Booknotes – February 2019

Spurgeon in the Spotlight

This month’s Booknotes features works related to Charles Spurgeon.

Review – Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon
Reviewed by Suzanne Hall

I had recently heard of “Susie – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon” by Ray Rhodes, Jr. on the podcast, “Mortification of Spin,” when I discovered it was already in our church library. I knew very little about Charles Spurgeon and even less about his wife.  Susie endured a great deal of “seasons” throughout her life – adventurous traveler and hiker, happy wife, mother of twins, victim of ill health for much of her life, author, widow, supporter of poor pastors and their families, grandmother, and even church planter. In all her varied circumstance, she always found reason to praise and trust God. Therefore, I think her life can inspire people in many different stages of life. This biography is interesting and well written, including quotes and excerpts form letters. This book is worthwhile and an enjoyable read. It has piqued my interest to learn more about the Spurgeons and other heroes of the faith.

Note from the library: We have a large collection of Charles Spurgeon material on the Spurgeon shelf in the History, several books about him in Biography, and his commentary on Psalms in the Old Testament section in the Annex.

New additions and books of note this month:

Steal Away Home by Matt Carter. This historical fiction highlights stories of Spurgeon and the American slave Thomas Johnson.

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcy, recently reviewed in New Horizons by OPC Pastor Charles B. Williams.

Them: Why We Hate Each Other  – and How to Heal by Senator Ben Sasse.

The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Tehology of the Dwelling Place of God by G.K. Beale (part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series.)

The Virgin Birth of Christ by J. Gresham Machen

Reformation Celebrations in October

We will be celebrating the 501st anniversary of the Reformation with two of our favorite annual events:

Reformation Party
Friday, October 26, 7:00 PM
Bring a snack to share and a game to play and join in an evening of fellowship and learning. John Elliot will present a lesson on the Reformation, and will bring out the “Pin the 95 These on the Church Door.”

Joint Reformation Worship Service
Sunday, October 28, 5:00 PM
This year Mission is the host congregation, and we will be joined by Immanuel OPC (Andover, MN), Covenant OPC (Hammond, WI), and Redeemer RCUS (Golden Valley, MN). Rev. Shane Lems of Hammond will preach.

Mission hosting Bold North Conference on Reformed Theology

Mission will be hosting the first annual Bold North Conference on Reformed Theology on November 9 and 10, 2018. The theme is Beyond Five Points: Digging Deeper into Calvinism. Guest speakers are Dr. Alan Strange and Andrew Compton.

This year we celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the start of the Synod of Dordt, and dig deeper into the multifaceted biblical truths recovered by John Calvin and other reformers. What are its implications today on doctrine, worship, church government, and life?

Learn More and Register