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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Friday, 08 December 2017 14:05

December 9: Presbyterian Churchmen United

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It is commonly noted that there were four main organizations that were formative of the Presbyterian Church in America : 1. Concerned Presbyterians, a layman’s group led by ruling elders; 2. Presbyterian Churchmen United, an organization for pastors; 3. The Presbyterian Journal, a magazine...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 14:05

December 8: Macartney and Machen

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While searching out a question today for a patron of the PCA Historical Center, I came across this letter to the editor ofCHRISTIANITY TODAY [the new series, for a change!] In this letter, Ned B. Stonehouse, professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and biographer of Dr. J. Gresham...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 14:05

December 7: Rev. Francis Herron [1774-1860]

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All Glory to the One Who Saved Us.image

Yesterday we asked the question “Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this date? As it turns out, the answer was “No”. The Rev. Francis Herron was born on June 28, 1774 and he died on December 6, 1860. And to read the history books, he was...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:05

December 6: Death of Francis Herron

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imageDeath of Francis Herron

Can we find a sermon by Francis Herron for this day?

Authors: archivist...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 14:05

December 5: First PCA General Assembly, Day 2

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The First General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church (i.e., the PCA

imageAs the newly formed denomination met that December in 1973, there was much to do and little time in which to accomplish it. The opening of the General Assembly had begun on the previous day, December 4th, at 7:30 PM with a...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 14:05

December 4: The 273 Founding Churches of the PCA

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Where are they now?

This day, December 4, in 1973, marks the formation of the Presbyterian Church in America, as the denomination’s first General Assembly met in Birminham, Alabama, December 4-7 at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Some years ago I compiled a list of all the churches that have...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 14:05

December 3: Van Horn on WSC Q. 39

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

Q. 39. — What is the duty which God requireth of man?

A. — The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will.

Scripture References: Deut. 29:29. Micah 6:8. I Sam. 15:22.

Questions:

1. Why do...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 14:05

December 2: Rev. David S. Clark

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Gordon Clark’s Daddy

Another article, albeit a brief one, by the father of Gordon H. Clark.

BARTHIAN FOG by the Rev. David S. Clark, D.D.[The Presbyterian107.48 (2 December 1937): 11.]

THE PRESBYTERIAN has been honored with three splendid articles by Dr. John W. Bowman, on Barthianism. The...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:05

December 1: John Patton

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Licensed to Preach the Gospel

Having had one post already on John Paton, we consider another from his remarkable life. It was on this day, December 1, 1857, that he was licensed to be a preacher of the gospel by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. It would be just four months later...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:05

November 30: John Geddie

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We Don’t Do Evangelism!by Rev. David T. Myers

A speaker over the phone actually said the words of our title to a friend of this author. She was shocked, and so was I upon hearing it. Have they snipped out by scissors the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18 – 20? The...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:05

November 29: Train Up a Child

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Occasionally we cast off any tie to the calendar and post something simply because it is important. Given the times, such as they are, it would seem the following advice has never been more needed, never more urgent to implement. “There never was a day when the mind of youth should be so...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 14:05

November 28: The Battle of Rullion Green

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The Time Was Not Ripeby Rev. David T. Myers

This mysterious phrase is found on a stone memorial on the grounds of the Battle of Rullion Green which is located eight miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland. It tells the tragic story of defeat in the first battle of the Scot...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 14:05

November 27: Dr. Archibald Alexander

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Excerpted from THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, Vol. XXXI, No. 13 (27 March 1852): 49, column 3.

imageDr. Archibald Alexander was, in addition to his service as the first professor at Princeton Seminary, quite dedicated in the work of writing evangelistic tracts, many of which were later gathered and published in...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 14:05

November 26: Van Horn on WSC Q. 38

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

Q 38. — What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?

A. — At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged, and acquitted in the day of judgment,...

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Friday, 24 November 2017 14:05

November 25: The Westminster Shorter Catechism

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“The ripest fruit of the Assembly’s thought and experience.”

imageIt was on this day, November 25th, a Thursday in 1647, that the British House of Commons ordered the printing of the Shorter Catechism, composed by the Westminster Assembly.

The Westminster Assembly of Divines had first...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 14:05

November 24: Study History!

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An Endeavor for the Brave of Heart

Assuming our readers are probably all off enjoying the extended weekend, here is a bit of post-Thanksgiving humor, for a change of pace. I could not locate a source in order to give proper attribution, but did enjoy this cartoon:

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:05

November 23: A Life Full of Giving Thanks

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Time and again, the Lord has shown Himself faithful.

You would do well to take your Bible this Thanksgiving weekend and begin a study on how often throughout the Scriptures the Lord instructs us to remember His works. And why is that? Obviously, that we should not forget Him, that we should be...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:05

November 22: Great Commission Publications

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JOINT PUBLICATIONS VENTURE UNDERWAY

Representatives of the Christian Education committees of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church in America met in Philadelphia, Penna. on November 22, 1974 to inaugurate a joint publication enterprise to serve both denominations.

To be called...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 14:05

November 21: Four Who Stayed Behind

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Four Presbyterian Chaplains Who Stayed Behind With the Wounded by Rev. David T Myers

The army was moving, actually fleeing from the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg on July 4, 1963. Three terrible days of battle had been fought there in this battle of the War Between the States. The Union forces...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:05

November 20: Presbyterians by the Boatload

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Waves of Presbyterians Arrive in America by Rev. David T. Myers

An early American journal called the Pennsylvania Gazette put it succinctly for wave after wave of Scot-Irish from Ulster, Ireland to our shores. Published on this day, November 20, 1729, it stated, “Poverty, Wretchedness, Misery,...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 14:05

November 19: Van Horn on WSC Q. 37

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Our otherwise nearly complete collection of these bulletin insert studies by Dr. Leonard Van Horn is, sadly, lacking the entry for Question 36 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.So we move on to the next question today. Should any of our readers have access to Van Horn’s work on...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 14:05

November 18: Dr. John Mason

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The Rev. John Mitchell Mason [1770-1829] was an Associate Reformed pastor who served for many years in New York City. The following anecdote was published in The Evangelical Guardian, vol. IV, no. 6 (November 1846): 285. The story is related on those pages by the editor of the magazine, as part of...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:51

November 17: Dr. Rice’s Childhood

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imageJohn Holt Rice, the second son of Benjamin and Catherine Rice, was born near the small town of New London, in the county of Bedford, on the 28th of November, A.D. 1777. From the first dawn of intellect, he discovered an uncommon capacity for learning, and a still more uncommon disposition to piety....

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In 1926, J. Gresham Machen received nomination to the chair of apologetics and ethics from the Board of Directors at the Princeton Theological Seminary.  In the normal course of things, this nomination would have been routinely approved by the General Assembly as it met later that same year....

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:05

November 15: The Road Much Traveled

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The Great Wagon Road for Scotch-Irish Presbyterians by Rev. David T Myers

When this author’s mother moved from Scotland to America with her new husband in 1932, she came through Ellis Island, New York. When Scot-Irish Presbyterians came in the 1700’s to America, they landed at several...

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