such figures as Governor William Weld and Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and have a son, Christopher.
"Todd Domke is president of a media consulting firm specializing in strategy, public relations, and advertising. As a strategist, he's been a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial and Congressional Committees, GOPAC, and numerous campaigns. He is also the co-author of The Conservative?s Dictionary, and the author of Grounded, a humorous novel for juveniles. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their daughter, Caitlin in Canton, Massachusetts; his son, Judah, is a writer and actor in New York City." -- Publisher's Annotation

Love, Christopher, 1618-1651, Scripture rules to be observed in buying and selling. By Mr Christopher Love, late minister at Laurence Jury, London. Rules concerning buying commodities. Rules concerning selling commodities, 1653, EEBO.

*Matthews, Victor, Personal Success (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 70502
"Here is a book of value. This man has learned his lessons from God's Word, and he is content to teach them to the reader . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Penney, J.C., Christian Principles in Business
"Wise men do not light a candle and place it under a bushel. Life's greatest benefactions -- intelligence, liberty, religion -- are for dissemination. There can be no moral justification for withholding the benefits that result from a wise distribution of knowledge.
"Liberty, that one priceless boon for which all men yearn, thrives only in the light. It must be proclaimed and practiced to be enjoyed and appreciated by all.
"Religion was never intended for self-gratification. It must be turned loose upon the world, and the more unconsciously that loosening process takes place, the more beneficial its results.
"Christ declared that He was the Light of the world. Religion must scatter that Light or fail in the accomplishment of its supreme mission." -- J.C. Penney

*Richards, Lawrence O., and Gib Martin, The Theology of Personal Ministry [10581]

*Stockwell, Clinton, E. (compiler), The Christian and the Workplace: A Select Bibliography (Chicago, IL: Urban Church Research Center and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, 1980). 50043

Banks, Robert J., Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace

Bradley, John D., Christian Career Planning: Finding the Place God Has for You (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, c1977). 70505

Bramlett, James, How to Get a Job (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1991). 70506
"How do you find God's will? What is a calling? What are your gifts and talents and how should you use them? HOW TO GET A JOB is the Christian's guide to securing the right occupation. It covers questions from analyzing the job market to planning for an interview."

Burkett, Larry, Business by the Book, new expanded edition (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 70507
"Burkett uses Scripture to illustrate principles for sound financial planning, compensation, employer-employee relationships, bankruptcy, and hiring and firing. Included in this expanded edition are the how-to's of debt-free business, fair pricing of products and services, and planning for retirement. . . ." -- CBD

*Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), An exposition with practical observations upon . . . the book of Job . . . 12 volumes (London, England: Printed by Matthew Simmons, 1649, 1669). OCLC: 12423155 and (Berkley, MI [Dust & Ashes Publications, 3423 Phillips Berkley, 48072, Telephone: (248) 541-0660, E-mail: Dust & Ashes Publications at jhjowett@usol.com
A rare book. This appears to be the preferred edition.
Caryl preached on Job for 20 years. Some have said his work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job.
"It is finally available after over 300 years! The pinnacle of Puritan preaching and devotion, Joseph Caryl's 12 volume, 8600+ page exposition of Job is now heading for a limited edition printing.
"C.H. Spurgeon said, `Caryl will not exhaust the patience of a student who is a lover of every letter of the Word . . . it would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of expounding he has illustrated a very large portion of Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed'."
"These volumes are being printed in the very highest quality. The set contains 12 6 x 9 volumes bound in a high c-grade cloth, 50lb natural paper for ease of reading, reinforced hinges for long lasting binding, smyth-sewn construction, etc. to make sure these last!
"These are the full 12 volumes totally unabridged. The exact run is not set, but will be 1,000 copies or under. We anticipate being sold out or very near it by the time we go to press in July [2001]. . . . [This reprint will not be distributed through standard shops, so order yours now.]" -- Publisher's Annotation

*Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), An exposition with practical observations upon . . . the book of Job . . . 12 volumes (London, England: Printed by Matthew Simmons, 1649, 1669). OCLC: 12423155 and (Berkley, MI [Dust & Ashes Publications, 3423 Phillips Berkley, 48072, Telephone: (248) 541-0660, E-mail: Dust & Ashes Publications at jhjowett@usol.com
A rare book. This appears to be the preferred edition.
Caryl preached on Job for 20 years. Some have said his work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job.
"It is finally available after over 300 years! The pinnacle of Puritan preaching and devotion, Joseph Caryl's 12 volume, 8600+ page exposition of Job is now heading for a limited edition printing.
"C.H. Spurgeon said, `Caryl will not exhaust the patience of a student who is a lover of every letter of the Word . . . it would be a mistake to suppose that he is at all prolix or redundant; he is only full. In the course of expounding he has illustrated a very large portion of Bible with great clearness and power. He is deeply devotional and spiritual. His work can scarcely be superseded or surpassed'."
"These volumes are being printed in the very highest quality. The set contains 12 6 x 9 volumes bound in a high c-grade cloth, 50lb natural paper for ease of reading, reinforced hinges for long lasting binding, smyth-sewn construction, etc. to make sure these last!
"These are the full 12 volumes totally unabridged. The exact run is not set, but will be 1,000 copies or under. We anticipate being sold out or very near it by the time we go to press in July [2001]. . . . [This reprint will not be distributed through standard shops, so order yours now.]" -- Publisher's Annotation

*Caryl, Joseph, An Exposition of Job (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications). 30589
"An abridgment of the author's famous 8-volume work. Retains sufficient seed thoughts to prod the thinking of any preacher." -- Cyril J. Barber. Some have said that Caryl's work is the only satisfactory commentary on the book of Job. He preached on Job for 20 years.

*Caryl, Joseph, Notes on Job (Lafayette, IN [The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1274 Meadowbrook Drive, P.O. Box 4998, Lafayette 47905]: The Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1992). 30590

Chewning, Richard (editor), Biblical Principles and Business: The Foundation [90271]

Chewning, Richard (editor), Biblical Principles and Business: The Practice [90272]

Chewning, Richard (editor), Biblical Principles and Public Policy: The Practice [90272A]

Dittes, James E., When Work Goes Sour (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1987). 70510
"This is an excellent treatise. Dittes take a long, hard look at the ways in which work permeates the lives of men and explores the myths that often rule a man's relationship with his career. . . . Then, using Biblical data as well as contemporary case studies, he discusses the pain of work, the problems that arise, and how to deal with the disappointment that inevitably occurs when work fails to bring the expected rewards. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Eckerd, Jack, and Paul Conn, Eckerd: Finding the Right Prescription [20162]
Jack Eckerd is "a living demonstration of the life-changing power of Christ. His inspiring testimony deserves the widest possible audience." -- Billy Graham
"This is the amazing, exciting story of one of the most remarkable men I've ever known. It is a gripping account; when you're finished, you will want to sing the doxology." -- Chuck Colson

Ellul, Jacques, Money and Power [90283]

Harris, Gregg, The Home and Family Business Workshop: A Complete Workshop for Parents and Teens on How to Start a Successful Business for Your Family [70265]

Heidebrecht, Paul H., God's Man in the Marketplace (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 70514
"Telling the story of Herbert J. Taylor, Paul H. Heidebrecht offers an inspiring practical model of how God can use people in the marketplace as well as on the mission field." -- Publisher's Annotation

InterVarsity Press, "Called to the Marketplace" (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 70518
"Men and women in health care, business, law, the arts, banking, and education share principles they've discovered in the marketplace, and how to apply those principles daily
. . . . What career is best for you? What does God expect from your work? How can you live out Jesus' call to service, witness, and righteousness? Find out -- from Christians in your own field -- how to serve God through your career. . ." -- Publisher's Annotation. A video series in four parts.

