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The Worship of the Church.

James Dodson

ca. 1890-Thomas E. Peck (1822-1893).-Outlines and notes from class lectures on the principles of worship with some considerations on the theological underpinings of the Regulative Pricniple of Worship.

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Liturgies, Instrumental Music and Architecture.

James Dodson

1855-Thomas E. Peck (1822-1893).-This article was written to explain why it is that Presbyterians reject pomp and circumstance in the worship of God. It is a helpful overview of the issue of liturgies, music instruments and the often little considered matter of church architecture.

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Moral Obligation of the Tithe.

James Dodson

1890-Thomas E. Peck (1822-1893).-A Southern Presbyterian discusses the question of tithing and demonstrates that the tithe is connected to Old Testament usages which have been abolished with the coming of the Gospel.

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Strictures on Occasional Hearing.

James Dodson

1820-James Douglas.-A thorough investigation of the doctrine of "occasional hearing" wherein Douglas expounds and vindicates the practice of refusing to hear or wait upon ministers from corrupt communions.  This is the second edition which is corrected and expanded.  It also contains an instructive addenda on how Covenanters ought to pray for civil rulers under immoral constitutions and administrations of government. 

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George Stevenson (1771-1841)

James Dodson

George Stevenson was born in Mount Teviot, in the parish of Ancrum, Roxburghshire, Scotland, May 2, 1771. In his youth, he recalled hearing the first licentiate of the Secession Church, Mr. John Hunter, preach on occasion. In the village of Morebattle, his education was advanced and the family were members of the Secession Church, under the ministry of Mr. David Morrison. He entered the University of Edinburgh, in December, 1789, where he gained a liberal education studying under the renowned Dugald Stewart. In 1791, he entered the Divinity Hall of the General Associate Synod of the Secession Church where he studied under Archibald Bruce. In the spring of 1796, he was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Kelso and began to minister amongst the vacancies in the church. On September 13, 1796, he received a call from the congregation of Ayr which he accepted....

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1873.

James Dodson

1873-Reformed Presbytery.-These minutes are notable for the accession of John McAuley to the Presbytery. The Causes of Fasting describe the various Romish movements in the churches and also expose the corruption covenant renewals amongst professing Reformed Presbyterian bodies.  The Causes of Thanksgiving are filled with observations on the continuance of a witness for the truth.

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1868.

James Dodson

1868-Reformed Presbytery.-These minutes contain correspondence from John Cunningham and the Old Wigtonshire Societies expressing their warm approbation of the Presbytery's previous warnings against incorporating acts with immoral civil governments (i.e., voting for amendments, etc.).  It contains additional clarification on the Presbytery's position on paying of taxes (a subject taken up several times in the previous five years). It also contains a Testimony against several prevailing sins with much time spent on corruptions in worship.

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Peter Macindoe (1794-1850)

James Dodson

Peter Macindoe was born in Stonehouse, Glasford, Scotland, January 2, 1794. He was a member of Dr. Archibald Mason's congregation, in the Reformed Presbyterian Church. He was educated at Glasgow University where he graduated M.A., in 1814.  Afterward, he studied theology under John Macmillan III., in the Reformed Presbyterian Divinity Hall, in Stirling, from 1814 until 1817. He was licensed by the North-Eastern Presbytery on June 29, 1818. At the Synod, held in 1819, Mr. Macindoe was given three calls: Kelso and Chirnside, Eaglesham, and Loanhead. He chose the first and was ordained and installed at Chirnside, July 12, 1819....

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Christmas.

James Dodson

1885-John Wallace Sproull (1839-1919).-A popular article that examines some of the common arguments for keeping of Christmas and explains why Christians ought to have no part in such celebrations.

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Dominion of Christ.

James Dodson

1846-Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland.-A short article containing a statement from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland on the duty of the magistrate with respect to Popery.

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Christ's Headship.

James Dodson

1847-John McAuley.-In this first of three articles, McAuley discusses the identity of natural moral law with the Ten Commandments and why he understands magistrates to be deputies under Christ even though he admits the office itself flows from God as Creator.

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Dominion of Christ: Part 1.

James Dodson

1848-John McAuley.-This second article of three defends McAuley's position from charges of deriving civil magistracy from grace. In it, he also discusses and defends the idea of Christian magistracy and its relation to grace. His discussion of the two forms of the law (and the two covenants) and man's relation to each is of particular note and quite helpful to remember.

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"Was the Bishop's Death Murder?"

James Dodson

1860-Anonymous.-An essay the examines the question of whether or not extraordinary judgments are justified when civil rulers fail to prevent the murder of innocents. It is a case study based upon the events surrounding the killing of archbishop James Sharp, a notorious apostate and persecutor of the Covenanters.

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The New Constitution of Pennsylvania.

James Dodson

1875-Anonymous.-Here is a critique of the latest Constitution of Pennsylvania written from a Covenanter perspective shortly after it was adopted, in 1874. It contains many remarks applicable to other civil constitutions.

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