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The Life of John Bunyan

By Dr. Edward Panosian - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: Dr. Edward Panosian presents the life of John Bunyan in the first person. Link: Source: Wikipedia

The Life of John Calvin

By Dr. Edward Panosian - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: Dr. Edward Panosian presents the life of reformer John Calvin in the first person. He is introduced by Pastor Greg Barkman. Link:

The Life of Scottish Reformer John Knox

By Dr. Edward Panosian - Posted at Sermon Audio : Details: Dr. Edward Panosian, professor of history at Bob Jones University, presented a first-person narrative of the life of the Scottish reformer John Knox at the 30th Anniversary Banquet of Beacon Baptist Church. (5.17.2003) Link:

Recommended Sermon: 'Thy Mercy, My God'

By Pastor Geoff Ingrum - Posted at Sermon Audio : Link: Scripture Text: Matthew 12:1-14 (KJV) 12 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. 2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. 3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; 4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests? 5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless? 6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple. 7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not

The Distinction of and the Abiding Importance of the 10 Commandments

Posted at King and Kirk: Summarizing Turretin, Witsius etc., the moral law (or 10 commandments) is distinctly found in scripture as follows: 1) They are written by the finger of God (Exodus 31:18 & Deuteronomy 9:10) to establish their permanence (as opposed to the law of the heart which was effaced by the fall). 2) The stone tablets upon which they are written are placed in the ark (Exodus 25:21, Deuteronomy 10:2,5), the place of God’s presence. 3) Though the pot of manna and staff of Aaron were eventually lost (Exodus 16:33-34, Numbers 17:10 & Hebrews 9:4), the law or 10 commandments remained as a steadfast reminder of God’s enduring character and requirements for his people (1 Kings 8:9). 4) They are rewritten after the rebellion indicating their continued importance place as a moral guide (Exodus 34:1ff). 5) They are republished or reiterated by Moses for another generation (Deuteronomy 5:6) and applied anew (vs. 15) in light of God’s redemptive acts. 6) Like ci

Why Still Read the Ten Commandments?

By Wes Bradenhof - Posted at YINKAHDINAY : In Reformed churches it’s normal to hear the Ten Commandments read during the morning worship service. This is a historic practice going back to the Reformation. Yet, sadly, there are churches claiming to be Reformed that have dropped this practice. There are individuals in Reformed churches which still do it who question why it continues to be done in their churches. They look at it as unnecessary, repetitive, or creating an unhealthy sense of guilt and maybe even shame. Some also object to it because, they say, it adds a legalistic flavour to our worship. So why still read the Ten Commandments? Let’s start from the way Scriptures teach Christians to regard the law of God. Think of Psalm 119:97, “Oh how I love your law! It is my mediation all the day.” That is not just a statement of how that one Psalmist felt — rather, it’s a vision for how all believers should regard God’s law. It’s a vision that was perfectly fulfilled in t

The Gardiner Spring Resolutions (1861)

"After the Adopting Act of 1729 , the deliverance known as the Gardiner Spring Resolutions of 1861 is arguably one of the most significant actions ever taken in the history of the Presbyterian Church. In essence, the resolutions required pastors and members of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. to swear political allegiance to the Federal Government of the United States. By themselves the resolutions would have been controversial enough, but their proposal and enactment came just at the start of the Civil War. The effect of the resolutions was to split the Church north and south. Moreover, it cast the Northern Church in the direction of increasing political and social involvement while at the same time initiating in the Southern Church a doctrinally based aversion to social and political involvement that reigned for almost 100 years. "Gardiner Spring was born in 1785, attended Berwick Academy in Maine and later graduated from Yale University in 1805. In 1806 he marr

OLD SCHOOL-NEW SCHOOL EXPLAINED Posted at Log College Press : Previously, we have highlighted several books which endeavor to explain and differentiate the 1837-1838 Old / New School divide within mainline American Presbyterianism: Samuel Baird, A History of the New School, and of the Questions Involved in the Disruption of the Presbyterian Church in 1838 ; Alexander Blaikie, The Schools ; James Wood, Old and New Theology: Or an Exhibition of Those Differences with Regard to Scripture Doctrines, Which Have Recently Agitated and Now Divided the Presbyterian Church ;  And now we have another resource to offer for study on this subject: Lewis Cheeseman (1803-1861), Differences Between Old and New School Presbyterians (1848) . Take time to look over these works and familiarize yourself with the issues and persons involved. The year 1837 was momentous in American Presbyterian church history (as was 1936, almost a century later). The authors above lived through this tumultuo

Worship: Evangelical or Reformed?

