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 inContinue reading “Coming to Christ”

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 guestsContinue reading “Few Things Are Necessary”

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 seminariesContinue reading “Do We Need a New Log College?”

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 andContinue reading “A Ministerial Reading Program”

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 inContinue reading “Personal Declension and Revival”

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. InContinue reading “Why Presbyterian Denominations Fall, Number 2”

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 onlyContinue reading “Why Presbyterian Denominations Fail: 1”

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”

Samuel Davies on Preaching

Anyone who knows me, knows that one of the great pursuits of my life has been researching and writing, Samuel Davies: Apostle to Virginia. Even if you have heard about Davies and think you know a lot about his ministry, I think you would enjoy  reading that biography—if   you like biographies; if you like reading about revivals; and,Continue reading “Samuel Davies on Preaching”