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Spiritual Depression

            In the early 1960’s, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached several sermons at Westminster Chapel on the subject of depression. They were taken down in shorthand by a member of the church and edited for publication by Bethan Lloyd-Jones, his wife. I believe I am correct in stating that sermon series came to Lloyd-Jones as he wasContinue reading “Spiritual Depression”

John Calvin on Christ’s Atonement

            In last week’s article, I referred to a visit to the home of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in 1977 when his successor, R. T. Kendall, was writing his book, Calvin and English Calvinism to 1649. Kendall’s thesis was that the Puritans had changed Calvinistic theology for the worse by developing the doctrine of limited atonement orContinue reading “John Calvin on Christ’s Atonement”

Old Soldiers Never Die

            One of my favorite pastimes is to read spy stories. It is a fascination that began during my teenage years as I would read various articles in The Reader’s Digest about Soviet espionage and the dangers it posed for the freedom of America. That is probably also where my lifelong interest in Russia began. When IContinue reading “Old Soldiers Never Die”

God’s Way or Ours?

            One of the hallmark doctrines of the Protestant Reformation was Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone. The Reformers were willing to die on that hill defending the sufficiency of Scripture alone to guide our doctrine, our worship, and our church government. We hold to that same principle. Yet, it was the Reformers and their children who gaveContinue reading “God’s Way or Ours?”

Evangelists are Elders

            One of the subjects dearest to the heart of those of us who started Vanguard Presbytery is the office of evangelist. It is also the doctrinal position that has caused the most disagreement with us by people who should be supportive of our efforts. Perhaps there are many reasons for such disagreement, but the mainContinue reading “Evangelists are Elders”

Always Do the Higher Commandment First

            Herman Bavinck’s, Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life, is essential reading for reformed pastors in this writer’s opinion. I have been reading through it recently and was much benefitted by the second chapter of this volume, “Collision and Classification of Duties.” The gist of the chapter is answering the question of what is ourContinue reading “Always Do the Higher Commandment First”

The Importance of Good Rules

            There was an article recently on The Aquila Report by PCA pastor, Jacob Gerber, “The Biblical Foundations of Parliamentary Procedure”, which made some very good points, especially this one: “if we were to tease all the principles that the Bible teaches for resolving disagreements in the church, we would end up with a system that looks veryContinue reading “The Importance of Good Rules”

Church Courts Commend, But Do Not Command

            When I awakened this morning, I had an email from a Reformed Christian friend in Dubai, UAE. He referred to Jonathan Edward’s, A History of the Work of Redemption, particularly a section concerning the success of the gospel in the ‘empire of Muscovy’ (Russia):   I proceed now to show what success the gospel has had in these laterContinue reading “Church Courts Commend, But Do Not Command”

“I Have a Few Things Against You”

            In Revelation 2:1-3:22, Jesus addresses letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor. Some of those letters are commendatory. Some of them are rebukes. The letters to the churches at Pergamum and Thyatira have some important similarities. Both churches were commended for their Christian graces. Pergamum dwelt where Satan’s throne was and held fast theContinue reading ““I Have a Few Things Against You””

Apostolic Christianity

            On consecutive days last week, two people mentioned to me that events in their church reminded them of the Apostolic church. Both people are in Vanguard Presbytery congregations. One person is a lady in a Vanguard mission church that was started in 2020. They began with 2-3 families and have recently had as many asContinue reading “Apostolic Christianity”

The Rise of Tyranny in the Church

            French President, Emanuel Macron, recently specified the reasons for his country outlawing homeschooling. He said that too many homeschoolers were being taught about God and that has proved to be a negative thing for society. It is obvious to anyone that has eyes and ears that totalitarianism is on the rise throughout the world. CountriesContinue reading “The Rise of Tyranny in the Church”

Knowing the Times

            It was my privilege on March 23, 1977 to be able to go by the home and have a two hour visit with Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. I was a young minister in my first year in the ministry and I was in Great Britain to attend the Banner of Truth’s Leicester Minister’s Conference theContinue reading “Knowing the Times”

Fleeing Persecution

            After calling His twelve disciples, Jesus gave to them several instructions. Most of the instructions are in the form of imperatives. They are principles which must be followed. These instructions are found for us in Matthew 10. They were rules for the disciples and those who would follow them. Thus, they are rules for usContinue reading “Fleeing Persecution”

Boast Only in the Lord

            During the reign of the wicked King Ahab of Israel, the king of Aram, Ben-Hadad, gathered his army to attack Israel. Ben-Hadad first demanded that Ahab give him all his gold and silver, as well as the most beautiful women and children of the land. When Ahab refused to do so, Ben-Hadad threatened that hordesContinue reading “Boast Only in the Lord”

Canadian Pastor, Steve Richardson, Needs Our Help

            TE Steve Richardson, formerly a pastor in the Canadian Presbytery of the ARP, has been greatly persecuted for his principled stance against the lockdowns in Canada as a response to Covid-19. Richardson and his former congregation, Faith Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Tillsonburg, Ontario, continued to meet for worship services in numbers larger than the stateContinue reading “Canadian Pastor, Steve Richardson, Needs Our Help”


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