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Books by Rowland S. Ward as at April 2018.

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1. The Free Presbyterian Church of South Australia: An Account of James Benny and South Australian Presbyterianism [1984, 91 pages softcover] ISBN 0 949670 09 X  Out of print

2. The Bush Still Burns: The Presbyterian and Reformed Faith in Australia 1788-1988
[1989, 576 pages hardbound] ‘The Rev Rowland Ward has produced a masterly volume. It is full, it is accurate, its judgements on past events and tendencies are sound.’ - F. Maxwell Bradshaw, MA, LLM, Procurator of the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia 1942-92 and of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia 1959-1992. ISBN 0 949670 05 7  Out of print - see below for replacement

3. Australian Communion Tokens (with Melvin C. Williams who provides the photographs) [1992, 51pp] Special issue of the Journal of The Australian Numismatic Society, Sydney. ISBN 0959079629   Out of print

4. Presbyterian Leaders in Nineteenth Century Australia
[1993, 192pp] 12 essays on 11 leaders by Peter Barnes, Stuart Bonnington, Barry Bridges, Peter Hill, Darrell Paproth and Rowland Ward, who edits the collection as well. This volume has been most positively reviewed in a number of publications, and provides a manageable introduction to 19th century Presbyterian witness.  ISBN 0 949670 24 3 $10

5. A Witness for Christ: The Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia 1846-1996 [1996, 430pp paperback] About 25% history, with articles on Calvin, Melville and Chalmers, and 75% examples of preaching/teaching; 71 items from 47 writers, edited by Rowland Ward.             ISBN 0 949670 28 6 $10

6. Presbyterian Ministers in Australia 1822-1901: Biographical Register
(with Dr Malcolm Prentis) [2001; 3rd revised edition 2012, 246 A4 pages] Covers careers of 1,117 men who served Presbyterian churches in Australia and whose work in Australia began before 24 July 1901 (when the Presbyterian Church of Australia was formed). Includes introductory essays by the compilers and by Dr Barry J. Bridges.  ISBN 978-0-9806757-2-6 $45

7. The Smith of Dunesk Mission: Forerunner of the Australian Inland Mission [2012, 48pp paper] Provides the true explanation of Mrs Henrietta Smith's interest in South Australia and how her gift was used. Describes the Mission given her name based on Beltana, South Australia 1894-1932 with detail on the Missioners including John Flynn and the author's grandfather. Illustrated. 2nd edition April 2014 ISBN 978-0-9806757-5-7 $6

8. The Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia 1846-2013 [2014, 192pp pbk] An illustrated history of the oldest Presbyterian and Reformed Church in Australia. April 2014 ISBN 978-0-9806757-4-0 $10  [also available as a pdf file at]

9. The Scots' Church Melbourne: A Story of 175 years 1838-2013 [xxi + 398pp., papercase] The history of Victoria's first Presbyterian Church commissioned by The Scots' Church and to be published by Australian Scholarly Publishing, December 2014. ISBN 978-1-925003-86-4  [Available from The Scots' Church, 156 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 $A25 plus postage.]

10. Introduction (44pp) to Chris Coldwell (ed.), The Westminster Assembly’s Grand Debate [between Independents and Presbyterians] (Dallas: Naphtali Press) December 2014. [The Grand Debate is available from Naphtali Press in USA or James Dickson Books UK]

11. Understanding Islam (2014, 24pp paper] An illustrated overview of the history and mjajor divisions of Islam. December 2014 ISBN 978-0-9806757-7-1   $2

12. A Short History of the Church in Scotland, AD300-2015 [2015, 132pp pbk] An illustrated history, fully indexed. October 2015. ISBN 978-0-9806757-6-4  $10

13 A Short Introduction to the Westminster Assembly and its Work (2017, 117pp pbk) $8                           ISBN 978-0-9806757-9-5    Commended highly by Richard Gaffin Jr. 'A fine, concise introduction.' - Carl R Trueman

14. Australian Presbyterians: Origins, Conflicts and Progress 1803-2018 (2018, 377pp pbk) Illustrated history of the federation of state churches known as the Presbyterian Church of Australia (replaces and extends The Bush Still Burns) $35 post paid in Australia


