We have organized some helpful resources that we encourage our congregation to read, listen to, pray through, and meditate on. These are excellent resources for individual and corporate discipleship as we seek to be a church equipped for the work of the ministry, and the building up of the body, all for the glory of God.
The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions
The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature.
Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. The Valley of Vision has been prepared not to 'supply' prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he or she treads the path on which others have gone before. Included here are prayers of Bunyan, Watts, Spurgeon, and others. Arranged by theme - from the awesomeness of God to the awfulness of sin - you'll find promptings for your own heart's dialogue with your heavenly Father.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
“Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate.”
- Rod Dreher, from the Foreword
Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.