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

Friday, 24 January 2020 14:05

January 25: Rev. Matthew Anderson

Written by
Raised Up By the Lord for a Great Work
image
It is regrettable that the Rev. Matthew Anderson is not better known today. You won’t find much about him on the Web, and he doesn’t (yet) have a Wikipedia page. But Rev. Anderson was a most remarkable man, one whose notable accomplishments...

Read more

Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:05

January 24: Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge

Written by

A Christian of Exceptional Personality and Evangelistic Appeal

Picture the scene in your mind’s eye. Thirty-five hundred naked natives have gathered together at one site that summer of 1933. Missionary evangelist Charles J. Woodbridge no doubt had something to do with that great gathering in...

Read more

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:05

January 23: Rev. Lawrence Eyres [OPC]

Written by

While this blog is sponsored by the PCA Historical Center, we’ve noted before that we take a wider, more ecumenical approach in the coverage of our posts. Today’s post is one such example, recounting the life and ministry of the Rev. Lawrence R. Eyres, a pastor in the Orthodox...

Read more

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 14:05

January 22: On Correcting the Record

Written by

Making some bibliographical entries from the Westminster Theological Journal, I came across this tucked in the very back of one issue. Many might have missed it, hidden as it was behind the “reviews of books”:

COMMUNICATION

[Editor’s Note: Vol. 53, no. 2 (Fall 1992) carried an...

Read more

Monday, 20 January 2020 14:05

January 21: Rev. Samuel Eusebius McCorkle

Written by

In His Time, the Lord Will Raise Up a Man.

There is so much that could be told here about our subject today. Samuel Eusebius McCorkle was born in Pennsylvania, near what is now the city of Harrisburg, in 1746. His parents were godly Scots-Irish settlers who raised their children in the fear of the...

Read more

Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:05

January 20: Understanding the Times

Written by

Rising out of a Sunday School class here in St. Louis, with reflection upon the life and ministry of Francis A. Schaeffer, our post today departs from our normally calendar-tied postings. Schaeffer was clearly a man who understood the times, and that recognition easily paired up with some recent...

Read more

Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:05

January 19: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 78

Written by

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

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 78.

Q. 78. What is forbidden in the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth, or injurious to our own, or our neighbor’s good names.

EXPLICATI...

Read more

Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:05

January 19: Death of James Melville (1614)

Written by

A good sentence found on Page 287 in McCrie’s Lives of the Scottish Reformers, which might be used as an opener on some post:

“The year 1596 is memorable in the history of the church of Scotland. “It had,” says James Melville, “a strange variety and mixture; the...

Read more

Friday, 17 January 2020 14:05

January 18: How Shall We Preach the Gospel?

Written by

A nice long post for a cold winter’s day. Find a cozy chair and set aside some time to read:

THE KIND OF PREACHING NEEDED AMONG THE UNEVANGELIZED PEOPLE OF OUR COUNTRY.

imageBY T. D. WITHERSPOON, D.D., LL.D., PROFESSOR OF HOMILETIC AND PASTORAL THEOLOGY IN THE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY,...

Read more

Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:05

January 17:

Written by

Authors: Wayne Sparkman...

Read more

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:05

January 16: “The Man Who Moved a Mountain”

Written by

The Rev. Robert W. Childress passed into glory on this day, January 16, 1956.

imageWhen the Master has a big work to do, He raises up a big man to do it. The Lord does not always choose a man from places such as those where men would look. Such a man, from a most unlikely place, is the subject of...

Read more

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 14:05

January 15: Philip Livingstone

Written by

One of the Twelve Signersby Rev. David T. Myers

Many Presbyterians know that the Scotch-Irish had a pivotal part in the birth of our country.  But they may not be aware that there were twelve Presbyterians who put their names on the line as well as their sacred honor to actually sign their name...

Read more

Monday, 13 January 2020 14:05

January 14: David Brainerd

Written by

A Most Solemn Season of Prayerby Rev. David T. Myers

imageIt was on January 14, 1744 that Presbyterian missionary David Brainerd recorded in his famous diary a personal prayer session he had with his God and Father.  Meditate on his words:

“This morning I enjoyed a most solemn...

