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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Saturday, 15 December 2018 14:05

December 16: Van Horn on WSC Q. 69

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Here at the end of the year we are returning to post a few entries which were missed or overlooked along the way. Today we have Rev. Van Horn’s consideration of Question 69 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. But as we are short on time here this Saturday as this is being prepared, we trust...

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(“Exploring Avenues Of Acquaintance And Co-operation”) By Chalmers W. Alexander Jackson, MS

This is the fourth in the series of articles by Chalmers W. Alexander under the heading, “Exploring Avenues of Acquaintance And Co-operation.” This is an informative new series of...

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 14:05

December 14: Persecution of the Lord’s People

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We’re putting the calendar aside for today, in view of the current persecution of our brothers and sisters in China. If you’ve not kept up with the situation there, we invite you to above all else read the statement by Pastor Wang Yi titled “My Declaration of Faithful...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:05

December 13: Rev. John Bailey Adger [1810-1899]

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The following obituary was published in The Presbyterian Quarterly, April 1899 (Volume 13, Number 2), pages 354-355:

John Bailey Adger, D.D., died in Pendleton, South Carolina, on the 3d of January, 1899, in the 89th year of his age.

imageDr. Adger was born of Scotch-Irish parentage in Charleston,...

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Mass Evangelism Crusades of an Astonishing Typeby Rev. David T. Myers

imageSome years ago we considered the life and pastoral ministry of J. Wilbur Chapman, who was ordained on April 13, 1881 (here).  Following his pastorate in five churches, two of which were Presbyterian, we look now at his...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 14:05

December 11: Rev. George Duffield

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A Sermon Preached on a National Observanceby Rev. David T. Myers

The Congress of the nation had appointed this day in 1783 as a Day of Thanksgiving, because Peace has been restored, Independence had been established, with rights and Privileges Enjoyed. One of the ministers who took the opportunity...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:05

December 10: Gen. William Davidson

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Worship and War Described our Featured Presbyterian Todayby Rev. David T. Myers

Patriotism and Presbyterianism went together in the early days of our country. Mix in Scottish stock and Irish heritage, the stage was set for liberty and justice for all. And so, George Davidson, like so many others...

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 14:05

December 9: Van Horn on WSC Q. 96

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We continue to “catch up” on some of the posts by Dr. Van Horn which were missed over the last many months. Appreciative of these contributions by the late Dr. Van Horn, nonetheless in the new year we will be moving on to other material for our Sunday catechism lessons. More about that...

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Continuing with our Saturday series by ruling elder Chalmers W. Alexander, as first published in 1949: 

(“Exploring Avenues Of Acquaintance And Co-operation”) By Chalmers W. Alexander

Jackson, Mississippi

The Influence Of The Auburn Affirmationists Today

This is the third in the...

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New Church Sends Communication to All Christian Churches

It was at the close of the First General Assembly of what was originally named the National Presbyterian Church (a year later, renamed the Presbyterian Church in America) that a message was sent to all churches of Jesus Christ throughout...

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 02:14

December 6: Day 3 of that First General Assembly

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The first General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church, as it was initially named, took place in Birmingham, Alabama, December 4-7, 1973. On their third day of business, the Assembly adopted the Book of Church Order as part of its constitution, adopted by-laws of incorporation, and set up a...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:05

December 6: Day 3 of that 1st PCA Assembly (1973)

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imageThe first General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church, as it was initially named, took place in Birmingham, Alabama, December 4-7, 1973. On their third day of business, the Assembly adopted the Book of Church Order as part of its constitution, adopted by-laws of incorporation,...

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The First General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church (i.e., the PCA)by Rev. David T. Myers

As the newly formed denomination met that December in 1973, there was much to do and little time in which to accomplish it. The opening of the General Assembly had begun on the previous day, December...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 14:05

December 4: First General Assembly of the PCA (1973)

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They Had No Manual, but a New Presbyterian Church was Born.

Gathering in Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, were teaching and ruling elders ready to begin a new Presbyterian denomination.  Their date of gathering, or organization, was December 4, 1973, as...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 14:05

December 3: The First Covenant Subscribed (1557)

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“The first godly band”by Rev. David T. Myers

A covenant can most easily be thought of as a contract between God and man. As Presbyterianism was gaining ground in Scotland, so too the understanding of covenants. So it is that those Scottish Presbyterians, who came to be known as...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 14:05

December 2: Van Horn on WSC Q. 95

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

Q. 95. To Whom is baptism to be administered?

A. Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to Him; but the infants of such as are members of...

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Friday, 30 November 2018 14:05

December 1: When Discipline Is Escaped

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What Happened To The Signers Of The Auburn Affirmation?

(“Exploring Avenues Of Acquaintance And Co-operation”)By Chalmers W. AlexanderJackson, Mississippi 

This is the second in the series of articles by Chalmers W. Alexander under the heading, “Exploring Avenues of...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:05

November 30: Jonathan Parsons

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One More Presbyterian Minister Stands for Libertyby David T. Myers.

“Men of America,” the Presbyterian minister in Massachusetts preached, “citizens of this great country hanging upon the precipice of war, loyalty to England lies behind you, broken by the acts of the mother country...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:05

November 29: Rev. Thomas Edward Lacey

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Remembering a Founding Father of the PCA

Many of the PCA’s founding fathers have already passed on to their reward. One such was the Rev. Thomas Edward Lacey, who spent the larger portion of his ministerial career as a missionary in Belize. Our text today is taken first from the memorial...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:05

November 28: Rev. Francis Alison

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An “Old Side” Presbyterian Who Accomplished Much for Christ by Rev David T Myers

Educational opportunities in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition were alive and well in the American colonies in the early days of her existence. Schools like the Log College under William Tennant, Faggs...

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Monday, 26 November 2018 14:05

November 27: Mountains, and Why We Love Them

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[The following paper by Dr. J. Gresham Machen was read before a group of ministers in Philadelphia on November 27, 1933. It was subsequently published in Christianity Today (original series, August 1934) and later reprinted in a collection of Machen’s essays edited by Ned B....

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imageIt was on this day in 1857 that the Rev. Ebenezer Platt Rogers [1817-1881] deliveredan historical discourse regarding the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Albany, New York, on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1857. But if like me you are still suffering from too much turkey and pecan pie,...

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Saturday, 24 November 2018 14:05

November 25: Van Horn on WSC Q. 100

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Last week we concluded Rev. Van Horn’s series on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. But noting that we did miss a few of his lessons, we’re going to go back and present those before moving on to new territory in the coming year. Today’s post covers Question 100 of the Catechism.

STU...

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In hopes that on the weekend you will have time to read a longer article, over the next few weeks we will be running a series of articles from 1949 written by Chalmers W. Alexander. Our author was a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1932, a lawyer and noted civil servant, and a faithful...

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Thursday, 22 November 2018 14:05

November 23: A Union That Didn’t Quite Happen

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The latter half of the twentieth century was marked by a number of unions between various Presbyterian denominations. There were splits too, but the number of mergers or attempted mergers was noteworthy. One attempted merger, never brought to completion, occurred over the middle...

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