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?”

Beware the Cult of Personality

            A friend called me in August of 2019 to try to dissuade me from starting Vanguard Presbytery. These were his words to me: “You do not have the gravitas to pull this off.” I replied, “That is good, because I am not trying to do it based on my personal gravitas.” Later, he came byContinue reading “Beware the Cult of Personality”

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”