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

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Friday, 23 June 2017 15:05

June 24: Matthew Thornton

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His Epitaph was “An Honest Man”

He was the fifty-fifth delegate to sign the Declaration of Independence, even though he signed the historic document  three months after July 4, 1776.  He was a Presbyterian, and a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church of Londonderry,...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:05

June 23: Rev. James Caldwell

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The Rebel’s High Priest

On this day of June 23, 1780,an American Revolutionary Battle took place in Springfield, New Jersey.  Ordinarily we might think that this has no place in a historical devotional, but it does, because of the presence of the Rev. James Caldwell, pastor of the...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 15:05

June 22: Rev. Hezekiah James Balch

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Unwavering Devotion to Christ and Countryby David T. Myers

Here and there in these posts, you have read about Presbyterian clergy who were instrumental in preparing and molding the popular minds of Americans for the great struggle of the American Revolution. From both pulpit and battle field worship...

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:05

June 21: “What Fundamentalism Stands for Now”

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It was on this day, June 21st, in 1925, that J. Gresham Machen’s famous essay, “What Fundamentalism Stands for Now” appeared on the pages of The New York Times. What follows is a condensed version of that essay, suited perhaps to your busy schedule today. The full essay can...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 15:05

June 20: Rev. William E. Hill, Jr. [1880-1983]

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20 June, 2013 in June 2013 by archivist 

imageThe following article was written by the Rev. William E. Hill, Jr. and published inTHE PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL about three years after the formation of the PCA. Rev. Hill is particularly remembered as a...

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Sunday, 18 June 2017 15:05

June 19: Death of Dr. Charles Hodge [1797-1878]

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Charles Hodge enters into eternity

imageEarly in July of 1878, on the pages of The Christian Observer,this brief note appeared under the title, “Calvinism and Piety,” :

The Christian Union, which has no friendship for Calvinism, closes its article on the death of Dr. Hodge, as follows:

Dr....

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Saturday, 17 June 2017 15:05

June 18: Van Horn on WSC Q. 14

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

Q. 14. — What is sin?

A. — Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.

Scripture References: I Jn. 3:4; Jas. 4:17; Rom. 3.23; Rom 2:15.

Questions:

1. What is the Law of God and where is...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 15:05

June 17: The Presbyterians of Williamsburg

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A Presbyterian Church in the Heart of Anglican Virginia by David T Myers

There is an expression commonly heard yet misunderstood by mostly every citizen today in our land. It is “the separation of church and state.” Most commonly, it is interpreted as American government should not enter...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:05

June 16: A Day of Sober Rejoicing (1982)

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As the PCA’s General Assembly comes to a close today, Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s message remains pertinent.

Truth is rooted in nothing less than the truth that God exists.

image The following written address was delivered by Dr. Francis Schaeffer at the 10th General Assembly of the Presbyterian...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:05

June 15: Rev. John Chavis

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An Exceptional Overcoming, in Difficult Times by Rev. David T. Myers

image John Chavis was born in 1763 (or possibly 1762) in Granville County, North Carolina—a sparsely populated area north of Raleigh bordering Mecklenburg County, Virginia. While the details surrounding his early life and ancestry...

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 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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Monday, 12 June 2017 15:05

June 13: The Tendencies of Presbyterianism

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This brief message originally appeared in an old publication titled THE PRESBYTERIAN ADVOCATE, and was later reproduced on the back cover of a tract titled TEN REASONS FOR BEING A PRESBYTERIAN. An image of that back cover is show at right.

TENDENCIES OF PRESBYTERIANISM.

imageALL the tendencies...

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 15:05

June 12: Honest Subscription

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Adoption Act of Subscription Exceptions Added to PCA Book of Church Orderby Rev. David T. Myers

Can a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America be permitted to honestly express his reservations with  sections of the Westminster Standards to his Presbytery which do not...

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 15:05

June 11: Van Horn on WSC Q. 13

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

Q. 13. — Did your 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...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 15:05

June 10: Rev. Dr. David K. Myers

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Ministering to Wounded Soldiers by David T Myers

It is a joy to this author to be able to post an article in This Day in Presbyterian History to his father, the Rev. Dr. David K. Myers. Dr. Myers was a Princeton Seminary graduate in 1929, studying there just before the liberals took control of that...

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Friday, 09 June 2017 15:05

June 10: Persecution Produces a Presbytery

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Some of our past posts published here on This Day in Presbyterian History have given us portions on the life and ministry of Francis McKemie, in the context of the beginnings of the Presbyterian church in America.  What informed Presbyterians know is that this founder of American...

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What Was that Old School/New School Thing All About, Anyway?

If you’ve heard of Old School Presbyterians and their counterpart the New School, and you’ve wondered what the differences were between the two groups, there is insight to be found in the somewhat lengthy reply issued by the...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:05

June 8: Tribute to a Godly Wife

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Obviously the important thing here is not the date of the article, but the message of how a godly home bears a great blessing for generations to come. May we all seek to live to glorify our Lord with our lives, in all that we do and say.

[excerpted from THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, Vol. XXXI, No. 23 (5...

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God’s Gifts Recognized by God’s Peopleimage There are three dates in the life of Archibald Alexander, the first professor of Princeton Theological Seminary, which stand out in importance to this stalwart for the faith.

The first is October 1790.  That was the month and year when young...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 15:05

June 6: Rev. Richard Gray

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“[Dick] had a capacity for concentration and single-mindedness that was maddening, and a capacity for empathy that was healing. He could have written books of great significance, if he had the patience. He was one of only several individuals it was my privilege to know who had the mind of an...

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According to this account by Dr. J. Oliver Buswell, Jr., there was apparently some confusion during the Second General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church[nee Presbyterian Church of America], over the matter of how exactly to dispose of the1903 PCUSA amendments to the Westminster...

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Saturday, 03 June 2017 15:07

June 4: Van Horn on WSC Q. 12

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

Q. 12. — What special act of providence did God exercise towards man, in the estate wherein he was created?

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

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Friday, 02 June 2017 15:05

June 3: Rachel Caldwell

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Rachel Caldwell: A Firm Faith in God’s Provision and Protection by David T Myers

In your mind’s eye, consider the scene. The proud Presbyterian pastor and parents, Alexander Craighead and his wife, are introducing their old friend, the Rev David Caldwell, to theit third child, a...

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A Teacher of Three Students

The College had been in operation since 1746. And the College of New Jersey, as it was originally known, had provided the church, and especially the Presbyterian Church in the United States many of its pastors and missionaries.  But with the advent of the eighteen...

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017 21:47

June 1: Rev. Bruce Hunt

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In Prison for Christ

imageRefusing to worship the shrine of the emperor of Japan, Orthodox Presbyterian missionary Bruce Hunt was arrested by the Japanese authorities  in 1941. They did not take his wife Kathy or any of the five children, so that was one obvious blessing.  He was...

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