Articles by Vanguard Presbytery

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”

Are These Just Petty Differences?

            Last Friday, June 12th, there was an article carried on Reformation Charlotte about the Woke Movement inroads into the Southern Baptist Church. Social Justice, Cultural Marxism. Critical Race Theory, Same-sex attraction, LGBTQ+, and Black Lives Matter movements are destroying both church and state throughout this great nation. Every major Protestant denomination in the US is experiencing theContinue reading “Are These Just Petty Differences?”

May 2021 Presbytery Meeting

Below is the video of the Worship Service of Vanguard Presbytery in person Presbytery Meeting held at Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Snellville, Georgia. Morning Worship Service Moderator – Rev. Dewey RobertsPreaching Session 1 – Rev. Jess StanfieldSeason of PrayerPreaching Session 2 – Rev. Henry JohnsonCommunion – Dr. Al Baker

Choosing a Denomination

            With Christianity falling apart in America, one of the most important questions to answer is this one: How do I decide what denomination to join? Of course, the answer to that question depends on where you want to go. If you are like the person who stops at a gas station to ask directions withoutContinue reading “Choosing a Denomination”

The Half-Way Covenant and Presbyterianism

Vanguard Presbytery             News: The website for Vanguard Presbytery (, has now passed 50,000 views. That indicates more interest in what we are doing than some people are willing to admit. We have not and do not recruit people. They come to us. They seek us out. It is the same way with our website. EveryContinue reading “The Half-Way Covenant and Presbyterianism”

Learning From the Past

            George Santayana (1863-1952), a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist, once penned words concerning the past that have been oft repeated. He wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana was paraphrased by Winston Churchill in a speech to the House of Commons in 1948 when he said, “Those thatContinue reading “Learning From the Past”

Clerical Cowardice in Modern America

            Martin Niemoller (1892-1984) was a German Lutheran pastor who witnessed the horrors of the Nazi holocaust and, like many intellectuals and clergy in Germany, cowardly remained silent as the Nazis systematically targeted classes and groups of society. Following the war, Niemoller penned a prose confession about his guilty silence. Surely, you have heard it orContinue reading “Clerical Cowardice in Modern America”

The Redefining of Evangelicalism by James Kessler and the National Partnership

            On April 23, 2021, The Aquila Report re-published an article by James Kessler, the self-professed founder of the secretive National Partnership in the PCA. Most members of the PCA are unaware that there is such a group as the National Partnership whose purpose is to take over the denomination. My intent in this article is not toContinue reading “The Redefining of Evangelicalism by James Kessler and the National Partnership”

What Are Our Principles and Why?

            Over the past week, I have had conversations with several people who have asked me how Vanguard Presbytery intends to protect against the same erosion of the faith that has destroyed other Presbyterian denominations. Heresy and immorality are the great killers of congregations and denominations. Christ warned the churches in Asia Minor about both problems.Continue reading “What Are Our Principles and Why?”

Richard Denton, Samuel Davies, Daniel Baker, Ben Wilkinson and Vanguard Presbytery

           Richard Denton (1596-1672)—Francis Makemie (1658-1708), that flying angel, is often given credit for founding the first Presbyterian churches in America in 1683, but that honor actually belongs to an Englishman, Richard Denton. Denton was a Puritan and a Separatist from Yorkshire in England who studied under Thomas Cartwright, the intellectual leader of English Puritanism,Continue reading “Richard Denton, Samuel Davies, Daniel Baker, Ben Wilkinson and Vanguard Presbytery”

Affirmations and Denials

            One of my elders gave me the new biography, R. C. Sproul: A Life, by Stephen Nichols a week ago. There were many things that intrigued me about this biography of Sproul, but I want to refer to a couple of things that are relevant for Vanguard Presbytery.             First, Sproul several times used a phrase, “studiedContinue reading “Affirmations and Denials”

Pastor Steve Richardson’s Court Date on April 1, 2021

          Below is a news article that I wrote for The Aquila Report last week concerning Pastor Steve Richardson’s legal troubles with the Canadian government for holding services at his church with more than 10 people in attendance. After writing about Richardson in last week’s email to all of you who receive these emails, I was exhorted byContinue reading “Pastor Steve Richardson’s Court Date on April 1, 2021”

Practical Problems with Redemptive-Historical Preaching

            When I began writing on the problems of Redemptive-Historical preaching last week, I ran out of time to complete my article due to several factors. I set forth the basic doctrinal problems with Redemptive-Historical preaching, but was unable to deal with the therefores that always follow the doctrinal truths. Today, I would like to completeContinue reading “Practical Problems with Redemptive-Historical Preaching”

The True Preaching of the Gospel

            Over the past few weeks, I have written articles concerning the Redemptive-Historical approach to preaching which has become so prominent in Reformed circles. Why I would write such articles on behalf of Vanguard Presbytery has probably puzzled more than a few people. I will try to explain. Vanguard is a denomination in the tradition ofContinue reading “The True Preaching of the Gospel”

Vanguard Presbytery’s New Mission Church in Clarksville, TN

            It is my intention next week to write an article on what true gospel preaching is as a follow-up to my articles on Redemptive-Historical preaching, but this week I want to send out a report that was written by one of the ministers in Vanguard Presbytery, Joshua Light, about Vanguard’s newest mission in Clarksville, TN—ReformedContinue reading “Vanguard Presbytery’s New Mission Church in Clarksville, TN”

What is Wrong with Redemptive-Historical Preaching?

            Redemptive-Historical preaching is a school of thought that began in the 1940’s, but really dates back to the Dutch Reformed theologians of the nineteenth century. There are many modern Reformed authors and theologians who vouch for Redemptive-Historical preaching as the only correct model for preaching the Scripture. I realize that there are probably many peopleContinue reading “What is Wrong with Redemptive-Historical Preaching?”

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