The Brave Stunt That Brought Down Slavery
How David Livingstone freed East Africa.
“The Publicity Stunt” refers to Livingstone’s internationally hyped expedition to find the headwaters of the Nile. Milbrandt calls it a “stunt” because Livingstone’s deeper motive was not the Nile. “Livingstone was no longer mounting a Nile expedition, but a grand publicity stunt. The Nile quest provided the platform he needed to campaign against the slave... Continue Reading
The Duty & Art of Pastoral Catechizing
At sermons and prayers men may sleep, or wander; but when one is asked a question, he must discover what he is.
“Is not Christianity full of such things, as are not to be seen, but believed? You said, God made the world; who is God? And so forward, requiring answers to all these, and helping and cherishing the answerer, by making the questions very plain with comparisons, and making much even of a word of truth... Continue Reading
The Life-Changing Love of a Mother
My mother alone played a role that no one else could have—as my confidant, my encourager, my advocate, and my champion.
The picture is indelibly fixed in my mind of my turning the corner to my street after school, especially on predictably hard days, and seeing my mom waiting for me in front of our house. This is the lady who made all the difference in my life. This is the gift that God gave me... Continue Reading
Samuel Pearce and Discerning God’s Will
People who avoid the accountability of any outside authority are in a dangerous one.
Most of us are familiar with searching the Scripture and praying as we discern the will of God. But even these processes are not infallible. Yes the Scriptures themselves are infallible; yes the Holy Spirit is infallible. But our internal process is not infallible. We can bend contexts. We can easily fall prey to impressions... Continue Reading
Lydia Mackenzie Falconer Miller – An Inquisitive Woman
Lydia believed that serious scientific discoveries could only magnify God’s glory.
Natural history was one of Lydia’s passions, probably sparked by Hugh’s interest in geology. In spite of being self-taught in this subject, Hugh became a competent expert on the subject, so much that several scientists sought his views and advise. Like Hugh, Lydia considered science and religion as complementary, with science as a tool to appreciate... Continue Reading
Our Times Are in His Hands
God’s love is stronger that the deepest darkness; God’s love is victorious over hatred.
Corrie’s number was called by the guards. Stepping forward, she half expected to be “taken to the showers,” but, she was given a hat, coat, shoes, and her release papers! Later she discovered that her release had been due to a “clerical error” and that the next week, all the women of her age (over... Continue Reading
Edward Freer Hills (1912-1981): Forgotten Pilgrim of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Because of their history, it is customary for members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to identify themselves as a “pilgrim” people.
Edward F. Hills studied under such OPC pillars as Dr. Machen, Dr. Van Til, Dr. Murray, and Dr. Stonehouse (a time when giants roamed the earth) and he graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary. He went on to become a credentialed text critic who would eventually hold four degrees, two of which were from Ivy League... Continue Reading
Removing the Burden of Sin – Amy Carmichael
“Where was my burden then? Where was my thirst? Gone – as the dew when it sees the sun!”
Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was a Protestant Christian from Ireland who served faithfully as a missionary in India for fifty-six years. She and a group of fellow Christians once ministered in an Indian village where they met a young boy from a Hindu family. Sometime earlier the boy had approached his own dad with a spiritual concern:... Continue Reading
An Introduction to Family Worship
I can think of no better means of fulfilling vows to raise our children in the Lord than through the regular practice of family worship.
We are to remember how merciful God has been to us, to our families, and to our nation, in making such a thing as family worship possible, and in giving us a desire for it. Furthermore, anyone with any influence at all has a responsibility by word and example to encourage and admonish others to... Continue Reading
Diet Eman – Holding on to God’s Promises
"The God of creation did not renege on what he’d promised me as his child."
“Sometimes people ask me whether I wish I could skip that whole part of my life, if I could live my life over,” she said. “I tell them that I do not. That part of my life was very, very difficult; I cannot think about it today without crying, even though I never cried much... Continue Reading