Religious Bodies in Australia: A Comprehensive Guide 4th edition fully revised [last edition with Robert Humphreys was in 1995, 432 pages.] Beliefs, history & statistics of over 200 bodies. A standard text. ‘A unique reference book.’ - Christian Book Newsletter                        


1. The Complete Book of Psalms for Singing with Study Notes
[1991, second printing 1994; 368 pages, full music, hardbound.] ‘This is beyond doubt quite the finest English language Psalter I have ever seen. The language is both majestic and modern; the words are Scriptural and simple; the tunes are nearly all very well known. This book merits a very wide circulation in the interests of true ecumenism.’ - Rev Dr F.Nigel Lee, Brisbane $12

2. The Psalms in Christian Worship
[1992, pbk 144pp] A concise case for a capella singing of inspired songs in the worship of God’s covenant community, together with the history of the subject and brief notes on each psalm. Out of print

3. 'The Directory for Public Worship' pp. 83-175 in Richard A. Muller & Rowland S. Ward, Scripture and Worship (P & R Publishing 2007).

4. 'The Lord's Day and the Westminster Confession' pp.191-216 in Anthony T. Selvaggio (ed), The Faith Once Delivered (P & R Publishing 2007)

5. 'Psalm Singing and Scripture' pp. 78-88 in Joel R. Beeke and Anthony T. Selvaggio (eds), Sing a New Song: Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-First Century (Reformation Heritage, 2010)


1. Learning the Christian Faith: The Shorter Catechism for Today
[1981, 6th printing 2009, 48pp] includes brief commentary, an appendix on church government, and a useful overview of church history in 3,600 words. $2
Translations: Czech 1993; Singhala 1998; Mizo Chin (Myanmar) 2002.

2. The Westminster Confession and Catechisms in Modern English
[1996, pbk 128pp 4th printing 2007] includes analysis, original Scripture texts, subject index. ISBN 0 9586241 4 3 $7

3. The Westminster Confession of Faith: A Study Guide (New Expanded Edition)
[2004, pbk 304pp] includes analysis, exposition, thoughts from other minds, questions for discussion, selected bibliography, indices. ISBN 0 9586241 8 6 $16

4. 'Subscription to the Confession' pp. 77-138  in J. Ligon Duncan III (ed), The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century Vol 3 (Fearn: Mentor) 2009.

5. 'Systematic Theology and the Church' pp. 289-306 in Iain D. Campbell and Malcolm Maclean (eds), The People's Theologian: Writings in Honour of Donald Macleod (Fearn: Christian Focus) 2011.

6. Baptism in Scripture and History
[1991, pbk 80pp] A fresh study of the meaning and mode of Christian baptism with special reference to Old Testament background and early church history. ‘A very stimulating and important book.’ Dr Stuart Piggin, Macquarie University, Sydney   ISBN 0 949670 18 9  $6

7. Blessed by the Presence of the Spirit: The Authentic Charismatic Church
[1997, pbk 96pp] A careful cessationist case with exposition of relevant Scripture.   ISBN 0 64631766 0  $6

8. Foundations in Genesis: Genesis 1-11 Today
[1998, pbk 208pp] ‘Astute, judicious and illuminating…In a world of extremes here is a voice for balance and good Biblical sense.’ – Byron G. Curtis, Geneva College, Beaver Falls                       ISBN 0 9586241 0 0    $8

9. God & Adam: Reformed Theology and the Creation Covenant
[2003, pbk 208pp] The first monograph in English providing a detailed survey of the development of the covenant of works. ‘Ward has done a remarkable job in summarizing the issues at stake.’ Mark G. Johnston, Grove Chapel  ISBN 0 9586241 6 X  Out of print - but available as a pdf file $6 at

pages 17-48 of the above ["Creation and Covenant and "The Biblical Unfolding of the Covenant"] were translated into French by Paul Wells and published by Editions Kerygma of Aix-en-Provence in 2007 under the title Vous Avec Dit "Alliance"? - Dieu et l'ętre humain selon la Bible: une relation dans le temps

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