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
Saturday, 16 June 2018 15:05

June 17: Van Horn on WSC Q. 78

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMby Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 78. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own or our neighbor’s good name.

Scripture References: Prov. 19:5; Luke 3:14;...

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My Life is in the Custody of Him Whose Glory I Seekby Rev. David T. Myers

The great Reformer, John Knox, had been  in the land of Scotland for a mere six weeks, arriving on May 2, 1559.  He had been preaching continuously along the coast of the kingdom when there came to him an invitation...

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Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:05

June 15: Max Belz’s Testimony

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Ask God to Use His RodA PERSONAL TESTIMONYBy Max Belz

imageIt is a blessed experience, at least after the initial shock, to know the chastening stroke of God’s rod. In Psalm 23:4 David says to his Lord, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

Many pastors and members of modernist...

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 15:05

June 14: Biblical Ecumenism

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The Peaceable Fruit of Biblical Ecumenism

In the Message to all Churches of Jesus Christ throughout the world, (See December 7) the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (though it was called originally National Presbyterian Church)  had specifically stated that they...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 15:05

June 13: The Reformed Presbytery

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A Union of Scottish Presbyterians

A noted Reformed Presbyterian theologian was once asked in the early eighteen hundreds in this country to identify his branch of the Presbyterian Church.  He replied that he belonged to no branch of Presbyterians, only to the root of...

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Monday, 11 June 2018 15:05

June 12: Rev. Alexander McLeod

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An Abiding Testimony

What can one person do to stem the tide of evil? What effect can a solitary individual have upon those around them, upon the times and the reigning culture? A great effect, as it turns out, and an abiding testimony, as well, if the Lord is in it. As John Knox said, “A man...

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 15:05

June 11: World Presbyterian Missions

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Background to Current Missions Work

The Mission to the World collection shows how a modern mission sending agency grew from a movement within the Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) to become an independent board, a committee within a new denomination and finally a mature, experienced...

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Saturday, 09 June 2018 15:05

June 10: Van Horn on WSC Q. 76-77

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMby Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 76.Which is the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Q. 77. What is required in the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and...

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Friday, 08 June 2018 23:27

June 9: Dr. James Crowell

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Faithful and Belovedby Rev. David T. Myers

Last year on this date, this author found no Presbyterian person, place, or thing, so he wrote on one of the Shorter Catechisms.  This year however, the person and ministry of the Rev. Dr. James Crowell comes into This Day in Presbyterian History as a...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 15:05

June 8: The Reformed Presbyterian Church

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Understanding the Covenantersby Rev. David T. Myers

imageThe young man needed a service project for his church or community to become an Eagle Scout.  What Nathaniel Pockras of Ohio eventually chose and finished will be of great service not only to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North...

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:05

June 7: Arch Street Presbyterian Church

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One of the Old Historic Philadelphia Churches

imageThe Arch Street Church is the successor of the Fifth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. This latter church was in turn a daughter-church of the Second Presbyterian Church, worshiping initially in a chapel on Locust Street on property occupied by the...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 15:05

June 6: Pray for Your Pastor!

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imageAn Opportunity for Vindication
by Rev. David T. Myers

The letter is still preserved at the state history building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  Written to the Rev. William Marshall on June 6, 1786, it states simply that he, the pastor...

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The Mother of All Schisms in Presbyterianismby Rev. David T. Myers

Old School Presbyterians . . . New School Presbyterians. You were either one or the other in the early to mid-nineteenth century in the Presbyterian Church in the United States. And the issue was not at all a light one.  The...

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Monday, 04 June 2018 15:05

June 5: Rev. Samuel J. Wilson [1828-1883]

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American independence has been achieved. The colonies have taken their place as free and independent States among the nations of the earth. In bringing about this the most momentous political event of the last century the ministry and laity of the Presbyterian Church bore an essential and a...

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Sunday, 03 June 2018 15:05

June 4: Their Finest Hour

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The Seventeenth General Synod of the Bible Presbyterian Church convened in Greenville, South Carolina on Thursday afternoon, June 3rd, 1954. The whole of the next day, Friday, was given to worship and prayer. Following devotional exercises that morning, the Rev. Francis A. Schaeffer brought a...

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Saturday, 02 June 2018 15:05

June 3: Van Horn on WSC Q. 75

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMby Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 75. What Is forbidden In the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth, or may, unjustly hinder our own or our neighbor’s wealth or outward estate.

Scripture References: I Timothy 5:8;...

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Friday, 01 June 2018 15:05

June 2: The General Assembly’s Last Word

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Admittedly this is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But General Assembly season is upon us, which makes this relevant. I would suggest you read this one paragraph, if you read nothing else. It’s by the Rev. F.P. Ramsay, writing in 1898 on the authority of the General Assembly to...

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:05

June 1: First Commencement, Covenant College

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Long as it is, nonetheless, this is an edited form of the address given by Mr. Claude Bunzel during the First Annual Commencement Exercises of Covenant College* on June 1, 1956, held at Pasadena City Church, whose building housed the college prior to its permanent relocation in St. Louis. [*See the...

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Speak of His glory and talk of His power

Psalm 145:10-1210.  All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You.11.  They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power.12.  To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the...

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 15:05

May 30: The Preliminary Principles

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A Foundation Often Overlooked

As noted in an early printing of the Form of Government for the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., the “Preliminary Principles,” with the exception of the first sentence, were originally composed by the Synod of New York and Philadelphia, and prefixed to...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 15:05

May 29: Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Field

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From Prisoner of War to Professor of Bible by Rev. David T. Myers

Clyde Wayne Field was his name. College students at the now closed Highland College in Pasadena, California had him teach classes for the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, as well as English Bible. He was an able teacher,...

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imageThe Rev. J. J. Janeway’s Review of The Divine Appointment, the Duties and the Qualifications of Ruling Elders; a Sermon preached inthe First Presbyterian Church, in the City of New York, May 28, 1819, by Samuel Miller, D.D.,in The Presbyterian Magazine, 1.4 (April 1821) 170-177.

[Rev...

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Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:05

May 27: Van Horn on WSC Q’s 73 74

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMQ. 73. Which is the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.Q. 74. What is required in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the wealth and outward estate of...

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Today we conclude our post on John Calvin, in observation of his death on May 27, in 1564. 

John Calvin, the World Reconstructionist (part 2)

By the Late Rev. James Mitchell Foster, D.D. (Revised and Edited by his Daughter)

[Christianity Today6.8 (January 1936): 173-178.]

[Reverend James Mitchell...

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:05

May 25: John Calvin, World Reconstructionist

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John Calvin died on May 27th, in the year 1564. The following article, though quite long, seems appropriate to post at this time. Tomorrow we will run the second part of the article. The following, its title aside, forms a nice, succinct summary of the life and ministry of John Calvin. And as...

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