Jones, Cliff C., Winning Through Integrity [20741]

Journal of Biblical Conflict Resolution, (Billings, MT [Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC), 1537 Avenue D, Suite 352, Billings, 59102]).
A serial published twice per year, commencing Summer, 1994. Editor, Ken Sande.
"Articles will address biblical negotiation, conflict counseling, mediation, arbitration and church discipline. Also will cover ethical, legal, and conciliator liability issues. Reviews will assess developments and books in the field of alternative dispute resolution." -- David Powlison

Moore, Raymond, and Dorothy Moore, Minding Your Own Business [70266]

*Noe, John R., People Power (Nashville, TN: Oliver Nelson Books, 1986).
"It reinforces in the minds of managers the value of those who serve under them, and exposes the fallacies inherent in the lip-service management often pays to the importance of those who actually get the work done. In stressing the human factor, Noe asserts that `all the psychological studies, sociological findings, and business administrative jargon may look good on paper, but they have little to do with the pragmatics of relating positively to people.' He then explains how those in positions of authority may develop the skills that help them develop healthy esprit de corps. . . . His illustrations readily reveal the amazing results that can occur when individuals learn to relate to others as people of worth rather than as objects (or things) to be used. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Patterson, Ben, Work (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). 90334
The author "provides a sound Biblical perspective on work and offers what may be a brand-new outlook for many Christians. For anyone who wants to make their work more satisfying and productive, this booklet offers help for getting started." -- Publisher's Annotation

Petty, Jim, Christian Goals on the Job [30353]

Petty, Jim, Five Reasons Not to Take a Job [30355]

Petty, Jim, How God Measures Vocational Success [30359]

*Powlison, David (editor), Contemporary Biblical Counseling: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled and Annotated by David Powlison, editor of Journal of Biblical Counseling With 1995 Additions
http://www.lettermen2.com/powlison.html

Rightor, Henry Haskell, Pastoral Counseling in Work Crises: An Introduction for Both Lay and Ordained Ministers (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, c1979). 70525
Includes bibliography and index.

Rose, Tom, Economics: Principles and Policy From a Christian Perspective [90339]

Rush, Myron, Lord of the Marketplace [90340]

Shelly, Judith Allen, Not Just a Job: Serving Christ in Your Work

Steele, Richard, Religious Tradesman (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications).
"Work is considered as a calling of God." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*Stockwell, Clinton, E. (compiler), The Christian and the Workplace: A Select Bibliography (Chicago, IL: Urban Church Research Center and the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, 1980). 50043

Sherman, Doug, "Toward a Christian Theology of Work."
"Doug Sherman's master's thesis . . . the Bible's teaching on work; and the implications of this truth for the Christian's work ethic . . . Especially useful is the extensive bibliography." -- Publisher's Annotation

Various, Work and Rest in Review [30450]

See also: Prayer, Intercessory prayer, The ten commandments, Ethics, Casuistry, The promises of christ, Bible promises, Freedom with responsibility to god, Sexual relationship, Stress, Job (the book of), Physical health, Theft, stealing, and fraud, Conspiracy and corruption, A selection of works on pseudo-christian movements, Corporate faithfulness, Biblical counsel by subject, Secret societies and ungodly alliance, Sorcery, Adultery, Carnality, Workaholics, Covenanted reformation, The application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership

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LEADERSHIP

In Deuteronomy 17 the king is charged to '...read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law....' (Deut. 17:19).

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:25-28)

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
-- Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:16)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

