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, 20 April 2018 15:05

April 21: A Smaller Assembly?

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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 have been...

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 15:05

April 20: Machen’s Love of the Alps

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To Stand Before the Majesty and Power of Our Omnipotent Lord

Several years ago we found some letters among the Papers of Allan A. MacRae that shed further light on J. Gresham Machen’s love of mountain climbing and especially his love of the Alps. Machen was able to visit and climb in the Alps...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:05

April 19: Confession of Faith (1840)

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Over 175 years ago, it appears that Presbyterian congregations were largely ignorant of the Church’s own StandardsAre 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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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 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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Monday, 16 April 2018 15:05

April 17: Dr. Archibald Alexander

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From THE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE, IV.2 (February 1854): 94.

DR. ALEXANDER’S LAST SERMON.

imageIt was in the First Presbyterian Church at Princeton, and on the 20th of July, 1851. The Sabbath was one of the most beautiful I ever saw. The harvest was just over, and the farmers, who made up the country...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 15:05

April 16: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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A Sermon After the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln by Rev. David T Myers

For all of our subscribers, they probably can remember where they were, and what they were doing when the infamous “Nine-eleven” hijackers crashed their people-loaded airplanes into the Twin Towers in Manhattan,...

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:05

April 15: Van Horn on WSC Q. 63-64

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

Q. 63 Which is the fifth commandment?

A. The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

Q. 64 What is required in the fifth...

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Friday, 13 April 2018 15:05

April 14: William Swan Plumer

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A Children’s Sermon

imageThat you might prepare your hearts for this Lord’s Day, we present today a sermon from the Rev. William Swan Plumer [1802-1880], a noted Southern Presbyterian pastor, scholar, and prolific author. And to do something a bit different, this sermon is taken from...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 15:05

April 13: Rev. Robert Wilson James

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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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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 15:05

April 12: Presbyterian Churchmen United (PCU)

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About a month ago we published a post about the organization Concerned Presbyterians and their newsletters. Today we would like to continue that theme with focus on a related group, Presbyterian Churchmen United, with a pointer to their newsletter, which was issued between 1970-1973.

To...

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:05

April 11: Machen Debates Speer (1933)

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Be Ready Always

The day of the debate had brought a crowd of Presbyterian elders to the sanctuary of the Fourth Presbyterian Church on that day of April 11, 1933. The topic was “Modernism on the Mission Field.” And the two individuals engaging in the debate were two...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 15:05

April 10: Rev. Samuel J. Baird

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Mr. Polity.

Polity is a fancy word for government, and in the nineteenth-century, when it came to church government, the Rev. S. J. Baird was one of the most knowledgeable men around.

Samuel John Baird was born at Newark, Ohio, in September, 1817. His parents were the Rev. Thomas Dickson Baird and...

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Sunday, 08 April 2018 15:05

April 9: Miss Louisa Lee

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A Fine Missionary and a Keen Soul-winnerby Rev. David T. Myers

The title of this devotional constitutes the comments sent back in a communication to the Independent Board of Presbyterian Foreign Missions upon hearing the news that they had appointed Miss Louisa Lee as a missionary to...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 15:05

April 8: Van Horn on WSC Q. 62

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISMby Rev. Leonard T. Van Horn.Q. 62. What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?

A. The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments, his challenging a special...

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Friday, 06 April 2018 15:05

April 7: God is Sovereign, Even Over Our Sin

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A Place of Peace Becomes a Place of Warby Rev. David T. Myers

In your mind, imagine a white country church nestled by the side of a Virginia county road.  Ordinarily, what might be heard from that church would be the singing of the hymns of the faith, testimonies of salvation...

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 15:05

April 6: The Story of the Examination Rule

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“Even in the case of old ministers he thought it a good thing to talk over our views occasionally.”

In the PCA’s Book of Church Order,in the first paragraph of the chapter treating of the ordination and installation of ministers, it states in part that

Ordinarily a candidate or...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 15:05

April 5: Rev. Joseph Badger

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A Hard Life on the Frontier

A remarkable man, eminently fitted for the times in which he lived, he was wonderfully versatile, and could do just about anything he put his hand to. Joseph Badger became the great missionary of the Western Reserve and a pioneer to regions further west.

Joseph was born in...

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Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:05

April 4: Augustus Brodhead

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“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people”

Augustus Brodhead was born into the family of the Hon. John H. and Eliza (Ross) Brodhead, on May 13, 1831, in Milford, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Union College in New York in 1855, and was then admitted to Princeton Theological...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 15:05

April 3: Rev. Matthew Hill

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Come Over and Help Us

The first two Presbyterian ministers to come to the middle parts of the American colonies were Francis Doughty and Matthew Hill. The former had immigrated from Massachusetts in 1637 where his Presbyterian and Reformed convictions brought him into difficulty with the...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 15:05

April 2: Rev. Andrew Hart Kerr [1812-1883]

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The Death of a Covenant Child

We focus today on the death of a covenant child, the son of the Rev. Andrew Hart Kerr. The death of any child is always difficult. I pray the following account will offer parents some consolation and pastors some guidance in their own ministry.

imageAndrew Hart Kerr was born...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:05

April 1: Van Horn on WSC Q. 61

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STUDIES IN THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM

Q. 61.What is forbidden in the fourth commandment?

A. The fourth commandment forbiddeth the omission, or careless performance, of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 15:05

March 31: Rev. John Holt Rice [1771-1831]

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imageA True Test of Our Hearts

Not too long ago we had a post about the Rev. John Holt Rice [1771-1831], a renowned early American pastor and founder of what became the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, a man who literally exhausted himself in pursuit of the ministry to which the Lord had...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:05

March 30: The Office of Ruling Elder

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Lately there has been a good bit of discussion on the nature of the offices in the Church. Addressing that subject, we’d like to present the following.

As explained below, the following article by Franklin Pierce Ramsay appeared posthumously in the July 1930 issue ofCHRISTIANITY TODAY [th...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:05

March 29: Let Us Take Our Stand for the Gospel

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Excerpted from THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, Vol. XXXI, No. 13 (27 March 1852): 49, column 3.

imageDr. Archibald Alexander was, in addition to his service as the first professor at Princeton Seminary, quite dedicated in the work of writing evangelistic tracts, many of which were later gathered and published in...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 15:05

March 28: Rev. Donald Grey Barnhouse [1895-1960]

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The Importance of a Christian Homeby Rev. David T. Myers

The father of five children—four girls and a boy—was a God-fearing man and a member of the Methodist church in Watsonville, California.  He was first a farmer, then a carpenter, and finally a builder.  He even built...

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