The Reformed Deacon: A Deacon’s Personal Library

In the July 1, 2023 episode, Shiloh OPC deacon and OPC CDM member, Tim Hopper and  Rev. C. N. Willborn, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, talk books—books specifically helpful for deacons to have in their personal libraries. From Bible reading plans to reader’s guides to books on prayer to counseling, Nick and Tim cover a wide range of their recommended favorites in their discussion.  There are even a few websites and videos they suggest checking out. Nick’s wide range of  insight and Tim’s thirst for reading and knowledge on the subject of deacons makes this episode invaluable!

Here’s the list of the books and resources they reference in the episode:

Resources on the office of deacon Rev. John L Girardeau

Notes on Ecclesiology by Thomas Peck

The Deaconship: A Treatise on the Biblical Office by John G.  Lorimer

The Deacon by Cornelis Van Dam 

Presbytery of the Southeast Diaconal Summit 2018 Videos

Chronological Bible reading plan—Greenville Seminary by Ben Shaw

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms

Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith by Chad Van Dixhoorn

The Presbyterian Standards by Francis R. Beattie

Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards organized by Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr.

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church Book of Church Order

Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs 

With Reverance and Awe by D.G. Hart and John R. Muether

A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry (updated)

If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Doug Kelly

Knowing God by JI Packer

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray 

Heaven on Earth: Assurance in the Christian Life  by Thomas Brooks

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

The Attributes of God A.W. Pink

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

A Faith to Live By:Understanding Christian Doctrine by Donald Macleod

The Christ of the Covenants by O. Palmer Robertson

Not Home Yet: How the Renewal of the Earth Fits into God’s Plan for the World by Ian Smith

The Mercy Ministry of the Church by Peter DeYoung (not available online)

The Ruling Elder by Samuel Miller 

The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church by Tim Whitmer

How Jesus Runs the Church by Guy Prentiss Waters

The Reformed Deacon: Interview with Author Cornelis Van Dam

The Ruling Elder by Samuel Miller

How People Change by Timothy Lane and Paul David Tripp

Speaking the Truth in Love by Powelson

Side by Side Ed Welch

When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch 

Heath Lambert

Puritan Evangelism by Joel Beeke

The Letters of John Newton

The Broken Home; Lessons in Sorrow by Benjamin M. Palmer

CCEF: Christian Counseling and Education Foundation