  1. With regard to the Christian Ministry as an order in Christ's church, they are represented under the figure of a set of servants, constituted by the master, stewards, and rulers over his household, during his absence.
    They are "servants," not lords. "We preach," says the apostle, "not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus's sake." (2 Corinthians 4:5) `We do not announce ourselves to you as your masters. We proclaim Christ Jesus to be the Master, and mindful of his words, "One is your Master, even Christ," (Matthew 23:8) we announce ourselves to you not your masters, but your servants for his sake. We seek not to make you our property that we may rule over you, but dictating to your faith, and controlling your conduct; but considering you as his unalienable property, which he "purchased with his won blood," (Acts 20:28) and which having so dearly bought he highly values, we wish to serve Him by ministering to your improvements.' This is a view of the sacred office with which they who fill it cannot be too deeply impressed. They are Christ's servants. They have no authority, separate from his authority. To promulgate and administer his laws, not to make and execute laws of their own, is their legitimate province. . . .
    It is of importance, however, to remark, that though called to office by the instrumentality of their brethren, their authority is derived, not from them, but from their Master: by him, not by them, are they to be directed in the performance of their duties, and to him, not to them, are they accountable for the manner in which they discharge them. It is his doctrine they are to teach -- his laws they are to administer. The steward or overseer, though chosen, if such be the appointment of the Master, by his fellow-servants, is to be guided in managing the household, not by their will, but by the will of their common Lord. The minister of Christ who forgets this, and seeks in his official proceedings primarily to please those who have been committed to his charge, has lost sight of his high character as a servant of Christ. A fitter object of mingled blame, contempt, and pity, does not exist, than a man, bearing the name of a christian minister, who, instead of fearlessly proclaiming and impartially administering the laws of Christ, is the slave and the executioner of the prejudices of his people.
    But though the Christian minister is not to be ruled by those whom he is appointed to rule -- is not to take laws from those to whom he is appointed to declare the law, he is never to forget -- what the very names of his office are all intended and fitted to keep constantly before his mind -- that he holds office in the church, not for his own aggrandizement and selfish interests, but for the benefit of his brethren -- not to gratify his own ambition or love of ease, but to promote their spiritual improvement, to secure their ultimate salvation; and under the influence of this conviction, like the steward who finds that in promoting his mater's interest, and the happiness of his fellow-servants, in the good order of the household, it is of great importance to be on good terms with those under his care, he will endeavour to "please his brethren to edification;" nay, he will seek to "please all men in all things, not seeking his own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved." (1 Corinthians 10:33) Such is the view there given us of the general nature and design of the christian ministry. -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I:389-391

    If you would have good servants, see that you be good masters, and do your own duty, and then either your servants will do theirs, or else all their failings shall turn to your greater good.
    Remember that in Christ they are your brethren and fellow-servants; and therefore rule them not tyrannically, but in tenderness and love; and command them nothing that is against the laws of God, or the good of their souls. Use not wrath or unmanlike fury with them; nor any over-severe or unnecessary rebukes or chastisements. Find fault in season, with prudence and sobriety, when your passions are down, and when it is most likely to do good. -- Richard Baxter

    Remember that you have a charge of the souls in your family, and are as a priest and teacher in your own house; and therefore see that you keep them to the constant worshipping of God, especially on the Lord's day, in public and private; and that you teach them the things that concern their salvation (as in afterward directed). And pray for them daily, as well as for yourselves. -- Richard Baxter

    The skilful, holy, humble, faithful, laborious, patient ministers of Christ, have been and still are, the great blessings of the world; for saving souls, promoting knowledge, faith, holiness, love, and peace; opposing error, pride, oppression, wordliness, sensuality, and contention; diverting God's judgments by faith and prayer; forsaking all for Christ, and patiently suffering for well-doing; and by doctrine and example teaching men to difference the Creator from the creature, holiness from sin, heaven from earth, the soul from the body, the spirit from the flesh, and helping men to prepare, by a mortified, heavenly heart and life, for a comfortable death and endless happiness. Of such vast importance is it to the world whether the clergy be good or bad, skilful or unskilful, holy or worldly; and he is not a true Christian that is insensible of the difference, or thinks it small. -- Richard Baxter

    "I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!" -- J.C. Ryle, "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

    The first impression that one gets of a ruler and of his brains is from seeing the men he has about him. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). 30937
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Rush, Myron D., Management: A Biblical Approach (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983). 70539
"In this work, the author, a management consultant, `focuses . . . on how to lead people and manage organizations and businesses from a Biblical viewpoint'." -- Lorne Sanny

*Rushdoony, Rousas J., Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
"The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

*Stogdill, Ralph M., Leadership: Abstracts and Bibliography, 1904-1974 (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 1977). 70540
"Up to the time of this death, Stogdill was one of the leading men in the country on the subject of leadership. This bibliography covers seventy years of publications in the areas allied with planning, organizing, controlling, and directing the activities of others. Containing only experimental research articles and papers (with 3700 entries in all), the material in this volume surveys virtually every facet of leadership. Not all entries are of equal value. Pastors pursuing D.Min. degree programs in leadership administration will find a wealth of usable material here. No college or seminary library can afford to be without this valuable bibliography." -- Cyril J. Barber

Armerding, Hudson, The Heart of Godly Leadership (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1992). 70541
"A former Wheaton College president brings a seasoned scriptural perspective to the subject of godly leadership, giving Biblical examples relating to delegating authority, handling success, and passing leadership on to the next generation. Tackles family, church, and society." -- GCB

