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

Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:05

December 13: For Christ’s Crown Covenant

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ALEXANDER HENDERSON’S TEXT — GLASGOW, DECEMBER 13, 1638.

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Psalm 110:1.

Before me lies a manuscript history of the memorable Scottish General Assembly of 1638, open at the sermon which Mr....

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:05

December 12: Thornwell on Our Nation’s Sin

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imageIn 1854, the city of Charleston, South Carolina was ravaged with an epidemic of yellow fever. Later, at the behest of the State Legislature, the Rev. James H. Thornwell, then president of South Carolina College, brought a sermon at the State capitol on December 9, 1850. The title of his...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 14:05

December 11: H.B. Pratt . . . and his mom!

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Henry Barrington Pratt, Presbyterian missionary and teacher, son of Rev. Nathaniel A. and Catherine Barrington (King) Pratt, was born near Darien, Georgia, on May 26, 1832. He attended Oglethorpe University, graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1855, and was ordained by the Cherokee...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 21:59

December 10: Covenanters

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Covenanters in the Crown of London By Rev. David T. Myers

The story of the Covenanters defeated at Bothwell Bridge and sent aboard the Crown of London as slaves is a sobering story. There are pictures on the web of the monument on the coast of Orkney near the sea as well as the Covenanter Fountain...

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Sunday, 08 December 2019 22:05

December 9: Henry Jackson Van Dyke, Sr.

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Henry Jackson Van Dyke, Sr., was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, 2 March 1822. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating there in 1843 and later graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1846. He was ordained by the Third Presbytery of Philadelphia in June of 1845 and...

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Sunday, 08 December 2019 22:05

December 9: Westminster Debates Funerals

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It is well also for another reason, that—if obliged to publish at present only a part of these records—Drs. Mitchell and Struthers should have selected the “Minutes,” beginning with November, 1644, for this first volume.  From “Lightfoot’s Journal of...

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Saturday, 07 December 2019 22:05

December 8: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 67 68

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith (1834)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 67 & 68. Q.67.Which is the sixth commandment?

A. The sixth commandment is, “Thou shalt not kill,” Exod. xx. 13.

Q. 68.What is required in the sixth commandment?

A. The sixth...

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Friday, 06 December 2019 22:05

December 7: Dr. J. Barton Payne

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Dr. J. Barton Payne joined the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary in 1972, having taught previously at Bob Jones University, the Wheaton Graduate School of Theology, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was an active member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and an ardent student...

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Friday, 06 December 2019 18:05

December 6: Marion Harvey

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A Maid Meets Her Master by Rev. David T. Myers

It was on this day, December 6. 1680. that a young twenty year old maid stood before the Anglican court in Scotland. Her judicial examination and subsequent martyrdom for her Master, the Lord Jesus Christ, was for the terrible crime—are you...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:05

December 6:

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Authors: Wayne Sparkman...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 14:05

December 5: Rev. Gene Hunt [1939-2019]

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“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”—Psalm 116:15

On December 4, 2015 our post was titled “Founding Fathers Gone to Their Reward.” We began that post by stating:

In years past we have written several times on this date of the founding of the...

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They Had No Manual, but a New Presbyterian Church was Bornby Rev. David T. Myers

Gathering in Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, were teaching and ruling elders ready to begin a new Presbyterian denomination.  Their date of gathering, or organization, was Decemb...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 14:05

December 3: Rev. Ethan Osborn

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No Parallel in the Annals of the American Pulpit

So it was thought by the pulpiteers of the late nineteenth century, that is, our unique title today.  The description fit the Rev. Ethan Osborn, the pastor of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, in Fairton, New Jersey.

imageBorn in Litchfield,...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 14:18

December 2: Rev. Max Belz

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Our post today is excerpted from the Minutes of the 157th General Synod of the RPCES (page 172), and concerns one of the great leaders of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod:imageWhen the Lord took the Rev. Max Belz home to heaven on December 2, 1978, the Midwestern Presbytery of the...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 14:05

December 1: School Family Catechist WSC Q. 65 66

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imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTby Rev. William Smith (1834)

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 65 & 66.

Q. 65.What is forbidden in the fifth commandment?

A. The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing any thing against the honor and duty which belongeth to every...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 14:05

November 30: John Geddie

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We Don’t Do Evangelism!

A speaker over the phone actually said the words of our title to a friend of this author. She was shocked, and so was I upon hearing it. Have they snipped out by scissors the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18 – 20? The very existence of our...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 14:05

November 29: Mencken’s Obituary for Machen

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As they say, “And now for something entirely different.”

On this Friday following Thanksgiving—hopefully for most a day at home to relax—we hope you will take time to watch this most informative video clip. It runs just under 13 minutes.

This video came to my attention...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:05

November 28: A Life of Giving Thanks

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Time and again, the Lord has shown Himself faithful.

You would do well to take your Bible this Thanksgiving weekend and begin a study on how often throughout the Scriptures the Lord instructs us to remember His works. And why is that? Obviously, that we should not forget Him, that we should be...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:05

November 27: Dr. Joseph S. Edie, M.D.

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In his day, Dr. Joseph S. Edie, M. D., was a venerable and esteemed elder of the Presbyterian Church at Christiansburg, Va.

He was born in Brooke county, Virginia on November 27th, 1798, and graduated at Hampden Sidney College in 1825.

About that time he came to Christiansburg as a teacher. Here he...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 14:05

November 26: John Knox is Buried (1572)

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Parking Space Number 23

You might wonder what in the world is a post about a parking space doing in This Day in Presbyterian History?  Well, if this author tells you that it is the final resting place of Scot Reformer John Knox, as seen in the photo of this post, you will understand. ...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 14:05

November 25: Richard B. Cater

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An Orphan without a Father Becomes a Son of God the Father by Rev. David T. Myers

We could say without any doubt that the character of today’s post had early years which were difficult ones. Richard B. Cater was born some date in December of 1791. Before he turned age wise into his teens...

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imageTHE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST by Rev. William Smith

The Westminster Shorter Catechism – Questions 63 & 64

Q. 63.Which is the fifth commandment?

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

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 14:05

November 22: The Office of Deacon

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The following short article appeared on the pages of The Charleston Observer in 1840, reprinted there from The Presbyterian, a Philadelphia paper.  The article was written in response to actions taken in the Presbyterian Church at that time, correcting the error of disuse into which the...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 14:05

November 21: The Second Reformation (1638)

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Principles of the Second Reformation of Scotland (1638)by Rev. David T. Myers

The readers of these posts should be familiar with the first Reformation in Scotland, featuring John Knox and others who raised the bar of God’s truth to the people and basically led the entire nation out of...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 14:05

November 20: First English Presbytery (1572)

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imageThe first Presbytery of English Puritans was held at Wandsworth, on November 20, 1572, the same year as the Bartholomew massacre. The organizer of this first Presbytery, and the leader of early Presbyterianism in England, was the Rev. Thomas Cartwright, a professor of Divinity in Cambridge. In...

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