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A Survey of Presbyterian Mission History in Africa, Whytock, 2023

BOOK NOTICE–On January 1, 1824 the Presbytery of Kaffraria was organized the first presbytery in Africa. In celebration of this bicentennial A Survey of Presbyterian Mission History in Africa: Historic...

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Some articles have been posted for the occasion. You can begin by reading "Presbyterian Church in America, 50th Anniversary, 2023" and then follow the links at the end of the articles for more reading. [posted 6/7/2023]

While writing the current post, "Review, D.G. Hart, Benjamin Franklin, Cultural Protestant" I was reminded of a story I read about him when I was in the fifth grade. It was about his inventions such as bifocals, a device for retrieving books from high shelves so the need for a ladder was avoided, and his more efficient stove for heating homes that required fewer logs per day. A boy asked Ben why he invented the things he did. He answered, "Because I am lazy." He said he was too lazy to switch from distance to reading glasses; too lazy to get the ladder and climb it to retrieve a book; and too lazy to go out to the wood pile and retrieve logs. Reading Hart's biography will dispel any thought of laziness as Franklin's work ethic is clearly presented. If he had been lazy, what he might have accomplished through more industry would have been staggering. [Posted 2/20/2023]

For a fine chapter about the coming of the Son of God, see William Swan Plumer's "The Incarnation of Christ" transcribed on this site as from The Rock of Our Salvation: A Treatise Respecting the Natures, Person, Offices, Work, Sufferings, and Glory of Jesus Christ, American Tract Society, 1867. A link to a biography on this site is provided in the introduction to the chapter. [Posted 12/2/2022]

Pontius Pilate asked, "What is truth," which was a question Jesus had already answered in the High Priestly Prayer in John 17:17 saying, "Thy word is truth." Dr. Neil Shenvi is the author of Why Believe? A Reasoned Approach to Christianity published by Crossway. He was interviewed on reformation21's podcast dated September 28, 2022 and titled "Why Believe?" He said the following: "If its true it doesn't matter if you like it ... if its true, it's just true." Dr. Shenvi and the interviewers discussed the relationship of natural and special revelation in the course of their brief discussion as well as the author's experiences as a researcher at Yale and Duke apologetically confronting his academic colleagues with Christ. [posted 9/30/2022]

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