Fold, Flap, Peep, Pull, Pop Exhibition – Marriott Library – The University of Utah

Fold, Flap, Peep, Pull, Pop Exhibition – Marriott Library – The University of Utah.

Popup book-1It’s time for a “Friday Fun” item, and this week we feature this digital collection of “fold, flap, peep, pull, and pop” books which the University of Utah has on its special Marriot Library website.

We always had such “pop up” books in our children’s collection, but I did not realize how far back in history such books went. So, visit this library and browse through these special books. It’s a rare treat!

Here’s the introduction to the collection. Click on the link above to visit these rare books.

For at least a millennia, bookmakers have been cutting, folding, and manipulating papyrus, parchment, paper and other material to enhance the three-dimensionality of the book. At least as early as the thirteenth century, they contrived vovelles – disks revolving on string pivots – to help astronomers make their calculations. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries playing with paper became fun, with lift-the-flap and peep-show books. By the mid-nineteenth century, several publishers had added special departments of skilled craftsmen to build handmade mechanical devices within books. Today’s complex movable books require hundreds of individual handwork procedures in order to create folds, flaps, peep-holes, pull-tabs, pop-ups and other marvels of paper-engineering.

PRC Archives – A New School is Born (in NW Iowa)!

Indeed, the above is the headline that Bob Drnek and I found yesterday while putting away some newsletters of the NW (Iowa) PR Christian School Society, beginning with the first one in June 1960. These items came in some boxes that Rev.Gise Van Baren (emeritus pastor) recently brought to Seminary as he begins to turn over his material to the PRC archives.

This PR Christian School Society was formed from members of Doon and Hull PRCs when Rev.Van Baren was minister in Doon and Rev.J.Kortering in Hull (Rev.J.Heys just before him). I have no doubt these pastors were part of the impetus behind the formation of this new Christian School Society. And while it had humble beginnings (which of our schools has not?!), this Society has actually blossomed into three societies operating three PR Christian Schools (NWPRCS – 1967, Hull PRCS -1976, and Trinity CHS in Hull – 2008)!

One of the early newsletters was a “progress report” on the activities of the Society and its committees in those early days. I have scanned it and post it below (Click on any image to enlarge it.).

NWPRCS Society Progress Report - 1960_Page_1

But the headline to which I refer was not part of these newsletters. It actually belongs to a newspaper article announcing Doon’s third school – found in the Doon Press! This article was included in Rev.Van Baren’s folder and I am sure glad he saved this little treasure! It was too large to scan in one part, so I have to post here in two parts, but I think you will enjoy the pictures and the little article.

Doon Press Art on NWPRCS-1_Page_1


The principal is clearly identified (see above image), as is the elementary teacher (see below). But some of the students are not. Perhaps we can have some help in this area from our readers. Comments are welcome! Enjoy!

Doon Press Art on NWPRCS-2_Page_1

Georgetown Township Library Used Book Sale!

For those interested in finding some book deals and perhaps a treasure or two, I make you aware of the annual Summer used book sale going on today through Saturday at the Georgetown Township Public Library in my neck of the woods.

Looks to be something for everyone in the family! Perhaps I will see you there. :)

Here are the details.

GT Library Sale-2014


Facsimile – and some great old “faxes”.

Facsimile | Define Facsimile at

For our “word Wednesday” feature today we consider a fairly common word but mostly known by its modern, abbreviated form: “fax”. But it’s the full form we are interested in, namely, “facsimile”. And, as you will see from the entry below, this word is derived from two Latin words meaning “to make the like”, i.e., to make an exact copy, which is what the noun form means.




1. an exact copy, as of a book, painting, or manuscript.

2. Also called fax. Telecommunications.

a. a method or device for transmitting documents, drawings, photographs, or the like,
by means of radio or telephone for exact reproduction elsewhere.
b. an image transmitted by such a method.
3. dropout(def 5).

verb (used with object), fac·sim·i·led, fac·sim·i·le·ing.

4. to reproduce in facsimile; make a facsimile of.


