A Journal for Church Officers
Make Good Choices and Avoid Stupid Ones—Together!
by Andrew H. Selle
by David C. Noe
The Unpardonable Sin? A Review Article
by Darryl G. Hart
The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey by Michael A.G. Haykin
by Charles M. Wingard
Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, by Ray Rhodes Jr.
by Pamela A. Malkus
by George Herbert (1593–1633)
From the Editor. Andy Selle continues to give us the fruit of many decades of ministry as a pastor and counselor in his two-part article on guidance: “Make Good Choices,” in which he presents part two: the wise biblical understanding and practice of guidance.
The doctrine of the Trinity, and more generally the doctrine of God, is pivotal in Christian orthodoxy. Hearkening back to our Reformation forefathers offers a welcome corrective to some present-day confusion. Hence, the value of David Noe’s ever-expanding translation of “Beza on the Trinity.” This month Part 5.
Darryl Hart reviews a book on a controversial subject: Jemar Tisby, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. “The Unpardonable Sin?” explores the strengths and weaknesses of Tisby’s analysis and proposed solutions to the problem of racism in the church.
Charles Wingard reviews Michael Haykin’s instructive and inspirational short biography of William Carey, The Missionary Fellowship of William Carey.
Finally, Pam Malkus reviews the life of the almost unknown wife of the most famous nineteenth-century preacher, C. H. Spurgeon. Ray Rhodes Jr. offers a comprehensive look at the exemplary character and fruitful life of Susannah Spurgeon in Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon.
Don’t miss this month’s poem, “The Call,” from my favorite sacred poet George Herbert. While poetry is usually divided up into two basic categories, the sacred and the profane (secular rather than religious), the Metaphysical poets, like Herbert, John Donne, and Henry Vaughan, blended both natural and special revelation in their poetry, thus often blurring the distinction. See my introduction to last month’s poem, “The Waterfall” by Vaughan.
Blessings in the Lamb,
Gregory Edward Reynolds
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Ordained Servant exists to help encourage, inform, and equip church officers for faithful, effective, and God-glorifying ministry in the visible church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its primary audience is ministers, elders, and deacons of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, as well as interested officers from other Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Through high-quality editorials, articles, and book reviews, we will endeavor to stimulate clear thinking and the consistent practice of historic, confessional Presbyterianism.
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