PRC Seminary Library Additions – 4th Quarter 2021 (Part 2)

Another year has ended and that means we can post some of the significant acquisitions/additions to the PRC Seminary library in the last quarter of 2021 (Oct. – Dec.). And since it is the beginning of a new year, we hope this list will give you some ideas for what to read in 2022. And I know there are many titles here that would be of interest and profit to you.

As mentioned previously, I give the list in two parts. In this second post we feature the theology, philosophy/ethics, practical theology (lots of aspects here!), miscellaneous (which is a very important section!), and reference sections of my list. Enjoy and benefit!

The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful  -     By: Girolamo Zanchi

Dogmatics, Biblical Theology, Historical Theology

  • Handboek van de Gereformeerde Dogmatiek. A. G. (Anthonie Gerrit) Honig, 1864-1940. Kampen: J. H. Kok, 1938.
  • Christianity and Liberalism: Legacy Edition. J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen, 1881-1937; Peter A. Lillback; David B. Garner. Philadelphia: Westminster Seminary Press, 2019. [contains numerous new essays on Machen and the subjects he originally treated in this classic work]
  • Theology as a Way of Life: On Teaching and Learning the Christian Faith. Adam Neder.  Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2019.
  • Speaking of God: Reformed Prolegomena to Theology, Volume 1, Part 1. [binder] John Bolt. Grand Rapids, MI: John Bolt, 2006 (Explorations in Reformed Theology).
  • The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God’s Speakability. Archie J. Spencer. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015 (Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology)
  • Approaching the Study of Theology: An Introduction to Key Thinkers, Concepts, Methods & Debates. Anthony C. Thiselton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018.
  • The Whole Counsel of God: Volume 3: God’s People in the Western World. Richard C. Gamble; Sinclair B. Ferguson. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2021.
  • Hidden and Revealed: The Doctrine of God in the Reformed and Eastern Orthodox Traditions. Dmytro Bintsarovskyi. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2021 (Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology)
  • The Failure of Natural Theology: A Critical Appraisal of the Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas. Jeffrey D. Johnson. Conway, AR: Free Grace Press, 2021 (New Studies in Theology).
  • Adam and the Covenant of Works. J. V. Fesko. Fearn, Ross-shire, GB: Christian Focus Publications, 2021.
  • Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering. Ronald E. Osborn; John H. Walton. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.
  • Always Reforming: Reflections on Martin Luther and Biblical Studies. Robert L. Plummer, ed.; Channing L. Crisler, ed.; Gregg R. Allison. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2021 (Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology)
  • Reformed Systematic Theology: Volume 3: Spirit and Salvation. Joel R. Beeke; Paul M. Smalley. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021.
  • Systematic Theology: Grounded in Holy Scripture and Understood in the Light of the Church: Volume Three – The Holy Spirit and the Church. Douglas F. Kelly. Fearn, Ross-shire, UK: Mentor/Christian Focus, 2021.
  • The Spiritual Marriage Between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful. Girolamo Zanchi, 1516-1590; Patrick J. O’Banion, translator. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2021.
  • Transfiguration and Transformation. Hywel R. Jones. Edinburgh; Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth, 2021.
  • Sinai and the Saints: Reading Old Covenant Laws for the New Covenant Community. James M. Todd. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017.
Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life, Volume 2  -     By: Herman Bavinck

Philosophy, Logic, Ethics

  • New Testament Theology and Ethics. Ben Witherington, III. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016 (2 vols.).
  • God & Morality: Four Views. R. Keith Loftin; Evan Fales. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, c2012 (Spectrum Multiview Books)
  • Ethics as Worship: The Pursuit of Moral Discipleship. Mark Liederbach; Evan Lenow; J. Ligon Duncan III. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2021.
  • Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life. (Vol.2) Herman Bavinck, 1854-1921; John Bolt, editor; Dirk van Keulen. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2021
Faith in the Time of Plague: Selected Writings from the Reformation and Post-Reformation  -     By: Stephen M. Coleman, Todd M. Rester & Gregory A. Poland

