Monthly Archives: September 2007

Serving Up Canned Sermons?

Kim Riddlebarger has an excellent post here on the awful practice of Pastors “buying” their sermons from a sermon service. It should go without saying that this practice is about as antithetical to Old School Presbyterian Preaching as it comes, … Continue reading

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Recommended: John Broadus on the History of Preaching

While there are many books that discuss preaching, few have the kind of consistent insight you will find in Lectures on the History of Preaching by John Broadus (1827-1895). Essentially the text of a series of five lectures delivered by … Continue reading

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The Collection

The Elements of Public Worship The Collection “What Ought To Be Done in Meetings for Worship. Although it is permitted all men to read the Holy Scriptures privately at home, and by instruction to edify one another in the true … Continue reading

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Save the Lord’s Day!

Introduction: A little while ago one of the members of our church had the disappointing experience of not getting a job that had seemed like a sure thing. She was well-qualified for the position, she worked for another branch of … Continue reading

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Brownlow North and Six Short Rules for Christians

Few things will be more important to a successful Old School Presbyterian (OSP) ministry than zeal in all of our duties, and in particular, our preaching. Knox Hyndman notes: “Preachers of the Gospel are dealing with truths which always ought … Continue reading

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Robert Murray McCheyne on the Importance of Church Discipline

A little while ago, in my post entitled “Some Rudimentary Thoughts on Church Planting”, I noted the almost forgotten importance of the proper exercise of church discipline to successful church planting and building: “Dedicate yourself to maintaining all three marks … Continue reading

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The Gospel really is “Of First Importance”

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Who Should Do the Reading?

I received a private email this morning asking a follow-up question to the previous article on the reading of the scriptures in worship: “Who should be reading the scriptures in worship – “the minister” or “some other person” (PCA BCO … Continue reading

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The Reading of the Scriptures

  The Elements of Public Worship Part II – The Reading of the Scriptures “READING of the word in the congregation, being part of the public worship of God, (wherein we acknowledge our dependence upon him, and subjection to him) … Continue reading

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OSP Churches and the Sufficiency of Scripture

When I think about Old School Presbyterianism, one of the main things that comes to mind is the sufficiency of Scripture.  Other voices are often heard speaking of scripture’s inerrancy (and the Bible is inerrant), its authority (the Bible most … Continue reading

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Prayer – Part 1

The Elements of Public Worship Part I – PRAYER “Offering prayer in public is an aspect of leading in worship that deserves focused attention. Because the Lord’s Day worship service is a public service, the prayers in these services are … Continue reading

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Infants NEED Milk!

A while back when I was in the hospital just after the birth of our first son Victor, I remember I was standing in the hall outside a nurse’s station waiting for her to come back with some Cranberry juice … Continue reading

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Old School Worship: Keeping it Simple And Biblical

Over the next few posts, amongst other things, I hope to discuss in detail the various parts of an Old School Presbyterian (OSP) Worship Service. I’ll include here a sample order of worship from an OSP church, and as we … Continue reading

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James W. Alexander on the Pastor’s Personal Piety

Many years ago, as part of my internship I was assigned a paper by J.W. Alexander (the son of Archibald Alexander, Old Princeton’s first professor) that made a profound impression upon me. It was on the subject of the minister’s … Continue reading

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