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The PCA and other NAPARC churches should beware repeating the history of the CRC.
By Daniel Kok.
It is difficult for people to understand why some Christians do not celebrate Christmas. I offer the following as an explanation and defense of that position so that you can understand why that is:
25 Protestations against Christmas
1. The scriptures do not inform us of the date or season of our Lord’s birth.
2. Thus all attempts to date the birth of Christ are conjecture and cannot be substantiated from scripture.
3. Although many Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on...
This Day in Presbyterian History
Daily devotional readings in Scripture, the Westminster Standards, & Presbyterian history.
A visiting minister was asked to lead in prayer in Sunday school, and when he had finished, a teacher heard one of her girls whisper, “Gosh, what a prayer!” Such an exclamation seems incongruous in expressing one’s appreciation of a prayer, but a little thought will lead anyone to the conclusion that “gosh” is not...
Carl Trueman, Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety
The rise of Lent in non-Roman, Orthodox or Anglican circles is a fascinating phenomenon.
"Finally, it also puzzles me that time and energy is spent each year on extolling the virtues of Lent when comparatively little is spent on extolling the virtues of the Lord’s Day. Presbyterianism has its liturgical calendar, its way of marking time: Six days of earthly pursuits and one day of rest and gathered worship. Of course, that is...
First published, “Antiquary: The Development of the “Traditional Form of The Westminster Standards, The Confessional Presbyterian 1 (2005): 168–177. Appendix C omitted (but see the old PBTJ here).
The Westminster Confession of Faith was approved and adopted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland on August 27, 1647. Subsequently, the Confession was published for the first time with both the Larger and Shorter Catechisms in 1648, which catechisms had been approved respectively on...