August 2017

Three Bits of News from the Librarian

At least it’s news from my perspective. Last month I drew attention to the first two feature articles in the latest bimonthly issue of Presbyterians Today, and now I draw your attention to one more, “Civil Engagement; Being Christ’s Church in Times of Polar- ization,” a four-page article by Paul Seebeck of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. It consists primarily of the stories of two pastors who have made it a priority in their respective churches to help people deal with those two rather opposite moral parameters, older church authority and the current-day liberal moral viewpoint, starting with dialogue in their own churches. I think this article could be helpful to many in today’s political climate. I have put extra copies of this issue of PT in the Narthex.

Next I am happy to inform you that I found several quite good books at the recent Peninsula Bible Church library giveaway that I am now reviewing and expect to put into our library shortly. These include Moody, a biographical portrait of the pacesetter in modern mass evangelism by J.C. Pollock; Diamonds on Velvet, Word Studies from the New Testament by Rev. Bob Smith of PBC, 1986; Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin; and a tome about Martin Luther.

About the first book: Dwight L. Moody is famous for setting the prime example for mass evangelism, for really big revival meetings. When Moody was still a very young man, he became troubled that a great many young ruffians that caught his eye were not connecting with God very well in spite of their nominal Christian family upbringings, so he started what one might call a community Sunday School for boys. Moody was barely 20 years old and already amazingly full of energy. Soon his Sunday Schools grew into a much larger YMCA-connected program.  His teaching style was unorthodox, and it hooked many people, the parents and other family members as well as the boys. Soon he started a unique style of very large revival meetings in Chicago and shortly after that in other U.S. cities. Then he went to England and did the same. By the time he was 40, he was known throughout the British Isles as well as across America. As you can probably tell, I am really enjoying the book. I promise to have it available in our library soon.

 

Rudy Dyck, Librarian