5. Also, fax. Telecommunications.

a.(of an image) copied by means of facsimile: facsimile mail.
b.(of a method or device) used to produce a facsimile:
facsimile transmission.
1655–65;  earlier fac simile  make the like, equivalent to Latin fac  (imperative of facere ) + simile,
noun use of neuter of similis  like; see simile

1. replica, likeness. 1, 4. duplicate.

Now, you will also notice that such a copy or “Facs” (fax) can be of a book, as well as of a painting. And when it comes to such facsimiles, our Seminary library has plenty! Usually we simply call these copies “reprints”, because they are not new editions but simply the same previous edition reissued. Maybe with a new cover and a different font, but the same contents.

Calvin-Sermons on Deut.-Title Pg

But then, we also have true facsimiles in our library, and some of these get pretty neat. Because they are exact copies of old books. Such as a facsimile of the 1583 edition of Calvin’s Sermons on Deuteronomy (reprinted by Banner of Truth in 1987 – cf. image above). Or Calvin’s Sermons on the Epistles to Timothy & Titus (reprinted by Banner of Truth in 1983 – cf. image below.)

Calvins Sermons on Timothy

One of my favorites is a personal copy, which now sits in my office st Seminary – a facsimile of the 1611 KJV (cf. the image below).

1611 KJC Fascimile

When you see these beautiful “faxed” books, is there any comparison to the plain paper “faxes” we used to send?! But if you want to send me a fax of the title page to a beautiful old book you have, I will gladly receive such a facs(simile)! :)

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7 Different Ways to Read a Book – T.Challies

7 Different Ways to Read a Book | Challies Dot Com.

Summer readingPastor/author Tim Challies recently posted this helpful article on how to read different books differently (July 21, 2014). As his title indicates, he identifies seven ways in which we read a variety of books.

Take the time to read this entire post – it’s brief and you will find it will guide you in how to read in better ways – without feeling guilty about the “skimming” and the “failed” reading! But by all means do some “pillaging” when you find a good book! :)

Here’s the first part of the post:

Reading is kind of like repairing a bicycle. Kind of. For too long now my bike has been semi-operational. It has one brake that just doesn’t want to behave and all my attempts to fix it have failed. Why? Well it turns out that I haven’t been using the right tool. To get the bike working I need to use the right tool. And when it comes to reading, well, you’ve got to use the right tool—you’ve got to know what kind of reading to do. Here are seven different kinds of reading.

Studying. Studying is reading at its best, I think, but reading that can and should be done with only the choicest books. Life is too short and there are simply too many books to invest a great deal of time in every one of them. And this is where so many readers go wrong—they spend too much time and invest too much effort in books that simply don’t deserve it. When you study a book, you labor over it, you read it with highlighter in hand, you flip back and forth, you try to learn absolutely everything the book offers. Only the smallest percentage of books are worthy of this level of investment, so choose carefully which books you study. (Suggestions: Overcoming Sin and Temptation by John Owen or The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul)

A Nonfiction Tour of America – Flavorwire

Nonfiction Books About America’s 50 States – Flavorwire.

The-Other-Side-of-the-River-Kotlowitz-Alex-9780385477215Here’s an interesting post from Flavorwire (July 17, 2014) relating to summer travel and reading: the top books on all fifty states in America! It is indeed an interesting list, but be sure to read the comments since readers are offering good alternatives, including for Michigan.

Some of these I have read and others I would like to, including the one on Michigan (a new author to me!). How about you – what nonfiction book on your state would you recommend?

Whether you’re staying at home this summer or traveling around to different parts of America, the easiest way to discover what makes this country tick, in ways both maddening and beautiful, is to read some books. To aid you on this virtual journey, Flavorwire has dug up some of the best nonfiction about specific American locations — in this case, our 50 states — and found 50 books that will shed light on every corner of the country.