Barrs, Jerram, Shepherds and Sheep: A Biblical View of Leading and Following [90248]

Harrington, Arthur, What the Bible Says About Leadership (Joplin, MO: College Press Publishing Co., 1985). 70544
"Approaches the matter of leadership topically (e.g., evangelistic, missionary, pastoral, eldership, women in leadership, etc.). Relates the teaching of the Bible to each of these areas. Though far ranging and helpful, this work does not assess what leadership is, but concentrates instead on what leaders do." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Regent University Staff, The Word on Management (Ventura, CA: Regal Books). 70545
"A topical index of Scriptures for managers and employees by the Regent University staff." -- GCB

Youssef, Michael, The Leadership Style of Jesus [10392]

See also: The Ten Commandments, Family worship, Church government, Covenanted reformation: the application of scripture to the corporate bodies of church and state, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

The Teaching of The Lord Jesus Christ
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#eatotljc

That a Christian Assembly or Congregation has the Right and Power to Judge all Teaching and to Call, Appoint, and Dismiss Teachers, Established and Proven by Scripture Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/thatachristianassembly.htm

Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches.]
http://www.covenanter.org/Pastoral/pastoraladmonitions.htm

The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

Executive Leadership Foundation
http://www.commandmentsonline.com/



THE MILITARY

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

Burlingame, Terry D., Biblical Counseling to the Military: The Book of Joshua as a Model (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Div. thesis, 1990). 70546A

Dean, Chuck, Making Peace With Your Past: NAM VET (Portland, OR: Multnomah). [70547]
"Dean is executive director of Point Man International, a non-profit support organization dedicated to healing war wounds of Vietnam veterans. He was among the first combat troops to be sent to Vietnam.
"This book is a shocker. Listen to these statistics: More Vietnam veterans have committed suicide since 1975 than were killed in the war itself. The divorce rate of Nam vets is 90 percent. One out of four combat veterans make less than $7000 a year." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Veterans are entering the 21st century, and for many, Vietnam has never ended. Why do so many suffer from flashbacks, depression, rage, substance abuse, and nightmares? Author and Vietnam veteran Chuck Dean has helped thousands find peace and spiritual healing." -- Publisher's Annotation
Point Man International Ministries (800) 877-VETS
http://www.pointmanintl.org/

Harris, Thomas Allen, Counseling the Serviceman and His Family (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1964). 70548
"Provides the minister with the knowledge and techniques to prepare you to face the realities of military life." -- Cyril J. Barber

Kelly, William E. (editor), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient (New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel, 1985) [70549]
"Provides counselors and therapists with a comprehensive blueprint for conceptualizing and treating war veterans' stress disorders. Concludes with the most comprehensive reading list on this subject yet assembled. Excellent coverage." -- Cyril J. Barber

Kuenning, Delores A. Life After Vietnam: How Veterans and Their Loved Ones Heal the Psychological Wounds of War

Point Man International Ministries (P.O. Box 339, Sheridan, MI 48884-0339), (517) 831-5215, (517) 831-5216 - FAX (800) 877-VETS - Hotline). 70550 [70547]
Counsel for military veterans.
Point Man International Ministries
http://www.pointmanintl.org/

Sedgwick, Obadiah, 1600?-1658, Military discipline for the Christian souldier. Drawne out in a sermon preached to the captaines and souldiers exercising armes in the artillery garden, at their generall meeting in Saint Andrew's Vndershaft, in London, October 18. 1638. By Obadiah Sedgvvicke, Batchelor of Divinity, and preacher to the inhabitants of Saint Mildreds Breadstreete in London, 1639, EEBO.

Stark, Jeff, Beware of Flattery; Afraid of People; Anxiety; Your Husband Is a Grasshopper; Being Single in the Military [30394]

U.S. Chaplain School, Carlisle Barracks, PA, The Chaplain as Personal Counselor (Slocum, NY [United States Army. Chaplain School]: The Chaplain School, 1950). 70551
Includes references.

