Monthly Archives: October 2007

Vacation Time

“Working without resting, being busy without ever taking a vacation, performing all the arduous duties pertaining to ministerial or missionary activity and not making a retreat for relaxation, discussion, prayer, and meditation, will never do. Even Jesus, because of the … Continue reading

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On Whether to Vote to Ordain

A conversation about a recent presbytery meeting and the ordination examinations that took place at it reminded me of one of the first ordination exams I ever witnessed. After the trials were over I asked some older and wiser Elders … Continue reading

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The End of the Consumer Driven Church

INTRODUCTION: At the Building Old School Churches Blog our primary desire is to help people who want to plant or build Old School Presbyterian (OSP) churches, and our primary reason for doing so is that we believe that this is … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast

Bishop N.T. Wright: “Future justification, acquittal at the last great Assize, always takes place on the basis of the totality of the life lived.”   Puritan Thomas Brooks: ‚ÄúThere is no Christian in his wits who will dare to adventure … Continue reading

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Means of Grace applied

Let us be careful to keep away from all hardening influences, whether of books, or men, or habits, or pleasures. If there is any company which deadens us towards spiritual things, which hinders our prayers, shakes our faith, or dampens … Continue reading

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Don’t Neglect the Means of Grace!

In 1911 Robert Falcon Scott attempted to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Scott knew that in order to reach the South Pole and return safely, the issue of supplies was going to be critical. And so … Continue reading

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The Attentive Hearing of the Word

The Elements of Public Worship – IV The Attentive Hearing of the Word   Q. 160: What is required of those that hear the word preached? A. 160: It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they … Continue reading

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Old School Presbyterian Church/Mission Locator

The blog has received a few requests (and I’ve received even more via email) to include links to Old School Presbyterian congregations and mission works throughout the world. We’ve decided to go ahead and start doing that, first with a … Continue reading

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The “What Issues Do You Want the Blog To Tackle?” Thread

Dear Building Old School Churches Readers, I wanted to create a thread that would allow you, via comments, to post the issues you would like to see addressed on the blog, so that the issues you are most concerned with … Continue reading

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A Word of Encouragement for Dejected Pastors

In 1660 Charles the Second was restored to the throne of England, and the Puritan revolution in England came to a decisive end. Two years later in 1662 the act of uniformity was passed requiring that all the ministers of … Continue reading

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The Preaching of the Word

The Elements of Public Worship – III The Sound Preaching of the Word “Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed, and … Continue reading

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On Church Hopping

We tend to think of church hopping (moving from congregation to congregation in search of either the perfect church or the elements and programs that most appeal to us) as a modern phenomenon, but the sad fact is that it … Continue reading

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On Pastoral Visitation

On Pastoral Visitation “And when they had come to him, he said to them: ‘You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, serving the Lord with all humility, with … Continue reading

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How Did Presbyterian Worship Become Episcoterian?

It would be a grave misunderstanding of Old School Presbyterianism (OSP) to think that it is essentially a reaction against contemporary theological movements in the church, or simply a conservative theological position that maintains that when it comes to the … Continue reading

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On Episcoterianism and Why Old School Presbyterians Reject Liturgies

Introduction: I decided some time ago to publish an article examining the appearance of a form of worship that incorporated the liturgy, church year, and worship practices of the Anglican church into Presbyterianism. This blended form of worship that I … Continue reading

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