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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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 15:05

June 26: A Sad Division (OPC/BPC)

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Sad Schism Among the Saintsby Rev. David T. Myers

They were united in their conviction over the apostasy of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. A number of the teaching and ruling elders had suffered over expulsion from the rolls of the visible church. Others had lost church buildings, manses, and...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 15:05

June 25: “Ye Shall Be My Witnesses”

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image“Ye shall be My witnesses”

Our post today is from an editorial by the Rev. David S. Kennedy, who served as the editor of THE PRESBYTERIAN, a Philadelphia-based magazine of long standing. Rev. Kennedy’s associate editor at this time and later successor in that post was the Rev....

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On the Celebration of the Supper by the Courts

A few years ago my friend Ben Glaser, an Associate Reformed pastor, raised a most interesting question. He asked: 

“When did Presbyteries, Synods, and General Assemblies begin regularly having the Lord’s Supper at their...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:05

June 23: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 28

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTWestminster Shorter Catechism, Question 28Q.28.Wherein consisteth Christ’s exaltation?

A. Christ’s exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in his ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father,...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 15:05

June 22: Dr. John Ewing [1732-1802]

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A Polymath of the First Order

imageWhile in the mad rush to finish preparing for the PCA’s General Assembly, we take this opportunity to press the Rev. Dr. Miller into service as guest author for today’s post. The following is Dr. Miller’s reply to William Buell Sprague’s request...

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Rescue on Their Honeymoonby Rev. David T. Myers

The seminary president had finally tied the knot in marriage with his secretary Grace Sanderson.  The happy couple went west from the campus in Delaware to the Grand Canyon for their honeymoon.  It was a trip which included the joys of...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:05

June 20: Rev. James Martin [1725-1795]

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The Strange Testimony of an Irish Presbyterian by Rev. David T Myers

When my fellow editor, Wayne Sparkman, asked me to present this biographical post of a character from the eighteenth century, and sent me some material from which to write it, one sentence jumped out of the sentences about this...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:05

June 19: Death of Charles Hodge

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Charles Hodge enters into eternity

imageIt was on this day, June 19, in 1878 that Dr. Charles Hodge died. Early the next month, on the pages of The Christian Observer, this brief note appeared under the title, “Calvinism and Piety,” :

“The Christian Union, which has...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 15:05

June 18: Rev. George Gray McWhorter

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This year marks the 255th anniversary of the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Clover, South Carolina. Bethel was also, in 2974, one of the founding churches of the Presbyterian Church in America, and the church remains to this day one of the oldest constituted churches in the PCA, having been...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 15:05

June 17: Death of Rev. Robert Strong

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Though never a member of the PCA, Dr. Strong was an influential voice among theologically conservative Presbyterians in the mid-20th century. 

People Loved to Hear Him Preach

imageFrequently we have heard pastors speak about how they love to preach the Word of God. And that is great.  But to...

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Saturday, 15 June 2019 15:05

June 16: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 27

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTThe Westminster Shorter Catechism,Question 27.

Q. 27.Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?

A. Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God,...

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Friday, 14 June 2019 15:05

June 15: Rev. John Chavis [1763-1838]

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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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Thursday, 13 June 2019 15:05

June 14: The Joining Receiving (1982)

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The Peaceable Fruit of Biblical Ecumenism

In the Message to all Churches of Jesus Christ throughout the world, the First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (originally named the National Presbyterian Church)  had specifically stated that they invited “into...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:05

June 13: Rev. Ezra Stiles Ely [1786-1861]

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A Man of Many Gifts

imageBorn this day on June 13, 1786 in Lebanon, Connecticut in the home of a Presbyterian minister and his wife, Ezra Styles Ely possessed many spiritual gifts in the service of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Named after the president of Yale University to signify...

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Last week we posted a summary of a little tract entitled Ten Reasons for Being a Presbyterian, Appended to that work is this little essay, which caught our eye.

PRESBYTERIANISM THE FRIEND OF LIBERTY.

The Presbyterian system is essentially Republican, and secures to all, both laity and clergy, the...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 15:05

June 11: Rev. Mrs. Wm. A. McIlwaine

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William Andrew McIlwaine was born on April 24, 1893 in Kochi, Japan. He attended Davidson College, graduating with the AB in 1915 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1919 with the BD degree. Upon completion of his studies, he was ordained in May of 1919 and from 1919 until 1942 served as a...

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Sunday, 09 June 2019 15:05

June 10: Machen, as seen by a Methodist

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Machen as Seen by a Methodist

In 1926, J. Gresham Machen received nomination to the chair of apologetics and ethics from the Board of Directors at the Princeton Theological Seminary.  In the normal course of things, this nomination would have been routinely approved by the General Assembly as...

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 15:05

June 9: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 26

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imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.by Rev. William Smith (1834)

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 26 Q. 26.How doth Christ execute the office of a king?

A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 15:05

June 8: Understanding the Covenanters

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Understanding the Covenantersby Rev. David T. Myers

imageThe young man needed a service project in order to become an Eagle Scout. What Nathaniel Pockras of Ohio eventually chose and finished became a great service not only to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America ministers and...

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It is easy enough to criticise the language of the Westminster Divines ; but it is not so easy to write formulas on the same subjects, which will command as general an assent throughout the Church.

Criticism Is Easy; Real Work Is Hard. Tread Lightly Here.

For some time I’ve known of a...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 15:05

June 6: Ten Reasons for Being a Presbyterian

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As we enter the season of General Assemblies and Synods—June being the month when most of the American Presbyterian denominations convene in their national meetings—this seemed a good time to look over a little tract from the late 1840’s titled “Ten Reasons for Being a...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 15:05

June 5: Old School/New School Split (PCUSA)

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The Mother of All Schisms in Presbyterianismby Rev. David T. Myers

Old School Presbyterians . . . New School Presbyterians. You were either one or the other in the early to mid-nineteenth century in the Presbyterian Church in the United States.  And the issue was not at all a light one. The...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 15:05

June 4: The Queensferry Paper [1680]

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The Most Advanced of All the Covenanting Manifestosby Rev. David T. Myers

It was known simply as the Queensferry Paper, primarily because it was found on the body of a Covenanter in South Queensferry, Scotland on June 4, 1680.  Henry Hall was his name. He had been traveling with...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 15:05

June 3: Old Tennent Church

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It is Simply Known as Old Tennentby Rev. David T. Myers

Would you join a church congregation if the original members of the church were branded on their faces with a “T” for traitor?  Or had their ears “cropped” and disfigured as a permanent sign of their rebellion? I...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 15:05

June 2: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 25

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imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith (1834)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 25

Q. 25.How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?

A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to...

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