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Recent Accessions : The OPC’s 75th Anniversary

In Uncategorized on 21/06/2011 at 20:45

Two good friends have this week blessed the PCA Historical Center’s collections with their donations of materials from the OPC’s 75th Anniversary celebration.

Mr. Andrew McGinnis, a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and current Ph.D. candidate at Calvin Theological Seminary, has sent along several copies of the order of service bulletin from the Saturday evening 75th Anniversary Banquet and a few other items from the occasion. However, Andrew was not able to secure any copies of the Sunday morning worship service bulletin, since he was attending a friend’s church that morning.

And John Muether, who serves as Historian for the OPC and who would be my approximate counterpart in that denomination, has very graciously sent along three new volumes issued in conjunction with their 75th Anniversary. The first of these is Confident of Better Things: Essays Commemorating Seventy-Five Years of The Orthodox Presbyterian Church, edited by John R. Muether and Danny E. Olinger. You can review the table of contents for this volume here.  I hope to write a review of this work in the coming months.

The second volume was written for this Anniversary by D.G. Hart, and it is titled Between the Times: The Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Transition, 1945-1990. The concept for this volume is a bit unusual–this is not a general history of the OPC; rather, it is a specific history, covering as it were the middle years of the denomination’s life thus far. For now and prior to my own reading, the book’s description from the OPC web site offers some better insight into what Hart seeks to accomplish with this work:

Hart’s Between the Times explores the history of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church between its founding and contemporary periods. It attempts to examine in greater detail than any existing account the representative events, decisions, and efforts of the OPC from the rise of neo-evangelicalism during the 1940s down to the debates over and repercussions from Joining and Receiving in the 1980s. The book is not comprehensive in the sense that it encyclopedically covers the OPC during these years. But a sense of the OPC’s development, mission, and character does clearly emerge from the activities, debates, and planning that absorbed the attention of commissioners to the Assembly and that writers for the Presbyterian Guardian and New Horizons communicated to those magazine’s readers.

Both of these volumes are smyth-sewn hardbacks and the OPC has taken obvious care in the production values for these two books, while at the same time keeping the cost quite low. While not identical in their binding, they are clearly complementary, both bound in dark blue cloth with gold titling and bearing the 75th Anniversary logo.

Lastly, the OPC has also taken this 75th Anniversary occasion to release an update of their Ministerial Register. The update covers the years 1936-2011 and builds from the prior compilation by James T. Dennison, Jr. that was issued in 2001. That earlier (fourth) edition was 261 pages in length and also included a register of OPC congregations, where this new (fifth) edition is limited to presenting ministerial data. The work of updating and revising the information for this new edition was carefully and meticulously accomplished by Linda Porter Foh. I can testify to her diligence in the work, as I was called upon to provide search out some details on a few men who had their credentials at one time or another with the PCA.

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