Practical Theology (1) – Christian Living, Family, Marriage, Missions, Prayer

  • Communicating with Grace and Virtue: Learning to Listen, Speak, Text, and Interact as a Christian. Quentin J. Schultze. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020.
  • Faith in the Time of Plague: Selected Writings from the Reformation and Post-Reformation. Theodore de Beza, 1519-1605; Andreas Rivetus, 1572 – 1651; Gisbertus Voetius, 1589-1676; Stephen M. Coleman and Todd M. Rester, Eds. Philadelphia: Westminster Seminary Press, 2021.
  • Disease, Scarcity, and Famine: A Reformation Perspective on God and Plagues. Ludwig Lavater, 1527-1586; Michael Hunter, translator/editor. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2021.
  • Seeds of Hope, Hate, and Change: Missionary Witnesses to the Middle East in Transition, Volume I: 1942-1948 & Volume 2: 1949-1957.  Donald A. Luidens; Edwin and Ruth (Stegenga) Luidens. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2020.
  • Margaret’s Mission to Arabia, Africa, and India, 1965-2010. Paul Heusinkveld; Margaret Doorenbos. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2021 (Missionary Memoirs) [gift from Van Raalte Institute]
  • History of the Arabian Mission. Alfred De Witt Mason; Frederick Jacob Barny. New York: The Board of Foreign Missions, Reformed Church in America, 1926. [gift from Van Raalte Institute]
Worshiping with the Reformers  -     By: Karin Maag

Practical Theology (2) – Church Government/Leadership, Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching, Sermons, Worship

  • Alliance of Reformed Churches [Minutes of Meetings]: Consistorial Conferences; Christian Reformed Alliance [early names of the above organization] Ralph Pontier, Stated Clerk; Stuart Pastine. [binder] Dyer, IN: Alliance of Reformed Churches, 1986-95.
  • Diakonia in the Classical Reformed Tradition and Today. Elsie Anne. McKee. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1989.
  • The Church as a Culture of Care: Finding Hope in Biblical Community. T. Dale Johnson. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2021.
  • The Local Church: What It Is and Why It Matters for Every Christian. Edward W. Klink, III. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021.
  • When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse. Chuck. DeGroat; Richard J. Mouw. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2020.
  • Sexual Abuse: Beauty for Ashes. Robert W. Kellemen; Brad Hambrick. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2013 (The Gospel for Real Life Series)
  • The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love, Self-Image. Jay E. Adams. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1986.
  • The Peacemaking Pastor: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Church Conflict. Alfred Poirier. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, c2006.
  • Let Us Worship God: Why We Worship the Way We Do. Derek W.H. Thomas. Orlando, FL: Ligonier Ministries, 2021.
  • Worshiping with the Reformers. Karin Y. Maag. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2021.
Dutch Reformed Education: Immigrant Legacies in North America - Bruggink, Donald J (Editor), and de Vries, Herman J, Jr. (Editor), and Luidens, Donald A

Miscellaneous (Apologetics, Culture, Dutch History, Education, Music, Politics, Science, Work, World Religions, etc.)

  • Science and Theology: An Introduction. J. C. Polkinghorne. London; Minneapolis, MN: SPCK; Fortress Press, 1998.
  • Dutch Muck and Much More: Dutch Americans in Farming, Religion, Art, and Astronomy. Earl W. Kennedy, Editor; Donald A. Luidens; David Zwart. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2019. (gift from Dr. Robert Swierenga of the VRI – mentions several PRC members in the farming industry, including my dad-in-law, Vernon Klamer)
  • Scriptural Reflections on History. K. J. Popma; Harry Van Dyke, Transl. Aalten, the Netherlands: Wordbridge Publishing, 2020.
  • Dutch Reformed Education: Immigrant Legacies in North America. Donald A. Luidens, editor; Donald J. Bruggink, editor; Herman J. De Vries, editor. Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2020.
  • Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel – and the Way to Stop It. Owen Strachan; John MacArthur. Washington, D.C.: Salem Books, 2021.
  • Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College. Michael J. Kruger. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021.

Denominational Resources

  • Netherlands Reformed Congregations: 2021 Church and School Directory [North America]. A.H. Verhoef.


  • The Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Philosophers (2 vols.) Wiep van Bunge; Henri. Krop; Bart Leeuwenburgh. Bristol: Thoemmes Press, 2003. [Significant work in English that includes prominent theologians also.]
  • Global Dictionary of Theology: A Resource for the Worldwide Church. William A. Dyrness; Veli-Matti Karkkainen. Downers Grove, IL; Nottingham, England: IVP Academic; Inter-Varsity Press, c2008.
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  1. Good day, If u would please pardon my ignorance on the matter of these delicious reads, but … can they be BORROWED by those of us who are not there at school? THANKS much for your time and ensuing response!

    Sent from the all new AOL app for iOS


    • Greetings to you. Yes, provided you are in the west Michigan area and the books are not on reserve for courses. we do not ship books outside of our area. Hope that helps


  2. Thank you for taking the time to publish these lists! I am on our church library committee and we find them helpful for choosing books to purchase.


    • Hi, Abby – thanks for letting me know this. A few others have said the same, so I’m glad it serves that purpose too. Have a great day!


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