By W. Robert Godfrey - Posted at : One of the challenges of being Reformed in America is to figure out the relationship between what is evangelical and what is Reformed. Protestantism in America is dominated by the mainline Protestants, the evangelicals, and the charismatics. After these dominant groups, other major players would include the confessional Lutherans. But where do the Reformed fit in, particularly in relation to the evangelicals, with whom historically we have been most closely linked? Some observers argue that the confessional Reformed are a subgroup in the broader evangelical movement. Certainly over the centuries in America, the Reformed have often allied themselves with the evangelicals, have shared much in common with the evangelicals, and have often tried to refrain from criticizing the evangelical movement. But are we Reformed really evangelical? One area in which the differences between evangelical and Reformed can be examined is the matter of wo

Bullinger for Today

Posted at Zwinglius Redivivus : They serve God … who by faith and obedience gather themselves into the holy assembly at specified times; who keep the ecclesiastical discipline derived out of the word of God; who hear the word of God, or the holy exposition of the sacred scriptures; who pray publicly with the church; who religiously participate in the sacraments; and observe other lawful and wholesome rites or ceremonies. By this their service they glorify God among men… Truce-breakers are they, disloyal, and infamous through their adultery, whosoever, being not knit to one God by faith, or worship him alone, or call upon him through Christ, and who do not serve him also as he himself hath said in his word he would be served.— Heinrich Bullinger Source:


By R. Andrew Myers - Posted at Log College Press : Gardiner Spring (1785-1873) wrote a valuable treatise in 1813 titled Essays on the Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character that has stood the test of time (it was republished by Northampton Press in 2010). In this collection of essays, Spring examines in the light of God's Word certain crucial aspects of the life of a Christian: conviction of sin, repentance, assurance, love to God and the brethren, faith, humility, self-denial, non-conformity to the world, practical obedience, growth in grace, and prayer. These fruits of the Spirit are indeed the distinguishing characteristics of Christians in a world which runs in the opposite direction, and they are to be sought after and cultivated in every Christian's life. May this little book be a blessing and an encouragement to your Christian walk. Link: PDF:  https://sta

A Christian Manifesto

By Dr. Francis Schaeffer - Posted at Sermon Audio : Description: Sermon: 1982, when he was struggling with the cancer that ultimately ended his life in 1984, Dr. Francis Schaeffer came to the historic Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale and stood in Dr. Kennedy’s pulpit to deliver an electrifying message called “A Christian Manifesto.” Link: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ See also: A Christian Manifesto (Youtube - approx. 65 minutes) Description: A Christian Manifesto - Dr. Francis Schaeffer Lecture  This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title.  "Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural o

Francis Schaeffer - The Watershed of the Evangelical World

Description: This lecture by Christian philosopher and apologist Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) is a plea to retain a strong hold on the reliability and authority of the Bible in a time when relativism of truth has become the intellectual norm. Link:


The Log College, founded c. 1726 - Log College Press By R. Andrew Myers -  Posted at  Log College Press : In 1835, Samuel Miller (1769-1850) preached a sermon before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Baltimore, Maryland. His text was that from Numbers 14:21: "...all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord." It is a great promise that gives hope to Christians concerning the expansion of Christ's kingdom on earth. But it does not stand alone in God's Word. A significant portion of his sermon involves the assembling together of other Scriptures which only serve to undergird this promise. "1. First of all, and above all, our hope is founded on JEHOVAH'S FAITHFUL AND UNERRING PROMISE. This is, undoubtedly, the chief ground of confidence. For that a religion which has been preached for eighteen, centuries, and which has been as yet received, even nominally, by less than a fourth part of mankind, will one day, and, at

'The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness'

By George Whitefield - Posted at CRTA (Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics) Sermon 15 "And to bring everlasting Righteousness" Daniel 9:24 On reading these words, I cannot help addressing you in the language of the angels to the poor shepherds, who kept watch over their flocks by night, " Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy ," such tidings, that if we have ears to hear, if we have eyes to see, and if our hearts have indeed experienced the grace of God, must cause us to cry out with the Virgin Mary, " My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior ." The words which I have read to you, are part of one of the most explicit revelations that was given of Jesus Christ, before he made his public entrance into this our world. It has been observed by some, and very properly too, that it is one mark of the divine goodness to his creatures, that he is pleased to let light come in gradually upon the natural