Here's a helpful resource to for studying and understanding the history of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in America: Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America (ed. D. G. Hart and Mark Noll). It's a three hundred page dictionary that includes articles on important people, events, doctrines, and denominations of Reformed and Presbyterian churches… Continue reading Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America
Francis Alison (d. 1779) was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia who was also a professor at an academy there in Philadelphia. Alison preached a sermon on Ephesians 4:4-7 before the Synod of New York and Philadelphia 1n 1758 as the divided Presbyterian church was discussing the Plan of Union. The following quote… Continue reading Unity, Patience, and Charity (Alison)
If you're looking for a readable and reliable resource on the history of Presbyterianism in America, you'll want to put this one at or near the top of your list: Seeking A Better Country by D. G. Hart and John R. Muether. I recently finished reading it and was impressed at how much information the… Continue reading A History of American Presbyterianism
There's more to presbyerianism than this, but these points by Charles Hodge are for sure worth highlighting: ...The three great negations of Presbyterianism—that is, the three great errors which it denies are—1. That all church power vests in the clergy. 2. That the apostolic office is perpetual. 3. That each individual Christian congregation is independent.… Continue reading Three Great Negations of Presbyterianism (Hodge)
For our church information table, I recently ordered a package of the new brochure/pamphlets printed by the OPC to introduce people to the gospel and give them information about the OPC. I thought it was really well done, so I wanted to share it here (you can see and/or order it online here). What follows… Continue reading What is the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?