But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:05

August 23: Hodge on Ministerial Vows

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It is something more than ordinary falsehood, if our inward convictions do not correspond with a profession made in presence of the Church, and as the condition of our receiving authority to preach the Gospel. In such a case we lie not only unto man, but unto God; because such professions are of...

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Monday, 21 August 2017 15:05

August 22: Dr. Roy T. Brumbaugh

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image These were tumultuous times in the history of the church, and in the midst of them Brumbaugh moved to Tacoma to become the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. He was forty-one years old and had a wife and four children. The First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma boasted a formal membership of...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:05

August 21: Paul Woolley on Ministerial Training

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Reflecting on my reading of CONFIDENT OF BETTER THINGS, the opening chapter concerns Paul Woolley, professor of church history at Westminster Seminary for some forty years. John Muether spends several pages in that article discussing Woolley as an author. In all his years at the institution,...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 15:05

August 20: Van Horn on WSC Q. 23

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 23. — What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer?

A. — Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.

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Friday, 18 August 2017 15:05

August 19: Ken Horner, Jr.

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That Christ Should Be Magnified in All We Do and Say

The Rev. Mr. Kenneth A. Horner, Jr. was called into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ on August 19, 1975. Mr. Horner was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1918. Under the ministry of Dr. Harold S. Laird he confessed Christ as his Savior and...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 15:05

August 18: John William Yeomans [1800-1863]

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Off to School with Ye!

image It was on this day, August 18th, in 1841, that an Address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. John W. Yeomans, on the occasion of the his Inauguration as President of Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania.

John William Yeomans, D. D., was born in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, on the...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 15:05

August 17: “Six Johns”

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Dangerous Times Demand Vigorous Faithby Rev. David T. Myers

The Protestant Reformation had been a long time in coming to Scotland. But finally, that reformation which had begun in Germany and Switzerland under Martin Luther and John Calvin hit the shores of Scotland under the spiritual...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 15:05

August 16: William Brenton Greene, Jr., D.D.

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Jesus Christ is Lord over All of LIfe

William Brenton Greene, Jr., was born this day, August 16th, in 1854 in Providence, Rhode Island.

imageEducated at the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), and graduating there in 1876. he then worked as a teacher while preparing for the ministry at Princeton...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 15:05

August 15: Of Presbyteries, Synods and Assemblies

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Our post today is from Chapter VII of PRESBYTERIANISM FOR THE PEOPLE, by the Rev. Robert P. Kerr (1883). Please keep in mind that the author here is speaking of the organization of his own Church at that time. There are many differences today for most of the Presbyterian Churches in this country....

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 15:05

August 14: Remembering Premise Magazine Online

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Too many years have gone by, and many of you probably never knew of this early feature on the Internet. A few years ago, at my request, Dr. David W. Hall very kindly provided a brief history of PREMISE, an exceptionally early web-based magazine which ran from 1994-1999.  Some remarkable...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 15:05

August 13: Van Horn on WSC Q. 22

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 22. — How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?

A. — Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body and a reasonable soul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in...

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What Made Princeton Strong?

imageArchibald Alexander served as moderator of the nineteenth General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. With his departing sermon at the following year’s Assembly, Alexander made the case for the creation of a seminary, in keeping with a growing...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 15:05

August 11: William Tennent the Third

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Consecrated to God and Country by David T. Myers

Readers of this Presbyterian series certainly should be aware of the first William Tennent who emigrated from Ireland to the colonies. He was the celebrated pastor and founder of the Log College. His son, the Rev. William Tennent was the Presbyterian...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:05

August 10: Daniel Baker

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Personal Revival of Daniel Bakerby Rev. David T. Myers

p style=”text-align: justify;”>imageThe key note to this wonderful man’s life was given on his death bed. When dying he said: “William, my son, if I should die I want this epitaph carved on my tomb. ‘Here lies...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 22:52

August 9: History Is God’s Possession

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A substantial blessing last year at the PCA Historical Center was the donation of a complete set of a small periodical issued by Dr. William Stanford Reid.The little periodical titled REFORMATION TODAY only ran for about three years, but it contains a wealth of articles, and I would hope...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 15:05

August 8: In Nothing Be Anxious

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There is no better way to introduce the author of the following short devotional than to reproduce this memorial which was spread upon the Minutes of Susquehanna Valley Presbytery (PCA). In my work here at the PCA Historical Center, every once in a long while I hear certain men spoken of with the...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:05

August 7: The Advisory Convention (1973)

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Let Everything Be Done Decently and In Order.

When some 260 churches decided to leave the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (aka, Southern Presbyterian Church), to form the Presbyterian Church in America, that move was not simply formed on a whim or at a moment’s notice. For nearly thirty years,...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 15:05

August 6: Van Horn on WSC Q. 21

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard Van Horn

Q. 21. — Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?

A. — The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continueth to be,...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 15:05

August 5: Mary Slessor

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image In these United States, we are accustomed to seeing various historical figures from the early days of our country on our paper currency. From 1997 to 2009, the people of Scotland were used to seeing the picture of a Presbyterian missionary by the name of Mary Slessor on their ten pound bank-note....

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:05

August 4: Rev. James McGregor

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The “Moses” of the Scotch-Irish in America – James McGregor by Rev. David T Myers

We post today on the Rev. James McGregor (sometimes with two “g’s”) of Northern Ireland, or Ulster. James was born in 1777 in Londonderry, Ireland. Along with many other Irish...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 15:05

August 3: Rev. Henry G. Welbon

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On August 3, 1936, newspapers in and around Wilmington, Delaware ran the following article covering the closure of the Head-of-Christiana Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. Henry G. Welbon was pastor at the time.

Pastor Ignores Church Locking

Defies Presbytery In Church ‘Lockout’

Unfr...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:05

August 2: James Wilson

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As a Christian, None More Sincereby Rev. David T. Myers

There is some doubt as to whether James Wilson was a Presbyterian. That he was a Christian, no one doubts, but there is doubt that he was Presbyterian in his convictions.  So who was James Wilson, you ask? James Wilson was a signer of the...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 15:05

August 1: Was Calvin a Presbyterian?

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W. Stanford Reid was a professor of history at McGill University and the University of Guelph; in retirement, he taught briefly at Westminster Theological Seminary. Both he and his father were ministers in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The following is from W. Stanford Reid’s little...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 15:05

July 31: John Knox

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The Lord’s Slaveby Rev. David T. Myers

image Were you, dear reader, aware that the man of the hour in Scotland, John Knox, once rowed a galley ship? No, it wasn’t for exercise. No, it wasn’t for some national pride of the fastest galley ship in a sailing contest. Simply put, John...

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Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:05

July 30: Van Horn on WSC Q. 20

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 20. — Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?

A. — God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant...

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