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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