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
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:05

August 16: Never Know When Something May Turn Up

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A bit astray from anything Presbyterian, but this is an interesting story that I had noted in an old issue of Christianity Today [original series, 1930-1949]. Adolf von Harnack was a noted Lutheran theologian and church historian [1851-1930]; not one to emulate in his theology,...

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:05

August 15: Ann Pamela Cunningham

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The Covenant Daughter Who Saved Mount Vernonby Rev. David T. Myers

Born August 15, 1816,Ann Pamela Cunningham had all the luxury of wealth in Laurens County, South Carolina. Her parents, Robert and Louisa Cunningham, were thus enabled to offer many refinements to their daughter with their upper...

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Monday, 13 August 2018 15:05

August 14: John Clark

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He Shouldn’t Have Been Electedby Rev. David T. Myers

Given his political choice of party, which was Federalist, in the early nineteenth century in Delaware, he should have been a Methodist or an Episcopalian.  Those denominations usually won office to the position of governor in the...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 15:05

August 13: Millennial Issues

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When Millennial Issues Came to the Foreby Rev. David T. Myers

The noble infant seem to be coming apart at the seams. Its “father,” Dr. J. Gresham Machen had been taken to heaven on the first day of the new year of 1937.  His “warrior children,” as they were described...

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Saturday, 11 August 2018 15:05

August 12: Van Horn on WSC Q. 87

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

Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from...

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Friday, 10 August 2018 15:05

August 11: Cortlandt Van Rensselaer

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In today’s post we will look at a portion of a sermon that Dr. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer delivered in memory of the Rev. George Washington Doane, an Episcopalian Bishop.

imageDr. Van Rensselaer served four years as a pastor in Burlington, New Jersey, and it was during this time that he came to know...

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:05

August 10: Rev. John Barr Clark

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Organized in a Presbyterian Church Basementby Rev. David T Myers

After a stirring sermon to the some 250 members of Second United Presbyterian Church of Allegheny, Pennsylvania by the pastor, Rev. John Barr Clark, he challenged the male members to rise to the challenge of preserving the Union by...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:05

August 9: Live Dangerously (1927)

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Today’s post is on missions in Persia in the late 1920’s. At that time the editor added the following prefatory note.

Persia is in the midst of many upheavals both political and religious. The Moslem world is at last awaking to the pressure of Christianity, and is realizing that it must...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:05

August 8: Prayer in Times of Apostasy

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A Timely Message on Prayer

This is a rare bit of early Westminster Seminary history, found in old issue of THE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN ADVOCATE, dated June 1937Not three months following the death of J. Gresham Machen, the annual Day of Prayer was held on the Westminster campus in March...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 15:05

August 7: Samuel Miller on the Jersey Shore

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It’s August and it seems that everyone is away on vacation. So now for something completely different:

Put down the books and get some exercise.

imageIn the biography of the Rev. Dr. Samuel Miller, we find this snippet from a letter he wrote, dated August 7th, 1801. Miller’s son, who served as...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:05

August 6: Rev. Walter S. Scott [1865-1937]

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The Mexican Revolution began in 1910 and continued on for about ten years. Appearing on the pages of the Presbyterian Survey in 1915, there was this introduction to a brief article on Presbyterian missions to the Mexican people:

“Among the hundreds of thousands of Mexican people who have...

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Saturday, 04 August 2018 15:05

August 5: Van Horn on WSC Q. 86

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

Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Scripture References: Heb. 10:39. John 1:12. Phil....

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Friday, 03 August 2018 15:05

August 4: Nathaniel McFetridge [1842-1886]

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Author of an Old Classic

Nathaniel Smyth McFetridge was born in Ireland, 4 August 1842. His parents immigrated to the United States while he was still a child and Nathaniel was raised in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. His formal education began at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. While...

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:05

August 3: Anne Pearce Kinkead Warfield

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imageFirst, a portion of biographical background on Dr. Benjamin B. Warfield and his wife Anne. Following that introduction, a letter that we came across, published in an old PCUSA magazine, which provides some additional insight on the marriage of Benjamin and Anne Warfield.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2018 15:05

August 2: The Stewart Thompson Trial (1935)

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LAYMEN, BEWARE ![excerpted from Biblical Missions, newsletter of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, vol. 1, no. 9 (September 1935) 3-4.]

image The persecution of the Independent Board goes on apace. On August 2, 1935, the session of Harriet Hollond Memorial Presbyterian Church,...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:05

August 1: Andrew Melville

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Knox’s Number Twoby Rev. David T. Myers

We begin, readers, with a quick quiz this day.  Name the Reformers who followed men like Luther, Calvin, and Knox in their respective countries of ministry.  In other words, who was number two?  In Germany, it was Martin Luther and...

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Monday, 30 July 2018 15:05

July 31: Hodge on Ministerial Vows

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Some humor in noting below that, despite the length of today’s post it is, as stated, abridged. We trust you will find it profitable and thought-provoking, as what Dr. Hodge has to say here remains pertinent to our times. And in case you don’t have time just now to read the whole of it,...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 15:05

July 30: Joni Erickson Tada

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Disabled in Body, But Not in Spiritby Rev. David T. Myers

The teenager had gathered that Sunday, July 30, 1967 with some friends and sisters to swim in the Chesapeake Bay waters.  Diving into the bay seemed like a safe thing to do, but Joni Erickson was not aware of the shallowness of that...

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 15:05

July 29: Van Horn on WSC Q. 85

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

Q. 85. What doth God require of us, that we may escape His wrath and curse, due to us for sin?

A. To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requireth of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the...

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Friday, 27 July 2018 15:05

July 28: Birth of J. Gresham Machen (1881)

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During the course of this historic Presbyterian blog, there have been seven references to the life and times of J. Gresham Machen. This is no surprise, because he was God’s choice to lead His true church in tumultuous days of the early twentieth century. This event...

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Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:05

July 27:

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For today’s post, our founding author’s contribution concerns his elder brother, the Rev. John Andrew Myers, IV.

Can Anything Good Come out of Thunder Hawk?by Rev. David T. Myers

imageBible readers might remember the famous  question of the future apostle Nathaniel upon being ...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 15:05

July 26: William Swan Plumer

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For today’s post, we have the Rev. Caleb Cangelosi, associate pastor at the Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland, MS, as our guest author, writing on one of the most renowned men of the old Southern Presbyterian Church.

It is a great honor to be elected as Moderator of the General...

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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 15:05

July 25: Inauguration of Rev. Samuel Davies

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I have a peaceful study, as a refuge from the Hurries & Noise of the World around me; the venerable Dead are waiting in my Library to entertain me, & relieve me from the Nonsense of Surviving Mortals.”

Following yesterday’s post, these oft-quoted words from the Rev. Samuel...

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A few years back, an alert ruling elder at the Hixson Presbyterian Church spotted an old copy of The Central Presbyterian at a local sale. Purchasing the old newspaper, he then graciously donated it to the PCA Historical Center. Reproduced here is one of the articles from that July 24, 1858&nbs...

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Truths declared to-day by the mind of man are denied to-morrow by the same mind of man. On that basis, what can a man believe?But if we cling to the whole Bible, we have a stabilizing standard which has held the heart and hand of the believer from the time of its first revelation.
In our post...

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