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

Apologetic Report - This Day in Presbyterian History
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:05

March 22: Charles Gregg Singer [1910-1999]

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I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gregg Singer, but he will always hold a special place in my life. His papers were the first collection that I ever attempted to process. As I confidently opened the box and opened one large envelope, the first thing I saw read:

I might as that I amtill...

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Monday, 20 March 2017 15:05

March 21: The “Marrow Men”

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Today, through an address delivered by Dr. Alexander Whyte in 1902, we will examine closer a pivotal moment in the life of the great Scottish pastor Thomas Boston, and by his actions, a moment of immense importance that has rippled down through the centuries. Dr. Whyte provides a wonderful...

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The Flagship Church of the German-language Synod of the West by Rev. David T. Myers

For fifty years, Second Presbyterian Church of Grundy County, Iowa, was the “flagship” church of the Presbyterian Church USA in their Synod of the West. Back in 1871, two Presbyterian men, Poppe Meints...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 15:05

March 19: Van Horn on WSC Q. 2

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We continue with our program for each Lord’s Day, reviewing the studies on the Westminster Shorter Catechism prepared by the Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn. Rev. Van Horn was one of the founding fathers of the PCA, and he pastored churches in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico,...

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Friday, 17 March 2017 15:05

March 18: Minced Oaths

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The Rev. George H. Seville wrote the following little tract, found among the Papers of the Rev. Albert F. (“Bud”) Moginot, Jr.

imageBorn March 19, 1876, near Bellevue, PA, he later graduated from the Shadyside Academy in Pittsburgh, from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, and from...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:05

March 17: Birth of Thomas Boston (1676)

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An Heart Exercised Unto Godliness

p style=”text-align: justify;”>imageThe life of Thomas Boston could be considered a walking medical study. Frequently depressed both in life and ministry, in his autobiography he wrote of his recurring miseries, his dry spells, his sense of...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:05

March 16: Young Theologians

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The Morning Watch was published, edited, and primarily written by the Rev. J. P. Struthers, minister of the Greenock congregation of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. From a small collection of juvenile literature at the PCA Historical Center, the following artwork is from that...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 15:05

March 15: The Presbyterian War.

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A Victory in Defeat

The British Parliament member, upon hearing of the “victory” in the colonies by the British army that day of March 15, 1781 has commented “another such victory would ruin the British army.” What did he mean?

In the southern campaign of the...

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Monday, 13 March 2017 15:05

March 14: No Greater Truth.

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Our time is short today, and while this particular entry is not quite in synch with the calendar, it remains a very good word from the esteemed Dr. Archibald Alexander, first professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to his many years of service at Princeton, he was also quite...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 15:05

March 13: Rev. Daniel Iverson

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The following is drawn from an autobiography written by the Rev. Daniel Iverson, founding pastor of the Shenandoah Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida. That church closed its doors some years ago, but the legacy lives on.

The Shenandoah Presbyterian Church in its first twenty-four years under...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 14:05

March 12: “What Are We Doing Here?”

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The Rev. Van Horn was born in 1920, educated at Columbia Theological Seminary, and pastored churches in Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and New Mexico. He also served as a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. His work on the ruling elder remains in print, but his series on the Westminster...

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Friday, 10 March 2017 14:05

March 11: God’s Unfailing Guidance

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imageHarold Samuel Laird was born on August 8, 1891, in New Castle, Pennsylvania. His father was a faithful Presbyterian pastor who raised him in the nurture of the Lord. Harold Laird was converted at a young age and walked closely with his Lord ever afterward. Upon graduation from Lafayette College and...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:05

March 10: Rev. Dr. R. Laird Harris

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There was a good deal of serious scholarship which arose from among the early leaders of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the Bible Presbyterian Synod. And of the many who accomplished so much in their study and defense of the Scriptures, the Rev. Dr. R. Laird Harris was easily among the most...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:05

March 9: Charles Grandison Finney [1792-1875]

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Let’s Take a Quiz

Who am I? I have been called the father of American revivalism . . . the forerunner of everyone from Dwight L. Moody to Billy Graham . . . and still, living in the Vineyard movement to the Church growth movement . . . a darling of both the religious right and the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 14:05

March 8: William Swan Plumer

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Set a watch over it!

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” — Psalm 141:3. [KJV]

One of the jewels of 19th-century Presbyterian literature that seems to have been overlooked by many is the little set titled Presbyterian Tracts. These volumes...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 14:05

March 7: Rev. Silas Milton Andrews [1805-1881]

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Here’s to our Stated Clerks!

Back Creek Presbyterian Church, located in Mount Ulla, Rowan county, North Carolina, was organized in 1805, and is now a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. In the same year that the church was organized, church members George and Catherine (Barr)...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 14:05

March 6: Pearl Buck [1892-1973]

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How Many of You Know . . .

imageMention the name of Pearl Buck and countless Americans will immediately think of the award-winning book “The Good Earth.”  And indeed Pearl Buck did write that famous work and many other novels which earned her both a Pulitzer prize as well as a Nobel...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 14:05

March 5: Van Horn on Westminster Doctrines

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“To God’s Glory” : A Practical Study of a Doctrine of the Westminster Standards by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

THE SUBJECT : Divine Guidance

THE BIBLE VERSES TO READ : Matt. 6:10; 26:39; Ps. 40:8; 67; 103:20-21; 119:36; 143:10; 2 Sam. 15:25; Job 1:21; Eph. 6:6.

REFERENCE TO THE...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 14:05

March 4: One Hundred Years War

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Next in our series on conservative Presbyterian response to the Auburn Affirmation is this editorial from the 18 March 1926 issue of The Presbyterian.  The editorial comes from the pen of either Rev. David S. Kennedy or Rev. Samuel G. Craig, both men serving as co-editors at that time and...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 14:05

March 3: Every Member a Worker

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A Manual for Members

What should we expect ourselves and our fellow members to be doing for the Lord through our respective congregations?  Various answers might be forthcoming, but it is interesting what a famous congregation in the Bible Presbyterian Church specified were its members...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:05

March 2: On True Revivals

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image When he was just 30 years old, the Rev. Gardiner Spring brought the following message on New Year’s Day, a message having to do with the subject of the revivals of religion. He is speaking here of true revivals, those which cannot be produced at will or on demand through the use of craft and...

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Yesterday, we looked at Gordon Clark’s response to the Auburn Affirmation. However, that reply came some years after the fact. Where were the early or initial replies from conservative Presbyterians, prior to the 1930s? The earliest critiques that I could originally locate were dated well...

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Monday, 27 February 2017 14:05

February 28: The Auburn Heresy, by Gordon H. Clark

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A Voice from the Past on a Present Issue

imageThe Psalmist David in Psalm 11:3 asks the haunting question, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” That is the same question many evangelical Presbyterians are asking in the light of the Presbyterian Church, USA, having...

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Presbyterian denominations in the United States no doubt do some things differently from what is described in the following article, but by comparing we can sometimes learn some important lessons about our own practice. 

The First Institution of Elders and Deacons in the Church of Scotland, the...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 14:05

February 26: Van Horn on Westminster Doctrines

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“To God’s Glory” : A Practical Study of a Doctrine of the Westminster Standards. by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

THE SUBJECT : God’s Work of Grace.

THE BIBLE VERSES TO READ : Eph. 2:8; John 15:5; I Cor. 6:17; I Cor. 1:9; I Pet. 5:10.

REFERENCE TO THE STANDARDS : Confession of Faith,...

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