Articles

Articles by Vanguard Presbyterian Church

Shall We Be Independents?

In his great work, The Apostolic Church” Which Is It?, Thomas Witherow makes the following observations concerning the form of church government known as Independency:  It is difficult to ascertain the particulars of ecclesiastical order approved by Independents, inasmuch as we are not aware that they have embedded their views of what the Scriptures teach on…

Why I Left the Methodist Church

            One of the questions I get asked very frequently is why Vanguard Presbyterian Church was started. Perhaps the best way for me—individually—to answer that question is to give some of my personal Christian history. In my early life, my parents took us to Baptist churches in West Virginia and Kentucky where we lived. At the…

Herod’s Troubled Conscience

The lives of Jesus and Herod Antipas were entwined in many different ways though they had never met when reports of the miraculous works of Jesus began to filter back to the Tetrarch (Cf. Matthew 14:1, 2; Mark 6:7-16; and, Luke 9:7-9). Herod Antipas became the Tetrarch of Galilee at the death of his father,…

Christmas and the Lord’s Day

In my nearly forty-seven years in the ministry, there have been seven times that Christmas Day has fallen on the Lord’s Day. The most recent time was a few weeks ago in 2022 and I think I am correct in saying that the next time that will happen will be in 2033. Something strange happened…

John Beheaded

It was in the Spring of 29 A.D., shortly before the Passover, that the brief life of John the Baptist came to an end. Ever since his imprisonment at Herod’s Machaerus palace the previous year, the destiny of John had been very tenuous. Herod was severely conflicted over John. Herodias had a Jezebel-like hatred of…

Merry Christmas

I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas as we remember the birth of our Savior into the world. The great Samuel Davies preached a sermon on Christmas Day in both 1758 and 1760. The former occasion was to one of the churches he supplied in New Kent County, Virginia and the latter…

Fleeing Apostate Denominations

Last Thursday, December 8, 2022, the US made one of the worst prisoner exchanges with Russia in the history of our two nations. The US received back into this country Brittney Griner, a WNBA basketball player who was serving a sentence for a minor drug offense. In exchange, Russia received Viktor Bout, a dangerous arms…

Prepared to Stand Alone

Ian Murray wrote a biography of J. C. Ryle which he titled, Prepared to Stand Alone. In the history of the Church, it has always been those men who were ‘prepared to stand alone’ that God used the most to effect reformation and revival. John Charles Ryle was certainly one of those men. He was the…

Doctrine and Life I realize that my article last week on the Old Side-New Side and Old School-New School divisions were difficult for many people to follow. This week I am going to simplify the subject matter and I hope most everyone will understand.  In the eighteenth century, there was a great debate that took place…

Questions About Vanguard

There are a number of questions about Vanguard Presbytery that people ask me. Sometimes, people I do not know will email me with questions. Other times, people will ask me in person. Then, there are those questions that filter back to me. A friend recently asked me this question: Is Vanguard Presbytery just a bunch…

Legalism and Antinomianism

The longer I live, the more I find myself agreeing with Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on so many things. I do not have an exact passage from which to quote, but I remember in his writings that he often said that you are in the wrong position when you have an enemy on only one…

A Conversation with a Darwinian

            On Monday, October 24, 2022, I flew out of country for a mission trip. On the first leg of my flight, I sat by a fellow resident of Destin where I live. He was previously unknown to me, but we quickly exchanged greetings. One statement led to another and I informed him that I am…

New Testament Churches

How large were the churches in the New Testament? What was the membership of the church at Corinth? Or at Ephesus? Or at Rome? Or even at Antioch or Jerusalem? Do we know? Do we have any way to know? The Scripture never really gives us that information. We know that there were 3,000 people…

The Unity of the Church

On October 18-19, 1966, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones gave a lecture at the Second National Assembly of Evangelicals in Great Britain on the subject of “Evangelical Unity: An Appeal.” His lecture proved to be controversial with many evangelicals in attendance and was openly opposed by John Stott as contrary to the whole history of the…

Unity in the Truth

In this article, I am enclosing a long quote from Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the greatest minister of the 20th century in this writer’s opinion. I have often been refreshed by his writings in ways that few others have ministered to me. I am not certain where this quote can be found, but it purports to…

Coming to Christ

Vanguard Presbyterian Church is a distinctly evangelistic denomination by our common confession and conviction. Yet, we need to be even more evangelistic than we are. In all the things that are being lost in our modern world, the gospel is the most precious. The gospel is preached today in the  sense that Jonathan Edwards condemned in…

Few Things Are Necessary

There was an occasion in the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus in Bethany when Jesus was teaching those gathered around Him. Mary was sitting at His feet, eagerly listening to everything He was teaching. Martha, as a conscientious and dutiful host, was busy with her many preparations, trying to make sure that her guests…

Do We Need a New Log College?

Sharon James[1], a friend from London, sent me a podcast by an atheist, James Lindsay, a couple of weeks ago on the topic of Critical Theory. Critical Theory is the Marxist view from which Critical Race Theory is derived. What is interesting about Lindsay’s podcast is that he understands what is happening in the seminaries…

A Ministerial Reading Program

When I was in college, one of my professors, Dr. Newt Wilson, was in the habit of telling us who were Bible majors: “If you are going to be a pastor, you need to love people and to love books.” I know of ministers who love neither—they are anti-social. They also are not students and…

Personal Declension and Revival

Octavius Winslow (1808-1878), a contemporary of Charles Spurgeon and J. C. Ryle, was a Baptist minister in England and America. He was affectionately known as ‘The Pilgrim’s Companion’ because his writings were of a similar spiritual depth as those great men of old. One of his greatest works was Personal Declension and Revival of Religion in…

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 was…

Why Presbyterian Denominations Fall, Number 2

During the Winter Theological Institute at Reformed Theological Seminary in January of 1975, I was conversing one evening with one of the professors of RTS and the editor of The Presbyterian Journal, Dr. G. Aiken Taylor. I had worked under Dr. Taylor the previous summer in helping to start a new church in Asheville, NC. In…

Why Presbyterian Denominations Fail: 1

It has often been stated that Christianity thrives best in poverty, rather than riches. While there might be some truth to that statement, it is superficial in my opinion. There are many poor countries of the world where the gospel has been preached, but not well received. The truth seems to be that Christianity only…

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 same…


Follow My Blog

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

%d bloggers like this: