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June, 1996: From Humble Beginnings: The OPC at 60 Years

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Cornelius Van Til and the Identity of the OPC

Machen and Van Til

On December 4, 1936, about six months after the formation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, J. Oliver Buswell wrote to J. Gresham Machen for the last time. Machen would die before he could finish a response. It is obvious from a draft fragment which survives that Machen had trouble formulating his reply. Read more

Reflections on the Last Ten Years of the OPC

When the Forty-third General Assembly met in 1986 to celebrate the semicentennial anniversary of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the church was considering whether to join the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and be received as part of that denomination. This process was known as joining and receiving, or J & R.

The proposal to join the PCA failed narrowly. The General Assembly commissioners voted 78 to 68 in favor of it, but approval required a two-thirds affirmative vote. Read more

Courage!

Yes, COURAGE! Not the timid question, Do you have courage? Rather, the resounding exhortation, Be courageous! But why? Because we face an enormous task and determined opposition. But we are encouraged to be courageous because the living God—our God—is with us. The battle is not ours, but his.

Years ago, the church in the wilderness stood poised on the shores of the Jordan River, gazing into the Promised Land. They were about to launch the church's first drive to conquer Satan's territory, a foretaste of the worldwide task now given to us. Their soldiers were armed with the battle gear of the day. They were anxious, no doubt, but willing to face whatever dangers there would be. Read more

A Reflective Journey

The approaching sixtieth anniversary of our church startled me when I realized that I've lived through nearly fifty of those years, having begun preaching in my first charge in the fall of 1948. What follows are my selective observations on church life, with special focus on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In making them, I entertain no delusions of having superior wisdom, unique experiences, or timeless insights.

First, let me tell you what this church means to me. After wandering in an ecclesiastical wasteland, I found my spiritual home in the OPC, and I thank the Lord for our church. It is here that my wife and I nurtured our children, who, by God's mercy, are now serving him, two in the OPC and one in the PCA. Read more

 
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