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The Ancient Paths

In Jeremiah 6:16, the Lord counseled His people as follows: “Stand by the ways and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.” The last evangelical bishop of the Church of England, J. C. Ryle, wrote a book called Old Paths which wasContinue reading “The Ancient Paths”

The Eighth Beatitude

Vanguard Presbytery: The Eighth Beatitude             When Christians speak about the Beatitudes, they often overlook the eighth, which says: “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the sameContinue reading “The Eighth Beatitude”

Ministers Should Have No Plans Concerning Themselves

The great Baptist minister, Charles H. Spurgeon, began preaching at a little thatched chapel in Waterbeach, England—a village about 6 miles north of  Cambridge in the district of Cambridgeshire—at the age of 16. He was a mere youth who had no advantages of a college education. Thus, he was strongly advised to go to the BaptistContinue reading “Ministers Should Have No Plans Concerning Themselves”

Divine Pruning

            On Saturday morning, I was picking peaches off my peach tree with the help of my wife while receiving a free class on pruning from my resident horticulturist. I had just returned from a Vanguard Presbytery meeting in Bristol, TN on Friday in which we had to remove four churches and a few pastors atContinue reading “Divine Pruning”

Cultural Marxism in the Modern Church

            While conservatives and confessionals in many US denominations have been rightly concerned about the homosexual intrusion in their denominations through the back door, a more insidious and dangerous enemy to the Christian faith has been ushered through the front door. That menace is Cultural Marxism under the guise of Critical Race Theory (CRT). Cultural MarxismContinue reading “Cultural Marxism in the Modern Church”

The Genesis Flood

            In an article, How Should We Interpret the Genesis Flood Account?, on the BioLogos webpage, the following comment is made concerning the Scriptural account of the Genesis Flood: The scientific and historical evidence is now clear: there has never been a global flood that covered the whole earth, nor do all modern animals and humans descendContinue reading “The Genesis Flood”

The Red Sea

            In A History of Israel, Theodore H. Robinson wrote that the Red Sea crossing took place at the shallow marsh land in northern Egypt near the Mediterranean Sea as follows: “Shallow water of this kind may easily be driven back by a strong wind, leaving the sand bare. With the dropping of the wind the water returns,Continue reading “The Red Sea”

Spiritual Depression

            In the early 1960’s, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached several sermons at Westminster Chapel on the subject of depression. They were taken down in shorthand by a member of the church and edited for publication by Bethan Lloyd-Jones, his wife. I believe I am correct in stating that sermon series came to Lloyd-Jones as he wasContinue reading “Spiritual Depression”

John Calvin on Christ’s Atonement

            In last week’s article, I referred to a visit to the home of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in 1977 when his successor, R. T. Kendall, was writing his book, Calvin and English Calvinism to 1649. Kendall’s thesis was that the Puritans had changed Calvinistic theology for the worse by developing the doctrine of limited atonement orContinue reading “John Calvin on Christ’s Atonement”

Old Soldiers Never Die

            One of my favorite pastimes is to read spy stories. It is a fascination that began during my teenage years as I would read various articles in The Reader’s Digest about Soviet espionage and the dangers it posed for the freedom of America. That is probably also where my lifelong interest in Russia began. When IContinue reading “Old Soldiers Never Die”

God’s Way or Ours?

            One of the hallmark doctrines of the Protestant Reformation was Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone. The Reformers were willing to die on that hill defending the sufficiency of Scripture alone to guide our doctrine, our worship, and our church government. We hold to that same principle. Yet, it was the Reformers and their children who gaveContinue reading “God’s Way or Ours?”

Evangelists are Elders

            One of the subjects dearest to the heart of those of us who started Vanguard Presbytery is the office of evangelist. It is also the doctrinal position that has caused the most disagreement with us by people who should be supportive of our efforts. Perhaps there are many reasons for such disagreement, but the mainContinue reading “Evangelists are Elders”

Always Do the Higher Commandment First

            Herman Bavinck’s, Reformed Ethics: The Duties of the Christian Life, is essential reading for reformed pastors in this writer’s opinion. I have been reading through it recently and was much benefitted by the second chapter of this volume, “Collision and Classification of Duties.” The gist of the chapter is answering the question of what is ourContinue reading “Always Do the Higher Commandment First”


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