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

Sunday, 24 May 2020 16:05

May 25: Old Side / New Side Reunion

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Unity Where There Was Disunityby Rev. David T. MyersThis historical devotional and the May 27th devotional deal with the same topic, that of the Old Side – New Side schism in early Presbyterianism. On May 27, we will look at what caused the infant Presbyterian church to divide into two...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:05

May 24: “My Motive as a Missionary”

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Today we conclude our series “Gilchrist in Chile” with a brief testimony and prayer by the Rev. George R.M. Gilchrist, and we also thank his son, Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist, for making all of this available to our readers. May our Lord and Savior be glorified.GEORGE R.M. GILCHRIST,...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 16:05

May 23: Gilchrist in Chile, part 6

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GILCHRIST IN CHILE, Parts 6 & 7by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist.At a court hearing, the presbytery and the Union Evangelica packed the hearing with false witnesses who told the judge:  “Chile Mission was just a circle of missionaries who met from time to time for mutual inspiration. The...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:05

May 22: Gilchrist in Chile, part 5

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GILCHRIST IN CHILE, Part 5.by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist.But things were changing in the presbytery and in the mission.  Modernism had crept in.  One of the missionaries was Irwen Paul, whom the mission did not want because of his liberal stance.  He had a lot of followers in Chile before...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 16:05

May 21: Gilchrist in Chile, part 4

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Gilchrist in Chile, Part 4by Dr. Paul R. GilchristGeorge Riggle Monfort Gilchrist was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico on March 14, 1892,  His father was Joseph James (aka J.J.) Gilchrist and his mother was Elizabeth (Bessie) Rowland Gilchrist, who served as Presbyterian home missionaries in...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 16:05

May 20: Gilchrist in Chile, part 3

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GILCHRIST IN CHILE, Part 3by Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist On May 18, 1944 the Presbytery convened.  One member declared, “When these two are got rid of, this movement will die in 24 hours.”  Another spoke, “Brethren, we are throwing out the cream and keeping the skimmed...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 16:05

May 19: Gilchrist in Chile, part 2

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Today we bring you part 2 of Gilchrist in Chile, written by our guest author, the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist. Dr. Gilchrist, now retired, served as the second Stated Clerk of the PCA, 1988-1998, and before that, as Stated Clerk of the RPCES, 1971-1982.But Dr. Gilchrist’s story, Gilchrist in...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 16:05

May 18: Gilchrist in Chile

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This entire week we are pleased to have with us as guest author the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gilchrist. Dr. Gilchrist, now retired, is remembered by most as having served as the second Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America, 1988-1998, and before that, he served as Stated Clerk of the Reformed...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:05

May 17: School Family Catechist

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The School & Family Catechistby Rev. William Smith (1834)being an Exposition on The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 100.Q. 100.What doth the preface of the Lord’s prayer teach us?A.The preface of the Lord’s prayer, which is “Our Father who art in heaven,”...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 16:05

May 16: Rabbi Duncan

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A Scottish Missionary to the Jewsby Rev. David T MyersHow about another mystery quiz on This Day in Presbyterian History? Who said the following:  “I am first a Christian. Second, I am a catholic. (Author: note the small “c”); Third, I am a Calvinist.  Next, I am a...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 16:05

May 15: Welsh Calvinistic Methodism

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When Methodists Became Presbyteriansby Rev.David T. MyersThe chart on America’s Pictorial history of Presbyterians  has always been somewhat confusing to this writer.  Yes, one can see the history of how Reformed and evangelical  Presbyterians have developed into what they are...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 16:05

May 14: Rev. Erskine Mason

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The Life of a Christian Minister Can Never Be Written.by Rev. David T. Myers Erskine Mason was born in New York City on April 16, 1805. He was the youngest child of the Rev. John M. and Anna L. Mason, D.D. As a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1825, Erskine was ordained on October...

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This past Friday we had a post on the death of Professor John Murray, who served with great esteem as professor of Systematic Theology at the Westminster Theological Seminary, from 1930 to 1966. Today’s post focuses on the occasion of his funeral near Ross-shire, Scotland. The following...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 16:05

May 12: Dr. Thomas G. Cross

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Born in Rendham, Massachusetts on March 13, 1918, Thomas G. Cross was educated at Hampton Sydney College and went on to prepare for the ministry at Faith Theological Seminary. In a ministerial career that spanned fifty years, the Rev. Thomas G. Cross was instrumental in establishing forty churches...

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A Plea for Ministers and Moneyby Rev. David T. MyersMost of us can remember Paul’s vision which he experienced on his second missionary journey of a man who called out to the apostle, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (NIV – Acts 16:9)   Well, we...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 16:05

May 10: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 98

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTby Rev. William Smith (1934)The Westminster Shorter Catechism,Questions 98 & 99. Q. 98.What is prayer?A.Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful...

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It was at the momentous Syracuse, N.Y. meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. where Dr. J. Gresham Machen was officially defrocked from the ministry of that denomination. That action in turn then prompted the founding of what was to become the Orthodox Presbyterian...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 16:05

May 8: Death of Professor John Murray

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When Professor John Murray retired from Westminster to return to his beloved land of Scotland, he attended for the last time the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1966.  The delegates there gave a memorial to him which...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:05

May 7: The National Day of Prayer

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We welcome today our good friend Rev. Larry Roff as guest author for This Day. Larry is a recently retired PCA pastor and an accomplished organist. For many years he played the organ at the worship services held during the PCA’s General Assemblies. Now, finding new avenues for ministry, he...

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An Historic Commencement Addressby Rev. David T. Myers Talk about history being made!  The first ever commencement address delivered to the  student body of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania took place on May 6, 1930.  The speaker was the pastor...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 16:05

May 5: Jehovah Our Righteousness

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In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Presbyterian Board of Publication was created, with its first work being the publication of a number of tracts and treatises. As more and more tracts were published, they were eventually gathered together and issued as bound volumes, best known by...

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“The Church which alters its voice with the changing age, and speaks not to eternities, but to the times and does not know or care whether Christ lived and died and rose again from the dead or not, is a Church whose voice will be lost on the screaming hurricane of time.”–Rev....

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 16:05

May 3: School Family Catechist, WSC Q. 97

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THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHISTby Rev. William Smith (1834)The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 97Q. 97.What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’s supper?A.It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord’s supper, that they examine themselves of...

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At the PCA Historical Center, our research library is a vital part of our collections. In particular, this library provides context and background material for the records and manuscript collections that are the focus of the Historical Center. As such, the library consists largely of works about...

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The First Chaplain to the House of Representativesby Rev. David T. Myers
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In a day when everyone is decrying our young people’s lack of knowledge of our American republic, try this question on yourself.  Who was the nation’s first chaplain elected to the United States House...

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