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Biography of J. Gresham Machen: Chapter 02 - Growing Up in Baltimore

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Read by Brian De Jong - Posted at Sermon Audio: Description:  The second chapter of J. Gresham Machen A Biographical Memoir: Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Amazon Kindle Link

Biography of J. Gresham Machen: Chapter 01 - Machens & Greshams

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 Read by Brian De Jong - Posted at Sermon Audio: Description: The first chapter of J. Gresham Machen A Biographical Memoir : Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, by Ned B. Stonehouse.

An American Presbyterian History Lesson

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 Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History: A History Lesson by ROBERT STRONG [1908-1980, and pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, AL, 1959-1973] [The Presbyterian Journal, 27.42 (12 February 1969): 9-11.] The struggle for the faith in the Presbyterian Church USA has been protracted. I grew up in that church and was ordained in it years ago when it was called the “Northern Presbyterian Church.” Thus I knew at first hand the issues as well as some of the people involved in the conflict. Beginning in the nineteenth century, the strife deepened in intensity in the twentieth century and came to a climax in the 1920’s. Awareness of the rising tide of unbelief, and resistance to it, occurred in a spectacular way: In 1923 the General Assembly endorsed adherence to five cardinal points of doctrine: the verbal inspiration of Scripture, the virgin birth of Christ, His mighty miracles, His substitutionary atonement and His bodily resurrection. In reaction came the Auburn Affir

Monday Morning Devotion

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 By Pastor Benjamin Glaser - Posted at YouTube: Details: Good Morning!  On today's Monday devotional we looked at Mark 3:20-27 and the Scribes accusations about Jesus. This passage does much to move us to ask self-critical questions about how our actions can lead us to a similar place as the Scribes. Blessings!

The Early History of Bethel Reformed Presbyterian Church, Sparta, IL

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 Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History: Rev. Samuel Wylie [1790-1872] The history of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Randolph County, Illinois, goes back to the year 1818. To the Rev. Samuel Wylie belongs the credit of the planting of the church. He was born in County Antrim, Ireland, February 19, 1790; came to the United States in 1807; entered the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in the class of 1811; prepared for the ministry in the Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, under the care of his uncle, Dr. Samuel Brown Wylie, and was licensed to preach in May, 1815, at Philadelphia, by the Middle Presbytery. In the summer of 1817 he visited various places in the West, passing through Illinois and continuing his travels as far as Boonville, Missouri. One his return he again passed through Illinois and spent the winter in supplying the vacancies in Tennessee and South Carolina. At the meeting of the Synod in Pittsburgh in the latter part of May, 1818, he reported

Lent: Glitter or Gold?

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 By Kyle Borg - Posted at Gentle Reformation: Published February 16, 2021 Every Sunday night before evening worship I meet in my study with the middle schoolers of our church. Normally, we meet to discuss the morning sermon. That goal isn’t always achieved. As I’ve gotten to know them they have also gotten to know me. Sometimes they use that to their advantage to derail the normalcy. They have figured out that the quickest way to have a tangential conversation is to ask me theological questions. I’ve never told them — and maybe I don’t need to — but these are some of my favorite times as a pastor. In one manipulatively planned digression these middle schoolers asked me about the practice of Lent. Over a century ago William Ingraham Kip wrote: “For some years past each return of Lent has been, we believe, regarded with additional interest.” That observation remains true today as many traditions have come to practice Lent. As Ash Wednesday — which is tomorrow — will begin another Lenten

What Presbyterians believe about Ash Wednesday and Lent

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By Pastor Benjamin Glaser - Posted at YouTube:

PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY: ANOTHER GOSPEL?

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 Posted at White Horse Inn: In her new book, Another Gospel , Alisa Childers argues that “progressive Christianity is not simply a shift in the Christian view of social issues. It’s not simply permission to embrace messiness and authenticity in Christian life. It’s an entirely different religion—with another Jesus and another gospel.” On this episode, Shane Rosenthal talks with Alisa about her experience in a progressive church, and why she ended up concluding that a false gospel lies at the heart of this movement. Listen here:  Progressive Christianity: Another Gospel? - White Horse Inn