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

This Day in Presbyterian History - Apologetic Report
Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:05

October 16: William Buell Sprague

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Today’s post is drawn from Alfred Nevin’s Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church (1884), p. 850:

The Long Pastorate of a Great Pastor and Biographer

imageWilliam Buell Sprague was born in Andover, Tolland county, Connecticut, on this day, October 16, 1795. He graduated at Yale...

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Saturday, 14 October 2017 15:05

October 15: Van Horn on WSC Q. 31

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

Q. 31. — What is effectual calling?

A. — Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ. and renewing...

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Friday, 13 October 2017 15:05

October 14: Ruling Elders as Moderators

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Not Every Presbyterian Denomination Operates This Way

The moderator of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America was a ruling elder–the Hon. W. Jack Williamson. Since that time, the PCA has established a tradition of alternating between ruling elders and teaching elders...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:05

October 13: The Spirit of Error

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Largely forgotten now, the League of Evangelical Students was an early 20th century forerunner to such contemporary evangelical student fellowships as InterVarsity, Campus Crusade for Christ and Reformed University Ministries. Its mission statement declared it to be “an inter-denominational...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:05

October 12: Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy

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At the close of the first century of Presbyterianism in Kentucky, this anniversary was observed by the churches on this day, October 12, in 1883. The Rev. David Rice had begun to preach the Gospel in 1783 near the town of Harrodsburg, and so it was fitting that the celebration was held there in...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 15:05

October 11: Dr. Robert Dick Wilson

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A Great Loss for Westminster Seminary

imageThe new orthodox seminary, Westminster, had only been open for two weeks on October 11, 1930, when one of the premier faculty members of that theological institution, and before that, Princeton Theological Seminary,  Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, died...

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Monday, 09 October 2017 15:05

October 10: An Early Tract by Francis Schaeffer

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Among the more mundane church records and the other remains of a long life, there are some real jewels that have been located as part of Rev. Albert “Bud” Moginot’s papers. For one of those finds, I have no real explanation as to how it came to be there in his possession. But more...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 15:05

October 9: William Swan Plumer

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A Rare Gift to the Church

Filed under “They just don’t write ’em like that any more.” — This is a resolution by the 1881 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, US, as shown on page 363 of their Minutes for that year:

The Committee recommend the adoption of the...

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Saturday, 07 October 2017 15:05

October 8: Van Horn on WSC Q. 30

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

Q. 30. — How doth the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. — The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in...

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Friday, 06 October 2017 15:05

October 7: A.A. Hodge

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Bit of a “think piece” for us here on this Saturday morning. Browsing through an old periodical, I came across the following testimony by Archibald Alexander Hodge, son of Charles Hodge. I’m not sure if this testimony found its way into some other publication by A.A. Hodge, or...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 15:05

October 6: Educate Your Children!

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And To Drive Yesterday’s Point Home:

[excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, Vol. XII, No. 40 (6 October 1838): 159, column 2]

Educate your Children.—The following elegant extract merits the attention of every teacher, and especially of every parent.

image“If the time shall come when...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:05

October 5: Train Up a Child (or Yourself!)

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A few thoughts on the value of the Westminster Shorter Catechism,excerpted fromTHE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, 15 October 1836, p. 166, columns 2-3:—[At the moment, we’re short of events for the 5th of this month.]

imageOught the Assembly’s Shorter Catechism to be used in Sabbath Schools; and...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:05

October 4: The Declaration of Commitment (1969)

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Here We Stand

imageThere were four organizations that were formative of the Presbyterian Church in America. They were: 1. The Presbyterian Journal, which began in May of 1942. Founded by a group of conservative Presbyterians, including L. Nelson Bell, the Journal was founded to work against the...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 15:05

October 3: Hanover Presbytery

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A Way-station for the Progress of the Gospelby Rev. David T. Myers

Up to the middle of the eighteenth century, what presbyteries existed were all in the northern part of the American colonies. But after the division of the New Side – Old Side Presbyterians in 1741 (see May 17,...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 15:05

October 2: John Hess McComb

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Contending Earnestlyby Rev. David T. Myers

The  number “seven” has always been associated with perfection.  But while that is the belief, there would be no one who would suggest that the seventh opening exercises of Westminster Theological Seminary on October 2,...

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Saturday, 30 September 2017 15:05

October 1: Van Horn on WSC Q. 29

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

Q. 29. — How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. — We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit.

Scriptu...

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Friday, 29 September 2017 15:05

September 30: Cry the Warning!

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The following is part of a sermon preached by Dr. Franklin Pierce Ramsay on June 13, 1926, in his son’s pulpit at Calvary Presbyterian Church of Staten Island, New York, some three months before his lamented death on September 30, 1926. Dr. Ramsay was himself a member of the Southern...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 15:05

September 29: Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller

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imageIf You are Number Two, Do You Try Harder?

Samuel Miller was definitely number two among that faculty of Princeton Seminary that year of September 29, 1813.  Started only one year before, Archibald Alexander was the first professor of...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:05

September 28: Where Were They Educated?

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If you will pardon a bit of a digression today, the question sometimes comes up regarding the theological education of the founding pastors of the Presbyterian Church in America. Working from a list of 180 pastors, as found in the Minutes of the First General Assembly, the following list...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:05

September 27: George Tybout Purves: Pastor-Scholar

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imageHe was a wanted man
by Rev. David T. Myers

The Presbyterian pastor-teacher was a wanted man, that is, wanted by theological seminaries to teach at their school.  Princeton Seminary wanted George T.  Purves to teach church history...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 15:05

September 26: The Prominent Place of Catechesis

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Catechizingby Prof. Wm. C. Robinson

[excerpted from The Christian Observer 121.38 (20 September 1933): 7.]

Recent research is giving an increasingly prominent place in the establishment of early Christianity to catechizing. The Greek verb, “katecheo,” occurs seven times in the...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 15:05

September 25: Machen’s Plan for Westminster (1929)

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“Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan” was delivered by the Rev. Dr. J. Gresham Machen at the first convocation address at the Seminary on September 25, 1929. Dr. Machen’s address was subsequently published on the pages of The Presbyterian, in its October...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017 15:05

September 24: Van Horn on WSC Q. 28

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

Q. 28. Wherein consisteth Christ’s exaltation?

A. Christ’s exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the...

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Friday, 22 September 2017 15:05

September 23: A Catechism in Rhyme (1847)

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Yet another form of a children’s catechism. This version was published inTHE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY’S SHORTER CATECHISM, WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS.  [Portland : Hyde, Lord and Duren. New-York City : Eli French. 1847.] 

A CATECHISM IN RHYME.

  1. Who made you, child, and bade you live? God...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 15:05

September 22: Preparation for Ministry

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Recently in processing the Papers of Dr. Morton H. Smith, the first Stated Clerk of the PCA, I came across this letter written to Smith when he was just twenty-five years of age and considering a call to ministry and pondering which Seminary to attend.  The pastor of his home church, the Rev....

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