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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Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:05

August 23: Rev. Alexander Cumming

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Our post today is drawn from Richard Webster’s History of the Presbyterian Church in America (1857).

ALEXANDER CUMMING He was full of prayers.

WAS born at Freehold, New Jersey, in 1726.  His father, Robert Cumming, from Montrose, Scotland, was an elder, and often sat in synod.

He...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:05

August 22: Rev. James Grafton Spencer

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One of the PCA”s Founding Fathers

Remember that “One Way” symbol back in the Jesus People era? It showed up on posters, on T-shirts, and just about everywhere. Well, it turns out that symbol, with the index finger pointing heavenward, wasn’t original to those times. It...

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A Publishing Family Heritageby Rev. David T. Myers

imageFrom 1839 and on in to the 1960’s, one family surely set the record for publishing in the news world.  That family was the Converse family and their religious magazine continues to be published on the web in the present day, though others...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 15:05

August 20: Rev. Roy T. Brumbaugh

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 It Wasn’t a Church Split But an Exodus

The high court of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. was on a roll. Any and all teaching elders, including some laypeople, who had been involved in the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions were being disciplined by the respective...

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Scotland Sent Her Best by Rev. David T. Myers

It was on this day, August 19, in 1643 that the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland nominated and elected five ministers and three ruling elders to serve as non-voting members of Westminster Assembly.

The Westminster Assembly had convened...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:05

August 18: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 37

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The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 37 Q. 37.What benefits do believers receive from Christ at death?

A. The souls of believers are, at their death, made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies, being...

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Friday, 16 August 2019 15:05

August 17: Simple Meditation

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

A change of pace today, and but a brief word of encouragement to dwell upon the Word of God, both as you read the page and as you hear the sermon. 

Prepare Your Hearts...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:05

August 16: Asa Dodge Smith [1804-1877]

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Back When Presbyterians Seemed to Run Everything

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, was founded in December of 1769 (We will mention in passing that Samuel Miller was born that same year, less than two months earlier). Eleazar Wheelock served as the first president of the school...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 15:05

August 15: James W.C. Pennington [1809-1870]

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“I am an American to the Backbone.”

imageJames W.C. Pennington was born in 1809 and died in 1870, at the age of 63. To my knowledge, his exact birth and death dates are lost to us. But it was on this day, August 15th, in 1849, that he penned the Preface to his autobiography,“”...

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A long post today, so save it and come back when you have time to read it. As professor at the Columbia Theological Seminary, 1921-1950, Dr. Green was an influence on many of the founding fathers of the PCA.

Dr. J.B. Green on Baptism

imageJames Benjamin Green was born on May 10, 1871 to parents Curtis and...

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Monday, 12 August 2019 15:06

August 13: The Mile Act (1663)

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Lord, Give Us Faithful, Resolute Pastors, Bold for the Gospel.by Rev. David T. Myers

Starting with this post today, we begin to look at the Great Ejection of Presbyterian ministers, among others, from Anglican pulpits and schools in the British Isles. This ejection brought great hardship, including...

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Eighteen Twelve was a Very Good Yearby Rev. David T. Myers

It was clear that something had to be done.  Princeton College was not being the source any longer for Presbyterian ministers, and for that matter, any ministers.  The school had turned into a secular school for...

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith

The Westminster Shorter Catechism – Question 36. Q. 36What are the benefits which, in this life, do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?

A. The benefits which , in this life, do accompany or flow from...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 15:05

August 10: A Sermon on Fasting (1804)

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In 1804, Great Britain and her colonies were under threat of attack by French forces. As a call went out for a season of prayer and fasting, the Rev. Archibald Gray delivered the following sermon on this day, August 10th, in 1804. To read the full sermon, click here. The last paragraph shown...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:05

August 9: History Is God’s Possession

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Great blessings in small packages. Some years ago, the PCA Historical Center received the donation of a complete set of a small periodical issued by Dr. William Stanford Reid. The little periodical titled REFORMATION TODAY only ran for about three years. One sample from those rare...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:05

August 8: In Nothing Be Anxious.

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A most timely reminder comes today from the Rev. Harold S. Laird, widely recognized in his day as a stalwart Christian and Presbyterian. There is no better way to introduce the author of the following short devotional than to reproduce this memorial which was spread upon the Minutes of Susquehanna...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 15:05

August 7: Rev. John Witherspoon [1723-1794]

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At last, He Had Arrivedby Rev. David T. Myers

imageYou would have thought that he was a king making a royal entrance into his kingdom, so great was the rejoicing among God’s people to his arrival on the shores of the American colonies.  And indeed, John Witherspoon was certainly the...

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Monday, 05 August 2019 15:05

August 6: William Childs Robinson

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Today we would like to take notice of recent discussions on the doctrine of the Trinity and offer the following short article by the Rev. Dr. William Childs Robinson, a conservative stalwart who mentored many of the founding fathers of the PCA. This article originally appeared in THE...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 15:05

August 5: Rev. Richard Denton [1603-1662]

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A Highly Religious Man with Strong Presbyterian Beliefs.by Rev. David T. Myers

We might more readily suggest any number of men and ministers of whom this title might describe.  But when it is known that this description was given to a man, indeed a minister, by the name of Richard Denton in the...

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A particularly timely question in our day.

THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 35

Q.35.What is sanctification?

A. Sanctification is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby we are renewed in the whole man, after the image of God, and are...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 15:05

August 3: “Hear Him!” [Journal Day, 1972]

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Throughout the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Presbyterian Journal used to sponsor an annual event called Journal Day. In the summer of 1972, the lead speaker that year at Journal Day was the Rev. Dr. Edmund Clowney, who brought a message titled “Hear Him!”  That message...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:05

August 2: The Rev. David Goodwillie

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The First Presbyterian Pastor in Vermont

From Volume 10 of THE PRESBYTERIAN REMEMBRANCER AND HISTORICAL ALMANAC (1868), comes this account of an Associate Presbyterian minister, born in 1749, who immigrated here from Scotland in 1788, and who was soon called to serve a church in Vermont. 

In...

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Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:05

August 1: Presbyterianism in the Middle Ages

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Today’s post comes from chapter 6 ofPRESBYTERIANISM FOR THE PEOPLE (1883), by the Rev. Robert P. Kerr:

PRESBYTERIANISM OF THE MIDDLE AGES.

In the process of time the desire—ever found in the minds of men—for authority and preeminence asserted itself in the pastors of large...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:05

July 31: John Knox

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The Lord’s Galley Slave by Rev. David T. Myersimage

Were you, the reader, aware that the man of the hour in Scotland, John Knox, once rowed a galley ship? No, it wasn’t for exercise. No, it wasn’t for some national pride of the fastest galley ship in a sailing contest. Simply put, John...

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Edmund Prosper Clowney met his Lord face to face on Sunday, March 20, 2005, having passed into glory at the age of 87. He was survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Wright Clowney; by his five children: David Clowney, Deborah Weininger, Paul Clowney, Rebecca Jones, and Anne Foreman; by...

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