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Infant Baptism Simply Explained

Reformation Presbyterian Church is a church that practices infant, or covenantal, baptism. We do so, not because we believe the sacrament of baptism has the power to save our young children, but because we believe they are included in the promises that God has made “to us and our children” (Acts 2:39). For a very clear and simple explanation of why we believe God commands us to include our covenant children as members of the visible church through the sign…

Keeping the Sabbath Holy

I invite you to consider some thoughts on the sanctification of the Lord’s Day, or the Christian Sabbath, from a book currently being read by our Ladies’ Reading Group. The book, by Henry Scudder, a member of the Westminster Assembly, is called The Christian’s Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace. My version comes with a forward that includes recommendations from John Owen and Richard Baxter Scudder says we should “put a difference between this [the Lord’s Day] and the…

Core Commitments

At our congregational meeting on January 19, 2022, I presented the following core commitments of Reformation Presbyterian Church. These are the doctrinal and spiritual principles that define who we are as a church. May the Lord grant us grace to remain faithful to Him in all of these areas, and to be “always reforming” both in doctrine and life! We are committed to the Scriptures as the all-sufficient, inerrant, and infallible Word of God We are committed to biblical preaching…

Are You Ready to Die?

The following is the text of a devotional address to the members of Reformation Presbyterian Church at our annual congregational meeting, held at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia, on January 19, 2022: But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who…

Dr. James McGoldrick Asleep in Jesus

I received the news yesterday that Dr. James McGoldrick, one of my church history professors in seminary, went home to be with the Lord. Three things come to mind when I think of Dr. McGoldrick. First, he was tireless in his service to the Lord. I can remember passing by his office after classes had finished, and hearing the clicking and clacking of Dr. McGoldrick’s typewriter. As far as I know, he didn’t own or use a computer. He was…

Ten Books for ’22

Every year in December, Christian blogger Tim Challies posts his annual “Reading Challenge,” with the goal of helping his followers set reading goals for the coming year. The 2022 Reading Challenge is now available and offers plans for readers of varying degrees of voraciousness. While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I wanted to share a list of 10 books I’ve chosen to read in 2022 and offer some reasons for each selection. I hope to…

Presbytery of the Southeast Resolution on Vaccine Mandates

At its October 15-16, 2021 stated meeting, the Presbytery of the Southeast passed a resolution intended to be a help to those in our congregations who have liberty of conscience concerns related to federal, state, and corporate polices that require the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition for employment. That resolution is similar to the one adopted by the RPC session on September 29, which may be found here. The PSE’s resolution reads as follows: Whereas, the Holy Scriptures command “Honor…

Rev. Dr. George Knight III Asleep in Jesus

You may never have heard of Dr. George Knight, but he was one of the godliest and most scholarly men I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. He was the kind of man, who, when he was still active in presbytery meetings (just a few years ago), the room would grow still when he spoke. You needed to strain a bit to hear his voice, but his mind was still razor-sharp, and when he felt it necessary to rise to speak to…

New Testament Puritanism

The Puritans are often maligned as “legalistic” or even “gloomy and morose” by those who, it would seem, have little familiarity with their writings, or with the depth of their pastoral sensitivity and devotion to God. B. B. Warfield was a professor at Princeton Seminary during the great controversy between biblical Christianity and theological liberalism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a beloved professor and friend of J. Gresham Machen, who would, along with others in…

Resolution on Vaccine Mandates

The following resolution was adopted by the Session of Reformation Presbyterian Church during a called meeting on September 29, 2021, for the purpose of providing clear, biblical, and moral rationale for any members under its care seeking religious exemption from COVID-19 vaccination mandates: Whereas, the Holy Scriptures command “Honor your father and your mother,” (Exodus 20:12), which requires willing obedience to the lawful commands and counsels to all those who “by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority,…

Cultivating Communion with God

Communion with God is the birthright of every heir of the redemption purchased by Christ. There is no greater blessing that creatures made in the image of God can possess or conceive of than communion with God. This was the very first lesson that God taught man in the day that he was created. In the beginning, God created man with the capacity to glorify and enjoy Him—to commune with Him in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness (Gen. 1:26-27). God further…

Psalter Hymnal App

The Trinity Psalter Hymnal app is now available for purchase in the Apple Store. The cost is $9.99. The app allows you to view sheet music and words for all psalms and hymns in the Trinity Psalter Hymnal. It also allows you to look up titles and first lines, as well as play recorded versions of the tunes. A preview of the app is available here. My hope is that this will be a help to you, especially in family…