United States Department of the Army, The Chaplain as Counselor (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1958). 70552

See also: Disabled and Handicapped, Grief, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

Cadence International
http://www.cadence.org/

Officers' Christian Fellowship
http://www.gospelcom.net/ocf/

Christian Military Fellowship
http://www.cmfhq.org/



DIVORCE

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psalm 103:2-5)

"Too much friendship makes way for hatred. Yea, in truth there is no enmity so dangerous as that which has its foundations upon the ruins of love. And as in nature, the purest substance is turned into the most loathsome corruption; so the hottest love, which has no other ground but carnal respect, degenerates oftentimes into the most deadly and hurtful enmity. For being privy to all their friends' secrets, counsels, and conditions, they are the more enabled thereby to do them the greater mischief when their love is turned to malice. Even as a traitor is much more dangerous than a professed enemy." -- George Downame

See also: Sexual relationship



Reconciliation of Marriage Partners

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalms 133:1)

The only way for man and wife and children and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus, The Everlasting Righteousness.

Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, p. 140

Carroll, Annne, K., Together Forever [40238]

Harvard, Allen, and Margaret Harvard, Death and Rebirth of a Marriage [70563]

Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Leader's Guide) 70554

Horner, Bob, and Jan Horner, Resolving Conflict in Marriage (Study Guide) (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing). 70555
"Six lessons covering: areas of potential conflict, develop transparency, listening skills, confront, forgiveness, blessing, and grow together." -- GCB

Journal of Biblical Conflict Resolution, (Billings, MT [Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC), 1537 Avenue D, Suite 352, Billings, 59102]).
A serial published twice per year, commencing Summer, 1994. Editor, Ken Sande.
"Articles will address biblical negotiation, conflict counseling, mediation, arbitration and church discipline. Also will cover ethical, legal, and conciliator liability issues. Reviews will assess developments and books in the field of alternative dispute resolution." -- David Powlison

Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles
"It could have been called `The Anger Handbook' because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

Palmer, B.M., Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications).

PALMER, B.M., The Family in its Offices of Instruction and Worship (1876)

Sande, Ken, The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict [20309]
"Treats conflict almost entirely from the context of believer against believer. Not much help surfaces for conflicts between believers and unbelievers. . . . In general the book rates as one of the best on the thorny subject of conflict. Professional church staff members and volunteer layperson can benefit immensely from this book." -- Samuel L. Canine. The indexes of topics and authors makes the book a good reference tool. Five appendixes.

Talley, James A., and Leslie H. Stobbe, Reconcilable Difference (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991). 70559
"Deals with the trauma of divorce and the fact that most separated couples are prepared to work toward reconciliation if someone would only show them how to handle the feelings of anger and bitterness and the resentment they feel as a result of past injuries and injustices. This book makes an important contribution." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: Justification, Reconciliation of relationships, Sexual relationship, Reconciliation of marriage partners, Men and women, Forgiveness, Unforgiveness, Spouse an unbeliever, Abuse, Personal finances, Avoiding divorce, Small groups



Avoiding Divorce

The only way for man and wife and children and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus, The Everlasting Righteousness.

Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, p. 140

Cook, Earl, How to Prevent Divorce (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). 30156
Audio cassette AC871.

L'Abate, Luciano, and Bess L'Abate, How to Avoid Divorce (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, c1977). 70564

Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles
"It could have been called "The Anger Handbook" because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

See also: Justification, Duties of the Christian, Reconciliation of Relationships, Sexual relationship, Reconciling Marriage Partners, Men and Women, Spouse an unbeliever

Related WebLinks

A Christian Approach to Marriage Crisis
http://home.aol.com/NotDivorce



The Church and Divorce

*Murray, John, Divorce [70568]

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline [30023]

Cook, Earl, How a Church Prevents Divorce [30522]

See also: Sexual relationship



Divorce

Many marriages have been healed by a commitment to Christ first and to each other second. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born, p. 140

More Than One-Third Call It Quits
"Among all adults 18 and older, three out of four (73%) have been married and half (51%) are currently married. (That does not include the 3% who are presently separated from their marriage partner.) Among those who have been married, more than one out of every three (35%) have also been divorced. One out of every five adults (18%) who has ever been divorced has been divorced multiple times. That represents 7% of all Americans who have been married." -- George Barna, 2004
http://www.barna.org/FlexPage.aspx?Page=BarnaUpdateNarrow&BarnaUpdateID=170

*Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible [30002]

*Murray, John, Divorce (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 70568
"Murray considers the question of divorce from several directions: The Old Testament, the teaching of our Lord, and the teaching of Paul. He also discusses practical cases." -- GCB
"Discusses the complications which arise within the church as a result of divorce. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Said to be one of the best books written on divorce. A Christian classic.

