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
Monday, 22 April 2019 15:05

April 23: Horace Newton Allen

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The Earliest  Protestant Missionary to Koreaby Rev. David T. Myers

It wasn’t luck.  It wasn’t chance.  It wasn’t good fortune.  It was plainly providential.

Sent to Korea as a physician, Horace Newton Allen was in Seoul in 1884 when a royal relative of the...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 15:05

April 22: Jonathan Dickinson [1688-1747]

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A Man Fit for the Timesby Rev. David T. Myers

imageJonathan Dickinson shares a lot of credit in the shaping of the early Presbyterian Church in the American colonies.  Born on April 22, 1688in Hatfield, Massachusetts, he graduated from Yale in 1706.  Two years later, he was installed as the...

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 17-18.

Q. 17.Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?

A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery

EXPLICATION.

The fall.—Adam’s first sin is so called, because by it he lost his innocence, and...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 15:05

April 20: Warfield’s Inaugural Address

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It was on this day, April 20th, in 1880 that the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield, at the age of twenty-nine, was inaugurated as Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Literature at the Western Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We take as the text of our post today the...

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Thursday, 18 April 2019 15:05

April 19: Isaac VanArsdale Brown [1784-1861]

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Tuition Is Bit Higher Now

I know him for his book, A Historical Vindication of theAbrogation of the Plan of UnionHistory remembers him for his founding of a school now known as the Lawrenceville School. Isaac Van Arsdale Brown was born in Pluckamin, Somerset county, New York, on November...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:05

April 18: Rev. John Dorrance

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“But honey!, these books are an investment!”

Today we will look briefly at the life and ministry of the Rev. John Dorrance. Recently I’ve come to the realization that if you dig deep enough, there is always an interesting story or two to be found in every life. That proved to be...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 15:05

April 17: Archibald Alexander [1772-1851]

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The Rev. Archibald Alexander, D.D., LL.D. (April 17, 1772 – October 22, 1851)

imageThe Rev. Dr. Archibald Alexander was born near Lexington, Va., on April 17, 1772. His classical and theological studies were pursued under the direction of the Rev. William Graham, of Liberty Hall, afterward...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 15:05

April 16: William Miller Paxton

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“A nail driven in a sure place.” 

William Miller Paxton is another of those names that seems now forgotten to the modern ear. He was notably a pastor in Pittsburgh, then a professor of homiletics (preaching), first at Western Theological Seminary, also in Pittsburgh, and later at...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:05

April 15: Chaplain A.M. Stewart

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A Yankee Chaplain In the Union Armyby Rev. David T Myers

image My favorite story about the military chaplaincy was that of an unnamed Union chaplain who must have been tired of marching with his troops. So upon entering the Confederate states, he stole the first horse he found on a farm. The Southern...

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Saturday, 13 April 2019 15:05

April 14: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 15-16

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTWestminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 15-16.

Q.15. What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created.

A. The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden...

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Friday, 12 April 2019 15:05

April 13: John Knox: Sermon on Isaiah 26

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O, That All Men Would Humble Themselves in the Presence of Our God.

As you prepare your hearts for Lord’s Day worship, This seems an appropriate item to read. Tthe following sermon by John Knox is one of the few committed to writing by him. His text is Isaiah 26:13-21. The historical setting...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:05

April 12: Samuel Miller versus Slavery (1797)

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While still new to the pastorate, and not yet thirty years old, it was on this day, April 12, 1797, that the the Rev. Samuel Miller delivered a discourse in New York City, before the Society for the Manumission of Slaves. [For those unfamiliar with the term, manumission is the act of freeing a...

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Wednesday, 10 April 2019 15:05

April 11: George Addison Baxter

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“Old Rex”

In 1812, the Synod of Virginia resolved to establish within its boundaries a theological seminary. Thus began Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. To lead the school, the Rev. Dr. Moses Hoge was unanimously chosen to serve as the first professor of the fledgling...

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The Holy Spirit of God has often used various circumstances to call His own into ministry. In the case of John Knox, it was a public challenge delivered by a small congregation in a castle in Scotland by the voice of their Protestant pastor, John Rough.

imageJohn Knox was approximately 42 years of age....

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Monday, 08 April 2019 15:05

April 9: Dr. John Calvin Taylor, M.D.

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MEDICAL MISSIONARY JOHN C. TAYLOR, SR.

imageOn December 13, 1973 the Lord called Home one of His faithful servants, Dr. John C. Taylor, Sr., who for more than fifty years had given of himself, his time and his talents to his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and to the people of India. He was a man greatly...

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Sunday, 07 April 2019 15:05

April 8: Rev. David McClure

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Home Religion in Colonial Americaby Rev. David T. Myers

In the years prior to the American Revolution, Presbyterians were already emigrating into Western Pennsylvania with their families. This was no easy move on their part. Native Indian tribes were resistant to this westward expansion. The further...

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 15:05

April 7: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 13-14

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.Westminster Shorter Catechism,Questions 13-14.

Q.13.  Did our first parents continue in the estate wherein they were created?

A.Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 15:05

April 6: Birth of the RPCES

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A Long Tradition Carries Onby Rev. David T. Myers

A new church was born on this date, April 6, 1965,at ten o’clock in the morning. Actually, it was not a new church but simply the merging of two historic Presbyterian bodies dating back to the formation of our country. The Evangelical...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:05

April 5: Horace Grant Underwood

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The Foreigners Who Loved Koreaby Rev. David T. Myers

One of the earliest foreign missionaries to Korea, and the first ordained one, Horace Grant Underwood definitely felt the call to be a missionary. Born in London in 1859, he came to the United States with his parents when he was thirteen years of...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 15:05

April 4: The Preaching of John Knox

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A Full Defense of his Opinions

imageIn February 1549, after an imprisonment of 19 months, Knox obtained his release from the French galleys. Since he probably obtained his freedom due to the intercession of King Edward VI or the English government (they had been negotiating for the release of English and...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:05

April 3: Rev. Matthew Hill

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Come Over and Help Usby Rev. David T. Myers

The first two Presbyterian ministers to come to the middle parts of the American colonies were Francis Doughty and Matthew Hill. The former had immigrated from Massachusetts in 1637 where his Presbyterian and Reformed convictions brought him into...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 15:05

April 2: An Indiana Boy

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An Indiana Boy Reassures His Parents About Moralityby Rev. David T. Myers

The young seventeen year old soldier in the One Hundredth Regiment of Indiana Volunteers was seeking to quiet his parent’s fears about his character and conduct now that he was in the Union Army. So he took pencil and...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 15:05

April 1: United Synod of the South

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The Brief Life of a Denomination You Probably Never Heard Of.

It was on this day, April 1, in 1858, that the United Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America was formally organized. (The United Synod is not to be confused with the United Presbyterian Church of North America,...

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:05

March 31: School Family Catechist on WSC Q. 12

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTThe Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 12.

12.What special act of Providence did God exercise towards man, in the state wherein he was created?

A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience,...

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A longer post for your edification this Saturday morning, a testimony and one of Dr. J. Gresham Machen’s lesser known works. This brief testimony, titled “My Idea of God,” appeared in a book of the same name, a gathering of statements largely philosophical, which only served to...

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