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
Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:05

February 23: The Old Place Was Up For Sale

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It wasn’t but a few years ago when Ryan Laughlin, senior pastor at Covenant PCA here in St. Louis, notified me of the availability of the old building on the corner of Union & Enright, in St. Louis, where Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer served as pastor in the 1940’s. Schaeffer was...

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:05

February 22: Rev. John Craig the Call for Independence

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Augusta County Presbyterians call for independenceby Rev. David T. Myers

It was simple and direct. The mass meeting of people from the Virginia county of Augusta in Stanton chose two delegates to represent them in Richmond, Virginia in the Virginia Convention. One was Thomas Lewis and the other one...

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 14:05

February 21: Birth of James Patriot Wilson

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imageA friend who knew him well observed that James never wrote out his name in full. It wasn’t that he disliked his name, but that he was scrupulously modest. For you see, his father—the Rev. Dr. Matthew Wilson—was not only a noted surgeon and pastor, but also a decided republican patr...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 14:05

February 20: Rev. Azel Roe

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The Rebel Clergyman of New Jersey by Rev. David T. Myers

With half of inhabitants of New Jersey being Scotch-Irish Presbyterians during the American Revolution, it is not surprising that the British labeled our focus today as “the famous rebel clergyman of New Jersey.” Certainly, the...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:05

February 19: The Ordination of Samuel Davies

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When God Prepares a Vessel

Charles Hodge wrote one of the first major histories of the Presbyterian Church in America, which was published in 1851. A year later, the Presbyterian Historical Society was established, and the first major publication of that organization was another major work, this...

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 14:05

February 18: Van Horn on WSC Q's 53 54

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM

by Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn

Q. 53. — Which is the third commandment?

A. —The third commandment is, Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Ex....

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Friday, 16 February 2018 14:05

February 17: Edward Hopper [1816-1888]

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A Famous Hymn for Sailorsby Rev. David T. Myers

imageThe Presbyterian pastor was asked to compose a hymn verse for the anniversary of the Seamen’s Friend’s Society meeting. Instead, he brought the verse for a hymn which he had anonymously written eight years before, which was “Jesus,...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:05

February 16: 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...

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 14:05

February 15: The Sovereign Lord of History

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So frequently throughout Scripture that we tend to overlook it by its very frequency, our Lord God does time and time again instruct us–charge us–command us–to remember His works. It is one of His appointed means by which we can keep our hearts tender and fresh in the love of our...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 14:05

February 14: Who Are the True Revolutionaries?

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As the Schaeffers were preparing to move to Europe, the following article was published inBIBLICAL MISSIONS, the newsletter of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, under whose auspices the Schaeffers initially moved onto the European field, with the intent of planting...

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Monday, 12 February 2018 14:05

February 13: Rev. Gilbert McMaster

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A Consistent Christian Life

Pastor Ken McHeard is the current pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA)in Duanesburg, New York. From all I hear, he’s engaged in a faithful ministry there, as he follows a long and eminent roster of pastors at that church. The organizing pastor of this...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 14:05

February 12: Rev. Henry Highland Garnet

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A First for a Black Presbyterian Pastor

If you were among the visitors seeking a seat in the House of Representatives gallery that Sabbath day on February 12, 1865,you would have had to arrive early to accomplish your goal, for the gallery was packed with black and white individuals. It was a...

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Saturday, 10 February 2018 14:05

February 11: Van Horn on WSC Q. 52

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

Q. 52. — What are the reasons annexed to the second commandment?

A. — The reasons annexed to the second commandment are: God’s sovereignty over us, his propriety in us, and the zeal he hath to his...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 14:05

February 10: Milo Jamison

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To Tell the Truth

Milo Fisher Jamison proves to be an interesting figure in Presbyterian history. He and his father were both founding members of the Presbyterian Church of America in 1936 (the PCofA was renamed the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1938). Then little more than a year later, both...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:05

February 9: Hon. William E. Dodge [1805-1883]

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Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.” (Gen. 13:2, ESV)

William E. Dodge, who became a prominent elder in the Presbyterian Church, was born in Hartford, Connecticut on September 4, 1805, his father being a cotton manufacturer, near Norwich, in that State. After...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:05

February 8: Moses Allen

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 The Christian patriot

We don’t know much about him other than broad general facts, but the Rev. Moses Allen deserves to have a record of remembrance written up in the annals of the history of our great nation and the Presbyterian church.  He was born in Northampton, Massachusetts on...

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While searching earlier for an obituary (not found) in an old issue ofTHE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, I came across this interesting brief article concerning pastor, the congregation and the original edifice of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. My primary interest is in the first few...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 14:05

February 6: Prof. James Henry Coffin

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Scientist, Educator, and Inventor.

James Henry Coffin was born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, on September 6, 1806 and died on February 6, 1873, at the age of sixty-six. Orphaned as a young child, he was educated by his uncle, the Rev. Moses Hallock and later graduated from Amherst College in 1828....

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:05

February 5: John Witherspoon

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A Force for God and Country is bornby Rev. David T. Myers

On July 4, 1776, the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence was John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian pastor and educator who was at that time serving as the president of the College of New Jersey (later to become Princeton...

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Saturday, 03 February 2018 14:05

February 4: Van Horn on WSC Q. 51

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

Q. 51. What is forbidden in the second commandment?

A. The second commandment forbiddeth the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in His word.

Scripture References: Deut. 4:15, 16; Acts 17:29; Deut....

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Friday, 02 February 2018 14:05

February 3: The Foundation of True Liberty

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Attempts to found democracies, or rather, true lawful liberty, are doomed to failure unless they are built on a proper foundation.

What follows is another article discovered during a foray into an old dusty volume :

THE FOUNDATION OF TRUE LIBERTY.

Some time since an interesting Sabbath School...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 14:05

February 2: George Duffield [1732-1790]

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A Man of Genius and Eloquence

The minister showed up at the door of his new congregation in Philadelphia, only to find the door locked, obviously by some dissenters who did not like the fact that the majority of the congregation had called this new preacher.  The dissenters were primarily...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 14:05

February 1: Witherspoon on the Downward Course of Sin

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An uncovered jewel, something I came across while working on an unrelated project. This short article reminds me that the works of the Rev. John Witherspoon really do need to be dusted off and brought to greater public attention. Sprinkle Publications did recently reprint Witherspoon’s Works,...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 14:05

January 31: Wick Broomall, Jr.

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Founding Was In His Blood.

imageWick Broomall, Jr. was born on this day, January 31, 1902 to parents Wick Broomall, Sr. and his wife, Annie Nixon Broomall. Their son was educated at Maryville College, graduating in 1925 and then preparing for the ministry by attending Princeton Theological Seminary, from...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 14:05

January 30: Francis Schaeffer’s Early Ministry

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This day, January 30, marks the birth of Francis August Schaeffer, in 1912.

imageDr. Francis A. Schaeffer’s early ministry is not all that well known. He began his studies at Westminster Theological Seminary, then transferred to, and graduated from, Faith Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, he...

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