Is Vanguard Presbytery Hyber-Calvinistic?

            A few days ago I was told of a seminary professor at a reformed seminary in the US who was being asked by students about Vanguard Presbytery. Supposedly, his reply was that Vanguard is far right and hyper-Calvinistic. I feel something of what Jesus felt when Nicodemus came to Him by night and our LordContinue reading “Is Vanguard Presbytery Hyber-Calvinistic?”

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”

PCA Progressives Outmaneuver Conservatives… Once Again

When I woke up on Saturday, October 23, 2021, there were two texts that had been sent to me earlier that morning. One was from a pastor in the PCA. The other was from a pastor in Vanguard. The sentiments were the same for both of them with respect to the most recent decision ofContinue reading “PCA Progressives Outmaneuver Conservatives… Once Again”

The Spirituality of the Church

            Last Friday, I returned from my 37th mission trip to Russia since 1999. It is my practice to always take good literature with me on all my trips and my companion this time was Benjamin Morgan Palmer’s, The Life and Letters of James Henley Thornwell, which I re-read with great delight. Thornwell was just entering the ministryContinue reading “The Spirituality of the Church”

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”