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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Sunday, 21 May 2017 15:05

May 22: The Testimony and Advice (1743)

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Psalm 145:10-12 10.  All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. 11.  They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power. 12.  To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

In...

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 15:05

May 21: Van Horn on WSC Q. 10

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

Q. 10. — How did God create man?

A. —  God created man, male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

Scripture References: Gen. 1:27....

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A Saturday digression : Recently I’ve been reading John Flavel’s short treatise on Isa. 26:20, titled The Righteous Man’s Refuge [highly recommended and found in Flavel’s Works, vol. 3]. Flavel’s main point in this work is that the attributes of God are a very real...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 15:05

May 19: An Early Tract by Francis Schaeffer

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Among the more mundane church records and the other remains of a long life, there are some real jewels that have been located as part of the papers of the Rev. Albert “Bud” Moginot’. He began his ministry as the associate pastor for Francis Schaeffer and continued as a pastor and...

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Casting free of the calendar again, we present today these two recollections on the Rev. Dr. Archibald Alexander, first professor of the Princeton Theological Seminary. The first of these is found on page 1 ofTHE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, vol. 48, no. 45 (10 November 1869), though the author of the piece...

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:05

May 17: Carl Curtis McIntire [1906-2002]

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For the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ

imageThe young Presbyterian minister had been called to candidate at Collingswood Presbyterian Church in the fall of 1933.  That he had been just a few years out of seminary, and Westminster Seminary at that, didn’t seem to matter to the...

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Monday, 15 May 2017 15:05

May 16: Rabbi Duncan

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A Scottish Missionary to the Jews by Rev. David T Myers

How about another mystery quiz on This Day in Presbyterian History? Who said the following:  “I am first a Christian. Second, I am a catholic. (Author: note the small “c”); Third, I am a Calvinist.  Next, I am a...

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Sunday, 14 May 2017 15:05

May 15: Supper at Court

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A few years ago now, the ARP pastor Ben Glaser (Ellisville, MS) put forward a great question:—

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

With a bit of digging, I found that in the Southern Presbyterian...

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Saturday, 13 May 2017 15:05

May 14: Van Horn on WSC Q. 9

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

Q. 9. — What is the work of creation?

A. —The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

Scripture References: Heb....

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Friday, 12 May 2017 15:05

May 13: Rev. Dr. David McFarland

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Alaska’s Courageous Missionaryby David T Myers

Born in Fairmont, Virginia (later West Virginia) on August 12, 1832, Amanda Reed was one of thirteen children in a Christian home. The father of this brood worked on the river, but died in a tragic accident on that river. Amanda traveled to...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:05

May 12: Dr. John N. Waddell

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Christian Education in its Principles

John Newton Waddell was born on April 2, 1812 in Willington, South Carolina to the Rev. Moses Waddell and his wife Eliza Woodson Pleasant Waddell. He received his education at the University of Georgia, attending there from 1826-1829 and graduating with the...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:26

May 11: So Much Preaching; So Little Practice

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“That truth may work, there are required three things,sound belief, serious consideration, and close application.”

Occasionally we lack something Presbyterian for a specific calendar date, or at least something sufficiently researched and ready to post. That’s the case today. But...

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Departing today from the calendar, we would like to present this excerpt from Volume III of The Presbyterian Magazine, September 1853, pp. 413-415. This recounting of the venerable Dr. Alexander’s farewell to his congregation bears the following footnote:

THE PRESBYTERIAN says, that “A...

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Pastors according to God’s heart

What a worthy aim for the under shepherds of the  visible church of God!  The phrase is biblical, being taken from Jeremiah 3:15. It says “Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.”...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 15:05

May 8: Death of Professor John Murray

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We Thank God  on Every Remembrance of Youimage When Professor John Murray retired from Westminster to return to his beloved land of Scotland, he attended for the last time the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1966.  The delegates there gave a memorial to him which...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 15:05

May 7: Van Horn on WSC Q. 8

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

Q. 8. — How doth God execute his decrees? A. — God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

Scripture References: Rev. 4:11. Eph. 1:11. Isa. 46:10. Mark 13:31.

Questions:1. To what can we compare...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 15:05

May 6: Academic Freedom

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Working through some pamphlets and other materials donated by Dr. Will Barker, I came across this little tract, which may be of interest. It is a reprint of an article that first appeared inTHE PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL, on 30 January 1963.  Irrespective of the calendar date, this remains...

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image The document known as the Auburn Affirmation was presented to the public in January of 1924, bearing the signatures of 150 Presbyterian pastors and elders. But just four months later, on May 5, 1924, that list of signatures had grown to 1274 names, a significant percentage of the pastors and...

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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:05

May 4: What Constitutes Schism?

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Can Two Walk Together, Except They Be Agreed?

imageIn the May 4, 1936edition of the Presbyterian Guardian (now on-line), Dr. J. Gresham Machen wrote an article on what constituted schism.  The times in which he was writing were perilous times for both Reformed ministers and the members of...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 15:05

May 3: Rev. John Gloucester [conclusion]

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We continue today the second portion of Barry Waugh’s account of the Rev. John Gloucester, pastor of the first African American Presbyterian church on U.S. soil. Rev. Gloucester died on May 2, 1822.Mr. Waugh regularly posts on his own blog at Presbyterians of the Past.

The Reverend John...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 15:05

May 2: Rev. John Gloucester

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Our post today comes from the pen of a good friend of the PCA Historical Center, Dr. Barry Waugh. This is an excerpt from a larger article which he wrote for the Historical Center several years ago. It was on this day, May 2nd, in 1822 that the Rev. John Gloucester died. He had for many years...

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Sunday, 30 April 2017 15:05

May 1: Death of George Wishart (1546)

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One is Sufficient for a Sacrificeby Rev. David T. Myers

It was at a Scot-Irish day of games in Central Pennsylvania that this author found a booth selling items from “across the pond.” I had gone there to get some Scot items which reflected my ancestry.  But at the first booth,...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 15:05

April 30: Van Horn on WSC Q. 7

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

Q. 7. — What are the decrees of God?

A. — The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained what­soever comes to pass.

Scripture...

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Friday, 28 April 2017 15:05

April 29: The Mistakes of Modernism

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image Sad to realize that the League of Evangelical Students, an early forerunner of later evangelical campus ministries, has largely been forgotten now.  The League’s modest quarterly, The Evangelical Student, produced some great articles and on its pages appeared some of the first published...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:05

April 28: Our Life is Hid with Christ

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With few Presbyterian events tied to this date, let’s look back at yesterday’s post and the concluding point that our life is hid with Christ. To explore this great truth further, excerpted here is a portion of a work, The Hidden Life, by Richard Sibbes. An excerpt does not do...

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