Read more

Sunday, 12 January 2020 14:05

January 13: On Christian Compassion

Written by

Under the Sovereign Eye of a Merciful God.

The following letter to Rev. John C. Lowrie was penned upon the occasion of the death of his brother, the Rev. Walter M. Lowrie, who had gone to Shanghai, China, as a member of the committee for the translation of the Bible. As he was returning to Ningpo,...

Read more

Saturday, 11 January 2020 14:05

January 12: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 76 77

Written by

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

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 76 & 77.

Q. 76. Which is the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment is, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor,” Exod. xx. 16.

Q. 77. What is required in the...

Read more

Friday, 10 January 2020 14:05

January 11: Presbyterian Ministers Fund

Written by

Another Presbyterian Firstby Rev. David T. Myers

Looking at a listing of the Nationwide Life Insurance Company today in the phone book, the average reader would not guess that part of that company constituted the nation’s first life insurance.  And certainly, that same average...

Read more

Thursday, 09 January 2020 14:05

January 10: Politics and Religion

Written by

Bestow On Us a Spirit of Prayer

Given some recent discussion on the Web, over whether it is appropriate to speak on political matters from the pulpit, the following seems an appropriate post today, an excerpt from the diary of the Rev. Jacob Jones Janeway, a prominent Philadelphia pastor in the...

Read more

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 14:05

January 9: The Auburn Affirmation (1924)

Written by

The Root of the Presbyterian Apostasy

[For those wanting to do more reading on this matter, click here to see the resources gathered at the PCA Historical Center.]

imageWhen church historians evaluate the history of American Presbyterianism, the publication of the “Auburn Affirmation” will...

Read more

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 14:05

January 8: Rev. William Hooper Adams

Written by

In God’s kingdom, there are no little people. Nor are any forgotten by our Lord, though we ourselves may forget. Today we will touch on the life of a pastor that most of us have never heard of.

imageWilliam Hooper Adams was born in Boston, MA on this day, January 8, 1838, the son of the Rev. Dr....

Read more

Monday, 06 January 2020 14:05

January 7: Eulogies Upon the Death of Machen

Written by

Two eulogies published upon the death of Dr. J. Gresham Machen. One by a close friend, Dr. Clarence E. Macartney; the other by “S. M. R.”, who was perhaps the editor of The Presbyterian, in the mid-1930’s. (further research would be required to confirm this theory).

DR....

Read more

Sunday, 05 January 2020 14:05

January 6: Machen’s Funeral

Written by

News Coverage of the Machen Funeral Using news clippings drawn from the scrapbooks of the Rev. Henry G. Welbon, our post today focuses on the funeral of the Rev. J. Gresham Machen, who had passed away on Friday, January 1, 1937. His funeral took place on Tuesday, January 5, 1937.

Philadelphia...

Read more

Saturday, 04 January 2020 14:05

January 5: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 75

Written by

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

The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Questions 75.

Q. 75. What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth, or may unjustly hinder our own, or our neighbor’s wealth, or outward estate.

EXP...

Read more

Friday, 03 January 2020 14:05

January 4: “Remembering” by Arthur W. Pink

Written by

“Form the habit of daily pondering the wondrous works of God.”

I came across the following message recently in an old copy ofSTUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, a little publication issued in the 1930s & 1940s by A.W. Pink. This particular message is central to our purpose here at This...

Read more

Thursday, 02 January 2020 14:05

January 3: The Houston Mission

Written by

Great Sacrifice in Difficult Circumstances

The Houston Mission was a work of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, General Synod (New Light), situated in one of the poorest areas of rural Kentucky. Staffing that ministry for most of its half-century of existence were two selfless women, one of whom is...

Read more

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 14:05

January 2: Early 19th-century Ecumenical Efforts

Written by

Through much of the later half of the 20th century, evangelical and conservative Presbyterians were almost constantly taken up with efforts at merger. By contrast, the 21st century has thus far seen an almost total absence of such efforts. In the closing of the 20th century, Dr. Robert...

Read more

Page 1 of 15