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The Girod-Oggel Debate on Church Merger

The subject for debate was, Resolved that the Reformed Church in America· and the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.* (Southern) should merge to form one church denomination. The debaters were, for the affirmative: the Reverend Doctor M. Verne Oggel, pastor of the Community Reformed Church, Glen Rock, N. J., and current president of General Synod; for the negative: […]

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Reformed Advance in New Zealand

We have been here now almost two years, though so much has happened in this time that it seems much longer. In Hamilton here, our church has been blessed with steady growth over the years since its founding in November of 1953. I shall not dwell upon the local situation, however, since you will be interested […]

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Machen and the Menace of Modernism (II)

When J. Gresham Machen wrote Christianity and Liberalism in 1923, the book was not the sort that would win friends or advance his career. He pulled no punches. Machen’s thesis that liberalism was “unChristian” infuriated many Protestants who still maintained great influence within America’s leading cultural institutions. Machen also wrote that liberalism was “the greatest […]

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The Presbyterian controversy over theological liberalism was not simply a debate about the ideas of pampered scholars published in obscure theological journals. Rather it concerned the very witness and practice of the church. Was Christ a Savior or was Jesus the greatest ethical teacher ever to live? How Presbyterians answered that question had enormous significance […]

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J. Gresham Machen and the Reformation of the Church

In 1935 J. Gresham Machen was tried by the Presbytery of New Brunswick of the Northern Presbyterian Church for violating his ordination vows, renouncing and disobeying the rules and lawful authority of the church, advocating rebellious defiance against the lawful authority of the church, showing contempt of and rebellion against his ecclesiastical superiors, and refusing […]

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OPC and Presbyterian Church Meetings

OPC 65TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETS IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI was host to the 65th General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, May 27 to June 2. The Assembly decided to revisit the same site for its general assembly next year, June 2 through June 9 of 1999. […]

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Two Sizeable Reformed Communities in North America

INTRODUCTION Scotland and the Netherlands are in the same latitude and separated only by the North Sea. The cold, wet winds bf the North Sea may be partly responsible for the hardiness of the Scots and the Dutch, their work ethic, and their reputation for thriftiness. From the days of New Amsterdam onwards, thousands of […]

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