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
Friday, 21 April 2017 15:05

April 22: Everyone Wants to Slim Down

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It seems that some were proposing a plan for a smaller General Assembly for the PCUSA back in the 1930’s. I had not previously paid attention to such efforts in any of the old line Presbyterian denominations. Compare this with some of the various plans for a delegated Assembly that...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:05

April 21: The Maryland Toleration Law

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Maryland Toleration Law Opens up Colony for Reformed Preaching

imageApril 21 was an important date in 1649 for the Reformed faith in the colony of Maryland. Originally, Maryland was a colony established as a refuge for English Catholics. But as more non-Catholics came into the...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 15:05

April 20: Rev. John Craighead

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“He fought and preached alternately”

John Craighead was the second son of John and Rachel R. Craighead and the grandson of the Rev. Thomas Craighead. His great-grandfather was the Rev. Robert, a Scotsman who immigrated to Ireland around 1657 and served as pastor of churches in...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:05

April 19: The Duties of Property

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The following appeared on the pages of THE PRESBYTERIAN in 1937. There was no obvious association with any adjoining articles. If the editor had any ulterior motive in adding this brief quote, it was perhaps in reflection on the recent departure of conservatives from the PCUSA, since none of those...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:05

April 18: The World’s Debt to Calvin

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The world is indebted to the church for everything noblest and best in her free institutions.  Freedom is under perpetual obligations to her.  Enforcement of organic law must exist, whether in church, state or nation; otherwise, everything rushes to ruin in all society.  It is the...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 15:05

April 17: Historic Property Cases

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On April 17, 1966, because of extreme liberal trends in their parent church, two Savannah Presbyterian churches, Hull Memorial and Eastern Heights, led by their pastors Clifford Brewton and Todd Allen, voted to sever all ties with the Presbyterian Church U. S. denomination. This action...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 15:05

April 16: Christ Is Risen Indeed!

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A friend asked a question recently about the Rev. Arthur J. Diffenbacher, a Grove City College and Dallas Seminary graduate who spent six years on the mission field in China and another two in Manchuria before WWII drove him from the field. After a time back in the States engaged in ministry, he...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 15:05

April 15: Rev. Alexander M. Stewart

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A Yankee Chaplain In the Union Armyby Rev. David T Myers

image My favorite story about the military chaplaincy was that of an unnamed Union chaplain who must have been tired of marching with his troops. So upon entering the Confederate states, he stole the first horse he found on a farm. The Southern...

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Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:05

April 14: Joseph Alleine on WSC Q. 25

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I have just recently become aware of the commentary or “elaboration” on the Westminster Shorter Catechism prepared by the old Puritan author Joseph Alleine. The fuller title of the work is A most familiar explanation of the Assemblies shorter catechism wherein their larger answers...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 15:05

April 13: Rev. Robert Wilson James [1793-1841]

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Sometimes You Just Need to Copy Someone.

A long week with a tiring end. And so today we turn to Alfred Nevin’s account of the Rev. Robert Wilson James…:

…who “was born in Williamsburg District, South Carolina, June 3d, 1793. His father, Captain John, and grandfather, Major...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:05

April 12: Rev. James Muir [1757-1820]

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“The Little Moses”

image James Muir was a son of the Rev. Dr. George and Tibbie (Wardlaw) Muir, and he was born on the 12th of April, 1757, in Cumnock, Scotland. Both his father and grandfather were highly respected ministers in the Church of Scotland, and the town of Cumnock was where his...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 15:05

April 11: Know What You Believe!

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One hundred seventy years ago, Presbyterian congregations were largely ignorant of the Church’s own Standards.  Are we much better off today?

“The Presbyterian Board of Publication have issued a correct edition of the Confession of Faith, and they are now selling it at the...

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A member church of the Presbyterian Church in America since 1974, Fairview Presbyterian Church in Fountain Inn,South Carolina, was established in 1786 and ranks as one of the oldest churches in the PCA (fifteen are older).

History of Fairview Presbyterian ChurchGreenville County1786-1886

The Fairview...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 15:05

April 9: Van Horn on WSC Q. 5

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

Q. 5. Are there more gods than one?

A. There is but one only, the living and true God.

Scripture References: Deut. 6:4. Jer. 10:10.

Questions:

1. What proofs can we offer that there is only one true and living God? We...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 15:05

April 8: First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

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The First Presbyterian Church of Jackson was organized on a Saturday afternoon,April 8, 1837 by the Reverend Peter Donan and four persons: Mrs. Margaret E. Mayson, Mrs. Susan Patton, and John Robb and his wife, Marion.  The organization meeting was held in “the Old State...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:05

April 7: The Lord’s Servant Should Not Strive.

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Yesterday’s post was on the Rev. Asa Hillyer, and today we would like to present the following portion of a sermon by Rev. Hillyer, as an example of his ministry.

The 1837 division of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. left Dr. Hillyer on the side of the New School. He...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 15:05

April 6: Rev. Asa Hillyer [1763-1840]

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If God is going to bring a great turning from sin, it must and can only be His work.

Stand Still and See the Salvation of God. Asa Hillyer was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, on April 6, 1763. His father was a physician, who served in the army during the Revolutionary War, with young Asa...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 15:05

April 5: A Modern Day Jonah Story

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Someone was recently searching this site for more information about H. McAllister Griffiths. He was well known in the 1930s and 40s, but is largely forgotten now. He served as ecclesiastical counsel for J. Gresham Machen, Roy T. Brumbaugh and several others who were brought to trial in PCUSA church...

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One of my projects is working to compile an index to the THE INDEPENDENT BOARD BULLETIN, the newsletter of the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missionsintending at least to compile that index through the period of 1955-1956.  As I am now working through volume 3...

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:05

April 3: Liberty of Conscience

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The penultimate paragraph in this brief essay provides an interesting contrasting argument when compared with the previously posted editorial by Dr. Samuel G. Craig.  Where Craig argued that the PCUSA was within its rights to prohibit membership in parachurch organizations, here Dr. Robinson...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 15:05

April 2: Van Horn on WSC Q. 4

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

Q. 4 — What is God?

A. — God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.

Scripture References: John 4:24; Mal. 3:6; Psa....

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Friday, 31 March 2017 15:05

April 1: The Last Sermon FDR Ever Heard

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Earlier this week I was recommending Dr. David Calhoun’s volume on the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. William Childs Robinson, the Columbia Seminary professor who was such a powerful influence in the lives of many of the founding fathers of the PCA. [Pleading for a Reformation Vision. ...

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 15:05

March 31: God will overrule it all to His glory!

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Located among the correspondence in the Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection, there is this letter from Dr. H. G. C. Hallock which has caught my attention. 

Henry Galloway Comingo Hallock, was born on 31 March 1870, and prepared for ministry at the Princeton Theological Seminary, 1893-1896....

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:30

March 30: Machen’s Idea of God

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Admittedly this is long, but worth it. At worst, save it to read over the weekend. This is one of Dr. Machen’s lesser known works, a brief testimony, titled “My Idea of God,” which appeared in a book of the same name, a gathering of statements largely philosophical, which only...

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 15:05

March 29: The Examination Rule

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April is coming on fast, and thoughts begin to turn to General Assemblies. Well, indulge the policy wonks if you would please, and hopefully others will find this somewhat interesting. The following concerns why or how it is that we have the safeguard in place, that says a man coming from another...

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