Category Archives: J. Gresham Machen

Douthat Channels Machen

On modernism in the Roman Catholic church: I am not saying that you can’t be a Christian if you believe that Jesus got important things wrong, that his human nature exposed him to errors and mistakes and misapprehensions that found their way into his teaching. I have a certain respect, indeed, for contemporary writers who… Read More→

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Machen Death Day 2016


While some put their hopes in human accomplishments, Machen reminded seminarians where to place their trust: God tells us not to be too much impressed by the unbelieving age in which we are living now. Do you think that this is a happy or a blessed age? Oh, no, my friends. Amid all the pomp… Read More→

Also posted in Otherworldliness, Piety without Exuberance, spirituality of the church | 15 Responses

Westminster II


Looks like (and we’ve known this for some time) that Protestants have as much trouble with hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity as Roman Catholics. Something funny happened in the 1960s. Bishops met in Rome — was it hard to get a cab, a table at a trendy Italian restaurant? And at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) the… Read More→

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Reverse Whiggism


It comes from the bottom of the magazine pile, but Michael Brendan Dougherty shows what it would be like to have J. Gresham Machen trapped in a Roman Catholic convert’s body: . . . read Richard Weaver on William of Ockham. Find some of Hilaire Belloc’s wilder statements that The Faith is Europe and Europe… Read More→

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By Their Public Policy You Shall Know Them

L'arrivee des immigres par bateau a Ellis Island a New York (on apercoit au fond dans le brouillard la statue de la Liberte), vers 1905 --- Arriving of immigrants in Ellis Island, New York, c. 1905

Mainline Presbyterians are engaged in debates about church identity thanks to the Donald. The Stated Clerk of the PCUSA has written a letter instructing Donald Trump that his views on immigration are antithetical to the communion of his baptism: Presbyterians profess a faith in Christ, whose parents were forced to flee with him to Egypt… Read More→

Also posted in Adventures in Church History, Modern Church, New World Presbyterianism, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, spirituality of the church | Tagged , , | 8 Responses

Machen Day 2015


From “History and Faith“: Suppose the critical sifting of the Gospel tradition has been accomplished, suppose the resulting picture of Jesus is comprehensible-even then the work is only half done. How did this human Jesus come to be regarded as a superhuman Jesus by his intimate friends, and how, upon the foundation of this strange… Read More→

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An Evangelical Warrior Child


Here is what may be the turning point in John Frame’s development: PEF (Princeton Evangelical Fellowship) was dispensational in its viewpoint, as Barnhouse was, but Gerstner thought dispensationalism was an awful heresy. I never accepted the dispensational system, but neither could I accept Gerstner’s harshly negative verdict about it. My friends at PEF were godly… Read More→

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Machen Death Day: Harmonic Convergence?


Machen (who died this day in 1937 in Bismarck, North Dakota) wondered what a Christian was supposed to do when pastors were so politicized and churches were so transformational: Weary with the conflicts of the world, one goes into the Church to seek refreshment for the soul. And what does one find? Alas, too often,… Read More→

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What’s to Abhor?


One of the arresting vows that church members take in Presbyterian circles is this: Do you confess that because of your sinfulness you abhor and humble yourself before God, that you repent of your sin, and that you trust for salvation not in yourself but in Jesus Christ alone? Important to consider is that this… Read More→

Also posted in Application of Redemption, Forensics, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, sanctification | Tagged , , , | 63 Responses

Machen Day (on the Julian Calendar almost)


Celebrations of Machen’s birthday (July 28, 1881) took me to an undisclosed location where Internet access was impossible. In the spirit of jaywalking, limited government, and Reformed theology, here is Machen on friendship: Now I know perfectly well that friendships cannot be made to order — it is far too subtle a thing for that:… Read More→

Also posted in Being Human | Tagged | 12 Responses