This is the title chosen for Michigan, one with which I am not familiar. I might have to squeeze this in yet this summer during our camping week. This is what the publisher’s blurb states about its story:

Separated by a river, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor are two Michigan towns that are geographically close, yet worlds apart. St. Joseph is a prosperous, predominately white lakeshore community while Benton Harbor is impoverished and predominately black. When the body of Eric McGinnis, a black teenage boy from Benton Harbor, is found in the river that separates the towns, relations between the two communities grow increasingly strained as longheld misperceptions and attitudes surface.

As family, friends, and the police struggle to find out how and why McGinnis died, Alex  uncovers layers of both evidence and opinion, and demonstrates that in many ways, the truth is shaped by which side of the river you call home.

What the Bible Says About the Bible (Psalm 119) – R.Cammenga

SB cover-July 2014-SynodAnother part of my Sunday reading was this article from the July Standard Bearer (the “Synod 2014″ issue) by Prof.R.Cammenga. Writing under the rubric “Taking Heed to the Doctrine”, Cammenga is currently treating the doctrine of Scripture, specifically its “Revelation, Inspiration, and Infallibility”.

He has been treating these subjects under a sub-section titled “What the Bible Says About the Bible”, and is up to “the Testimony of the Psalms” (and with Psalm 119 in particular). Here are a few wonderful sections from this article that define what God’s Word is – and is for us as Reformed Christians who base all we believe and all we practice on this holy Book.

The Bible is a book like no other book. The Bible is the word of God. …The Bible is the word of God as a whole, and the Bible is the word of God in all its parts. From beginning to end, the Bible is God’s word. What it says, God says. From Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21, God is speaking. In every book, in every chapter, in every verse, we are confronted with ‘Thus saith the Lord.”

This is what the Bible teaches about itself. The Bible proclaims itself to be the word of God. What is true of the Bible as a whole is also true of the Old Testament.

…Psalm 119 sets forth every important truth regarding the word of God. The truth of the word of God from A to Z is set forth in Psalm 119. This is very significant. The longest chapter in the lengthiest book of the Bible is not devoted to an exposition of the truth about marriage, the family, the church, the Trinity, or the coming of Christ. But this acrostic psalm is devoted to the truth of God’s word itself. This is of great significance. And undoubtedly the significance is that foundational to all truth and every individual truth revealed in Scripture is the truth that the Bible is God’s word. The psalm is an ode to God’s word. In the psalm, God’s word is exalted. And the psalm makes plain the central place that God’s word occupies in the church and in the life of the believer individually.

This is the main, really the only subject, of Psalm 119. In nearly every one of the 176 verses of the psalm, God’s word is referred to. Nearly every verse of the psalm contains a reference to God’s word, by means of one of the synonyms for God’s word that appears throughout the psalm… (pp.422-24).

The Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy – R. Scott Clark

The Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy by R. Scott Clark | Reformed Theology Articles at

TT-July 2014Yesterday I read the next main article on the theme of this month’s Tabletalk. It carries the above title, treating the chaos and confusion that reigned in the papacy of the Western church in the 14th century.

R.Scott Clark, professor of church history and historical theology at Westminster Seminary (West-CA), sees this as a teaching lesson to show that Rome’s contention of a clear succession of popes from Peter to the present day is invalid, as well as unbiblical.

I believe you will profit from knowing this side of the church’s history during this century. You will find Clark’s full article at the Ligonier link above. Here is a portion of it to get you started.


Like Christians during the Avignon crisis, we live in an age when authority and order seem to be dissolving before our eyes. Some Christians, who are sensitive to these cultural shifts and to their effect upon evangelical churches, see the problems reflected in liturgical changes and general spiritual and ethical chaos. They are thus attracted to Rome on the basis of her claim to continuity with the past, ostensible unity, and stability.

The Avignon crisis is just one of many examples from the history of the medieval church that illustrate the futility of seeking continuity, unity, and stability where they have never existed. The historical truth is that the Roman communion is not an ancient church. She is a medieval church who consolidated her theology, piety, and practice during a twenty-year-long council in the sixteenth century (Trent). Her rituals, sacraments, canon law, and papacy are medieval. The unity and stability offered by Roman apologists are illusions—unless mutual and universal excommunication and attempted murder count as unity and stability. Crushing opponents and rewriting history to suit present needs is not unity. It is mythology.

