How Then Shall We Begin?

            One of the criticisms of Vanguard Presbytery that I have heard in certain circles is that we did not start in the Presbyterian way. What does that even mean? There is nothing in the Scripture that gives us the “Presbyterian way” that new denominations are supposed to start. There is nothing in any Presbyterian denomination’sContinue reading “How Then Shall We Begin?”

Safeguards Against Progressivism

            A question I am often asked whenever I visit with pastors and churches is this: How is Vanguard Presbytery going to prevent the same thing happening in her communion that has happened to the PCUS, PCA, and multitudes of other denominations. Here are the things I tell people:             First, the downfall of my former denominationContinue reading “Safeguards Against Progressivism”

We Desperately Need Evangelistic Preaching

Originally posted on FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITS:
FORGET NONE OF HIS BENEFITSvolume 19, number 36, August 27, 2020 “We proclaim Him.” -Colossians 1:28 Only 23 percent of Americans attend church or synagogue every week while 40 percent of Americans claim they are very religious.[1] Another study paints an even bleaker picture, saying that only 17.7 percent…

New Wine Requires New Wineskins

            Each of the Synoptic Gospels relate two similes that Jesus used in answer to the question by some Jews why His disciples did not fast. John the Baptist had taught His disciples to fast. Jesus’ disciples did not fast. The answer Jesus gave to these Jews is that no one fasts while the bridegroom isContinue reading “New Wine Requires New Wineskins”

Membership Vows

            One of the things we are seeking to do in Vanguard Presbytery is to always go back to the Scripture. For that reason, our proposed Book of Church Order (as of August 5, 2020) adds a membership vow which has been left out of every other Presbyterian book of polity with which I am familiar (and mostContinue reading “Membership Vows”

Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation

Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation             In one of his writings, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was emphasizing the importance of Christians attending every service of their congregation that they could. His main point was that if they missed a service that might be the one in which the Holy Spirit was poured out and they would miss thatContinue reading “Vanguard Presbytery’s Glorious Convocation”

Whither Vanguard Presbytery

Vanguard Presbytery: Whither Vanguard Presbytery?             Last week, there were almost 100 people registered for the Convocation of Vanguard Presbytery to be held at the Stephens Valley Church in Nashville on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. In these days of reduced attendance at all churches, I think that is excellent. IContinue reading “Whither Vanguard Presbytery”