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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?”

Presbytery Meeting

Presbytery MeetingFriday, January 29th, 2021 Held at Chalcedon Presbyterian ChurchCumming, Georgia             On Friday, January 29, 2021, Vanguard Presbytery met at the Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Georgia for her first in-person Presbytery meeting. The whole morning from 9 AM to noon was spent in prayer, preaching, and worship, per our convictions as a new denomination.Continue reading “Presbytery Meeting”

Questions and Answers About Evangelists

            Vanguard Presbytery’s view of evangelists receives more questions from people that anything else we believe. Thus, I want to take this opportunity to address some of the questions that come to us. 1. Q. On what basis can Vanguard Presbytery hold to the office of evangelist since evangelists are only mentioned in three places inContinue reading “Questions and Answers About Evangelists”

This Neo-liberalism is Worse than Neo-orthodoxy

            There is a terrible heresy that is eroding the foundations of almost all the denominations in North America in this second decade of the twenty-first century. It is not really a new heresy, but the same old heresy from the past dressed up in new clothes. The architects of this new heresy have learned fromContinue reading “This Neo-liberalism is Worse than Neo-orthodoxy”

Reflection

Last week, The Aquila Report published there 50 most read articles for 2020. Articles that I wrote were the first, second, and tenth most read articles for the year. An article by Al Baker on his reasons for leaving the PCA was the third most read article for the year. Over the past three years,Continue reading “Reflection”

Can the Church Legislate?

            For centuries, Christian churches have legislated concerning many different matters. Denominations have made all kinds of rules and distinctives. This has become a part of our regular experience. It would be great if we could say that such legislation was restricted to the Catholic Church, but that is not the case. Legislation has happened soContinue reading “Can the Church Legislate?”

Who Rules the Church?

            Over the past few weeks, we have looked at the rules of the OPC and the ARP concerning congregations that want to withdraw from those respective denominations. Such rules are not only important for congregations to consider before they unite with a denomination, but it is also absolutely imperative that they do so. Of course,Continue reading “Who Rules the Church?”


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