Roman apologists sometimes seek to vindicate the Roman popes, as distinct from the Avignon popes and the Pisan popes, by describing the Avignon popes as if they were less fit for office than the former. That is, to put it mildly, a strange argument. If popes are as popes do, then we may shorten the list of popes quite radically. On that principle, Rome had no pope from 1471 to 1503, and arguably beyond. In that period, Sixtus IV (reigned 1471-84), in an attempt to raise funds, extended plenary indulgences to the dead. Innocent VIII (reigned 1484-92) fathered sixteen illegitimate sons, of whom he acknowledged eight. Alexander VI (reigned 1492-1503) fathered twelve children, openly kept mistresses in the Vatican, made his son Cesare a cardinal, and tried to ensure Cesare’s ascension to the papacy. Alexander’s daughter Lucretia has been alleged to be a notorious poisoner. We have not even considered Julius II (reigned 1503-13), who took up the sword and was so busy conducting military campaigns to improve papal control over the peninsula that he conducted Mass while wearing armor.

The existence of simultaneous popes in Rome, Avignon, and Pisa, each elected by papal electors and some later arbitrarily designated as antipopes, illustrates the problem of the notion of an unbroken Petrine succession. The post-Avignon papacy is an orphan who has no idea who his father was in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Amen – W.Langerak

In the July issue of The Standard Bearer (the “Synod 2014″ issue), Rev.W. (Bill) Langerak penned another fine word study from the Bible, this time on the word “Amen.”

It is a fitting word for us as we worship the Lord this day and use this little word often in our prayers and songs. And do not forget that every sermon we hear ends with this vital, verbal witness. For it is not the word of man we hear, but the Word of God. “Thus saith the Lord.” It truly is! And so let it be!

Click on the image below to enlarge it for easier reading.

Amen-SB July 2014 - WL


And to accompany this article, we include this video of a performance of the “Amen” chorus from Handel’s Messiah.



The Ordinary Means of Growth

The Ordinary Means of Growth.

means of graceThis article appeared in the featured list from “The Aquila Report” this week (dated July 15, 2014). It is actually a reprint of an article Dr.Ligon Duncan wrote for Tabletalk magazine back in 2007. But it is worth republishing and repeating because what Duncan wrote seven years ago remains relevant. In fact, even more so now!

As we end our week and anticipate the Lord’s Day tomorrow, may we continue to be committed to the “ordinary” means of grace. Which, are in reality, extraordinary, because they are the means by which God saves us through Christ and keeps us in Christ.

Below is a quotation from the heart of Duncan’s article. To read all of it – and it is all good reading! – visit the link found above.

Ordinary means of grace-based ministry is ministry that focuses on doing the things God, in the Bible, says are central to the spiritual health and growth of His people, and which aims to see the qualities and priorities of the church reflect biblical norms. Ordinary means ministry is thus radically committed to biblical direction of the priorities of ministry. Ordinary means ministry believes that God has told us the most important things, not only about the truth we are to tell, but about the way we are to live and minister — in any and every context. Hence, God has given us both the message of salvation and the means of gathering and building the church, in His Word. However, important understanding our context is, however important understanding the times may be (and these things are, in fact, very important), however important appreciating the cultural differences in the places and times we serve, the ordinary means approach to ministry is first and foremost concerned with biblical fidelity. Because faithfulness is relevance. The Gospel is the message and the local church is the plan. God has given to his church spiritual weapons for the bringing down of strongholds. These ordinary means of grace are the Word, sacraments, and prayer.

They may seem weak in the eyes of the worldly strong. They may seem foolish in the eyes of the worldly wise. But the Gospel message is the power of God unto salvation, and the Gospel means are effectual to salvation. These are the Spiritual instruments given by God with which Christian congregational Spiritual life is nurtured, the Spirit’s tools of grace and growth in grace appointed by God in the Bible.



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