Adams, Jay E., Counseling Workshop: Demon Possession; Divorce; Church Discipline [30023]

Bouma, Mary LaGrand, Divorce in the Parsonage (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Fellowship, c1979). 70569

Lutter, George A., Counseling Divorcees on Forgiveness (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1987). 70572
Includes bibliography.

Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles
"It could have been called "The Anger Handbook" because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

Palmer, B., Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications).

Thompson, David A., Counseling and Divorce (Resources in Christian Counseling, Vol. 18. Dallas, TX: Word Books, c1989). [70577]
Includes bibliographical references.

Panel, Recovering From Divorce; Biblical Ethics of Divorce and Remarriage (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). 30351
Audio cassette AC872.

See also: Sexual relationship



Children of Divorce

Barr, Debbie, Caught in the Cross Fire: Children of Divorce [40236]

Johnson, Laurene, and Georglyn Rosenfeld, Divorced Kids: What You Need to Know to Help Kids Survive a Divorce (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 70580A
"With the sensitivity of mothers who understand the difficult role of the divorced parent, the authors provide answers to some of the tough questions that surround the death of a marriage. They provide practical guidelines and steps to be taken." -- GCB

Kehle, Mary, In the Middle: What to Do When Your Parents Divorce [40241]

McClung, Floyd, Jr., The Father Heart of God [10212]

See also: Sharing Christ with your children, Parenting, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

Single Parenting WebLinks
http://rampages.onramp.net/~bevhamil/singleparentresourcece_478.html

Fatherlessness
http://fatherhood.about.com/parenting/fatherhood/msubfatherless.htm?once=true&

Effects of Fatherlessness, US DATA
http://fatherhood.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7EKBirks/gender/econ/nodad.htm



Rebuilding

*Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible [30002]

Chapman, Gary D., Hope for the Separated: Wounded Marriages Can Be Healed [70553]

Cushenberry, Donald C., Coping With Life After Your Mate Dies [80084]

Hershey, Terry, Beginning Again: Life After a Relationship Ends (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 70581
"This is not just a book about the ending of marriages. It is a book for those who desire the fullness of life in the middle of failure, rejection, transition, change, missed opportunities, broken dreams, marital collapse, or death. The author provides healing from the Bible born out of his own experience." -- GCB

Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992). 20299
"Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

Hunter, Brenda, Beyond Divorce: A Personal Journey (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, c1978). 70582

Miller, Wendell E. Forgiveness: The Power and the Puzzles
"It could have been called "The Anger Handbook" because it teaches how to overcome problems of hurt feelings, anger, and aggressive behavior. Overcoming problems of anger is crucial. Spouse abuse, failures in marriages, failures in child rearing, and even child abuse often erupt from anger. Parents who model angry behavior are likely to raise children with anger problems. And most importantly, God is not glorified by Christians who have anger problems.
It teaches the kind of forgiveness that is nearly always an absolute necessity to becoming really free from the trauma of sexual abuse. . . .
FORGIVENESS: THE POWER AND THE PUZZLES will add biblical power to the books that you already have on Christian living, discipleship, marriage, childrearing, anger, communications, forgiveness, and sexual abuse." -- Publisher's Annotation

See also: Sexual relationship



Remarriage

*Adams, Jay E., Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible [30002]

*Duty, Guy, Divorce and Remarriage (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1967). 70584
"Excellent coverage of the matter of divorce and remarriage from a Biblical standpoint." -- Robert B. Somerville

Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992). 20299
"Angela Hunt and her husband, Gary, are two of the most sensitive and caring people I know. Angie's book is written out of her own experience and is much needed in our fractured culture. It will be a blessing to all in need of assurance that parenting is more than biology." -- Cal Thomas

