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
Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:05

February 22: Rev. John Brodhead Romeyn [1777-1825]

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The Love of Christ Constrains Us

The First Presbyterian Church of Schenectady, New York was organized in 1760, and is now a part of the Presbyterian Church in America. But according to one account, were it not for the ministry of Rev. John B. Romeyn, the church might not exist today. In...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:05

February 21: Caspar Wistar Hodge [1830-1891]

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February 21, 1830 marks the birth of Caspar Wistar Hodge, youngest son of Dr. Charles Hodge, named after the eminent physician Caspar Wistar [1761-1818]. Another of Dr. Hodge’s sons, Archibald Alexander Hodge, also taught at Princeton Theological Seminary.  The Rev. Dr. Caspar...

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A Presbyterian Remnant Remains True to the Gospelby Rev. David T. Myers

The story line was surprising and sorrowful at the same time. Written just last year, it told the story of the dying Presbyterian Church of New Zealand which had decided to attract new members with an approach  of...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 14:05

February 19: Bethel PCA, organized 1819

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The Early History of Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church, Sparta, IL

imageThe history of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Randolph County, Illinois, goes back to the year 1818.  To the Rev. Samuel Wylie belongs the credit of the planting of the church.  He was born in County Antrim,...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 14:05

February 18: Birth of Walter Macon Lowrie

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When God’s Children Come to See Me

imageWalter Macon Lowrie was born on February 18, 1819, and came to saving faith in Christ while in college, in 1834. Like Lyman Atwater of yesterday’s post, Walter soon determined to enter the ministry. He attended Princeton Seminary in preparation, and...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 14:05

February 17: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 7

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith, of Glasgow (1836).

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 7

Q.7. What are the decrees of God?

  1. 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...

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Our post today is drawn from a brief article by the esteemed church history professor, Dr. David Calhoun. The article is titled “The Pastoral Heart of Old Princeton.” On this day, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Benjamin B. Warfield, February 16, 1921, we would draw your attention...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:05

February 15: Abiding Themes

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William Childs Robinson’s Reports on the Southern & Northern Presbyterian Churches 

Among the Papers of William A. McIlwaine there is a letter preserved in which his father, William B. McIlwaine, wrote to J. Gresham Machen, lamenting the spiritual decline of the Southern...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:05

February 14: The Gospel the Wisdom of God.

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“The gospel, or the scheme of Christ’s mediation, which is the substance of the gospel, is admirably fitted TO PROMOTE THE DIVINE GLORY ; or to make an illustrious exhibition of God’s moral perfections. It accomplishes this object better than it could have been accomplished, by an...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:05

February 13: Rev. Gilbert McMaster

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Pastor Ken McHeard is the current pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Duanesburg, New York, engaged in a faithful ministry there, as he follows a long and eminent roster of pastors at that church. The organizing pastor of this historic church was the Rev. James...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 14:05

February 12: Gilbert Tennent the 1741 Schism

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Mind Your Tongue!

The following letter will serve to illustrate the state of Mr. Tennent’s mind at this period:—

“GILBERT TENNENT [1] TO JONA. DICKINSON.

“February 12, 1742.

“I have many afflicting thoughts about the debates which have subsisted in our synod for some...

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Dr. Allan A. MacRaeby Rev. David T. Myers

It is an enduring memory these many decades later for the author of this post. Looking from my living room window during my teenage years, I could see on many a Sabbath day afternoon, Mrs. Grace MacRae reading from a book, under a tree on the Faith...

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imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST. by Rev. William Smith of Glasgow (1836).

Q.6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?

  1. There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

EXPLICATION.

Three...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 23:52

February 9: William Buell Sprague

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imageGlory!

I can think of no other word with which to respond to the brief description of heaven provided here by the Rev. William Buell Sprague. Having touched earlier this week on the value of funeral sermons, an admittedly overlooked literature, I did want to provide one last example of this...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 14:05

February 8: A Fitting Pause

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Following up on our post from Wednesday, with the opening statement on the value of funeral literature, what follows is another interesting example of the value of reading eulogies and funeral sermons. These are a literature often overlooked, though they are also works which can provide some of the...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:05

February 7: Brainerd’s Diary

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Meditations of David Brainerdby Rev. David T. Myers

imageWe turn to the thoughts and words of missionary statesman David Brainerd who wrote in his diary on this day, February 7, the following devotional words.  He said in 1744 that he “was much engaged in some sweet...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:05

February 6: Samuel Brown Wylie [1773-1852]

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image“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart.”

We’re not following the calendar today, but digress a bit for some interesting observations. Funeral sermons often offer great insights, yet are some of the most overlooked reading around. Today’s post comes in the...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 14:05

February 5: The Foundation of True Liberty

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Attempts to found democracies, or rather, true lawful liberty, are doomed to failure unless they are built on a proper foundation. What follows is another article discovered today during my foray into an old dusty volume :

THE FOUNDATION OF TRUE LIBERTY.

Some time since an interesting Sabbath...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 14:05

February 4: Cane Ridge Revival

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Getting up a Revival

We all remember the events which made up the first great awakening in the colonies.  Men like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennent, and New Side Presbyterians took the gospel up the length and breadth of the new land, bringing many to Christ and reviving...

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.

Q.5. Are there more Gods than one?

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

EXPLICATION.

Living God.—God is styled the living God, because He alone is possessed of life in himself, and because he is the Author of that life which is enjoyed by...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 14:05

February 2: Contending Earnestly

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 [THE SOUTHERN PRESBYTERIAN JOURNAL 8.16 (15 December 1949): 9-13.

Contending Earnestly For The Faith

(“Exploring Avenues Of Acquaintance And Co-operation”) By Chalmers W. Alexander

Jackson, Miss.

This is the eleventh in the series of articles by Chalmers W. Alexander under the...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 14:05

February 1: Rev. John Hill Aughey

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A Miraculous Interposition of God’s Providenceby Rev. David T Myers

It reads like an adventure novel. But it was not fiction for Presbyterian minister John Hill Aughey during the opening days of the Civil War in 1861 in the state of Mississippi. His state was the second state to vote out of...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 14:05

January 31: Rev. Jacob Jones Janeway [1774-1858]

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On the Death of a Christian.

Jacob Jones Janeway was a noted Philadelphia pastor in the first half of the nineteenth century, an author, and a close friend of the early Princeton Theological Seminary faculty (Alexander, Miller and Hodge). Here, from the closing pages of his biography, is an account...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:05

January 30: Lady Anne Cunningham

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A Presbyterian Woman of Uncommon Courageby David T. Myers

Lady Anna (some say Anne) Cunningham was a Scottish woman of Christian conviction and courage. Born into a family of distinguished Scotch Reformers and yes, Presbyterians, she was reared with biblical principles and Presbyterian doctrine in...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 14:05

January 29: Dr. Eliphalet Nott [1773-1866]

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The following account has been freely edited from Fowler’s History of the Synod of Central New York (1877) and from the funeral discourse delivered by J. Trumbull Backus.

At Home in the Joy of the Lord

Union College in Schenectady, New York, was chartered in 1795 and held its first...

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