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

imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 51-52.

Q.51.What is forbidden in the second commandment?

A. The second commandment forbiddeth the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his word.

EXPLICATION.

The worshipping...

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Yes, it’s a long post, but hey, it’s Saturday—what better way to spend a part of the day? (key points are in bold print, if you want to skim this)

“The Distinctive Doctrines and Polity of Presbyterianism,” is the title of an address delivered by the Rev. Thomas Dwight...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:05

October 11: Reflecting on the Death of a Great Man

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Dr. Robert Dick Wilson

We have written before how one of the great Princeton professors and a founding professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, died on this day, October 11, at the start of the second academic year at Westminster. Today, we present a different insight...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 15:05

October 10: The Trail of Tears

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An Injustice Which Found No Excuse

Related here is a brief account of Presbyterian missions among the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, just prior to and immediately following the grave injustice of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Removal Act resulted in what is now known to history as “The...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 15:05

October 9: Educate Your Children!

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[excerpted from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVER, Vol. XII, No. 40 (6 October 1838): 159, column 2]

Educate your Children.—The following elegant extract merits the attention of every teacher, and especially of every parent.

image“If the time shall come when this might fabric shall totterwhen the...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 15:05

October 8: Nothing New Under the Sun

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Truly there is nothing new under the sun. This from THE CHARLESTON OBSERVEROctober 8, 1836:

MORALS! KNIVES!!

The practice of carrying knives and Pistols in our peaceable community prevails to an alarming extent, and should be expressly prohibited by an act of the Legislature as...

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The Tide of War Turned to Favor Independence of America by Rev. David T. Myers

Americans were gathering to do battle that fall of 1780.  The only problem was that those who were on the side of England and those who were in favor of independence were the forces who were gathering.  It...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:05

October 6: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 49-50

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 49-50.Q.49.Which is the second commandment?

A. The second commandment is, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 15:05

October 5: Post-GA, 1836

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I continue to gather primary source materials on the events leading up to the momentous 1837 split of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The following article appears to have been written by the Rev. Benjamin Gildersleeve, editor of The Charleston Observer, a man who showed some sympathies for...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:05

October 4: No Time to Debate It.

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This is a portion of an interesting review of the 1914 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (aka, Southern), written by Columbia Theological Seminary professor, R.C. Reed [1851-1925].

His report is interesting for dating the noted change in the conduct of the Southern Presbyterian...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 15:05

October 3: Ruling Elders as Moderators

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The moderator of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America was a ruling elder–the Hon. W. Jack Williamson. Since that time, the PCA has established a tradition of alternating between ruling elders and teaching elders in its nomination and election of moderators for the...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 15:05

October 2: Archibald Alexander Hodge

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The Personal Testimony of A.A. Hodge

Browsing through an old periodical, I came across the following testimony by Archibald Alexander Hodge, son of Charles Hodge. I’m not sure if this testimony found its way into some other publication by A.A. Hodge, or otherwise where it came from. Perhaps...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 15:05

October 1: Dr. Ray Dillard

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image“He Did Not Die Too Soon; No Christian Ever Does.”

I remember what a shock it was, back in 1993, to hear of Ray’s death. A beloved friend and professor was seemingly snatched away in the prime of life. It is almost as jarring to realize that twenty-six years have now passed. The...

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Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:50

September 30: Rev. Hampden C. DuBose

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imageLet This Be Our Reminder to Pray for the Church in China!

On the Spirituality of the Church—A Real-Life Example.

In his History of Columbia Theological Seminary, William Childs Robinson wrote:

Among the sons of Columbia sent out by the Southern Presbyterian Church, perhaps none has a...

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Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:05

September 29: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 47-48

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 47-48

Q. 47.What is forbidden in the first commandment?

A. The first commandment forbiddeth the denying or not worshipping and glorifying the true God as God, and our God ; and the giving of that...

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Friday, 27 September 2019 15:05

September 28: A Pastor’s Farewell

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FAREWELL LETTER OF REV. WM. S. PLUMER, D. D.TO THE CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ALLEGHENY, PA. Read September 28, 1862.

FAREWELL LETTER. _______

The following Farewell Letter of Rev. Dr. Plumer, to the Central Presbyterian Church of Allegheny, Penna., having been read from the Pulpit...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:05

September 27: Exhortation to Humility

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Our post today consists of an excerpt from an address delivered on this day, September 27, in 1874, by the Rev. Dr. Charles Hodge, on the occasion of the re-opening of the chapel at the Princeton Theological Seminary. This discourse was delivered in the same year that saw the publication...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:05

September 26: Rev. Samuel Davies

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God Will Surely Provide

imageIt was on this day, September 26th, in 1759, that the Rev. Samuel Davies was installed as President of the College of New Jersey. [It was upon the occasion of its sesquicentennial celebrations in 1896, that the school’s name was changed to Princeton...

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The Assembly Subscribes the Solemn League & Covenant [1643]

Dr. Will Barker, former president of Covenant Theological Seminary and professor of church history at the Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, has written of “The Men and the Parties” that comprised the...

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Monday, 23 September 2019 15:05

September 24: President Edwards, a Presbyterian?

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It was on September 24th, in 1757, that Jonathan Edwards made his decision to accept the offer to become the third president of the College of New Jersey (now known as Princeton University). While the school was decidedly Presbyterian in its affiliation, Edwards was commonly known as a...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 15:05

September 23: A Catechism in Rhyme (1847)

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Yet another form of a children’s catechism. This version was published in THE WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY’S SHORTER CATECHISM, WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS.  [Portland : Hyde, Lord and Duren. New-York City : Eli French. 1847.] 

A CATECHISM IN RHYME.

  1. Who made you, child, and bade you live?...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:05

September 22: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 45-46

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 45 and 46

Q.45.Which is the first commandment?

A. The first commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” Exod. xx. 3.

Q. 46.What is required in the first commandment?...

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imageToday we present the Inaugural Address of the Rev. Dr. Robert Dick Wilson, delivered upon his installation as profoessor at the Princeton Theological Seminary on this day, September 21, 1900. Dr. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was a close friend of Dr. Wilson’s, and he composed a hymn for the...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:05

September 20: William H. Chisholm, M.D.

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imageWilliam Hugh Chisholm was born February 1, 1894 in Emerson, Michigan to Godly parents, Hugh and Mary MacLennan Chisholm, who had immigrated here to the United States from Scotland, bringing with them their Scottish Presbyterian background. Hugh Chisholm was a man of considerable initiative. He and...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 15:05

September 19: The Benefit of Affliction

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How can we find benefit in times of affliction, frailty and illness? For one, the Lord can use such times to “teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12). There is the means—affliction, but note also the purpose—to...

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