Olson, Richard P., and Carole Della Pia-Terry, Ministry With Remarried Persons (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1984). 70586
"An in-depth discussion of the church's ministry to the widowed and divorced who desire to remarry. Lays a Biblical foundation before discussing the process of remarriage counseling, the wedding, and integrating the new couple into the life of the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

Fatherlessness
http://fatherhood.about.com/parenting/fatherhood/msubfatherless.htm?once=true&

Effects of Fatherlessness, US DATA
http://fatherhood.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7EKBirks/gender/econ/nodad.htm



Stepfamilies

Douglas, Edward, and Sharon Douglas The Blended Family: Achieving Peace and Harmony in the Christian Home
"This book can give anyone married, single, remarried, or engaged a biblical view and understanding of what Christ wants to do in our homes. The authors do an exceptional job at directing the reader to God's plan and provision for marriage and family. . . . THE BLENDED FAMILY encourages trust in Christ and the word of God as the blueprint for building a strong family. . . ." -- Reader Comment

Felker, Evelyn H., Raising Other People's Kids: Successful Child-Rearing in the Restructured Family (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., c1981). 70588

Frydenger, Tom, and Adrienne Frydenger, The Blended Family "The author, a professional family counselor, writes from his own experience, incorporates the experiences of other couples, and gives advice from a Biblical perspective. I anticipated some of the ideas that were presented, but there is SO MUCH to think about that I had not even considered! I recommend this book for anyone who is considering becoming a stepparent, especially if he or she has children of his or her own. Don't say `I do' until you know what you're getting into!" -- Reader's Comment

Frydenger, Tom, and Adrienne Frydenger (contributor) Stepfamily Problems: How to Solve Them "Stepfamily Problems provides straightforward, down-to-earth answers about the whos, the whys, and the whens of anger, resentment, and conflicts blended families experience. Families are given the tools they need to resolve conflict and foster teamwork." -- Publisher's Annotation

Hunt, Angela Everett, Loving Someone Else's Child (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992). 70589
"Practical suggestion for those who have accepted the challenge to love someone else's child."

Hyde, Margaret O., Parents Divided, Parents Multiplied [40103]

Melina, Lois R., Raising Adopted Children: A Manual for Adoptive Parents [40107]

Palmer, Nancy, William D. Palmer, and Kay Marshall Strom (contributor) The Family Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together: A Guide to Parenting the Blended Family
"Helping parents of blended families to avoid the common pitfalls in the blending process and recognize the unique benefits of their new situation, this book teaches the ins and outs of step-parenting, how to deal with ex-spouses, assorted relatives, friends, and ways to make the transition as smooth as possible for the the children involved." -- Synopsis

Smith-Broersma, Margaret Devotions for Couples In Blended Families (Living and Loving As A New Family

Somerville, Charles, Stepfathers: Struggles and Solutions (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989). 70590

Visher, Emily B., Stepfamilies: Myths and Realities (New York, NY: Carol Publishing Group, 1980). 70591

See also: Sharing Christ With Your Children, Sexual relationship



Chapter 7 (part 2) Related WebLinks

Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language
http://www.lettermen2.com/tengreat.html

How to Find a Book
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Biblical Counseling Library (29 Volumes), on CD-ROM
"This 29 volume collection of Biblical Counseling titles is an amazing compilation of Christian counseling resources. The Biblical Counseling Library features some of Jay E. Adams' outstanding counseling titles, including The Christian Counselor's Manual, Competent to Counsel, and A Theology of Christian Counseling. It includes works from 20 different authors, including Steve Farrar, Elizabeth George, Jerry Bridges, and Lou Priolo.
"This collection includes informative studies on general Christian counseling, as well as very focused works on Women's and Men's counseling needs, counseling victims of sexual abuse, eating and diet issues, dating, working through struggles with sexual sin and anger, and developing a deeper walk with God. A fantastic resource for the library of a pastor or Christian counselor, the Biblical Counseling Library adds a new dimension to your Logos Bible Software. These expert resources are combined with the tools of the Logos Bible Software system, including topical searching for studying specific areas of Biblical counseling, and linked references to other titles in your Libronix library."
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